photo by Alaina Kaczmarski
Every now and then I like to mix things up and try new things for our weekly meals. I especially like finding new recipes that are easy enough to make on a weeknight. The new site The Everygirl featured a weekly menu that contained some great, easy, and inexpensive recipes, and I decided to give some of them a try. Here's a look at what we ate last week:
Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Enchiladas, Yellow Rice - This is an alternate veggie enchilada recipe that I keep. It uses zucchini instead of spinach, which makes it a tad more kid-friendly. At least that's what I thought. The boys still weren't really huge fans, although they did okay. I love that it makes enough to freeze half, so I have another dinner ready to go.
Lettuce Wraps, Peanut Noodles - This meal is awesome. I didn't even care that the boys hated it, because I loved it. Makes great leftovers too - an easy lunch to pack and bring to work. Seriously....yum!
Maple-Mustard Salmon, Brown Rice, Roasted Asparagus - I mixed in an old standby so the boys wouldn't revolt. I also discovered that Nathan will eat asparagus, as long as it's left whole and he can use his hands. Fine by me.
Feta Meatballs, Orzo - These are great too. The orzo was okay, but I really liked the meatballs. Note: If you make them small as directed, they don't need 20 minutes in the oven. I baked mine for 10 and they were done. Also take care not to overdo the onions.
Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Pasta - As expected, the boys picked out the tomatoes, but they ate and enjoyed the pasta and zucchini. I liked it, and it was a super easy dish, but I think I prefer asparagus and peas and other veggies over roasted tomatoes with a goat cheese sauce.
And for a weekend snack, I finally tried these homemade granola bars. Like the original recipe, I added shredded coconut, but I liked cutting them into bars. These are ridiculously easy and really good. They remind me of these peanut-butter/coconut balls my mom used to make when I was little. Everybody liked them, but I'm not sure they'll get made much. The schools are all peanut-free these days; and I'm sorry for all those out there who suffer from nut allergies, but soy or sun butter is just so not the same. I am now on the hunt for a granola bar recipe without peanut butter. I'll keep you posted.
photo via farmhouse