Tag: summer squash oregano

Real Food Menu for Week of 9.14.2020

Boy, this weekend flew by! Too bad I don’t have much to show for it. We hung out with Pa Kettle Friday night, ran ten miles on Saturday, plus a pilgrimage to Hobby Lobby (y’all crazy for that fall decor!), a bit of meal prep yesterday and we’re back to the grind today. Oh well, it was a fun weekend.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Mark’s Breakfast:
Blueberry Coconut Chia Pudding – I’ve got a load of chia seeds to use up, and that’s as good a reason as any to make this delicious breakfast. These keep for several days in the refrigerator. Prep ’em on Sunday night and have breakfast all week long.
https://kirbiecravings.com/blueberry-coconut-chia-pudding/

Mark’s Lunch:
Quick and Easy Chicken Salad – Prep the salad ahead of time and keep in the fridge for a few days. Are you seeing a theme here? We like to serve this on a bed of fresh spinach.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/quick-easy-chicken-salad-recipe/

Dinners:
Supreme Pizza Inspired Salad – All the flavors of pizza, none of the regret. Use a quality pepperoni; we like Hormel Natural. To keep the pepperoni fresh, add it just before serving.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/supreme-pizza-salad/

Marinated Salmon with Garlic and Herbs – We love this simple supper and serve it over garlic and herb cauliflower rice, which Aldi carries in their freezer section.
https://www.dinneratthezoo.com/marinated-salmon/

Summer Squash Oregano – This hasn’t been a bountiful year for summer squash, but I need to make this goodie at least once more before summer ends.

Summer Squash Oregano

  • Servings: 4 servings
  • Difficulty: Easy
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This old Southern Living magazine recipe is a favorite. It’s so old that I can’t find the recipe online! I’ve searched. This dish is fantastic for using oregano and summer squash fresh from the garden.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
  • ¾ lb. yellow squash, sliced
  • ¾ lb. zucchini, sliced
  • 4 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Directions

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

Middle Eastern Chicken Kebabs – Sprinkle a little za’atar on these babies if ya like! Serve with the easy-peasy tahini sauce below for dipping.
https://mythreeseasons.com/middle-eastern-chicken-kebabs/

Snack:
In addition to our usual snacks of fruit, nut and popcorn, we’ll enjoy dipping fresh veggies in this Tahini Sauce with Lemon and Garlic – New Recipe! Add all three tablespoons of water for dressing, start with one tablespoon for a dip or spread, then add more until reaching the desired consistency.
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/266455/tahini-sauce-with-lemon-garlic/

Treat:
Cardamom Plum Buckle – New Recipe! We think this is delicious, albeit a little too sweet. Okay, a lot too sweet. Use a honey that’s light in color, but decrease it by half. Don’t want to steal the plum’s thunder. If your buckle is getting a little brown (like mine!), wrap a collar of foil around the edges toward the end of the bake time.
https://againstallgrain.com/2020/07/27/cardamom-plum-buckle/

I hope your week is *just* sweet enough!

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Real Food Menu for Week of 10.6.2019

I quit keto last week. I’ve been solidly in ketosis since late May and lost 13 pounds over the summer, but I don’t think the results were worth the restriction. I recently switched primary care doctors and my new doc feels that the Mediterranean diet is a better fit for me.

So I quit. I mixed up a salad of chickpeas, cucumbers, garden tomatoes (which are soon coming to an end), tuna, black pepper, apple cider vinegar and olive oil. And it was good. So good that I had the leftovers before my run this morning. Weird breakfast, huh? Going forward I will continue to focus on eating foods made in nature, and keeping the carbs low to moderate. Until the doctor tells me otherwise!

