Cold Steak and Vegetables

Surprising entirely no one, kids are expensive. So while we don’t often eat red meat, one of my favorite weeknight dinners when it’s hot outside is a cold, thin-sliced filet alongside some cold, roasted vegetables. When I find tenderloin filet on megacrazycheap special at the grocery store, I’ll often stand there and debate a nice…

From ragout to popcorn

I had planned to make a  mushroom ragout to top our leftover polenta last night. I had great intentions. But a live wire caught the outside of our house on fire, and, well, we ate popcorn and cheese for dinner. THIS IS FINE.

Leftover Short Ribs to Taco Tuesday

My husband loves tacos more than just about anything in the world, and Taco Tuesday is a very real phenomenon in our household. Our kids love quesadillas with homemade refried beans and shredded monterey jack, and we indulge in slightly fancier tacos. We have 6 leftover short ribs, which are perfect for quick tacos. Here’s…

Meal Prep 3/25-3/31

I spent two hours in the kitchen prepping for this week like a whirling dervish, but this Monday morning I’m genuinely not stressed about dinner this week. Or lunches. And y’all, I’m notoriously bad about packing a lunch for work, and then I end up overindulging on carbs while I make dinner. That needs to…

Pita

I love pita. My husband loves pita. It’s one of the few things I’ll make that my kids adore, too, especially if I serve it with homemade hummus (that recipe is coming very soon, I promise). Pita is great for mini-pizzas, for dipping into your shorba, and for stuffing with falafel or cold cuts. VIVA…

Shorba

There’s something incredibly comforting about a good soup, and this soup is one of our stalwarts. Red lentils are widely available in most grocery stores, but especially cheap at Trader Joe’s – plus, it’s a no guilt meal. Skip the pita if you’re trying to skimp on carbs, but I made a mess of whole…

Instant Pot Zinfandel Braised Short Ribs

When I was describing this meal on Twitter yesterday, my phone kept autocorrecting braised to braided, earning me a ton of French braid jokes. I can laugh, though, because I’m the one who got to eat this.

Greek(ish) Lamb Bowls

Periodically, my local grocery store will have ground lamb on mega sale, and I usually pick up two one-pound packages and throw them in the chest freezer, because they’re perfect for occasions like this. It’s easy to make this paleo or vegan with a couple of substitutions, whether it’s paleo mayonnaise or soy yogurt, and…

Falafel Bowls

Originally I’d planned to make sweet potato and farro bowls for a couple of weekday lunches, but my husband helpfully pointed out that I still had soaked chickpeas sitting in the fridge, so I called an audible and here we are.

Meal Plan 3/25-3/31

Here’s my food plan for this upcoming week, including a shopping list. We have a couple of curveballs, including blood donation and Good Friday, so adjust as necessary to suit your dietary needs. Recipes and prep lists (all of this can be easily scaled for serving sizes) coming Sunday morning, after I drink all the…