If we’re being honest, January was a slow start for me y’all. I never quite managed to jump on the “reset” train, and have slowly and surely been working to switch up some of the 2020 habits I created. (Anyone else?!)
One of those less-than-savory habits? Way too much takeout. The irony is, Andrew and I both love to cook, but aren’t as good at preparation. And if I’ve learned anything, it’s that the prep work is the most crucial step in whether or not a homemade dinner makes it to the table. For a non-planner like me, this is sometimes the hardest step!
So yesterday, I decided to sit down and make a meal plan for the week. We let ourselves indulge in a little takeout on Friday nights, so I’ve come up with four recipes to get us fed in the meantime. Since one of the trickiest parts of planning dinner is deciding what on earth to make, I thought I’d share what I’m planning on serving up this week with you!
roasted sweet potatoes, peppers and chicken sausage
This easy meal is a favorite in our household. Simple, low-fuss, and absolutely delicious. Plus, it’s low carb! The secret ingredient that keeps this dish from getting boreing? Red Clay Salsa Verde and Red Clay Hot Honey. Trust me on this one! Also, if you don’t have an air fryer, you can make the sweet potatoes in the oven as well. Just put in for twenty minutes, then add the pan of sausage and peppers for another twenty! Spoiler alert: I find the air fryer (we use and love this one) makes them the yummiest.
yields two servings
- 1 pack of spicy Italian chicken sausage (we prefer Trader Joes)
- 3 bell peppers (I like one red, one orange, one yellow)
- 1 sweet potato
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Optional but game-changing: Red Clay Salsa Verde and Red Clay Hot Honey
Preheat oven to 400°
Preheat air fryer to 390°
Cut bell peppers into 1″ pieces. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1″ pieces. Slice Italian chicken sausage into medallions
Drizzle sausage and bell peppers with olive oil, salt and pepper. Spread on foil-lined sheet pan and place in oven for 20 minutes.
While the sausage and peppers are cooking, drizzle sweet potatoes with olive oil, salt and pepper. (I also like adding paprika and garlic salt but those are optional.) Place in air fryer for 8-10 minutes, shaking halfway through.
curried chicken burger lettuce wraps
recipe via @DaphneOz
Tonight will be my first time making this yummy-looking dish, so I can’t personally vouch for its tastiness yet. I will say, however, that watching this video by @DaphneOz has me feeling quite confident this will be a new fave! I’ve never made a chicken burger before, but this one just sounds so good and has been in the back of my mind for a few weeks now. I’m planning to make the pickled red onions and lime yogurt sauce she mentions in the video as well! You’ll find all of the instructions in her caption below. I recommend watching the video as well… she’s just too cute!
salmon bowls with brown rice
recipe via Brocc Your Body
This is another new-to-me recipe, but when it comes to Asian-inspired salmon of any kind, it’s a winner in my book. I have some frozen salmon fillets that I’ve been meaning to use, and this looked like the perfect way to do so! The only switch we’re making? Brown rice instead of white. (I live for the frozen organic brown rice from Trader Joes!) @BroccYourBody is a favorite of mine to follow on Instagram, and this will be my first recipe of hers. Crossing my fingers and licking my lips! You’ll find the recipe in her caption below and in this blog post.
easy green curry shrimp
recipe via @TheDefinedDish
Now this is a recipe I can personally vouch for! I’m a huge The Defined Dish fan, as I know many of you are as well, and have loved every recipe Alex creates. (If you haven’t ordered her cookbook yet, do it now!) This recipe she shared on her Instagram is one of my absolute favorites. It creates the most delicious and easy shrimp green curry. Let’s just say we never have any leftovers! You’ll find the recipe in her caption below.
There ya go, friends! Something about putting this list together and sharing it with y’all is making me especially excited to get back into the kitchen this week. I hope you enjoy these recipes, and I’d LOVE to hear what’s on the menu at your place this week!
Let me know if y’all would like to see more food-related posts like this! In the meantime, you can check out my other recipe posts here. Bon appetite!
Love from the Sunshine State,