Monday, April 30, 2018

What We Made For Dinner This Week! [Mostly Vegetarian]

Since sharing my meal planning tips, I thought it'd be nice to share a real life's week of recipes! I have to apologize in advance because I am the worst at following a recipe, so most of the time I'm making it up as I go along. So the meals here don't really have an exact recipe to go with them, but I'm going to do my best to share a general outline of how I made them! Hopefully this gives you a little inspiration as you plan your meals this week! 

We are currently eating mostly vegetarian, but with occasional seafood as well. 

Blackened Fish Tacos
We do tacos at least once a week. In reality I could 100% eat them every night and be completely contented! Typically, we do black bean tacos, but shrimp tacos and fish tacos are also in the rotation.

The fish is super easy to whip up. I take 2 tilapia fillets and pan fry them in olive oil. I season both sides with Zataran's Blackened Seasoning and lime juice. Once they are cooked through, dice the fish up. Our typical taco toppings include avocado, tomato, shredded lettuce, cheese, cilantro, sour cream, lime and these tortillas that I swear by. 

Blackened Fish Tacos and other dinner inspiration!

Lazy Falafel (alternatively Greek Nachos)
I absolutely love falafel, but it can be sort of tedious to get the patties right. A few months ago we had friends over and my falafels fell completely apart in the pan. I apologized for the weird meal, but to my surprise it was actually great and she asked for the recipe! It was sort of deconstructed falafel. So ever since then, I just roast chickpeas and call it lazy falafel.

First, begin by marinating red onions, cucumber and diced tomatoes in italian dressing. Toast a pita, and create a pocket. Fill with roasted chickpeas, cucumber salad and tzatziki sauce. I make my tzatziki sauce with plain greek yogurt (Fage is the best by far.), diced cucumber, fresh dill, salt, and lemon juice. 

Totally laughing at myself, because I made falafel even laizer when I went back for seconds and made greek nachos! It was so delicious and worth sharing! I think it would make a great appetizer.

Lazy Falafel and other dinner inspiration!

Greek Nachos and other dinner inspiration!
Plain ole Pasta
I happily shared my homemade pasta sauce recipe here before! It's too easy and so much tastier than store bought sauces. We do pasta probably once a week, because it's so simple. Paired with garlic knots and a side salad-you can't go wrong. 

Homemade Pasta Sauce and other meal planning inspiration!

Breakfast For Dinner
Breakfast foods are so comforting! We only seem to eat them when we have company! Every once in awhile I will insist on chocolate chip pancakes or waffles. This week we also really enjoyed farm fresh eggs! Our friend has some very happy chickens who have been laying eggs like crazy. I don't know what it is, but these eggs are so much better than normal. They are much yellower too!

Blake eats mainly vegetarian with me happily. He does tend to order meat dishes at restaurants, but occasionally he will request something for dinner. So we added bacon to this meal for him! 

So, what do you guys eat on your pancakes? My mom always had us top ours with peanut butter, and I can't eat them any other way! (We always got car sick, so she'd try to fill our bellies to the max to avoid it. In fact I had a peanut butter sandwich every day of elementary and middle school. Probably couldn't do that now with kid's allergies. And that's the story of my life long peanut butter addiction.)

Breakfast for dinner and other meal planning inspiration!

Watermelon Feta Salad
This was a bit of an experiment, but it paid off in a big way! Recently, I was at one of my favorite restaurants for lunch, and the woman at the counter talked me into trying their new salad. I went for it because I was feeling guilty about always ordering the same thing. Anyway, it was so delicious I knew I wanted to recreate it at home! Plus, it felt amazing to be using lettuce and basil from my garden. (Perfect timing with that lettuce recall too!)

To make this salad, just add chopped lettuce, torn basil, red onion, watermelon chunks, blueberries and feta cheese. I made my own dressing with olive oil, white balsamic, dried italian seasoning and chopped garlic. 

This is the perfect salad for summer because it's so refreshing! The salad at the restaurant also added candied pecans. I found that this was the perfect dinner on a night when I wasn't very hungry and just needed something light. It will make a great side to another dinner when we are feeling more hungry.

Watermelon & Feta Salad and other meal planning inspiration!

