Lifestyle - March 21, 2020

Meals For The Week // March Week 4

Brighton Keller recipes

Hi friends! How we doing? I’ve been loving cooking at home these past few weeks! And I love that y’all are joining in on the fun! Last week I shared my recipes ahead of time and y’all seemed to enjoy being in on my plan, so I thought I’d make it a thing!

This week I’m sharing 5 dinner recipes, each with their own side. I’m still experimenting on how to best share this information, so please let me know if you have any suggestions. I have it planned out through Thursday, but we’ll see if I actually stick to this exactly. But I’ll do my best to share as much of the process on stories so be sure to follow along there too! And please let me know if you end up cooking any of these! 

What I’m Cooking This Week:

Crockpot Pizza Casserole

Sunday: Crock Pot Pizza Casserole (Real House Moms)

This crock pot pizza casserole SOOO good! It’s a twist on pizza and looks pretty easy to make. For my side, I’m going to roast some cauliflower – so good and filling!

chicken picatta

Monday: Chicken Piccata (Simply Recipes) + Spaghetti Squash

Duncan and I love chicken piccata! I made a recipe last week (it only had 5 ingredients but we wanted to try another options because we didn’t *love* that one). I’m pairing it with spaghetti squash and probably will serve the chicken piccata over the squash.

zucchini sesame chicken

Tuesday: Sesame Chicken (Gimme Delicious)

This is a healthier version of sesame chicken – less sugar, less salt, less preservatives. But it still looks SO good! I’ll probably pair  it with a simple garden salad.

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Wednesday: Paleo Shrimp and Grits (40 Aprons)

This shrimp and grits is a twist on the classic and a WAY healthier option since the grits are made with cauliflower. I think I’ve mastered the mashed cauliflower, so I can’t wait to try cauliflower grits! I think I’m going to pair the shrimp & grits with some balsamic glazed carrots.

Thursday: Crockpot BBQ Chicken (Family Fresh Meals)

Being from the south, I have had plenty of BBQ in my day. This one looks yummy and I already have most of the ingredients. And I’ll probably pair the BBQ chicken with some balsamic grilled vegetables. I’ll probably end up making the veggies inside rather than grilling them outside – I bet it’ll be too cold outside in Denver this week!

Ingredients + Shopping List

I just copied and pasted these from the website, but I could start compiling these into one big list? I can’t figure out if that would be helpful or not because I figure some of you aren’t cooking the same things I am each week, you know? Please let me know in the comments below! Otherwise, I’ll just keep doing this for now and adjust if I get feedback!

If you DO want to cook these exact recipes, I made a google doc with all the ingredients and organized it by area of the grocery store. I don’t know about you, but I cannot STAND having different lists of groceries and having to group things in my head! So I always have to organize my list before I go! It makes shopping so much better and more efficient. I recommend copying to your “notes” app in your phone so you can check things off as you get them!

Crock Pot Pizza Casserole (Recipe):

  • 8 ounce box of short pasta rigatoni, penne or ziti
  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 1/2 pound of ground beef
  • 8 ounce package of sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 large white onion chopped
  • 42 ounces of pizza sauce Three 14-ounce jars
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 16 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

Roasted Cauliflower (Recipe):

  • 1 head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cut into bite-size florets (about 8 cups)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh thyme leaves

Chicken Piccata (Recipe):

  • 2-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (1 1/2 pound total), or 4-8 chicken cutlets
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock or dry white wine (such as a Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup brined capers
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley

Spaghetti Squash (Recipe):

  • Spaghetti squash
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Sesame Chicken (Recipe):

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts (cut into 1/2 inch strips or cubes)
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 pinch each salt & pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or sesame
  • Cooked white rice for serving
  • Small bunch spring onionsscallions, chopped

For the sauce:

  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha add more for more heat
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil optional

Shrimp & Grits (Recipe):

  • 1 pound large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2-3 tablespoons Cajun seasoning without salt
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • 1 12-ounce bag frozen cauliflower
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or butter
  • salt, to taste

Balsamic Glazed Carrots (Recipe):

  • 3 cups baby carrots
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 ½ tblsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tblsp brown sugar

Crockpot BBQ Chicken (Recipe):

  • 1 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/4 cup Italian dressing
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • salt to taste

Balsamic Grilled Vegetables (Recipe):

  • 8 oz mushrooms, halved
  • 2 bell peppers (I use 1 red and 1 green), cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1 zucchini, halved and cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1/2 red onion, cut into large pieces
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or pressed
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dried herbs – mix of thyme, basil & oregano – or whatever you have in the kitchen
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Garden Salad:

  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Onion
  • Avocado
  • Whisp Cheese Crisps
  • Favorite dressing