Lunch is 100% the most commonly prepped-ahead meal. It makes sense. It’s the meal eaten in the middle of the day when we’re normally away from home. And let’s face it, if you’re away from home without lunch, you most likely end up buying something. If your lunch purchase consisted of anything on the healthy side, it probably cost more than this entire recipe of four lunches. Ouch. So instead, choose to Meal Prep Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki Quinoa Bowls (jump to the recipe).
I’m on a never-ending quest for healthy casseroles. We truly love casseroles around here. But often, the ones I find online have pasta, rice, bread, or cream. I love (LOVE) all of these things, but anytime I can replace them and still be totally into the dish is a winner. The other day, I ate this casserole for lunch AND dinner. Then I realized I had probably eaten like half a head of broccoli that day (plus spinach and cauliflower whattt). Has that happened ever? I don’t think so, but I love it. Jump to the recipe for Veggie Loaded Rotisserie Chicken Casserole.
We never had lentils growing up – it was just one of those things none of us really tried. But then I went to Washington State University. Lentils are a big deal over there. I tasted a couple kinds of lentil soup and liked them, but I always found there were other choices I liked better. Fast forward to today, where I appreciate the nutritional content of food a lot more. My first successful experiment with lentils this season – Vegetable & Chicken Sausage Lentil Soup (jump to recipe).
I think I say this every time I make meatballs, but these are probably the best meatballs I’ve ever made. Maybe it’s because I’m constantly trying to improve my method, so I have a little more practice each time. Thanks to the culinary genius known as Alton Brown, I added spinach to the mixture this time. I think that might just be the ticket. Jump to the recipe for Spicy Baked Turkey Spinach Meatballs, or check out some sweet pictures first.
The Thai restaurant down the street (shoutout to Bangbar!) has the most incredible Crispy Basil Chicken. All the stars please. It’s my second favorite dish, only to their Pad Thai. I just had to aim for those flavors when I braised some thighs a couple months ago, which lead to this. Hot Basil Coconut Braised Chicken Thighs. My next task will be to perfect the ‘crispy’ basil like they do… But in the meantime, I will continue to eat these thighs and thoroughly enjoy (jump to recipe).
We got back from vacation, and Trader Joe’s had a thousand new items. Everywhere. I was blown away. On the shelves. At the end of every aisle. The register shelves (you know the ones). Even outside the front door. The TJ’s crew agrees with me. And they love my Hufflepuff sweater. One chick walked up and laid it all out there – “Hey, I like your sweater.” Thanks, lady. You and the crew rock. You know what else rocks? Pesto + chicken. It’s kind of our thing. But this time, I removed some carbs and shoved the pesto chicken inside spaghetti squash I found at TJs. It’s Pesto Chicken Stuffed Spaghetti Squash for Two (jump to recipe)!