Friday, May 20, 2011

Good Eats

We got another great week of fresh veggies in our CSA box on Wednesday.This week we had more green onions, lettuce, 2 little kohlrabis, a large head of cauliflower, two big bags of spinach, our half dozen eggs, Chinese cabbage, strawberries, the meat this week was pork chops and I also bought a package of chicken and one of beef to try out. Still lots of green stuff!

One of the favorite recipes we made over the last week and a half was this one for Light Chicken Parmesan. It was so good and very fast and easy. Lilli even liked it as is, so it gets two thumbs up for kid friendly as well. I think she couldn't figure out if it was chicken or pizza but either way she liked it.

These little turkey meatloaves were also great. I don't have a little loaf pan like that, so I just made them into little loaves and baked them on a cookie sheet. They were GREAT and just as good as leftovers the next day. I mixed everything up the night before so all I had to do when we got home was make the loaves and bake. Brent thought the chopped up onion really made it.

Skinny Turkey Nachos were also a major hit. This one we even made a picture of! I followed the recipe as is, and used a can of black bean dip from the chip aisle, but I think getting a side order from a Mexican restaurant would also take it up a notch.
I still had a large thing of plain non-fat yogurt left from another recipe recently, so I found this grilled Indian chicken recipe to use it up with. Delicious!!! We used chicken breasts instead of the thighs, and then let it marinade all night and all day while we were at work. I also left the marinade on it for the grill instead of wiping it off and it was SO good. It really had a nice Indian flavor to it.

Here's another one we took a picture of! Brent thought it looked so good he wanted to photograph it before he ate it, and it was delicious! Grilled Lemon Chicken with Bok Choy and then some veggie rice. The Lemon Chicken was fantastic, another one we let marinade all day and night while we were at work and then threw it on the grill. Couldn't be easier! The Bok Choy was from our CSA box last week, and it was also really good! I really liked the stem part better and Brent preferred the leaves. And it was all great re-heated for lunch the next day.
For Brent's birthday I cooked these little Chicken Parm Sliders, with Roasted Cauliflower and Organic Garlic Rosemary Fries. I didn't have any frozen chicken burgers, so followed most of this recipe for the chicken burgers for the seasoning, just omitting the veggies since I wanted it to be a parm burger. I also added some fresh grated Parmesan on top, and got some small dinner type rolls to use as our burger bun. It was all very good. You can't beat a healthy burger and any type of roasted vegetable.In our CSA box last week our "mystery meat" was a whole chicken. I decided to roast it and have Adam, Julia and Ella over to try it out last Sunday night. I decided on this Roasted Peruvian Chicken recipe and we also roasted the Kohlrabi we gotten in our CSA box that week, too. The Kohlrabi was delicious and I'll probably do it that way again with the two we got again this week. The chicken was just Ok, but I think my main problem is I just don't love roasted whole chickens. It was a lot of marinating and shaking the chicken for about 24 hours for the flavor to really not get into the bird that much. The green sauce was really good though! In general we just prefer chicken breasts so I would probably try this recipe on that before I give up on it, and if we get another whole chicken this season we'll probably fillet it up into pieces instead of cooking it whole. It was a lot of fun to have people over and serve them our local, organic food though!

And with the chicken I got this week in our box above I made Skinny Coconut Chicken for lunch today with Chinese Napa Cabbage Salad. Delicious!! And everything we ate today was from our box this week, so another local and healthy meal! The coconut chicken was great! I was a little peeved that the mixture didn't stick that great to the chicken, but it did hold up well enough during baking and tasted delicious, so I guess looks don't matter all that much. I added more cornflakes and panko because otherwise it was just a ton of coconut in the "batter". The cabbage salad was also really good, and I think Brent got three servings so I guess he agrees! I followed some of the suggestions and kept the dressing, greens, and Ramen mix separate and just mixed what we would eat at that meal because it sounds like it doesn't store great all mixed together.

Another great week or two of eating and we are just loving our weekly surprise of veggies and produce! It makes meal planning a little more difficult since we get the box on Wed and we plan/shop on Saturdays or Sundays, but so far we're doing really well at using most everything and it has trimmed back some of our eating out. Now if we could just get Lilli a bit more adventurous in trying some of these thing so we don't have to bribe her with Golden Oreos to try things!

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