Over the last two weeks, I think we have stocked our freezer to the point of bursting with meat. There was a $0.79/lb deal on chicken thighs at Cub, so we bought 12 pounds of those. We did our monthly Trader Joe’s run for coffee and burgers/sausages. My Dad spied a deal at ALDI where you could grab three ahi tuna steaks for $4.99. We grabbed two packages of those. Pretty much until September (unless for some reason we need chicken breasts) we will want for nothing. Except for my breakfast foods and dinner sides.
Friday – Grilled Beef Bool Kogi from Trader Joe’s, Green Beans tossed in Sesame Oil/Salt and Pepper/Red Pepper Flakes, Sweet and Salty Coconut Rice from Cravings
Mom was on travel, so we had Dad over for a shabbat dinner. I sourced some different pre-marinated meats from Trader Joe’s for our freezer stash because they are cheaper than the (ever delicious) Von Hansen’s kabobs, but they still provide us with the convenience factor of lots of flavor and no effort. These boneless beef ribs were fantastic and they went great with the coconut rice.
Speaking of the coconut rice, I made a lazy modification and used sweetened, untoasted coconut and thus skipped adding sugar to the dish.
Sunday – Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers with Port Wine Cheese, Grilled Zucchini, Corn on the Cob, Tangy Goat Cheese and Dill Potato Salad
Honestly, we made the potato salad because I was trying to find a way to get the rest of a lonely log of goat cheese out of our fridge. It was actually pretty fantastic and I’d make it again. The port wine cheese spread went onto the turkey burgers for the same reason.
I’d also like to take a moment to point out the first Gregor Farms corn of the season. Get ready to see it for the rest of the month!
Tuesday – Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad from Cravings
- This was totally a single girl dinner because Marcus was not home.
- I have always wanted to try this cauliflower salad from Cravings but it looked like it might be a lot of work. After Erica posted that she had made it (and she has a busy little one at home as well!), I knew that I too could survive this. It was actually quite easy to pull together – I was able to accomplish this over naptime. Flavor-wise, it is fantastic. 10/10 will make again.
I know it has been just ages since we have brought out the 4-3-2-1 spice rub. This meal actually decimated the remainder of our supply so I will be mixing up another batch over the weekend. When we’re grilling, instead of rubbing it straight on the meat, we toss the meat in that + evoo.
Thursday – Grilled Bread, Bruschetta, Corn on the Cob, Favorite Three Bean Salad
This is actually a deceptive photo because really we each ate 1/4 baguette. But this looked a little more…photogenic?
Miscellaenous – Earth Cookies