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Real Food Menu for Week of 9.21.2020

As the temperature shifts to cooler days and nights (40° yesterday morning! Do we live at the Artic Circle now?!), we’re transitioning from all the salads of summer to warm comfort-food dinners.

Here’s what’s heating up the kitchen this week:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Blueberry and Raspberry Baked Oatmeal – An old favorite. 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.
https://www.sohowsittaste.com/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

Mark’s Lunch:
Greek Meatball Mezze Bowls – New Recipe! Reminiscent of my favorite dinner at Zoe’s Kitchen, this dish is a little time consuming, but so very tasty. If not using packaged quinoa, cook it while the meatballs are baking. Meal prep once, and have lunch all week long.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/274587/greek-meatball-mezze-bowls/

Dinner:

Middle Eastern Chicken and Chickpea Stew – New Recipe! This savory and hearty stew is delicious as is, or serve over brown or cauliflower rice.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/252878/middle-eastern-chicken-chickpea-stew/

Baked Garlic Parmesan Salmon – Not the prettiest dish, but so tasty! I bought several packs of parmesan for making pesto. When I went to harvest the basil, I discovered it covered with black spots. Maybe from our recent rains? This dish is another good way to use up some of that excess parm.
https://healthstartsinthekitchen.com/baked-garlic-parmesan-salmon-primal-low-carb-keto/

Forty-Clove Chicken Filice – Take some help from the grocery store on this one, and buy a package of peeled garlic cloves. Ain’t nobody got time for peeling forty cloves of garlic! Don’t be afraid of all that garlic; baking just makes them sweeter. You won’t repel vampires.
https://www.cooks.com/recipe/u81yk046/40-clove-chicken-filice.html

Southwestern Squash Casserole – Delish, with just a little kick! We use Bob’s Red Mill g-free 1 to 1 baking flour to thicken.
https://food.12tomatoes.com/southwestern-squash-casserole/

Snack:
Fig and Ricotta Toast – New Recipe! I found fresh figs at Earth Fare about the same time I stumbled across this recipe. This hearty snack would make a simple breakfast or lunch. Look for ricotta with just three ingredients: milk, vinegar and salt. I use Rio Briati brand. Try it without that extra sprinkle of salt on top.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/256575/fig-ricotta-toast/

Keto No Bake Cookies – These little goodies are similar in flavor to preacher cookies, minus that wallop of sugar. I use monkfruit to sweeten.
https://thesoccermomblog.com/keto-no-bake-cookies/

Have a fantastic week, everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 5.4.2020

Do you ever feel like you worked all day long and at the end of the day can’t name one project you fully completed? That’s what is happening at our house right now. We’ve got a lot going on but nothing much to show for it. One project depends on another and it’s snowballing out of control.

The herb garden is one bright spot. It has overwintered beautifully and the plants seem to be healthy and happy. The other night when I was coming home I startled a wascally wabbit in the garden. I’m pretty sure he was fixin’ to chow down on my lily plants. Again. The onions and garlic planted around the lilies are not deterrent enough, so I’ve got a little cayenne surprise for him. I’ll share the recipe and report back if you’re interested.

Anywhooo, it’s back to work today and we’re diving head-first into this busy week. Here’s what we’ll nosh on as we go:

Breakfast:
Blueberry & Raspberry Baked Oatmeal – This one is a perennial favorite and a real crowd-pleaser. We prepare this bake when we have overnight guests.
https://www.sohowsittaste.com/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

Lunch:

Breakfast Scramble Meal Prep Bowls – We love breakfast for dinner, or anytime, really! I add extra bell peppers to this recipe and use two tablespoons taco seasoning mix.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/breakfast-scramble-clean-eating-meal-prep-bowls/
Taco Seasoning: I mix a quadruple batch of this and store it in a glass jar.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/homemade-taco-seasoning/

Dinner:

Layered Salad – We divide this recipe in half for the two of us. Add the dressing just before serving. Also, I love ya, Pioneer Woman, but you’re layering this all wrong. Everyone knows the cheese goes on top of the salad. But, we’ll play it your way for now.
https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/layered-salad/

Strawberry Chicken Salad with Avocado Dressing – You want an avocado that is guac-ready for this dressing. If not, the dressing could be bitter, instead of creamy.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-eating-strawberry-chicken-salad/

