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:
Dinner 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!
Breakfast 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??