Mar 5-8 Weekly Menu and Shopping List – Tested Feb 27-Mar 1

Menu

Monday – Teriyaki Chicken With Snow Peas, Bell Pepper and Quinoa

Tuesday – Pasta and Vegetable Gratin and Side Salad – Tomatoes, Cucumber, Cuties

Wednesday – Baked Lemon-Garlic Tilapia, Yam Rounds, Zucchini

Thursday – Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables (Broccoli, Yellow Squash, Carrots, Onions) and Peanuts over Brown Rice and Side Salad

Recipes

Teriyaki Chicken With Snow Peas, Bell Pepper and Quinoa

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids

Teriyaki Chicken with Snow Peas and Bell Pepper

Ingredients

1.75 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast – Use 3.5 lbs. if you are going to prep the chicken for the chicken stir fry later in the week.

1 C teriyaki sauce – look for low sodium and no preservatives

3/4 C Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acids, divided

1 C Quinoa

1 bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1/2 lbs. snow peas, rinsed

1 pinch brown sugar

Instructions

Pre Heat Oven 375

1. Rinse and cut chicken into 2 -3″ chunks. Ideally prepare an additional 1.75 lbs. of chicken for the chicken stir fry later in the week – you can store it in the refrigerator until you need it later in the week.

2.  Put into a lightly sprayed baking/ roasting pan.

3.  Combine teriyaki and 1/2 C of Braggs Liquid Amino Acids and pour over chicken.

4.  Pop in oven for 20 minutes or until chicken springs back to the touch and is not pink inside.

5. Follow package directions and make Quinoa.

6. Place bell pepper strips and snow peas in a lightly sprayed skillet over medium heat.  Pour in 1/4 C Braggs Liquid Amino Acids and a pinch of brown sugar and sauté 3-4 minutes until just tender. Set aside.

7. When Quinoa is done, remove from heat.  Let sit with lid on until you are ready to serve.

8. Serve by placing a serving of quinoa in the bottom of wide shallow bowl or plate.  Top with chicken and vegetables.

9. Make sure to drip some teriyaki-Braggs sauce on top for an extra juicy meal!

10. Save all leftovers for the chicken stir fry night.  You should have some bell peppers and snow peas left. Save them in the Braggs sauce in the refrigerator.

Pre Prep Opportunities

1. Rinse and cut chicken ahead of time and store in refrigerator.

2. Cut bell pepper ahead of time and store in refrigerator.

3. Make entire meal ahead of time. Store components separately in the refrigerator.  Warm when ready, put together, and serve!

Recipe 

Pasta and Vegetable Gratin and Side Salad

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids for 2 meals or 1 meal and lunches

Kid's Portion, Pasta and Vegetable Gratin with Side Salad

Ingredients

16 oz. penne pasta

1 yellow squash, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

2 scallions, finely diced

1 C frozen peas

1.5 C fresh or frozen broccoli

1-2 cloves garlic

1 C sharp cheddar cheese, grated

1 T butter or plant-based margarine

1 T unbleached flour

2 1/4 C milk or 2 C coconut milk drink (original flavor)

1/4 C grated parmesan (cow’s milk) or manchenga (sheep’s milk) cheese

1/8 t nutmeg

1/4 t dill

1/2 t salt

1/4 t paprika

pinch cayenne pepper

pepper to taste

2 T bread crumbs

Instructions

1. Cook pasta al dente. Pour into shallow baking dish.

2. Stir all vegetables, including garlic. into pasta.

3. Sprinkle cheese on top and lightly mix in.

4.  Melt butter in sauce pan.  Stir in flour, let bubble and whisk until it turns beige.  Stir for about a minute.

5.  Add milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly.

5. Remove from heat and stir in cheese and spices.

6. Pour sauce over pasta mixture and stir slightly.  Sprinkle on bread crumbs.

7. Bake 30 minutes or until bubbly and brown on top. Consider baking the yams for tomorrow at the same time.

8. Serve and see if you miss the meat in this hearty vegetarian dish!

Pre Prep Opportunities

1.  Cook pasta ahead of time and store in refrigerator.

2. Dice all vegetables ahead and store in the refrigerator or buy pre chopped.

3. Prepare recipe through step 3 and store in refrigerator until ready to make the sauce.

Recipe

Baked Lemon-Garlic Tilapia, Yam Rounds, Zucchini

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids

Baked Lemon Garlic Tilapia, Yam Rounds and Zucchini

Ingredients

2 yams

1.75 lbs. tilapia fillets

3 T fresh lemon juice

1 t basil

1 t dried parsley flakes

1 t paprika

1 t dried thyme

1/2 t salt

2 zucchini

pepper to taste

Make Ahead

1. Bake yams in 350 oven for 45 minutes or until easily pierced with a fork. If time has passed you by on this one, and that has happened to me more than once, pull a frozen vegetable out of the freezer and cook that in the microwave.

