We worked hard and played hard this weekend. School is winding down and after school commitments are speeding up. We have a busy week ahead and it may be hard for us to all get around the table at the same time. When our schedules get hectic like this I revert to tried and true favorites and simple meal ideas like these:
Here’s what I’ll be feeding my family this week –
WEEKLY MEAL PLAN / 19 – 25 MAY
BLACK BEAN CASSEROLE
I am saying “black bean casserole”, but what I really mean is my family will be eating tacos while I eat an inside out burritos (rice, meat, beans, veggies – no cheese, no tortilla). I always make enough for a big batch so I can make black bean casserole with the leftovers for me to eat for quick lunches the rest of the week. I love Pinch of Yum’s version using Quinoa, but you can also use rice.
BBQ SLIDERS w/ YUKON POTATO FRIES & FRUIT SALAD
BBQ Sliders are my little man’s favorite. I start by deboning a store-bought rotisserie and drizzle this simple homemade BBQ sauce on hawaiian dinner rolls topped with simple slaw. Serve with baked fries and a fruit salad for a taste of the weekend on a hectic Tuesday.
Note: To keep this gluten-free for me, I skip the rolls and go heavy on the angel hair slaw.
SPAGHETTI SQUASH w/ HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE
Doesn’t get more comforting than tried and true spaghetti. I’ve come to love spaghetti squash just as much as noodles, but for my family I typically boil up some brown rice pasta to mix in as well. I don’t mind making both because it leaves me plenty of spaghetti squash leftovers to reuse as lunches for the rest of the week. I’ve shared a bit about my version here.
OPEN FACE BLT’s
BLT’s get a fresh makeover with the addition of healthy avocados. We’ll swap the bread for toasted corn tortillas for a creamy, al fresco take on an All-American classic. Inspired by this recipe.
BALSAMIC CHICKEN, TOASTED TORTELLINI & CAPRESE SALAD
This is one of my family’s favorite meals and it used to be mine too. I haven’t found any gluten-free tortellini yet, so I’ll pass on that and get an extra serving of caprese salad. More details on how we make it here.
PORK TENDERLOIN w/ ROASTED BROCCOLI
Saturday’s were made for hanging out in the backyard. This weekend I’ll coax my husband into trying out this pork tenderloin recipe and win the kids over with their favorite side of all time, roasted broccoli sprinkled with lemon juice. Strange kids I know, but I’m glad they love it.
I love a good dark, leafy green cobb salad. It has everything you need for a complete, tasty meal and there is something in there for everyone’s taste buds. I keep ours simple with hardboiled eggs, bacon bits, ripe tomatoes, diced cucumbers and avocado. If we have any left over chicken, pork or deli meat I might cube that up and throw it in too.
That’s it folks, if you have any questions about the recipes or meals we’re making, please ask in the comments below or send me an email. Happy to help any way I can. If a linked recipe has gluten. dairy, or sugar in it know I will be making substitutions. If you want to know how, just ask me.