Southwestern Squash Casserole – Delish! We use Bob’s Red Mill g-free 1 to 1 baking flour to thicken.
https://food.12tomatoes.com/southwestern-squash-casserole/

Salsa Verde Chicken Skillet with Brown Rice and Guac – New Recipe!
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/salsa-verde-chicken-skillet/

Snacks:
Along with our usual popcorn and go-to warm weather snack of fresh watermelon, I’m making these real food cookie dough balls.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls – New Recipe! Pre-exercise fuel, or post-exercise treat? That’s your call. I used a 1″ cookie scoop and this recipe yielded 30 balls. As with most real food treats, store these preservative-free babies in the fridge or freezer.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/healthy-chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-balls/

Treat:
Grilled Pineapple with Ricotta and Honey – Yum! Grilled fruit is amazing. The pineapple is so sweet, I don’t think this needs the drizzle of honey.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/grilled-pineapple-ricotta-honey-clean-eating/

Have a great week!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Meal Prep for Week of 7.22.2019

This weekend has been all about catching up on home and garden tasks. I’m behind on weeding the herb garden, so it’s gotten a little out of hand. Even the cilantro got tired of waiting on me to clip it, and bolted instead. Oops!

While I was busy processing an enormous batch of basil, Mr. ArthurizedHome sat down and developed this week’s menu. I think he did a nice job of planning meals around what is fresh in the garden, and on sale at the grocery store. Let’s dig in!

Breakfast:
Noatmeal with Strawberries – What could be easier than heating up water and stirring this mix into it? One day we’ll tire of it, but today is not that day!
https://www.healthysweeteats.com/my-favorite-noatmeal-aka-low-carb-oat-free-porridge-the-basic-recipe-and-6-variations/?cn-reloaded=1

Lunch:
Garden Salad with Grilled Chicken – No recipe, just throw whatever is fresh at it! We’ll have Pioneer Woman’s dill dressing on our salads.
https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/layered-salad/

Dinner:

Summer Squash Oregano – This old Southern Living magazine recipe is a favorite. It’s so old that I can’t find the recipe online! I’ve searched. We’ve got oregano growing like crazy this year, and fresh summer squash from Pa Kettle’s garden.

Summer Squash Oregano
3 T. butter
1 onion, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 small, green bell pepper, chopped
1 T. chopped fresh oregano
3/4 lb. yellow squash, sliced
3/4 lb. zucchini, sliced
4 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in a large skillet; add onion, garlic and bell pepper and saute until tender. Stir in oregano, yellow squash and zucchini. Cover, and cook, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Stir in tomato, salt and pepper; cook, uncovered, until squash is tender. Spoon into a serving dish, sprinkle with cheese.

Southwestern Squash Casserole – Yum! To make this gluten free and lower in carbs, I’m substituting gluten-free baking mix, coconut flour, arrowroot powder for the wheat flour.
https://12tomatoes.com/southwestern-squash-casserole/

Tomato and Cheese Pie – We didn’t get to this one last week! We had too many leftovers and other produce we were trying to use before it spoiled, so this one is back on the menu.

Tomato and Cheese Pie
adapted from The Supermarket Diet Cookbook
Prep: 20 Minutes
Bake: 30 Minutes
Makes: 4 Servings
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese 
4 large eggs
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp. salt, plus additional for sprinkling
1/8 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper, plus additional for sprinkling
1/4 cup milk
1 T. cornstarch – I use arrowroot powder 
1 cup packed fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 pound ripe tomatoes (three medium), thinly sliced

1) Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, with whisk or fork, beat ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, salt and pepper until blended. 
2) In cup, with fork, stir milk and cornstarch (arrowroot) until blended; whisk into cheese mixture. Stir in basil. Pour mixture into 9 inch glass or ceramic pie plate. Arrange tomatoes on top, overlapping if necessary. Sprinkle tomatoes with salt and pepper. 
3) Bake pie until lightly browned around edge and center is puffed, 30 to 35 minutes.

Mozzarella Parmesan Chicken Casserole – New Recipe!
https://www.eatwell101.com/mozzarella-parmesan-chicken-casserole

Garlic Butter Sauteed Spinach with Salmon – This spinach is so bright and flavorful. Even better, you can have dinner on the table in 20 minutes, start to finish. Salt and pepper a salmon filet, squeeze some lemon juice over and pop it in the oven skin side down (450° for 15 minutes or until it flakes easily) and saute the spinach while it bakes. So good!
https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-sauteed-spinach-recipe

Snacks:
Keto cucumber slices, celery sticks or boiled eggs for me. I know I’m making this sound like prison rations, but I’m generally not hungry between meals on keto.

