It’s bon voyage to the winter Olympics this evening, and weren’t they just great to watch? I so enjoyed those snowboarders and skiers — the tricks they did just blew my mind. Other than watching the closing ceremonies or catching up on Netflix, I find that Sundays are a good day for cooking and preparing a few different recipes for the week ahead. I’m not one to freeze much of my food, but I do like to have a few items already made that I can either reheat for lunch, or transform into another meal at dinnertime. Some leftover roast chicken always seems to come in handy because the extras can find a new home so easily. A good meaty roast of any kind fit into that same category, and make great sandwiches, or fill a tortilla in a pinch. I also like to stock-up at the farmer’s market on vegetables, so I don’t have to run back and forth to the market every time I want to create a meal. Winter vegetables are so hardy and can be stored neatly in an icebox without spoiling too quickly.
This week’s meals are some tasty stuff and I thought why not kick it off with something you can use again on a subsequent meal. Monday is a good day for my Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Indian Flavors and if you haven’t had the chance to try it, it’s delicious and a great meal to start off the week because the beef can be utilized again on Tuesday. It’s no surprise that my Shredded Beef and Mashed Potato Taquitos with chunky guacamole are subbing in for taco night and filled with those beef leftovers. By Wednesday we probably all are craving some Tangerine Chicken, which makes perfect sense with all the seasonal citrus fruit available. I enjoy the sauce in this dish, and if you double the recipe, the leftover chicken thighs make a pretty great Chicken and Vegetable Quinoa Risotto on Thursday. Friday night it’s all about relaxing and enjoying family or friends, so a sheet pan dinner will definitely be in store. This Kielbasa, Kabocha and Potato meal is quick and easy to prepare and you can always substitute other winter squash, if that’s what you have on hand. Saturday’s are for baking and these Dulce de Leche Bars are so perfect on a nice weekend. Have an awesome week ahead, and remember spring is almost here!
Monday – This delightful beef roast has just the right amount of seasoning, and it’s virtually a no-brainer when prepared in a slow cooker. The leftovers will make another fabulous meal.
Tuesday – I love a good taquito and these are especially easy to make with the leftovers from Monday night. The chunky guac is one of my favorites for dipping.
Wednesday – This chicken dinner makes a nice simple meal with citrusy flavors. It’s all about the sauce here — fragrant with savory and sweet notes.
Thursday – I enjoy risotto, but when it’s made with quinoa it’s even better. The nutty grains capture the sauce and flavors of the vegetables. It’s a quick and easy meal for during the week.
Friday – TGIF! A sheet pan meal that’s loaded with yummy flavors and super duper simple is what we all need. So invite some friends.
Saturday – These bars are some of my favorites because the combination of chewy caramel with buttery crumbs is just magnificent. I like to slice them up and serve them after a good meal, but they make pretty great treats (just because) on the weekend too.