Saturday, June 18, 2011

Dinner Diva is Back!

I took a week off. No menu plan. No grocery list. We foraged. We cleaned up the leftovers. We cleaned out the fridge. We saved some money. And, it stunk! I hated not knowing what was going to be for dinner, hated not having ingredients on hand. But, the savings were nice! There's a whole lot more room in the fridge/pantry/freezer now! But, alas, I'm back. I'm ready for a plan. And since I'm doing it, there's no reason for you to do it too, so here it is!

Monday: Grilled Chicken over spaghetti, salad, garlic breadsticks

I like to grill the chicken (sprinkled with salt and pepper), and slice it on the diagonal, and fan it over spaghetti marinara. (Which I make with whole wheat noodles and commercial sauce.) Tasty! Simple! Cheap!

Use a commercially available salad mix and commercial breadsticks to round out the meal.

Tuesday: Grilled Sirloin Steak, baked potatoes, fresh spinach salad

All a good steak needs, if it is to be grilled, is a little salt and pepper. But, if you must marinade, try a low-fat, low-cal balsamic vinaigrette, such as Newman's Own.

Wednesday: Orange Roughy, steamed brown rice, sautee'd zucchini

Sautee' the sliced zucchini in a little olive oil with a little salt and pepper. The trick is to NOT overcook it. It should be tender and crisp, not mushy.

Thursday: Hamburgers, home fries, coleslaw

Friday: Lemon Pepper Shrimp Scampi, french bread, salad

Saturday: Pizza

Sunday: taco salad