As I mentioned in the meal planning post, we usually plan on 5 meals a week. That gives us plenty of flexibility and helps cut down on food waste. We are trying a new experiment this month though, that I may have to update you about! April was of the busiest months for us in a long time, and after floundering a little bit at the beginning, we came up with a strategy to help us with dinner time-just to take some of the pressure off in whatever ways we could. We made an entire month's meal plan! That's right, 4 weeks. We are currently starting week three of that. Let me know if you'd like to hear more about that style of planning and if we are going to keep it up! 

Leave a comment below if this gave you a little dinner time inspiration! How's it going with your meal planning? Would you like to see more posts like these? 

27 comments:

  1. I love hearing what other people cook regularly! Thanks for all of the inspiration! That watermelon feta salad is calling my name!

    Katherine | www.oneswainkycouple.com

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    1. Thank you Katherine! I like to know what other people make too. It's all too easy to get into a cooking-rut.

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  2. They all look so delicious! Breakfast for dinner is my FAVOURITE and I agree 100% about you with the farm fresh eggs. My neighbour has chickens so he always leaves 2-3 dozen on my doorstep when his chickens have laid eggs. They're so good!

    Felicity | http://oliverandmoose.com

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    1. That is SO nice of your neighbor Felicity! And convenient! They seriously taste so much better than store-bought. I think by the time they get to the store they are old.

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  3. The roasted chickpeas sound great! I'll have to give that a try! We are making black bean and vegetable enchiladas tonight.

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    1. Let me know if you make it! Mmmm, you know I haven't made enchiladas in a long time. That sounds so yummy right now!

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  4. I love fish tacos! Those sound delicious! I can’t wait to make them. xAllie
    www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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    1. Let me know if you make them Allie! It's too easy not to try it out. You can do them so many ways too.

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  5. I love how culinarily crafty y'all are! The fish tacos and lazy falafel look delicious!!

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    1. Aw, thank you Audrey!! I love to cook, but more importantly I love to cook food that I love to eat!

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  6. This is just my type of food (when feeling healthy, ha!), fresh, full of veggies and flavoursome! I am now on a mission to find 'blackened seasoning' in an English supermarket (or got to Amazon). Makes it more fun looking in a supermarket though.. I love the idea of a fish taco - got to try it, yours look delicious!

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    1. Thank you as always Joanne! If you can't find it, although I'm sure Amazon has it, you can make your own! Blackening seasoning is paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, and oregano. It's good on all kinds of stuff! Especially if you cook in cast iron. Tell me if you find it or manage to make it!!

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  7. I could seriously eat tacos all the time. I actually think we're going to do shrimp tacos again tonight. Having breakfast for dinner is one of my favorite things. I feel like breakfast is another thing I could eat all the time. Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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    1. Me too!! We've joked that we could eat tacos every single day and never get sick of it. Shrimp fajitas are one of my favorites!

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  8. I love the idea of Greek nachos! I like to make homemade pita bread but it never puffs out enough that I can make a pocket. I usually just eat it with hummus but your cucumber tomato mixture looks amazing! Nachos appeal to my laziness!! I'll definitely be making them this week
    Liv - www.whatlivlikes.com

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    1. Thank you Liv for your nice comment!
      I find that pita is hard to make a pocket out of too. Most of the time you can cut it with a pizza cutter and get one that way. Naan bread is just as good with hummus though, and a lot fluffier-so you could try that!
      Let me know what you think!

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  9. That watermelon salad looks so delicious! All feta everything sounds good to me :)

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    1. Me too! I've made this salad twice now-and it's just SO good. Really refreshing too!

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  10. Oh my gosh your food looks sooo delicious! I wish I was your roommate so I could experience this every night! Never thought to put watermelon in salads, so definitely trying that this summer. My fiancé and I have breakfast for dinner all the time when we're feeling lazy haha.

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! This was a pretty good week-they don't all look like this! Fruit in salads does seem sorta different, but it's delicious! Very refreshing and a good way to make your salad colorful!

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    1. Thank you Brittany! That may have been my favorite meal this week too.

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  12. Yum fish tacos are one of our favorite meals! I love pan frying my corn shells too!

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  13. Yummy, tacos! Ooh, I love watermelon feta salad! It's so nice and refreshing in hot temps... Ok, I'm hungry now. Bye!

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  14. These all look so delicious! I want those tacos!
    -Kate // http://www.classyandkate.com/how-i-read-50-books-in-one-summer-and-2018-list/

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