CD Meal Plan (July 16 – July 22)

Hello fellow meal planners!!

To keep life easy, I have put together a meal plan for you that is summer-perfect and healthy.  No hot ovens, just fresh salads, grilled goodies and delicious sides.

I know the word "healthy" means something different to everyone, but for this meal plan, healthy simply means using fresh vegetables and good sources of protein, without processed ingredients and added sugars.

These are dinners to take you through the week, with the exception of one night which should be for fun night out.


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Mediterranean Bluefish

When most people think of bluefish, they think of the strong taste and oiliness that a bluefish typically has.  In an older recipe I had made a few years ago, I had simply marinated the fish in red wine vinegar for 30 minutes, then taken the fish and put it under the broiler to lightly caramelize the fish, and, take the fishiness out of the bluefish.  It worked beautifully, and for this recipe, I have taken it one step further and created a delicious mediterranean inspired sauce that goes deliciously with the bluefish.

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Tautog with Creamy Tomatoes and Cornmeal Fried Okra

Whew that's a big recipe name, huh??  Well let me tell you, tautog with creamy tomatoes and cornmeal fried okra will be your new best friend this spring.  Forget slimy okra - my quick and easy pan fried technique takes the sliminess out and only leaves you with little nuggets of pure okra heaven.

This is the season for tautog on Cape Cod, and yesterday my wonderful hubby woke up at 4:30am to go work his fingers to the bone catching our meal for this evening.  Word of advice - get you a guy that can catch dinner for you.  The difference between a freshly caught fish and a store bought fish is like night and day.

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Honey Teriyaki Salmon

Roasted or grilled salmon is one of those meals that is both easy, quick and full of good healthy fats and protein.  This honey teriyaki salmon is a delicious, quick meal that you can put together on a busy night, or even make ahead and reheat the next day.  The leftovers are great as well served cold on a salad!

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Buttermilk Biscuits – How to Make Them Super Flakey

There's really never a bad time to enjoy a biscuit, especially when it's on a holiday like Easter.  I have always been a huge fan of southern foods like fried okra, corn pudding, hush puppies and of course biscuits.

The best biscuits are the ones that have tons of flakes, but there are a few tricks to the flakes - for one thing you need cold butter, cold flour, cold everything until the minute the go in the oven!  Want to know the other tricks?  Keep reading!

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Easy & Authentic Marinara Sauce

I'm really hoping the title explains it all, but if you need more explanation, then here it is.  Marinara sauce that tastes authentic, light, flavorful, and using just 5 ingredients.

If there's one recipe everyone should know by the time they're 30, it's how to make your own sauce.  Store bought jars of sauce are full of sugar, and the ones that aren't are super expensive.

Of course it's good to always have a jar on hand for when time gets tight, but once you learn how to make this easy marinara, you may never buy store bought jarred sauce again.  Marinara sauce is great stored in the freezer too, so you can always make big batches to freeze for later meals.

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Vegetable Fried Rice

Fried rice is one of my go-to dinner ideas when I really have no energy to cook but want something satisfying and healthy.  Someone once asked me after a cooking class, "So what will you be making for dinner tonight?" and since I had just done a three hour cooking class, I knew my answer would be something simple, so I told her I was planning to make fried rice.

Her response was something along the lines of thinking it sounded too complicated and needed too many ingredients, which might be the case for others too.

So I am here to tell you that yes!, you can make fried rice easily, in about 15 minutes, with few ingredients and a few tricks to speed up the process.

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Lemon Chicken & Orzo Soup

Not only is this Lemon Chicken & Orzo Soup healthy (for 1.5 cups per serving it is 250 calories and 20 grams of protein!!) but it tastes delicious and perfect for a stormy day (like the one we are having as I write this).  This easy to make soup has been a favorite of mine for years.  If you're vegetarian, you could easily sub out the chicken for mushrooms and use vegetable stock. Continue reading