It’s been quite a week with three fully vaccinated and boosted friends of ours testing positive for Covid 19, and things are feeling a little too close to home. It’s been two long years in this pandemic and some days feel like it’s never going to end. However, I like to think of myself as keeping a good attitude, but there are days when it’s hard. I tend to focus on the things I enjoy when I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed and cooking, as you know, is top of my list. I’ve been busy in the kitchen making some different recipes for the near future, as well as feeding my sourdough starter, so it keeps its wits about it, so to speak. I think I’ll bake some bread today because it does look so alive and bubbly, and I need to focus on something positive.
This week’s menu is full of comfort foods that are somewhat healthy because I tend to enjoy this kind of food all year round, not just during the month of January. Roasting vegetables on a sheet pan like Brussels sprouts, and adding lemon and ricotta cheese to finish is the way to eat on Monday. Also, a chicken tortilla soup that is warm and brothy makes a nice replacement for tacos on Tuesday. You know how I love meatballs and Wednesday it’s time to enjoy a big skillet of pesto sauced turkey meatballs. Thursday is curry night and this 15-minute chicken curry is most delicious. Friday is a great night for nachos and these are loaded with cheesy goodness, but also cauliflower! Give them a try. Saturdays are for baking and these flourless almond butter chocolate chip cookies never disappoint. Have a happy, healthy week and stay safe.
Monday – Brussels sprouts are still everywhere in the markets, so take advantage of them while you can. Lemon brightens the flavors of this sometimes bitter tasting vegetable, and ricotta cheese adds creaminess and melts gently over the hot sprouts when they come out of the oven.
Sheet Pan Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Ricotta – Recipe!
Tuesday – Instead of taco Tuesday, I went with tortilla soup Tuesday because it’s chilly outside and a warm bowl just sounds so good. This recipe is quick and easy and can be made in minutes, which is great for during the week.
Chicken Vegetable Tortilla Soup – Recipe!
Wednesday – The best way to get over hump day is with a big skillet of meatballs. These meatballs are made with turkey and are coated in a lightened up creamy pesto sauce.
Turkey Meatballs with Creamy Arugula Pesto Sauce – Recipe!
Thursday – This quick chicken curry dish is made for during the week when time is tight. I love the fact that you can have a delicious meal on the table within 15 minutes and it tastes like it simmered away all day.
15-Minute Chicken & Vegetable Thai Curry – Recipe!
Friday – It’s “Nacho Night” and not your average night. These nachos are loaded with some good-for-you foods like cauliflower, which adds another boost of vitamins and incredible texture that I think you’ll enjoy. It’s like a sheet pan full of naughty and nice all rolled into one.
Sheet Pan Loaded Cauliflower Nachos – Recipe!
Saturday – It’s baking day and we’re making cookies. These happen to be flourless, and loaded with chocolaty goodness. The almond butter adds a nutty taste and keeps them chewy on the inside and perfect for dunking.