Feb 20 – 23 Weekly Menu and Shopping List – Tested Feb 13 – 16

Menu

Monday:  Split Pea Soup with Oatmeal Muffin

Tuesday: Zesty Salmon, Green Beans, and Side Salad

Wednesday: Split Pea Soup With French Bread

Thursday: Bulgar Wheat With Onions, Squash, Peas, and Cherry Tomatoes with a Side Salad

Bulgar Wheat?!  My friend, Chef Chris, recommended it when I asked about vegetarian meal ideas.  It is a grain that is partially cooked so it is relatively fast to prepare at meal time. It is also very hearty and satisfying with a nutty taste. Gluten free?  Make a rice substitute instead and add all the great veggies!

Recipes

Split Pea Soup with Smoked Turkey Thighs

Serves 8-10

Split Pea Soup with Oatmeal Muffin

Ingredients

3 C (1 lb.) Split Peas

10 C Water

1 C Celery, chopped

1 C Carrots, chopped

2 C Onions, chopped

2 Bay leaves

3 Garlic cloves, minced

2 t Ground cumin

½ t Dried thyme

2 T Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids or low sodium soy sauce

½ t Salt

2 Smoked turkey thighs

Dr. Oetker’s Oatmeal Muffin Mix (or other preferred muffin recipe or box mix)

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a crock pot and cook on high for 6-8 hours.

OR

  1. You can also cook on high for 3-4 hours the night before, put in the fridge before you go to bed, and finish cooking the next day.  Taking into account that the soup will be cold, cook on high for 6 more hours.
  2. Once soup is done, remove the smoked turkey thighs discarding the bones and skin.  Shred the meat and return to the soup.
  3. Serve with a dense whole grain bread (optional but delicious), and see how many recipes you can think of that taste this good and are this fast!

Zesty Salmon, Green Beans, and Side Salad

Serves 4

Zesty Salmon with Green Beans and Side Salad

Ingredients

canola oil spray

2 T canola oil, divided

1.75 lbs salmon filet, skin cut off

6 garlic cloves, chopped

2 t paprika

1 1/2 t ground cumin

1/4 t ground cinnamon

3 T tomato paste

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t chili powder

1 T minced onion- dried

1/2 t dried red pepper flakes

1/2 C water

2 T fresh lemon juice

2 t sugar

1 t salt

1/4 t ground pepper

2 T chopped fresh cilantro

lemon wedges

2 1/2 C frozen green beans

3 C salad greens, divided

8 strawberries

1 avocado

Low fat or non fat salad dressing

Instructions

1.  Lightly spray a pan with canola oil and heat.  Cook salmon filets over medium high heat to brown on both sides, 2 minutes a side.  Remove salmon, set aside and wipe out skillet.

2.  Puree garlic, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, chile powder, minced onion, and dried red pepper flakes, and 2 tablespoons of oil in a food processor.

3.  Add garlic mixture to pan and heat for 30 seconds. Add tomato paste and water to the side of the pan.  Mixture will spatter if you add to the middle of the pan.

4.  Bring mixture to a simmer for 30 seconds. Stir in lemon juice and sugar, salt and pepper.

5. Return fish to skillet and bring to a simmer. Cover pan.

6. Reduce heat to medium low and let fish cook through, 7-9 minutes.

7. Place green beans in a microwave safe bowl and cook 2-4 minutes or until tender. Portion across plates.

8. Portion greens for side salad.  Cut and add strawberries and avocado or whatever salad fixings you prefer. Lightly sprinkle dressing.

9. Divide the salmon and sauce among plates. Sprinkle cilantro over. Serve warm or at room temperature with lemon wedges on the side.

10. Take it as a compliment when they ask for seconds and you have nothing left!

Bulgar Wheat with Onions, Squash, and Peas and Side Salad

Serves 4 + 2 lunches

Bulgar Wheat with Onion, Squash, Peas, Cherry Tomatoes, Dried Cranberries and Side Salad - Don't like salad? - get creative! Use sugar snap peas, edamames, or an artichoke.

Ingredients

1 small butternut squash peeled and diced

Canola Oil spray

1/2 t salt

1 T canola oil

1 C onions, diced

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1 C bulgar wheat

2 C water

3 C salad greens, divided

1 C cherry tomatoes/ halved, divided

1 avocado

1/4 C sunflower seeds

 1 12 C frozen peas

1 C dried cranberries or raisins or other preferred dried fruit

4 T Earth n Vine Red Bell Pepper and Ancho Chili Jam

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425.

1. Peel, dice, and lightly salt butternut squash. Roast in a lightly sprayed roasting pan for 35-40 minutes.

2. Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil over medium heat in a medium sauce pan.

2. Add bulgar wheat and stir for 1 minute.  Remove from heat.

3. Add water carefully so as not to spatter.

4. Bring to a boil, turn off heat, and let sit for 20-30 minutes so bulgar wheat can absorb liquid.

5.  Portion greens for a side salad and add toppings including some of the halved cherry tomatoes.

6.  As squash is finishing, microwave peas and add to bulgar wheat and onion mixture.

7.  Add squash, remaining cherry tomatoes, and cranberries to bulgar wheat mixture and mix together.

8.  Portion in bowls, top with chili jam and serve!

9. Warm, comforting, satisfying!

Shopping List

Entrees

2 smoked turkey thighs

1.75 lbs salmon filet, skin cut off

Fruit

1 lemon

8 strawberries

1 avocado

Veggies

1 C celery, chopped

1 C carrots, chopped

2 C onions, chopped

9 garlic cloves, minced

3 C salad greens, divided

Dry Goods

3 C (1 lb.) Split Peas

2 bay leaves

3 1/2 t ground cumin

½ t dried thyme

2 T Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids or low sodium soy sauce

1 ½ t salt

Dr. Oetker’s Oatmeal Muffin Mix (or other preferred muffin recipe or box mix)

canola oil spray

2 T canola oil, divided

2 t paprika

1/4 t ground cinnamon

3 T tomato paste

1 t dried oregano

1/2 t chili powder

1 T minced onion- dried

1/2 t dried red pepper flakes

2 T fresh lemon juice

2 t sugar

1/4 t ground pepper

2 T chopped fresh cilantro

low fat or non fat salad dressing

Frozen

2 1/2 C frozen green beans

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