March 12-15 Weekly Menu, Recipes and Shopping List, Tested March 5-8

Menu

Monday: Avocado and Cashew Enchiladas with mild red sauce and a side of fruit

Tuesday: BBQ Chicken Rub, potato skins, and green beans

Wednesday: Baked Salmon, Peas, and side salad

Thursday: BBQ Chicken wraps with potato, onions, cheese, bell pepper and left over salsa – use lettuce or tortillas, with mangos and blueberries


Themes for the week:  Rubs and pre-prep.  Getting dinner ready ahead of time, when you have time to squeeze it in will make your meals taste better and make dinner prep a lot less stressful this week. I found inspiration for this week’s menu on principalchef.com. There are several recipes that look delicious and easy.  I am always looking for fresh ideas.  and have never used a rub in a recipe on this blog. When I saw this recipe, which looked delicious, I had to try it.  I’m happy to say, the recipe didn’t disappoint.  Stay tuned and I will tell you more next week.

Recipe

Avocado and Cashew Enchiladas with mild red sauce

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids + 1 lunch

Ingredients

For the Red Sauce (salsa):

1 lb. tomatoes, cut in chunks

2 bell peppers, cut in chunks

2 onions, cut into chunks

2 large cloves garlic

½ t salt

¼ t cumin

1/8 t black pepper

3 T lime juice

1/4 c cilantro

1/4 t chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)

For the Enchiladas:

2 medium sized avocados – ripe

juice from 1 lemon

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped

4 finely minced scallions

½ C finely minced cilantro (or parsley if cilantro is not for you)

1 C finely chopped cashews, toasted

1/3 C plain yogurt

1 medium clove garlic

1/8 t salt

canola oil spray

8 corn tortillas (or flour if corn is not for you)

Instructions

Pre Heat Oven 325

  1. Make the red sauce OR buy enchilada sauce or salsa.
    1. If making red sauce, combine all sauce ingredients in food processor and puree.
    2. Make the Enchilada filling
      1. Mash avocados until smooth. Add lemon juice to prevent browning.
      2. Add remaining ingredients through salt.  Mix well.
      3. Make Enchiladas
        1. Pour a small amount of sauce in the bottom of the lightly sprayed baking pan.
        2. Heat griddle and lightly spray with canola oil.
        3. Place tortillas on griddle and heat 1 minutes on each side.
        4. Scoop ½ C avocado mixture onto tortilla in a line.
        5. Roll tortilla and place in a lightly sprayed baking dish.
        6. Repeat 7 times.
        7. Pour remaining sauce over enchiladas.
        8. Place baking dish in oven for 30 minutes.
        9. Pop in Potatoes for tomorrows dinner.  You will need to leave them in 30 minutes longer than the enchiladas to make sure they are cooked through. (When they are done, store in refrigerator until next day when you prepare dinner)
        10. While enchiladas are cooking, prepare a side of fruit or make a salad.
        11. Prepare the rub for the chicken tomorrow, wash and dry the chicken for the week, rub in the spice rub, wrap in wax paper and store in the refrigerator until next day.
        12. Serve 1-2 enchiladas per plate and serve!

Pre-Prep Opportunities

1. For the red sauce:  Cut the tomato, pepper, and onion ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.

2. Combine spices and store in a dry place until ready to use.

3. Make the spice rub for tomorrow.

4. Wash and dry chicken for the week.  Rub in spices, wrap in wax paper, and store in refrigerator until tomorrow so chicken can absorb the flavor.

Recipes

BBQ Chicken Rub, Potato Skins, and Green Beans

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids + 2-3 lunches

Ingredients

3 Idaho russet potatoes

canola oil spray

For the rub:

.       2 T Paprika (I used Penzey’s Smoked Paprika)

·        1/4 t  Ground Black Pepper

·         1 1/2 t  Kosher Salt

·         1 1/2 t  Sugar

·        1 1/2 t Chili Powder (Ancho Chili Powder is Very Nice)

·         3/4 t Garlic Powder

·         3/4 t Cup Onion Powder

·         pinch Cayenne Pepper (This is low heat – add more if you want it!)

For the Rest of the Meal:

1.75 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

olive oil spray

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

salt, pepper, paprika

2 T grated parmesan (cow’s milk) or manchenga (sheep’s milk) cheese

1 T minced parsley

1 t chili powder

3 C fresh or frozen green beans

Make Ahead:

Potatoes – Make 1-2 days ahead of time.

Spray potatoes with canola oil spray.