Hubby will nosh on his glorious, carb-laden watermelon, cherries, peaches and popcorn.

Treat:
Coconut Milk Panna Cotta – This recipe is tried and true, but I’ve never made it without the honey. I’m going to give it a whirl with Whole Earth sweetener to bring those carbs down.
https://deliciouslyorganic.net/coconut-panna-cotta-dairy-free-gaps-paleo-grain-free/

Have a great week, everybody!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

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Meal Prep for Week of 6.2.2019

This past weekend was a blink-and-you-miss-it blur. We did loads of adulting and gardening. Hubby had a 16 mile trail race, and we spent some time catching up with friends we hadn’t seen in awhile.

Last night we watched a couple of deer work their way through, sampling from the delicious buffet that is our side yard. They completely ignored the herb garden, which made us wonder if they had bumped into the new fence and were spooked by it. Time will tell.

Diving into this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Cloud Bread – New Recipe! I made two flavors; Parmesan and Everything Bagel. Will serve these with a schmear.
https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/a24749186/cloud-oopsie-bread-recipe/

Lunch:
We’re having a mixture of cold salads for lunch this week.
Mason Jar Spinach Salad – New Recipe! I made four of these salads. I substituted stevia sweetener for the sugar in the dressing. Instead of spooning the dressing into the bottom of the jar, I stored each portion in a tiny container.
https://www.theseasonedmom.com/wprm_print/57058

Zucchini Salad – New Recipe! I’m intrigued by the prospect of a low-carb imitation potato salad. UPDATE: We like this! I added a little extra mustard and three boiled eggs.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/zucchini-salad

Greek Salad – An old favorite
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/greek-salad/

Greek Salad

Dinner:
Meatloaf, Green Beans and Mashed Cauliflower – New recipe! I substituted almond flour for the oatmeal in the meatloaf, and used prepared mashed cauliflower.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/meatloaf-dinner/

Keto Western Omelettes – New Recipe! We love breakfast for dinner.
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/keto-western-omelet

Cauliflower Pizza – This is as satisfying as “real” pizza; and has become a default when we need some dinner inspiration. I use ground flax seed (from Aldi) instead of the psyllium husk.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

Southwestern Squash Casserole – To make this gluten free and lower in carbs, I’m substituting coconut flour for the wheat flour. UPDATE: Do not do this! The coconut flour did not incorporate well and the casserole was gritty as a result. It didn’t affect the flavor, just the texture. I’ll try arrowroot powder next.
https://12tomatoes.com/southwestern-squash-casserole/

Lemony Avocado Tuna Salad – We’re slightly obsessed.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/eat-clean-lemony-avocado-tuna-salad/

Snacks:
I’m finding that I need fewer snacks on keto.
Pimento cheese and celery, cucumber slices, pickles, walnuts, green pepper strips
Beautiful carbs for hubby: Pineapple, grapes, bananas, watermelon, Tiny but Mighty popcorn

Treat:
Fresh Strawberries and Homemade Whipped Cream with Lily’s Chocolate Chips on top – If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! I sweeten the cream with a packet or two of Whole Earth. This tasty keto treat is a good substitute for my nightly watermelon.

I hope that you will give some of these recipes a try. If you like them, let me know in the comments or via email at arthurized dot home at gmail dot com.

Everything Bagel Cloud Bread with a schmear.

This is not a sponsored post. I am not in partnership with, nor do I own any of these websites or the recipes linked here.

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.

Real Food Meal Prep for Week of 4.28.2019

Like most people, I’ve got enough stress and chaos going on in my life right now. Nothing I can’t handle, however. I’ve had a couple high blood pressure readings lately so I went to the doctor to get that checked out. Wouldn’t you know it, at the check-up my blood pressure was fine. The doctor wants me to keep an eye on it and also suggested that I try a ketogenic diet. So, I’m pinning keto recipes like crazy and dipping my toes into extremely low carb for the next few weeks before testing out full-blown keto. (Ain’t nobody got time for the keto flu!) I’m not entirely sold on this idea.

