Monday, April 20, 2015

Meatballs. Penne. Grilled Chicken. {What We Ate}

Meatballs Meatballs with Marinara

I like to make Pioneer Woman's Meatballs and double the recipe for the meatballs only [here]. I cook half of the meatballs all the way through and freeze them without the sauce. Its so perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Walmart now carries an organic brand called Wild Oats. Have you tried any of their products? I love it all! They make a really good marinara sauce. I can't remember which flavor this was specifically but we've tried them all and they are all good! I just add the frozen meatballs to a jar of the marinara and heat them through and then serve over spaghetti with a side salad and bread. Spaghetti and meatballs is a family favorite for sure!

GrilledCknPastaSaladGrilled Chicken with Corn on the Cob and Pasta Salad

I don't have a recipe for the chicken. All I do is marinade it with a jar marinade and then Aaron does the grilling. Same for the corn: boil for a few minutes and then throw it on the grill to give it some grill marks (my piece didn't have may marks). Easy peasy and delicious. Summer meals are pretty boring for us, especially when we start getting fresh veggies from my grandparents garden and the market. Its grilled chicken, hamburgers, fish, etc. all week long. A good excuse for me not to in the kitchen and it tastes so good!

This pasta salad is one of my favorites! Its the box kit called Suddenly Salad and I add a block of mozzarella, cubed, cherry tomatoes cut in half, a can of drained black of olives, and pepperoni (my mom adds salami too). Its such a good side dish and makes a ton so you can have it for lunch the next day!

Penne A La Betsey
recipe [here]

UMMMMMM.....delicious! I've heard this is so easy and good so I'm not sure why I waited so long to try it but yes, glad I did because it's a new family favorite (we are pasta lovers if you haven't noticed yet). This would be SO good with a jar of sundried tomatoes and some red pepper flakes.  Mmm. Mmmm. Mmmmm. This has been added to the rotation.

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad

4 thinly sliced chicken breasts, marinaded in bbq sauce (my fave is Stubb's) and grilled or baked and cut into thin strips
1 head of romaine, chopped
1 large handful kale, chopped
1 large handful spinach, chopped
1 head of broccoli, chopped
1 corn on the cob, boiled and cut off the cob (you can grill this too before cutting it off the cob)
1 orange bell, chopped
handful cherry tomatoes, quartered
1 cucumber, quartered and cut into small chunks
Ranch dressing (whatever you prefer, I like the Hidden Valley ranch dressing mix)

Layer your greens: romaine, kale, spinach and then layer your veggies and top each salad with one breast and drizzle with dressing.

I've been so bad at planning and executing meals the last month or so. It seems like we have had so much going on lately and haven't been home in the evenings much. And this week is no exception. Hoping to work up a good menu for the week that is full of fast-to-prepare meals so that if we are away from the home in the early evening its not a big deal to come home and eat dinner rather than pick up something while we are out.

Happy Monday!


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