Real Food Menu for Week of 4.27.2020

Well, it’s been about seven years since this coronavirus business fired up. Am I the only one who feels that way? I can’t imagine how stir-crazy shelter in place would make me. Props to all of you persevering right now. Hang in there, peeps! You’ve got this.

It’s so important to be good to yourself, especially right now; and one way we can do that is by eating as clean as possible. Here’s this week’s menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Chocolate Coconut Granola – Tasty with yogurt or milk. Keep an eye on this one while it bakes. Because of the cocoa, it’s difficult to gauge doneness by color. I substitute 1/3 c. honey for the brown sugar. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top while it’s still warm from the oven.


Chicken Pineapple Curry – Savory with sweetness from the pineapple, this recipe is an old favorite! For thicker sauce, use just one can of coconut milk.


Waldorf Salad – New! I use Greek yogurt instead of mayo, but a blend of the two is delicious. Serve on a bed of your favorite lettuce.

Thai Veggie Noodle Salad – New! Double or triple the recipe if serving a crowd. Don’t save it for leftovers, it’s best eaten fresh!

Turkey, Bacon and Swiss on Lettuce Buns – My sandwich is based on the recipe linked below with a few substitutions. Assemble just before serving.

Salmon in Roasted Pepper Sauce – So creamy and delicious!

Dilled Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes – My cousin shared this delicious tuna recipe with me. I might be just a little obsessed.

Dilled Tuna-Stuffed Tomatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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adapted from The Supermarket Diet Cookbook


  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) solid white tuna in water, drained and flaked
  • 5 T. mayonnaise – I like Sir Kensington’s
  • 2 medium cucumbers, unpeeled, cut into 1/4 inch pieces – or 1 large English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh dill, finely chopped
  • 2 T. capers, drained and finely chopped
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 T. Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 large, ripe tomatoes (12 ounces each)


1) In medium bowl combine tuna, mayonnaise, cucumbers, dill, capers, lemon juice, mustard and pepper.

2) Cut each tomato, from blossom end, into 6 attached wedges, being careful not to cut all the way through. Spoon one-fourth of tuna mixture into center of each tomato. Serve.

Watermelon, Bananas, Apples

Secret Garden Popcorn – A tasty switch-up from traditional buttered popcorn. I found this recipe in Kroger’s My Magazine. I could not find an online link, so I made a printable recipe; in case you’re old-school like me and need paper.

Secret Garden Popcorn Drizzle

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: Easy
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A savory, garlicky twist on traditional popcorn. Adapted from


  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • I clove minced or pressed garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. minced herbs – try parsley, chives, dill or oregano
  • freshly popped popcorn
  • salt, to taste – if using unsalted butter


Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Add garlic and herbs and stir for one minute. Remove from heat and drizzle over warm popcorn. Toss to coat and serve. Enjoy!

Strawberry Pina Colada Freeze – Remember that Strawberry Pina Colada from a couple of weeks ago? I had some left over, so I froze it in a round container and shaved it using my trusty Pampered Chef Ice Shaver. A little freshly whipped cream on top doesn’t hurt.

Happy Monday! All the best to you!

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