Bake at 425 for 1 hour or until done – when a fork pierces potato easily

Set aside

Rub – Make up to 3 weeks ahead of trime.

Mix all rub ingredients together.

Make Chicken – Make up to 1 day ahead of time.

Wash and dry chicken. Cut into 3” pieces. Make 3.5 lbs of chicken and you will have your chicken done for later in the week!

Massage rub into chicken. Wrap in plastic and store in refrigerator so chicken absorbs flavors of rub.

Instructions

Pre heat oven to 425

  1. Take chicken and leftover red sauce (salsa) out of refrigerator.
  2. Cut potatoes in half and scoop out centers leaving ¼ –  ½ “ layer of potato.
  3. Cut each ½ into 3 lengthwise strips.
  4. Place on baking sheet and spray insides of potato with olive oil spray.
  5. Top with garlic, paprika, parmesan or manchenga, parsley, and chili powder.
  6. Place chicken in lightly sprayed baking pan.
  7. Bake chicken for 20 -25 minutes.
  8. Add potato skins to oven for 10 minutes to heat through.
  9. Add 2 T lime juice,  ½ t kosher salt, and pepper to taste. Stir to blend.
  10. Place green beans in microwave safe container and microwave for 3 minutes or until done.
  11. Plate chicken, green beans, and potatoes topped with salsa.
  12. Serve! Cowboy hats optional…

Pre-Prep Opportunities

2. Combine spices and store in a dry place until ready to use.

3. Make the spice rub for tomorrow.

4. Wash and dry chicken for the week.  Rub in spices, wrap in wax paper, and store in refrigerator until tomorrow so chicken can absorb the flavor.

Recipes

Baked Salmon With Basil and Garlic

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids

Baked Salmon, Peas, and Side Salad

Ingredients

1 T garlic powder

1 t dried basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1.75 lbs. Salmon

canola oil spray

4 lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Stir together the garlic powder, basil, and salt in a small bowl; rub in equal amounts onto the salmon fillets.
  2. Spray canola oil in baking dish and place salmon in dish. Cook salmon at 375 for about 15-20 minutes until fish springs back to touch or flakes easily with a fork.
  3.  While salmon is cooking, portion greens and make a side salad.
  4.  Warm peas in microwave.
  5.  When salmon is done, portion peas on each plate and serve each piece of salmon with a lemon wedge.

Recipe

BBQ Chicken wraps with potato, onions, cheese, bell pepper and left over salsa – use lettuce or tortillas

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids + 2-3 lunches

BBQ Chicken Wraps

Ingredients

½ C onions, diced

1 bell pepper, diced

1.75 lbs. BBQ chicken, cooked (hopefully made earlier in the week)

left over potatoes that were scooped and saved earlier in the week

left over salsa from earlier in the week

canola oil spray

8 tortillas or 8 lettuce wraps or a combination of both

1 C cheddar cheese (or preferred substitute)

Instructions

  1. Saute onions and bell pepper until tender.
  2. Add chicken, potatoes, and salsa until warm.
  3. Heat tortillas on a lightly sprayed griddle on medium heat, one minute a side.
  4. Stir cheese into chicken mixture.  Scoop ½ C of mixture into each tortilla or lettuce wrap
  5. Serve with some fruit on the side and revel in the fact that you can be rewarded for doing very little work!

Shopping List

Entrees

3.5 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast

1.75 lbs. salmon

Fruit

2 limes

2 lemons

4-8 sturdy lettuce leaves for chicken wraps

1 mango

1 pint blueberries

Vegetables

4 C lettuce/ greens

3 potatoes

5 cloves garlic

1.75 lbs. Tomatoes (1 lb. + 4)

3 bell peppers

3 onions

¼ t jalapeño pepper (optional)

2 ripe avocados

4 scallions

1 bunch cilantro

Dry Goods

Canola oil spray

Olive oil spray

2-3 T Barbecue sauce (hopefully you have an opened bottle in your refrigerator.)

2 T  C smoked paprika

¼ t paprika

1/2 t + a little black pepper

1 1/2 t kosher salt

1 1/2 t  white sugar

1 1/2 t   + 1 t chili powder or ancho chili powder

3/4 t + 1 T garlic powder

3/4 t onion powder

pinch cayenne

¼ t cumin

1 C cashews

4-8 tortillas

8 corn tortillas

1 T dried basil

1 T minced parsley

Dairy

1 T grated parmesan or manchenga cheese

1/3 C plain yogurt (cow, goat or sheep milk or preferred substitute)

1 C cheddar cheese (or preferred substitute)

Frozen

3 C green beans

3 C peas

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