I’ve decided January could use a little extra sparkle, so I’m leaving my wintery decor up for the duration. Gotta have something fun to look at after the Christmas magic is packed away. I’m craving fresh veggies heading into mid-winter, so I’m trying to include lots of them in the weekly menu.
Blueberry and Raspberry Baked Oatmeal – Use your favorite berries or whatever you have on hand. You really can’t go wrong with this one. Frozen berries work just as well as fresh. This dish keeps in the fridge for a few days, or slice into portions and freeze. Warm to serve, and top with a little milk or cream.
Weeknight Taco Soup – We lighten up this go-to recipe by substituting ground turkey for the beef. Another good keeper, this stores well in the fridge for a few days, or in the freezer for several weeks.
One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies – If you haven’t tried sheet pan dinners, I think you’ll like them. Toss your ingredients on a lined pan, pop it in the oven and wait. Clean up is a breeze. Take some help from the store and use baby carrots for this recipe. Ain’t no shame in that game.
Gobble Gobble Squash – New Recipe! My Carnivore in Residence would have happily eaten the filling without the squash. I prefer the pairing of the two. Yum!
Cherry Tomato and White Bean Salad – Simple and flavorful, this little goodie comes together in minutes.
Thai-Style Cucumber Salad
Refreshing, light and full of summer-time flavors, this side salad pairs nicely with grilled salmon or chicken.
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¾ cup hot water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 large English cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced
- ½ cup carrot, thinly sliced
- ¼ cup green onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons red bell pepper, diced finely
- 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 1 teaspoon jalapeno, finely minced
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 clove fresh garlic, crushed
- In a small bowl, whisk honey and water until the honey is fully dissolved. Add vinegar; cover and refrigerate for two hours.
- Combine cucumber and remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour chilled dressing over cucumber mixture and toss gently.
Apple, bananas, popcorn, fresh bell pepper slices. We’re nothing if not predictable. Try popcorn with your favorite garden herbs for a little extra flavor.
Secret Garden Popcorn Drizzle
A savory, garlicky twist on traditional popcorn. Adapted from mymagazine.us
- 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! http://www.arthurizedhome.com
No Bake 4 Ingredient Chocolate Cookies – New Recipe! Mark proclaimed these fudgy little numbers a 10! Okay, so this recipe may not put you closer to your New Year’s goals, but they are so good! Maybe store them in the freezer so they don’t call your name constantly?
Here’s to a week of yummy eats! I hope your Monday is off to a great start!
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