Sunday, May 20, 2012

Lazy Menu Post

This weekend has been somewhat productive; however, the Bear and I are just feeling lazy.  While we were up on our roof caulking some places we suspect might be leaking water over our skylight, Justin said, "Is it bad that after this I just don't want to do anything?  I don't even feel like playing Tiger Woods' golf."  It's just one of those weekends where we have done a few productive things, but just want to lay around and enjoy each other's company.  I guess that's what the weekend is for.

This week's menu is a great combination of indoor and outdoor cooking.  The weather forecast will be heating up, so it's time to get grilling.  I'm starting the week off with my new obsession, soyrizo.  I don't know why I never tried it before, but the Melissa's brand is vegetarian, gluten-free, and does not contain any crazy preservatives.  I will utilize the soyrizo as a meat replacement in an old comfort favorite, chili mac.  Next, I am experimenting with a combination of Pinterest recipes that have caught my eye in a grilled chicken Thai salad.  Thursday evening we will need something quick and easy as the Bear has softball.  Quesidillas and sweet potato tots are the answer.  Finally, in celebration for memorial day weekend we will be out grilling again with pork chops and a side of baked beans and broccoli salad.  Here is the official rundown and most of what you will need:

Sunday 5/20        Soyrizo Chili Mac

Monday 5/21       Left-overs

Tuesday 5/22       Grilled Chicken over Thai Salad

Wednesday 5/23  Left-overs

Thursday 5/24     Turkey, Spinach, & Mushroom Quesadillas with Sweet Potato Tots

Friday 5/25 or      Pork Chops with Broccoli Salad & Baked Beans
Saturday 5/26

Groceries you will need:

1 soyrizo link
1 pound chicken breast tenders
1 package of your favorite sliced turkey
1 package center cut bacon
2-4 boneless pork chops (we like ours about 3/4 to 1 inch thick)
2 yellow onions
1 red onion
1-2 sweet potatoes
1 bag spinach
1 bag angel hair slaw
1 box mushrooms
1 bunch broccoli
1 bunch cilantro
1 bunch fresh mint
1 knob ginger root
1 head garlic
1 bunch green onions
1 red or yellow pepper
1 bag baby carrots
1 cucumber
2 limes
1 box gluten free elbow noodles (or regular elbow shaped noodles)
1 package gluten free tortillas
1 can chili ready tomatoes
1 can baked beans
1 container peanut butter
1 container dry roasted peanuts
1 box raisins
1 container sambal oelek (chili garlic sauce)
1 container rice wine vinegar
1 container sesame oil
1 container soy sauce (I buy Hy-Vee brand because it is wheat free)
1 container Parmesan cheese
1 box 2% Velveeta cheese
1 bag 2% cheddar
1 container fat-free sour cream (I buy Market Pantry as it states corn the modified food starch)
Fat-free skim milk
Butter or whatever you like to use as a substitute
1 bag sweet potato tots

Pantry items you will need to buy if you do not have them in your pantry:
Olive oil
Light mayonnaise (I use Hellman's with olive oil)
Red wine vinegar
Smoked paprika
Chili powder
Ground cumin

Enjoy the final hours of your weekend!  I'm off to start the chili mac:)

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