Breakfast:
Strawberry Overnight Oats – Overnight oats are back and I’m so excited! I’m decreasing the Greek yogurt slightly, and leaving the honey out of mine.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/clean-mornings-strawberries-cream-overnight-oats/

Lunch:
Mediterranean Green Lentil Soup – It’s officially soup weather! My mother-in-law made the best lentil soup. So tasty and filling. It’s one of Pa Kettle’s favorites, so he orders lentil soup whenever we go to Zoe’s Kitchen.
https://www.unicornsinthekitchen.com/easy-mediterranean-green-lentil-soup/

Dinner:

Cedar Plank Salmon – {UPDATE: We found this salmon to be dry and flavorless. The green beans were delicious, however!}
Earth Fare had these on sale this weekend, and the ingredients all appear to be clean. I wish the package stated the source of the salmon, because we try to buy wild caught if possible. I’m serving the salmon with Green Beans Almondine and a little brown rice.
https://www.food.com/recipe/green-beans-almondine-14804

Perfect Roast Chicken – Again. But seriously, we never tire of this, and love turning the leftovers into something amazing the next day. Carrots and potatoes for Mark, Brussels sprouts for me.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-roast-chicken-recipe-1940592

Creamy Tuscan Soup – New Recipe! We’ll use leftover roast chicken in this soup.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/creamy-skinny-tuscan-soup-recipe/

Garlic Butter Sauteed Spinach with Salmon – We’re subbing in olive oil for butter.
https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-sauteed-spinach-recipe

Summer Squash Oregano

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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This old Southern Living magazine recipe is a favorite. It’s so old that I can’t find the recipe online!

Ingredients


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

Directions


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.

Snack:
Black Bean Hummus with Cucumber Slices – Hummus, how I have missed you! Not the prettiest dish to photograph, but this one is slap yo’ mama good! (Don’t worry, no actual mamas were injured in the making of this snack.) I swapped out chickpeas for black beans. Go easy on the lemon juice, but the more garlic, the better. We should not have any vampire problems leading up to Halloween.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/hummus-recipe-1940499

Treat: We’ll give the Mediterranean practice of fruit for dessert a try this week. I will likely stick with fresh berries. Or dragon fruit.

Happy Monday, and 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!

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.

Meal Prep for Week of 8.4.2019

Happiness is cooking with herbs that you planted, tended and harvested! I’m not sure why the idea of cauliflower rice tabbouleh never occurred to me before, but I’m glad to finally try it! Pa Kettle’s garden provided the cukes and Juliet tomatoes, and the herbs are fresh from our garden.

Breakfast:
Easy Three Cheese Keto Biscuits – New Recipe! So tasty!
https://www.myketokitchen.com/keto-recipes/keto-biscuits-low-carb/

Lunch:
Cowboy Butter Chicken with Zucchini Noodles – The term ‘zucchini noodles’ chafes my affinity for nonsense words. ‘Zoodles made from zukes’ is just more fun to say! If you’re not a fan of heat, go easy on the cayenne and crushed red pepper flakes.
https://www.eatwell101.com/cowboy-butter-chicken-and-zucchini-noodles

Dinner:

Crock-Pot Creamy Garlic Pork Loin – New and delicious!
https://www.eatwell101.com/crockpot-pork-loin-recipe

Those are the Three Cheese Keto Biscuits in the background.

Burgers on Lettuce Buns with Summer Squash Oregano

Garlic Butter Chicken with Parmesan Cauliflower Rice – New!
http://www.netfeeddaily.com/2018/12/08/15-minute-garlic-butter-chicken-with-parmesan-cauliflower-rice/

Cousin Ruby’s Dilled Tuna Stuffed Tomatoes

Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh – Keto twist on a classic, summer dish! I modified Ina’s recipe to exclude the bulghur, water and greatly reduce the salt. This recipe is from the Barefoot Contessa Parties cookbook, and IMHO 3 1/2 teaspoons of salt is way too much! (Even when I made this with bulghur, I never used that much salt.) I used about 1 teaspoon of salt for this salad. Adjust to taste. Don’t skimp on the parsley and mint. In this dish, more is indeed more!

Step One of the recipe becomes: Rice a small head of cauliflower in a food processor, and add the raw cauliflower to a large bowl. Add the lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper.
Step Two: Add the scallions, mint, parsley, cucumber, tomatoes; mix well. Season, to taste, and serve or cover and refrigerate. The flavor will improve if the tabbouleh sits for a few hours.
https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/tabbouleh-recipe-2131154

Snacks:
Mine – Gouda Cheese Sticks, Boiled Eggs, Cucumber Slices and Celery with Peanut Butter. Again.
Hub’s – Watermelon, Cherries, Tiny but Mighty Popcorn and Avocado Oil Potato Chips

Treat:
Easy Keto No Bake Cookies – These are like preacher cookies, minus the oats. Yum. I use about two packets of green stuff per batch. Store them in the freezer.
https://thesoccermomblog.com/keto-no-bake-cookies/

I hope your week is filled with your favorite things plus tasty, real food!

