Happy Saturday! I have a serious question for you all. Do you plan your dinners? Do you take 10-15 minutes on the weekend to make a weekly meal plan? I promise it will make your week ahead run so much smoother. Let me know in the comments below if you’re a wishful meal planner, a mediocre meal planner or an expert meal planner. Enquiring minds want to know!
My summer essentials Zoom class on pesto pea salad, turkey burgers and gluten-free berry crisp makes tonight’s dinner easy! It’s not too late to join me for this class! Check out the June calendar for menu and sign up details.
My vegetable drawers are groaning with CSA and garden produce. I’m planning to make a batch of spring stir fry. If you don’t have leek, asparagus and sugar snap peas, feel free to substitute green onions, broccoli or zucchini. The trick is to use what you’ve got! Follow this recipe for easy veggie stir fry.
Speaking of CSA overflow, I have an abundance of cucumbers that need to be used. A cooking project awaits! Spicy pickled cucumbers are simple and such a treat. I’ve also been wanting to cure a side of wild Copper River Salmon that’s in my freezer. It will take 24 hours to cure, so save it for weekend bagels or on an open-faced tartine with goat cheese and pickled onions. This still leaves us nothing for dinner tonight, so why not make an easy batch of chicken lettuce cups and call it a night.
I’m making strawberry galette on Instagram Live at 2pm central time! Join me! You can have your ingredients ready and cook along. For dinner, a breakfast-for-dinner bagel bar with our homemade gravlax from Tuesday. Set out cream cheese, capers, tomatoes, pickled or fresh red onions, finely diced or sliced hard boiled eggs, sea salt, pepper and lemon wedges. I’ll make a mixed green salad with super simple salad dressing to serve on the side. If you have younger kiddos who won’t want gravlax, let them make pizza bagels with a little Rao’s marinara, shredded mozzarella and pepperoni. Bake at 400-425 until cheese melts and is golden around the edges, about 15 minutes.
I have a private Zoom cooking class for Chase Bank this afternoon, so I want an easy dinner! Since it’s grilling season, let’s take the mess outside. Honey hoisin pork tenderloin is so fast. Serve with spicy long beans (or sub green beans). Roasted sweet potatoes would be satisfying on the side!
French dip sandwiches! Serve on a toasted hoagie roll with melted provolone or on cacio et pepe spaghetti squash. Simple steamed carrots on the side (or just cut some raw carrot sticks and call it a day!).