Weekly Menus

Week of 2/15/2016


 Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Baked Chicken with Roasted Broccoli


Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork Roast with Garlic Green Beans


Roasted Whole Chicken with Lemon/Rosemary/Garlic Butter and Glazed Carrots


Stuffed Cabbage with Jicama Puree and Scalloped Sweet Potato Bake


Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw and


Mario Batali Recipe turned Gluten Free 🙂

Pan Seared Chicken Thighs with Cauliflower Puree and Shallot/Bella Mushroom Reduction


Left over day

Week of 2/8/2016


 Paleo Fish and Chips with Fried Tomatoes and Broccoli Slaw


Stuffed Chicken with Spinach and Artichoke Hearts/ Ratatouille


Spatchcocked Herb Butter Chicken with Roasted Garlic Cauliflower Mash


Mustard and Balsamic Pork Chops with Garlic Roasted Broccoli


Pesto Salmon in Foil with Tomatoes and Green Beans


Cuban Mojo Marinated Pork Roast with left over Veggies


Left over day

When putting together this menu I wanted to try to challenge myself.  A lot of these receipes are from pinterest this week.  I sometimes find that pinterest pictures are deceiving and do not always taste as great as they look.  So this week is a “taste challenge”.

Side note: I usually buy weekly meats that are on sale and then freeze them.  So all of the items listed are in my freeze apart from the salmon which I usually like to buy fresh.  Also, it is always a good idea to keep up on your pantry.  I always have a variety of spices, oils, vinegar’s, and flours at hand so that it makes weekly shopping easier.  In the beginning it felt like I was buying a lot to get my pantry stocked, but after a month it really leveled out and I was only buying stuff to restock it like once a month, at most twice.  I am going to try my best to put together a list of what is in my pantry and that could help you and others figure out how it works for me and if it can work for you 🙂

Lastly, I try my best to buy all my produce from farm stands.  I find that you not only get better tasting/looking produce, but you actually can get awesome deals.  I spend a lot less per month on produce then I did when I was buying it at a local grocery store.  Also, you are support agriculture in your area and really what is better then that?

Hope you enjoy this weeks foodie photos and recipes!!!  Please make sure to leave me messages

-Grocery List-

2-3 Chicken Breast (Hormone/Antibiotic Free) – I try to shoot for 2.99 per pound and on Tuesday The Fresh Market has them for exactly that 🙂 (This is usually when I will buy a couple of pound and freeze in freezer safe bags 😉

1/2 lb Green Beans

2 Salmon Filets

6 to 7 good sized Roma Tomatoes

2 Lemons

1 package Broccoli Slaw

2 Cod Filets (I usually buy these frozen because where I live it is hard to find them wild caught and on sale.  I purchase them at Sam’s Club in the freezer section and the package usually lasts me 2 months for meals.  It usually costs anywhere from 14.99 per bag to 18.99 per bag.  They de-thaw really quick and they actually taste great.  So this is again something that I already had in my freezer.)

2 Heads of Garlic

1 can Artichoke Hearts (These are always a little expensive…I try to always buy a little nicer brand that does not contain any preservatives it usually costs me about 2 to 3 dollars a jar)

1 Bunch of Parsley  ( I love this stuff and I always have it on hand – some people view this as a garnish and a waster, but there is nothing better tasting in a dish.  It really helps elevate the taste and it is super easy to find and grow so if you have the time grow some.  It is worth it 🙂 I can get one bunch for like 79 cents at the farmers market…try never to buys these in stores they over charge like mad 🙂

1 can Crushed Tomatoes (Pantry Item – Again I usually buy brands that have no preservatives but you can use whatever you like…)

1 cup of spinach (usually buy this at the farmers market so that I can get the right amount I need instead of an entire bag of it)

5-6 Leaves of Basil (Again I grow this in my yard year round…it is so worth it)

Apple Cider Vinegar (Pantry Item)

1 Large Zucchini

1 Medium Japanese Eggplant

1 Medium Sweet Onion

Butter (Pantry Item – I have started buying grass-fed butter now and it really does have a huge taste difference and honestly it cooks everything better.  I use Kerigold Irish Butter and you can actually get it now at most Walmarts)

Dried Herbs (Pantry Item – Herbe de Provence, Oregano, Sage, and Garlic Powder, Salt, oregano, cumin, red pepper flakes, thyme, chili powder, and Pepper)

1 Whole Chicken (I buy these at Sam’s in two packs for 1.99 per lb.  They are hormone and antibiotic free and are on the smaller side which is perfect for us.  So again another item I already have frozen in the freezer from a couple weeks back when I bought them on sale.  I use the left overs to make chicken salad for me for the week for lunches.  I always try to either have canned tuna or chicken salad on hand every week because its an easy lunch with all the cooking I do.  I just slice up an avocado and drizzle some vinaigrette on top and boom you have an awesome salad)

1 Head of Cauliflower

1 Pork Roast (Awesome tip:  I buy my pork in bulk at my local grocery store.  They sell prime pork which is hormone and antibiotic free.  I buy it when it goes on sale and I usually can get it for .99 cents a pound or 1.99 a pound.  You cannot beat that.  I usually buy one or two large packages and cut them up in to various roasts and pork chops and vacuum seal them for future meals in portions that fit my family.  SO again this another item I have in my freezer from a month ago when I bought it on sale)

Balsamic Vinegar (Pantry Item – if you do not think this is a good pantry item to have on hand you are totally mistaken.  I love, love, love this vinegar.  It can make just about anything taste magical and it good cold on salad with some olive oil or a great way to finish off a sauce for mushrooms, carrots, you name it.)

1 Sprig of Fresh Rosemary (I grow this in my garden year round otherwise you can find it at the farmers market 🙂

1 Large Orange

5 Limes

1 Bunch of Cilantro (I grow this as well but again you can find it super cheap at the farmers market)

Grainy Mustard (Pantry Item – Another item that is a must to have on hand in your pantry…i believe in having both regular Grey Poupon and the Grainy Grey Poupon.  It is a super easy way to elevate taste in a salad or a roast of any kind)

4 Pork Chops (Bulk, cut, portion, freeze is the way to go 🙂

Olive Oil (Pantry Item – I like to have light olive oil and robust olive oil in my pantry)

1/4 cup mint leaves

1 cup vegetable broth (I make mine in advance and then store it in the freezer)

That’s it enjoy 🙂

Below are the PDF Links for the Grocery List and this weeks Menu.


Grocery List week 2.8.2016

Menu for 2.8.2016















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