The plan was:
Monday - Rachael Ray's Fish Tacos
Tuesday - Greek Turkey Burgers
Wednesday - Baked Fish w/ a side of fresh tomato/basil pasta
Thursday - having some dinner with friends
Friday - Rachael Ray's "You Won't Be Single For Long Penne w/ Vodka Sauce"
So how'd I do?
Great!! And, I even threw in a bonus meal just this evening.
Here are the results -
Monday - Rachael Ray Fish Soft Tacos (I loosely followed this recipe)
The verdict: YUM-O! I will definitely make this again. It was delicious, healthy, and easy. I served it with a side of Rachael's "green rice" (brown rice tossed with a puree of spinach, cilantro and EVOO) and a big dollop of sour cream! Yum!
Tuesday: Greek Turkey Burgers
The verdict: Good! A great variation on a plain turkey burger. I didn't follow a recipe for this one. I just added some fresh chopped mint and parsley, a little lime juice, an egg, and some feta cheese to my ground turkey). I served it in a pita with some spinach, a side of baked sweet potato rounds, and fresh green beans!
Wednesday: Baked Fish w/ a side of fresh pasta
The verdict: Well, I didn't use fish! Since I had some chicken in the fridge, I grilled that instead! I smothered pasta in my favorite summer sauce: fresh chopped tomatoes sauteed with garlic, onion, and olive oil and tossed with fresh basil. I added some fresh cheese and voila - a delicious, easy summer meal! One of my all-time favorites!
Friday: Rachael Ray's "You Won't Be Single For Long Vodka Cream Pasta"
The verdict: Eh. It was good, but I think it lacked a little bit of "zip" in the flavor. I did get a little zip while I was cooking though - when I added the vodka to the pan (which contained slightly spattering olive oil), I just about lit my kitchen on fire. Oops.
The best part of this meal was that my pals Herb and Michelle came over. I made a salad (tomatoes from MY backyard!), set out the fancy stuff on the table, and shared the meal with my friends!
Bonus Meal: Easy Frittata
The verdict: This was amazing! It was so easy, full of veggies and protein, low in calories and absolutely delicious! I saw it in Bethenny Frankel's Health magazine column. I have a huge over abundance of yellow squash, so I sauteed that and a fresh tomato. One egg + 2 whites + a dash of garlic salt poured over the veggies, baked in the oven for 15 minutes and topped off with some feta cheese...how easy is that?? A side of fresh green beans completed the meal! I will definitely be making this again!
This week's challenge was really fun for me! It reminded me how much easier it is to have my meals planned ahead of time, and how much healthier! Plus I found some new and easy recipes!