My hesitation with keto is:
1) All that fat. Blah. I like my veggies and fruit.
2) All that dairy. Dairy and I don’t get along. Right now we use cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese as a condiment and unsweetened coconut milk for most everything else. I really don’t want to increase my dairy intake.
(First world problems, I know.)
3) I don’t mind using stevia as a sweetener; in fact I’m trying to grow the plant this year. But nearly every keto treat contains sugar alcohols, which gives me pause. I prefer a teaspoon of local, raw honey or organic maple syrup over a teaspoon of erythritol.
4) Mr. Arthurized Home is not joining me in this keto adventure, so I’ll fix different breakfasts and snacks for him like I did before he went gluten free. Again, with the first world problems.
5) What should I eat before and during running? I usually eat a piece of toast with peanut butter before a short run and eat a Larabar or Honey Stinger waffle during long runs. I have no idea how to fuel on keto. Some say you can’t do keto and strenuous exercise, others say it’s amazing for endurance sports.

The jury is still out on this decision. That said, here is this week’s menu:

Breakfast: Breakfast Egg Muffins with Ham – New Recipe
https://www.foodfaithfitness.com/breakfast-egg-muffins-with-ham/

I used spinach, roasted red pepper strips and mozzarella in my egg muffins.
They’re delicious!

Almond Flour Biscuits with Keto Chia Jam – New Recipes – I made the jam to go with a coconut chia pudding. I added a smidge of stevia sweetener and it’s very good. So good that I nixed the pudding and found a low carb biscuit recipe to go with the jam.
https://www.gnom-gnom.com/paleo-keto-chia-jam/
I used ghee in the biscuits and they were buttery and filling. They are not sweet at all, and could go savory with the addition of a little garlic powder and cheddar cheese. Maybe some crispy, minced bacon?
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/paleo-almond-flour-biscuits-low-carb-gluten-free/

Lunch: Broccoli Cheese Soup – New Recipe – To decrease the dairy I’m subbing canned coconut milk in for the heavy cream. I’m not sure this will work, but I’ll give it a whirl!
https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/broccoli-cheese-soup-low-carb-gluten-free/
Garden Side Salad with Dill Dressing – This dressing recipe is an old standby and normally we substitute honey for the sugar. This week we left the sweetener out all together. It’s tasty without it.
https://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/layered-salad/

Dinner:
Southwestern Squash Casserole – My sister-in-law made this for Easter and we’ve gone slightly crazy for it. We substitute a gluten-free flour blend (not low carb) for the all-purpose flour. We also use 1/8 tsp of cayenne and leave out the jalapeno.
https://12tomatoes.com/southwestern-squash-casserole/

Breakfast for Dinner – Almond Flour Pancakes – New Recipe
https://joyfilledeats.com/almond-flour-pancakes/

Cauliflower Crust Pizza – So good! Add some Italian herbs and a little more parmesan to the crust if you don’t love the slight cauliflower flavor.
https://thestonesoup.com/blog/2016/09/27/cauliflower-pizza/

Turkey Meatball Zoodle Soup – New Recipe
https://www.paleorunningmomma.com/paleo-turkey-meatball-zoodle-soup-whole30/

Chicken Salad on Baby Spinach – We’ll add grapes for my husband, omit them for my salad.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/quick-easy-chicken-salad-recipe/

Snacks: Hard-boiled eggs, Celery, Cucumber and Green bell peppers, organic guacamole from Aldi
Pimento Cheese – Every good Southerner should have a favorite pimento cheese recipe and this is mine. I use Sir Kensington’s mayonnaise and finely grate the cheddar.
https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/09/sauced-pimento-cheese-recipe.html
Additional snacks for my hubby – Banana, Watermelon, Pineapple and Apples
*sniff* I love you, fresh fruit.

Treat:
Chocolate and Peanut Butter Keto Cookies – New Recipe
https://thesoccermomblog.com/keto-no-bake-cookies/

Let’s have another look at that biscuit, shall we?

Have a great week, everyone!

Disclosure: In addition to occasional sponsored posts, Arthurized Home uses clickable affiliate links. That means that I may receive a small commission from sales at no extra charge to you. As always, my opinion is 100% my own, and I only recommend things that I truly love or use myself. Thank you for patronizing the brands that support Arthurized Home!

Copyright 2019-2020 © Arthurized Home – All Rights Reserved. This post is the original content of Arthurized Home. If you’re reading this on another site, it’s unArthurized.