Last week’s menu was filled with tasty dinners and LOTS of fresh produce! As a volunteer at the food pantry, we are asked to take the leftover fresh produce, or else it ends up going bad. Last week I came home with swiss chard, mustard greens, corn on the cob, carrots and squash! I am happy to say that we cooked and ate it all, minus a bunch of carrots that are still sitting on our counter.
Saturday – We went to our neighbor’s potluck BBQ. The Weekend Chef made coleslaw and potato salad.
Sunday – The Weekend Chef made Peppers & Greens Skillet Hash from the Moosewood Restaurant New Classic Cookbook. Topped with a fried egg, this was a tasty vegetarian dish in which we were able to use the swiss chard.
Monday – We had One Pot Cheesy Taco Skillet over rice. I adapted this recipe a bit and will be posting my version on the blog soon. It was a hit with the kids, easy to prepare and we will be having this again soon!
Tuesday – I made BBQ Bacon Peach Chicken Calzones from blog Melanie Makes. Her original recipe called for turnovers using frozen puff pastry. At over $5 a package, with the recipe using two packages I opted for a cheaper alternative and used pizza dough to make calzones. I had featured this recipe as my favorite bookmarked recipe of the week in a recent Friday Favorites post. These calzones had many of the kids’ favorite ingredients and they ate these right up. I found them to be a bit sweet, which might have been due to the barbecue sauce I used (Kraft). As much as the kids enjoyed these, I told them that I would NOT be making these again, only due to the sheer number of steps and dishes it required! I had to roast the peaches and cook the bacon. I had to cook the chicken. Then I had to bake the calzones. It was just too time-consuming for me! I served these with corn on the cob.
Wednesday – I made Squash Pie adapting it from this Zucchini Pie recipe from Life According to Steph. This time I used a variety of squash, but I’ve made it previously using just zucchini. The kids like this a lot and it’s another recipe keeper. I served this with a salad.
Thursday – I made what I’m calling Caprese Pasta inspired by this Summer Pasta recipe from Green Fashionista. This was another recipe that I recently featured as my favorite bookmarked recipe of the week in a Friday Favorite’s post. I changed the recipe quite a bit but was inspired by Kate’s recipe. It too will be making an appearance soon on the blog! I served this with a salad and garlic bread.
Friday – We had pizza with my parents at their place. A night off from cooking is a plus!