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Best Meal of the Week

By Paige Brady, February 12, 2009  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady

All home cooks have them - those moments when you say to yourself "That was my best meal of the week!" Best, of course, is highly subjective. It could be healthy, super quick, inexpensive, fabulously delicious - or a combination of all that and more. Whatever your criteria, we want to hear about your Best Meal of the Week. Here are a few of ours: FrittataDinner from Kate: My best meal so far this week is a baked frittata. When I don't have much of a dinner plan (this occurs more often that I'd like to admit), but I do have eggs, cheese and maybe some other interesting leftovers in the fridge, I turn to a frittata. So for dinner earlier this week, I preheated the oven (about 400°F but can be easily adjusted if you are cooking something else at the same time), lightly buttered a pie plate and got started. I arranged leftover cooked whole wheat pasta elbows, leftover sautéed kale and broccoli rabe, and a few chopped sundried tomatoes (a staple I keep on hand) in the bottom of the dish. Then I whisked together eggs with a handful of grated Parmesan and plenty of cracked black pepper and poured it over the pasta and greens. While the frittata baked in the oven, I tossed a quick salad. As soon as the eggs set (about 15 to 20 minutes), I pulled the frittata out of the oven, cut it into wedges and served with the salad and some rustic bread. A delicious dinner that was quick to assemble, easy on the budget, and used up odds and ends from the fridge. Leftover frittata is great for lunch the next day, too.

 

Lunch from Susannah: My best meal of the week was loading a whole wheat pita with leftover roast turkey breast slices, avocado, romaine lettuce, thin-sliced red onion, a few blue cheese crumbles and a thin spread of canola mayo. I wrapped it up tight in the pita bread bag (since it was the last one in the bag) and took it with me to work. I could hardly wait for lunch time!

 

SmoothieBreakfast from Paige: My best meal this week has been a protein smoothie for breakfast. Anyone out there have kids? Then you know how hard it is to get them to eat a good breakfast in the morning. But you also know that it is really, really important for their brain function to get a solid protein boost before heading off to school. Drinking breakfast turns out to be a super winner in our house.  For one serving, I combine a banana, about 1/4 cup assorted frozen berries, about 1/2 cup apple juice, and a scoop of whey protein powder. I also add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Blend well (in a blender) and drink. NO complaints from the pre-teen in my house...and no arguments about fitting in breakfast! There you go...our "best" breakfast, lunch and dinner of the week. What's yours??

Category: Food & Recipes

 

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Marilyn says ...
I make hot cooked cereal (wheat, oats, etc) in the slow cooker at night, so when I get up in the morning my healthy breakfast is ready to eat. I make a large pot of hearty vegetable bean soup that I have for lunch all week long. Two minutes in the microwave, sprinkle it with cheese, grab a slice of bread or crackers, and a nice hot lunch is served. It travels well in a thermos too. But my best meal of the week is the one that I prepare for friends and family. Frequently it is a new recipe I just found on the web and I need some opinions. Trying new things keeps the drudgery out of the kitchen.
02/12/2009 8:31:52 AM CST
Bryan says ...
The meals above look great and all sound delicious from what I have read. My dinner idea of the week, Spinage and feta cheese stuffed chicken thighs with a lemon saffron sauce baked in the oven at 400 for 24 minutes until thoroughly cooked and golden brown, a side of baked potato lightly seasoned with garlic green onions and a light splash of sour cream to the individuals preference. served along side with green beans and a nice dinner drink! This dinner is for sure to put a spark into any ones dinner date or just the idea of trying something new. Lemon saffron sauce can be replaced with just a squirt of fresh lemon, with fresh ground pepper over the top. Enjoy
02/12/2009 1:47:08 PM CST
Kristin says ...
My best meal this week was a green smoothie (spinach, strawberries, cherries, banana, & light vanilla silk) with a mini sprouted grain tortilla with PB&J. YUM!
02/12/2009 3:03:52 PM CST
Kimberley says ...
My best meal this week was a good hamburger. The quality of beef from Whole Foods is top notch and the beef makes the burger. I grilled the burger (seasoned with salt, pepper, green onions, and Worcestershire sauce) medium well, put in it a whole wheat bun, with some cilantro pesto, arugula, and tomatoes. It was the best burger I've had in a long time, and it was homemade :)
02/13/2009 7:39:23 PM CST
Michelle @ What Does Your Body Good? says ...
Mine was an improvised vegetarian chili--I added pumpkin and peanut butter and it came out great.
02/18/2009 3:50:32 PM CST
Louise Ross says ...
I made a couple of fab, value turkey meals with WF's turkey wings. Because the wind has been particularly cold this week, I especially enjoyed the simple turkey curry I made, and with the leftover turkey meat, I made wilted greens (chard was 2-for-one last week!) with home made salsa, turkey meat and avocado.
02/19/2009 3:50:03 PM CST