Thursday, November 5, 2009

It might just have changed my life.

Ladies, do you get Everyday Food? I'm telling you, I find the best recipes in that magazine, and I love, love, love it. Very practical.
Anyway, they have a new column, called Sunday Strategy, about prepping some food ahead and strategically planning meals to use some of the same ingredients. AWESOME! This has been my best week ever for dinners. I've included each of the recipes in a separate post, and I hope it makes sense. The best part (or one of the best parts) is that the shopping list was included, so I just took my magazine to the grocery store. Yay!! You really need to try this.

*It says each of these recipes serves 4. I would say that my family is about a 3-1/2 serving family, and we have had no leftovers. If you have big eaters, I would adjust the recipes accordingly.
*I have tried everything but the marinated chicken, since I made these recipes out of order (I didn't actually marinate the chicken ahead of time like I should have). It has all been delicious.
*I would honestly just make these recipes every week for the rest of our lives, since the shopping and prep are so streamlined, but I think it needs a few more vegetables to make the meals really balanced. (Although each of the recipes does include a vegetable or two.)

Shopping List:
14 plum tomatoes
3 lemons
2-3/4 pound small red new potatoes
1 bunch fresh parsley (honestly, I just used dried)
1 bunch fresh mint (I did use fresh mint)
1 bunch fresh basil (is there anything more delicious than fresh basil?)
1 bunch fresh rosemary (again, dried)
1 small head Boston lettuce
2 bunches spinach (I just got one bag of prewashed baby spinach--it's the best)
1 large onion
1 cucumber, seedless if possible
1 head garlic

1 pint ricotta
2 oz. parmesan
1 container Greek or plain yogurt

1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins (I just used boneless skinless)
4 striped bass or salmon fillets (frozen, from Wal-Mart. Cheap!)
1 pound bacon

2 pounds pizza dough (from the deli downtown--SO GOOD!)
1 package pita bread
1 loaf crusty bread

extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
white-wine vinegar

Seriously, ladies. You have to try this menu.


  1. The shopping list was included! That's ingenious. All of these recipes look delicious.

  2. Look at you buying your own pizza dough from the local deli- what are you married to a Dr.? How much is it- Central Market sells theirs (which honestly makes the pizza) for $2 which makes one pizza. It doesn't sound bad to me but is that comparable to the real world? Or does that just sound good compared to the rest of the stuff in the store?

  3. My deli sells it for $2 as well. It makes a cookie-sheet-sized pizza. And I think it's a great deal. It's not cheaper than I could make it, but it's better, and pizza's not an expensive meal anyway.