Instructions

Pre heat oven to 375
1. Lightly spray a roasting pan.

2. Measure out and combine spices.

3. Place tilapia in pan, and pour lemon juice on top, followed by spices.

4. Place in oven for 20-30 minutes or until tilapia cracks and springs back to the touch.

5. Consider making the brown rice for tomorrow…

6. While tilapia is cooking, slice zucchini, place in a sauté pan lightly sprayed with canola oil and sauté until just tender. Add 1/2 T butter or vegetable based margarine on zucchini and sprinkle one pinch of salt.

7. Cut yams into 1/2″ rounds.  sprinkle two pinches of cinnamon sugar on top – just enough to catch the taste buds, and warm in the microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute or until just cooked through.

8.  Plate yams, zucchini and fish and serve!


Pre Prep Opportunities

1. Make the yams earlier in the week and store in the refrigerator.

2. Cut zucchini and store in refrigerator until ready to use.

3. Pre-measure spices and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Recipe

Chicken Stir Fry with Vegetables over Brown Rice and Side Salad

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids + 2 Lunches

Chicken Stir Fry and Side Salad

Ingredients

1.75 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast, cooked – baked in teriyaki sauce.

1.5 C broccoli, cut into small pieces

2 carrots, cut into thin rounds

1 yellow squash, diced

1 onion, diced (or buy pre-chopped)

1/4 C Braggs Liquid Amino Acids

left over snow peas and bell pepper and left over sauce

1 C peanuts, roasted, unsalted


Make Ahead:

1. Make brown rice according to package directions.

Instructions

1. If you weren’t able to make brown rice ahead of time (and this is often the case with me), make white rice or quinoa according to package directions. You can make this a day ahead of time – you just have to be organized… Not always my strong suit…

2. Pull cooked chicken out of the refrigerator. Hopefully chicken was cooked when you made the teriyaki chicken earlier in the week. If not, see Teriyaki Chicken recipe to make chicken.

2. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces.

3.  Portion a small salad on each plate, and top with some of the squash, carrots, and some cucumber and a tomato.  Drizzle no oil or low fat salad dressing.

3. Put broccoli, carrots, squash, and onion in a Wok or large sauté pan, lightly sprayed with canola oil spray. Pour in Braggs Liquid Amino Acids. Cook until just tender.

3.  Add chicken to warm.

4. Add bell peppers and snow peas with their sauce to warm.

5. Serve stir fry mixture over brown rice and top with peanuts (optional).

Pre Prep Opportunities

1. Make brown rice ahead of time. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

2. Make and cut the chicken ahead of time. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.

3. Prepare all vegetables ahead of time and store in refrigerator so they are ready to go into the Wok or large sauté pan.

Shopping List

Entrees

3.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast

1.75 lbs. tilapia

Veggies

2 yellow squash

2 medium zucchini

1 large carrots, thinly sliced

2 bell peppers

1/2 lb snow peas

1 bunch broccoli (or pkg of frozen broccoli)

2 scallions

1 onion

4 cloves garlic

1 yam

8 C salad greens

1 cucumber

2 tomatoes

Fruit

2 cuties

1 lemon

Frozen

1 C frozen peas

Dairy (substitute as needed)

1 C cheddar cheese, grated

2 T unsalted butter/ or plant-based margarine

2 1/4 C low-fat milk

1/4 C grated parmesan or manchenga cheese

Dry Goods

1 box penne pasta

1 T unbleached flour

1/8 t grated nutmeg

1/4 t cinnamon

1/4 t dried dill

salt and pepper

2 pinches brown sugar

2 T bread crumbs 2

1 C teriyaki sauce

1 C Braggs Liquid Amino Acids

1 C Quinoa

1 C Brown Rice

1 C dry, unsalted peanuts (optional for stir fry meal)

1/4 C pumpkin seeds


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