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.

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!

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 5.5.2019

I’m inching closer to keto this week and sharing some family favorite recipes with you!

Ropa Vieja is a delicious, Cuban, shredded beef dish that I’ve made frequently over the past 18 years. My version is Americanized; I take some help from the store and use jarred salsa. If you serve it over cauliflower rice instead of white or brown rice, it’s very low carb. I love the richness of flavor that slow-roasting gives, so I use the Dutch oven. As a bonus, the house smell amazing while it cooks!

Here is this week’s menu:

Breakfast:
Blueberry Smoothie – New Recipe!
“Looks so bad, but it tastes so good.” – My husband
Y’all. I have laughed so hard over these smoothies which look NOTHING like the beautiful purple in the recipe photo. These look more like something you would serve at a Grinch party! Trust me, they are tasty, and you know you’re getting your daily dose of green goodness from the spinach. If the kids are constantly drinking your smoothie, offer them this and watch them recoil in horror! Looks can be deceiving.
https://tastythin.com/anti-inflammatory-blueberry-smoothie-paleo-keto/

Copycat Starbucks Keto Egg Bites – New Recipe!
https://laurenrabadi.com/2018/08/29/copycat-oven-baked-starbucks-keto-egg-bites/amp/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_smartloop&utm_content=smartloop&utm_term=8803022

Lunch: Ropa Vieja
My husband will have his over brown rice, I’ll have cauliflower rice.

Ropa Vieja
325° for 2 1/2 to 3 hours
3 lbs beef chuck roast
1 package (1 oz.) dry onion soup mix – or make your own like this:
https://feedingbig.com/clean-eating-onion-soup-mix.html
1 onion, chopped
1 c. red wine
3 T. coconut oil
1/2 c. salsa – look for salsa with no added sugar
1/2 c. water – optional (I almost never add this)
Garnishes: sour cream, cilantro, lime wedges and avocado

Heat oil in dutch oven, over med-high. Add beef and brown on all sides . Reduce heat, add onion and cook until soft but not browned. Add onion soup mix, wine, salsa and water (if using). Bring to a boil. Cover and place in preheated oven for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Check occasionally to make sure there is sufficient liquid in the pan, add more wine if necessary. Shred beef before serving. Serve over rice, or cauliflower rice for low carb. Garnish as desired.

Dinner:
Keto stuffed bell peppers with side salad
https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/stuffed-peppers-with-ground-beef-and-cheese

Guacamole Bacon Burgers on a lettuce bun – we make lettuce buns two ways:

  • Slice large rounds from the sides of a head of iceberg lettuce.
  • Stack several large leaves of romaine lettuce to make each half of a bun.

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Lime Dressing
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/strawberry-avocado-salad-clean-eating/

Summer Squash Oregano – I found this recipe in Southern Living magazine years ago; and we make this all summer long. Well, as long as the squash from Pa Kettle’s garden are rolling in! Add some rolls or cloud bread, and you’ve got a nice vegetarian dinner.

Summer Squash Oregano – Serves 6 as a side dish
From Southern Living magazine
3 T. butter
1 medium yellow 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 t. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1 c. grated parmesan
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 and sprinkle with cheese.

Grilled Chicken Skewers with Homemade Tzatziki and Greek Salad
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/grilled-chicken-skewers-homemade-tzatziki/
https://www.spendwithpennies.com/greek-salad/

Snacks:
Low carb for me: Peanut Butter Dip with celery sticks, Cucumber slices, jicama sticks
Fruit for hubby: Grapes, bananas, pineapple, watermelon
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/peanut-butter-fruit-dip-clean-eating/

Treat:
Lemon Cheesecake Keto Fat Bombs – So good! Swap out limes for the lemon and make lime cheesecake fat bombs instead!
https://www.eatwell101.com/lemon-cheesecake-keto-fat-bombs-recipe

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!

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.