Real Food Menu for Week of 4.6.2020

For the past week and a half, I’ve been traveling nowhere except work and home. I feel like I’ve been on house arrest with work release! I’m coming out of that today, and I never thought I would be so happy to (cautiously) go to the grocery store, or for a socially-distanced run.

Cooking from the pantry has been a good experiment and we’ve proven to ourselves that it’s doable for a few weeks at a time, if necessary. When it looked like the Governor might place Virginia under shelter in place, I stocked up on veggies that are good keepers: cabbage, carrots and potatoes, etc. We’ll use some of those up in this week’s menu:

Chocolate Pecan Sweet Potato Breakfast Cookies – If you don’t have a sweet potato, take a little help from the store and substitute canned pumpkin. We add a smidgen of nutmeg to the dough and a sprinkle of these chocolate chips.

Italian Lentil Soup – Classic! Don’t skimp on the veggies.

Spicy Roasted Chickpea Salad – New Recipe! Don’t let the word ‘spicy’, deter you from trying this one; this spice is not heat. Roast the chickpeas and make the dressing ahead of time for quick dinner prep.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Salmon and Red Potatoes – Serve with a green vegetable on the side, if you’re into that kind of thing.

Minute Steaks with Quick Chive Butter – I gotta admit, I’ve never been much of a steak fan, but Mark’s been craving them lately. This recipe is a tasty one!

Keto Western Omelette – New Recipe! – As with all Diet Doctor recipes, scale for your crowd. I chopped up extra onions, peppers and ham to freeze for another day. We love these quick, easy meals for evenings when we’re on the run, literally or figuratively.

I used up a bag of dried garbanzo beans last week making hummus and I’m still not sick of it. Hummus with carrots, cucumbers and bell pepper strips is the order of the day. Also, our requisite bananas, grapes, apples and popcorn. We really never tire of it.

Double Dark Chocolate Brownies – So good! The recipe says to finely grate the zucchini, but we’re not trying to sneak vegetables past picky eaters, so I give my zukes a regular grate. You can see them in the finished product, similar to a chocolate zucchini bread. If that bothers you, go with the fine grate.

Have a great week!

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