I am $8 over this week, but I feel like the recipes are worth it. There is a great mixture of hot comfort food and cool spring time fresh food. I found a new combination of flavors (mint and olives! who knew?) this week and also discovered a new cheese that tastes like bacon (not gouda, but fontina–it’s cheaper!). Have a great week and happy cooking and eating!
This week’s Recipes:
Each recipe amounts to 4 servings each.
Tortilla Chip Salad
Vegetarian Cranberry and Walnut Spring Salad
Mint and Olive Chicken over Couscous
Vegetarian Macaroni and Cheese with Smoked Fontina Cheese
Vegetarian Collard Greens and Tomatoes with Garlic Cheese Bread
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I have no idea how I managed to get my total to $38 this week! I love saving money while not skimping on flavor. This week is full of delicious vegetable combinations, one skillet meals and a bit of a gourmet edge. You may want to slip some of these ones into your pocket for your next dinner party.
Vegetarian Zucchini Frittata
Vegetarian Sweet Potato Ravioli in Garlic Cream Sauce
Vegetarian Pesto Pasta with Green Beans
Vegetarian Vegetable Hashbrowns
Chicken in Leek Lime Sauce with Carrot Quinoa </a ***This weeks favorite***
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Have a great week!
Happy eating, cooking, and saving!
Pesto tends to be expensive both to buy or make. I used walnuts instead of pinenuts for this recipe and saved a little bit of cash without changing the flavor too much. This recipe can be eaten warm for dinner or cold for a picnic or lunch!
Pesto Pasta with Geen Beans
Prep. Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
8 oz. pasta of your choice
8 oz. fresh or frozen green beans
1/2 cup walnuts
3 bunches basil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
3 garlic cloves
3/4 cup olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread walnut on baking sheet and bake 8 minutes. Let cool.
2. Combine all ingredients except oil in a food processor. Turn processor on and slowly drizzle oil into mixture as it mixes and smooths.
1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add 1 TB salt and pasta. Cook according to package directions. If using fresh beans, add them after letting pasta cook for two minutes. If using frozen green beans, either cook in the microwave or add to pasta when 5 minutes remain for your pasta to cook.
2. Drain pasta and green beans. Mix with pesto and serve.
I have been sticking with tomato based pasta sauces for a while, but wanted to shake things up a bit with a cream based sauce. It is a great way to get yourself to eat some more spinach!
Cream of Spinach Pasta
Prep. Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
3/4 cup butter
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 onion, chopped
1 lb. frozen spinach
1 lb. pasta of your choice
1 1/2 cups grated Parmesan Cheese
1 cup milk
1. In a medium-sized skillet, melt half the butter and add the garlic and onion. Cook until golden but not browned. Add the spinach and partially cover the pan until the spinach has heated through.
2. Meanwhile, cook the noodles according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and return it to the pot. Toss it with the remaining butter, the spinach mixture, cheese, and cream until all are blended and heated through.
So, this week I seemed to be into eating Chicken and Broccoli, but not in the same recipe. I think my favorite for the week is the Chicken Parmesan which I surprisingly made on the fly one night.
This Week’s Recipes:
VEGAN Broccoli and Cashews over Millet
Parmesan Chicken and Pasta
VEGETARIAN Green Beans, Potatoes and Eggs for Dinner
Super Simple Chicken Quesadillas
VEGETARIAN Broccoli and Potato Casserole
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Don’t forget, I haven’t included all of the seasonings in the list (I assume that some of it is already in your house). So, double check the recipes before you go to the grocery store.
Sometimes I just love to have a simple dinner. This recipe is easy to make, doesn’t involve many items, but is one I find myself making quite often.
Zucchini Lemon Pasta
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
4 oz. pasta or 3/4 inch bunch of long pasta
1/2 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large zucchini, chopped
1/4 cup lemon juice
1. Start cooking your pasta according to the directions on the packaging.
2. When you have dropped your pasta in boiling water, place a large skillet on high heat. When pan is hot, add olive oil. When the oil is hot, add your onions.
3. Cook your onions 5 minutes, stirring occassionally, until browned.
4. Add garlic to pan and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
5. Add zucchini to pan and cook 5 minutes.
6. Mix 3/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup lemon juice, salt and black pepper.
7. When pasta is cooked and drained, add it to your large skillet. Add lemon oil mixture and toss until pasta is evenly coated.