I don’t mean to brag, but I have been killing it in the kitchen lately. I’ve been making all kinds of healthy and delicious meals for my family all without spending more than $75/week at the grocery store (that budget includes household and pet supplies).We’ve been on a challenge to not eat family meals out for the past month and I am shocked to report that I have not missed restaurants at all. Since half the battle of cooking is finding a great recipe, I thought I’d share with y’all some of the dishes I found online or on Pinterest that were total wins.
Made it. Loved it. It made WAY more than is needed for one pizza so we had plenty for dipping and to save for future meals.
I halved the recipe and made a few substitutions based on what I had on hand (frozen spinach instead of fresh, a mixture of goat cheese and yogurt instead of ricotta, and no fresh basil). I couldn’t get them to roll up so I just topped each breast with the filling followed by the sauce and the cheese and served it over linguine. It was a hit! Oh and I used the aforementioned leftover pizza sauce–the need to use the leftover sauce is actually what sent me searching for a recipe to serve it over chicken!
Prosciutto is kind of expensive so this is more of a special occasion meal, but asparagus has just shown up in my grocery store and I had to have it (even if no one else in my house will eat it). We’re obsessed with pasta so we had this over linguine. I didn’t have any cream so I substituted some whole milk + melted butter.
I used frozen spinach instead of fresh, added some bell pepper, omitted the parsley, and didn’t bother with pureeing anything. Even my veggie-hating husband loved it.
This was sooooo good. I didn’t have any goat cheese so I used mozzarella instead, and since no one else in my family eats them I just scooped some marinated mushrooms out of a jar instead of buying a whole package of fresh ones. I also used frozen spinach instead of fresh (are you noticing a trend here? Bagged frozen spinach is just so convenient to keep on hand). I even ate the leftovers cold for lunch the next day!
We drove to my hometown yesterday to visit my grandfather in the hospital. It’s only an hour and a half away but there was a bad wreck on the interstate and it actually took us FOUR hours to get there! By the time we got home it was almost dinnertime and we were exhausted. We’d planned to go to a barbeque with friends but were too tired. What to cook for dinner? I found this recipe online when we were on our way home and had it on the table in a flash. It was really good, really easy, and relatively healthy. You could easily add some sauteed chicken and/or spinach to dress it up a little but the simple carby goodness is pretty great on its own. As usual, I subbed more convenient ingredients–bottled lemon juice, store bought bread crumbs, jarred minced garlic, regular ‘ol table salt, and no parsley. This one’s definitely getting added to my list.
I hope y’all had a great weekend! We had a lot of fun at the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday and then visited my grandfather yesterday–he’s 90 years old and had major surgery last week but is recovering nicely. I’m already looking forward to next weekend, when there is an absolutely glorious lack of any commitments on my calendar and I hope to get back in the groove of kitchen projects. Happy Monday, my friends!