The weather is definitely heating up so I’m trying to avoid using the oven too much. That ends up being one of my biggest obstacles as the summer wears on. I hate eating a heavy meal when it’s hot outside – it makes me feel gross.
Monday – Carnitas – This is from the left over pork shoulder that I made on Saturday. The recipe is for carnitas, but it’s good for any kind of pork meal you want. There isn’t a distinct Mexican flavor to it so it’s really versatile.
Tuesday – Marinated Grilled Shrimp w/ Quinoa Tabbouleh – I don’t believe that you necessarily have to have a themed night. I’m mixing Thai tasting shrimp with an Arabian (I had to look up where it’s from) salad.
Wednesday – Crab Cakes – I have tried making crab cakes numerous times and they have been hit or miss – mostly miss. I think this is one of the “hits”. I normally used the cheap crab meat in the can, but the last time I was at Costco I saw they had packages of lump crab meat for about $12 so I’m going to use that this time.
Thursday – BLT’s – We really like bacon at our house. I make all of my bacon in the microwave (A little tip I learned from Sara). I lay two paper towels on a microwave safe plate, place a layer of bacon on top and then cover with another paper towel. Depending on the thickness of your bacon, microwave it for 5 to 7 minutes. The plate will be hotter than hell when you take it out, but the bacon is always crispy and not greasy. I’m convinced I can eat as much bacon as I want when I make it this way because all the fat is sucked up in the paper towels.
Friday – Chicken Cordon Bleu – This is a family favorite and easy to make. Friday is supposed to be the coolest day of the week and the only day I’ll be using the oven.
Saturday – We have a party to go to.
Sunday – We have another party to go to.
I had another $75 trip to the grocery store today! I don’t have my lump crab meat yet so tack on another $12, but under $100 for a family of 4 isn’t too shabby!