This week’s meals were all relatively quick to prepare. There are a few short cuts that I took that made things even easier.
Sunday features one of my favorite meals from when we were in Italy. In Venice, I had an amazing spaghetti with clams and mussels dish. Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to get mussels as fresh as they have there, I skipped them and just opted for the clams. If you wanted, you could always do a combination. The longest part for this meal was waiting for the pasta water to come to a boil. I recommend that while you are waiting for this, you chop all of your other ingredients and scrub the outside of the clams. This way you are all set and ready to go once your water comes to a boil. At this point, the dish comes together in about ten minutes.
Another tip, allow your clams to soak in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes before you are going to cook them. The sand will filter out and fall to the bottom of the bowl. Then you can just pull them out, scrub them and they won’t have any gross sand in them.
Next I made Rosemary Steak, red potato, and portobello kebabs. These were delicious and again, very easy to make. I highly recommend separating the steak from the mushrooms and potatoes. Otherwise you will end up with overcooked steak and undercooked potatoes.
Finally, I made a loaded veggie fried rice. I used brown rice and loaded it up with so many veggies that I could just feel myself getting healthier. It does call for a bit of oil, but you really do need it to prevent everything from sticking. Plus, no matter how you look at it, it is way healthier than whatever you would get from your favorite Chinese food restaurant. You could really add or omit any veggies you like in this recipe as well.
I found the slow cooker Kielbasa recipe on Pinterest and even though it is not technically a “quick fix”, it sounded too good to not include in the menu this week. It has so few ingredients and would be great for cook-outs, busy weekends where you are at sports tournaments all day, or it would be GREAT for football Sundays in the fall.
We are coming up on the one year anniversary of the blog. After I have compiled a full year’s worth of menus for you all, I will start adding a few recipes per week, but no longer continue with a full menu. ( A girl can only go so long before she wants to make something again!) I have added a new page entitled “All Menus” at the top of the home screen that you can click to find all of the menus, arranged by season. The new posts will have more detailed step by step instructions about how to prepare certain dishes and will give me a little more freedom to add desserts, cocktail recipes and the other things that never seem to make it into the weekly menus. You will also be able to go to the blank menu planner to add recipes and ingredients to create your own menus.
Have a great weekend everyone!