A Week in Meals Recap 1/1-1/5

The first week of the new year and I thought it would be fun to try out different recipes. Hope you enjoyed the choices. I will list each recipe below with their link. I also want to use a rating system, evaluating prep/cook time, ease of ingredients, nutritional value and of course taste. Hoping this can become a weekly entry and would love to know what you guys think! Hope this inspires you to get in the kitchen and give one or two a try! Have a great week!

Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken

Ina Garten, adapted from cookbook Cooking For Jeffrey

Absolutely delicious dish! My sister made this dish and raved about it. Good weeknight staple.   Prep time : around 10 mins (chop onion, garlic and some lemon)   Ease of ingredients : Very easy    Nutritional Eval : Good source of lean protein , Gluten Free

Absolutely delicious dish! My sister made this dish and raved about it. Good weeknight staple.

Prep time: around 10 mins (chop onion, garlic and some lemon)

Ease of ingredients: Very easy 

Nutritional Eval: Good source of lean protein , Gluten Free

 

Broccoli-Cheese Soup

The Pioneer Woman, adapted from her cookbook Come and Get it!

With the frigid temps last week all I wanted to make and eat was soup! This was delicious, very decadent---I made a few adjustments to make it a touch healthier. My sister made the original recipe and it was unreal. Everything in moderation!    Prep Time:  Short, the recipe calls for roasting the broccoli which is very easy but I didn't have the time for roasting so I steamed the broccoli. It cooks, simmering for around 20-30 minutes   Ease of ingredients:  Very easy   Nutritional Eval : Fair, the recipe calls for half-and-half and whole milk and 3 C grated cheese. I used only 2% milk and 1 1/2 C of cheddar cheese and it was delicious. Broccoli is a power veggie, loaded with Vitamin K and C, folate, potassium and fiber. Like the calcium from milk and also broccoli for my little one. 

With the frigid temps last week all I wanted to make and eat was soup! This was delicious, very decadent---I made a few adjustments to make it a touch healthier. My sister made the original recipe and it was unreal. Everything in moderation! 

Prep Time: Short, the recipe calls for roasting the broccoli which is very easy but I didn't have the time for roasting so I steamed the broccoli. It cooks, simmering for around 20-30 minutes

Ease of ingredients: Very easy

Nutritional Eval: Fair, the recipe calls for half-and-half and whole milk and 3 C grated cheese. I used only 2% milk and 1 1/2 C of cheddar cheese and it was delicious. Broccoli is a power veggie, loaded with Vitamin K and C, folate, potassium and fiber. Like the calcium from milk and also broccoli for my little one. 

 
One of our favorites! This recipe could not be easier and its so tasty! You and your littles will love it.   Prep Time:  Maybe 5 minutes, cook for 10   Ease of Ingredients:  Only 8 ingredients and most of which are probably in your pantry   Nutritional Eval:  Very healthy! Whole wheat flour, fresh spinach! -- loaded with vitamins K, A, C, and magnesium to name a few. 

One of our favorites! This recipe could not be easier and its so tasty! You and your littles will love it.

Prep Time: Maybe 5 minutes, cook for 10

Ease of Ingredients: Only 8 ingredients and most of which are probably in your pantry

Nutritional Eval: Very healthy! Whole wheat flour, fresh spinach! -- loaded with vitamins K, A, C, and magnesium to name a few. 

 

Veggie Balls

adapted from the The Meatball Shop Cookbook

A very healthy and delicious option for meatless meatballs. My sister made these and said they were very tasty. A bit more labor and time required but they came out well. A good way to sneak veggie in for the little ones. I think the verdict was save for a weekend meal when you have more time, while they are good not worth the work during the week.    Prep Time:  Long, at least 30mins, you have to cook lentils, you could always cook the day before to cut down on time here.    Ease of Ingredients:  15+ ingredients, you'll need a store run and multi-steps here   Nutritional Eval:  High! Very healthy, loaded with veggies and legumes. Lentils leave you feeling full and satisfied, and are packed with fiber, protein, folate and more. 

A very healthy and delicious option for meatless meatballs. My sister made these and said they were very tasty. A bit more labor and time required but they came out well. A good way to sneak veggie in for the little ones. I think the verdict was save for a weekend meal when you have more time, while they are good not worth the work during the week. 

Prep Time: Long, at least 30mins, you have to cook lentils, you could always cook the day before to cut down on time here. 

Ease of Ingredients: 15+ ingredients, you'll need a store run and multi-steps here

Nutritional Eval: High! Very healthy, loaded with veggies and legumes. Lentils leave you feeling full and satisfied, and are packed with fiber, protein, folate and more. 

 

Easy Tomato Soup

Ina Garten, adapted from her cookbook, Foolproof

Okay, this soup is comfort in a bowl. Very easy to make and oh so satisfying. The gruyère grilled cheese croutons (or sandwiches) are insane. I made this during the recent 'Bomb Cyclone' we had here in the northeast, perfect meal for a wintery afternoon or night!    Prep Time:  Super short, just dice some onions and gather the 8-9 ingredients. You make orzo in a different pot while soup simmers.    Ease of Ingredients:  Very easy, I didn't use the saffron and did use the 1/2 C heavy cream, but you could easily substitute out for less fat milk.   Nutritional Eval:  Besides the 1/2 C of heavy cream, very healthy. Canned crushed tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and are an excellent source of lycopene. 

Okay, this soup is comfort in a bowl. Very easy to make and oh so satisfying. The gruyère grilled cheese croutons (or sandwiches) are insane. I made this during the recent 'Bomb Cyclone' we had here in the northeast, perfect meal for a wintery afternoon or night! 

Prep Time: Super short, just dice some onions and gather the 8-9 ingredients. You make orzo in a different pot while soup simmers. 

Ease of Ingredients: Very easy, I didn't use the saffron and did use the 1/2 C heavy cream, but you could easily substitute out for less fat milk.

Nutritional Eval: Besides the 1/2 C of heavy cream, very healthy. Canned crushed tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and are an excellent source of lycopene. 

 

Parsley Pesto Steamed Halibut

Jessica Seinfeld, adapted from Food Swings

This dinner could not be easier to make and bonus it's very clean and healthy. We made this recipe with basil instead of parsley and it was delicious. Great weeknight dinner, add it to the rotation!   Prep Time:  You'll have to make the pesto in a food processor, but it's extremely easy and only 5 ingredients, maybe 5 minutes. Steaming the fish takes about 10 minutes.   Ease of Ingredients:  8 ingredients total, very easy   Nutritional Eval:  Very, very nutritious! Clean and light halibut offers lean protein and a good source of vitamins B6, B12 and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.   

This dinner could not be easier to make and bonus it's very clean and healthy. We made this recipe with basil instead of parsley and it was delicious. Great weeknight dinner, add it to the rotation!

Prep Time: You'll have to make the pesto in a food processor, but it's extremely easy and only 5 ingredients, maybe 5 minutes. Steaming the fish takes about 10 minutes.

Ease of Ingredients: 8 ingredients total, very easy

Nutritional Eval: Very, very nutritious! Clean and light halibut offers lean protein and a good source of vitamins B6, B12 and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.