Week of Weeknight Meals: August 2023

Hey pals! I could be squeezing in August’s roundup of weeknight meals on the final attainable second by recapping the final week of August’s weeknight dinners, however I made it!

I started this sequence on PBF some time again in an effort to remain true to the origins of this weblog after I used to share my dinners on this area virtually each day. This sequence is now my approach of supplying you with guys a peek into what weeknight dinners appear like in our home for one week of each month.

Final week’s meals seemed fairly typical and included straightforward eats, leftovers and a few tried and true favourite recipes. Hopefully one thing under appears to be like good to you and offers you one thing new you may need to attempt for dinner in your home!

Additionally, earlier than diving into our meals, I wished to share a fast aspect observe as a result of this inevitably pops up every time I share our boys’ meals: Sure, they do typically eat barely totally different meals than we do. And sure, I’m very a lot okay with how we method dinnertime in our home. It’s not a lot further work as a result of they are going to often eat some a part of our dinner paired with a fruit or veggie that takes little or no time to prep. (Consider me, I’ve learn a lot about solely providing your youngsters what you eat and we do nonetheless provide them our dinners and new meals to attempt on a regular basis.) I let go of the guilt and nervousness that surrounded their meals years in the past (this blog post by a dietician blogger pal did wonders to shift my mindset) and feeding our youngsters was an especially demanding factor for me, particularly as a first-time mother to a smaller youngster. I kindly ask on your respect concerning our decisions and the way we feed our youngsters. You could not agree with it and it won’t be the way in which issues are achieved in your home and that’s okay!

Week of Weeknight Meals: August 2023

  • Monday: Leftover Shepherd’s Pie

Ryan had a piece dinner on Monday night time and since there was simply sufficient shepherd’s pie leftover from Sunday night time’s dinner to feed one, I jumped on it! I really like leftovers and shepherd’s pie makes fantastic leftovers. It’s sort of like soup or chili in that the flavors solely intensify and get higher if they’ve a bit time to take a seat. I’ve been on a shepherd’s pie kick ever since my sister made it after we visited household in Florida and have been making it each Sunday night time since! I’m positive we’ll get sick of it will definitely however proper now I’m loving it.

On the boys’ plates: Grilled cheese, just a few bites of shepherd’s pie, strawberries and inexperienced beans

My turkey vegetable meatloaf continues to be an all-time favourite in our home each for the flavour and for the truth that it’s really jam-packed with greens. One little hack I exploit when making this recipe: I double the greens after I prep this meatloaf and freeze half of them so I can merely defrost the veggies and make this meatloaf with none veggie prep the subsequent time we’re craving it in our home. On the aspect we had roasted brussels sprouts and thick slices of Rhett’s rainbow cake for his birthday!

On the boys’ plates: Turkey meatloaf with ketchup, blueberries, cucumbers with salt and rainbow cake

  • Wednesday: Mediterranean Grilled Rooster Skewers with Macaroni and Cheese and Arugula Salad

Ryan had a last-minute enterprise journey to Chicago pop up on Wednesday night time so I used to be using solo once more. I wasn’t overly within the temper to cook dinner so I figured it was a very good time to attempt some new-to-me Mediterranean Grilled Rooster Skewers from Costco. Whereas the boys weren’t into them (therefore the mac and cheese you see talked about under), I assumed they had been scrumptious, particularly when paired with a bit barbeque sauce for dipping. I initially purchased them to have readily available for straightforward lunches however they got here in helpful for a fast and easy weeknight dinner, too. I paired them with a easy arugula salad and white cheddar mac and cheese.

On the boys’ plates: ALDI’s Merely Nature natural white cheddar mac and cheese, carrot slices and strawberries

That is the sort of easy dinner I really like and will simply make and eat each night time. Every time I’m at a loss for what to feed our household, I’m going with the fundamentals: Some sort of easy marinated protein, a flavorful veggie aspect and an easy-to-make starch. I used a teriyaki sauce I purchased from Thrive Market to marinate the trout, frozen corn to make the curried corn (I nonetheless must share this recipe for you guys as a result of it’s one among Ryan’s all-time favorites and SO straightforward) and ginger sesame broccolini — aka the one recipe that may make me need to eat a whole pound of broccoli.

On the boys’ plates: Shrimp, ginger sesame broccolini and corn

  • Friday: Steak and Arugula Grain Bowl

We had been within the temper to grill out on Friday night time and because it’s been a scorching second since we’ve made steak of any variety in our home, this meal felt like a little bit of a deal with to me! I virtually forgot how scrumptious scorching steak proper off the grill will be and liked this sliced ribeye served on high of a mixture of arugula and brown rice and a easy honey French dressing dressing. (My eyes had been a bit larger than my abdomen on this one and I ended up saving a few of my steak for lunch the subsequent day. I really like chilly steak, too!)

On the boys’ plates: ALDI’s natural scorching canines in complete wheat buns, watermelon, bell pepper slices

Query of the Day

  • Any recipes you’ve been loving for dinner currently? 
  • Do you make related meals for dinner each week or change issues up?