August Meal Plan #3: Lazy Days of Summer

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Our grilled onions are delicious… and quite tasty alongside grilled oysters! 

This week’s CSA box includes carrots, zucchini, broccoli, Serenade melon, cherry tomato, and several sweet onions. I’ve also got to use up some red pepper. And I have a head of lettuce that Mr. M forgot to chop up for his fantasy football draft party (he had a taco bar, which always works well–with or without the leafy greens!)

Yes, this week will be salad heavy. And that’s good, actually. I’ve been noticing lately that I never take care of my own lunch. I’ll literally plan and pre-make everyone’s lunch but my own, and then somehow wind up surprised when I end up choking down the kids’ leftover sandwich crusts and broccoli stems for me meal. Perhaps it’s time to treat myself like an actual human being, instead of a sentient garbage disposal? Um, yes. And to that end, I’ll be stocking up on some salad swag for my lunches… and probably still have leftover lettuce for a meal.

Also, a pattern here: every meal involves my CSA produce and is SUPER easy. Apparently I’m also on a chicken kick and eschewing my usual vegetarian meal. Oops!

Ah, well. Bring on those last few lazy, hazy crazy days of summer!

Meal #1 (peppers)pesto chicken pasta with sliced veggies and spinach dip

Meal #2 (broccoli)chicken quinoa casserole with sliced veggies and spinach dip

Meal #3 (lettuce, cherry tomato)crispy chicken salad

Meal #4 (peppers, onion) – chicken fajitas, just using the recipe on the back of the spice packet

Meal #5 (zucchini, onion) – grilled oysters and sweet onions with zucchini tots  (I’ll have to post my recipe ASAP for the onions!)

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August Meal Plan #2: Veggie Catch-Up

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Image from Sally’s Baking Addiction

This week’s CSA box includes a lot of veggies I can just slice up and eat with spinach dip (carrots, colored bell peppers, broccoli, and cucumber). That’s good, because I’m still desperately trying to use up last week’s bounty–which includes Swiss chard, green onion, and green lettuce. I’ve also factoring in some fresh melon and potatoes this week.

CSA Vegetarian Meal #1 (chard)Swiss chard and black beans over rice

CSA Big Easy Meal #2 (Poblano peppers)slow cooker chicken tacos

CSA Freezer Meal #3 (potatoes, melon)clam cakes, oven-roasted potatoes, and fruit salad

CSA Freezer Meal #4 (chard, green onion)quiche with this pie crust and a filling of chorizo, green onion, and Swiss chard

CSA Big Easy Meal #5 (lettuce, cucumber in the salad) – spaghetti and meatballs with green salad and store-bought garlic bread (almost everything in this recipe comes from a jar or a box… no recipe links necessary!)

August Meal Plan #1: Catching My Breath

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Image and recipe from Kristin at Yellow Bliss Road

Sorry I missed you last week, Internet. I was busy (a) celebrating my 9th wedding anniversary with Mr. M (b) suffering through a heat wave and (c) obsessively setting up my new Passion Planner. (More about that last one later!) Here’s the least you need to know about last week’s menu: Giada De Laurentiis’ dirty risotto is delicious for a celebration, especially when paired with champagne, ice cream, and a simple green salad.

Okay. Moving ahead. We’ve officially entered the tail end of summer, which means that I’m feeling pulled in multiple directions. Mr. M and I are trying to savor several more hot-weather adventures with kids, but we also need to finish up this season’s home projects (which, yes, we’ve totally been putting off). I’ve got to get Big Sis ready for first grade and Little Bro ready for preschool. I’m also traveling for work. Oh, and pretty much everyone in my family has a birthday this month. Soccer. Did I mention soccer? (Pause. Breathe into a paper bag.)

In richly busy times such as this, the thought of meal planning can be overwhelming. I need simple. I need fast. And I need to acknowledge my tendency to eat my stress… which means that everything has to taste fabulous. So I’m reviewing my target rules for tastiness (namely, that everything tastes better when rolled in a tortilla, dipped in soy sauce, covered in sour cream, or made into a pancake). Oh, pancakes. You’re definitely taking a starring role this week!

Other factors: this week’s CSA box includes melon (which we’ll have for breakfast) and slicing tomatoes (which will go on sandwiches). I’ll be building the week’s dinner recipes around scallions, cauliflower, green beans, potatoes, and kohlrabi. Hard to believe that I’m halfway through the CSA season! Ten more weeks to savor fresh veggies 🙂

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Vegetarian CSA meal #1 (scallions)sesame-crusted tofu and scallion cakes

Vegetarian CSA meal #2 (zucchini, kohlrabi, and carrot) – veggie fritters with herb yogurt sauce, summer fruit salad

CSA meal #3 (cauliflower, potatoes) – mashed cauliflower, oven-roasted potatoes, and pan fried pork chops

CSA meal #4 (green beans)slow-cooker roast chicken with steamed green beans and boxed rice pilaf

leftovers re-imagined (shredded roasted chicken) – chicken pesto sandwiches with fruit, sliced veggies, crackers, and store-bought spinach dip (yes, this is a portable meal I’ll be taking to a family picnic.)