Somehow it feels like I only just went back to work at the high school, and already I was bored of lunch-that is, until I began writing this week’s meal plan. Now I have plans for chickpea salad sandwiches, future batches of soup, and more! With a nod to the last strains of summer and more bits of comfort foods creeping into meal plans, it’s almost time to pull out the sweaters! What’s your favorite time of year?
As the weather starts to get cooler, a thick soup with cheese and croutons is just the thing. Kids often love these kinds of soup and it’s a great way to get them to eat their veggies! I love to serve them with a plate piled with fresh biscuits, or some veggies and dip. Creative Culinary even suggests topping it with sautéed mushrooms.
Broccoli Soup with White Cheddar Cheese and Garlic Croutons
Photo copyright Creative Culinary
On the other hand, The Muffin Myth has a great dinner idea if the weather is warm and you are strapped for time. These sandwiches look so good that I am packing them up to be in my lunch box this week. Sandwiches for dinner can be delicious-just put out some salad, your favorite kind of soup, and there you go! I’d try the filling in a tortilla or as a dip in lunches for the kids.
Photo copyright The Muffin Myth
Steamy Kitchen‘s fish looks amazing. We still have huge bags of local basil available at the store that would be perfect to use, and while swordfish is used in the photo, Jayden says that you can use salmon, halibut, grouper, or even grilled shrimp. Lemon or orange with herbs come together quickly and deliciously!
Photo copyright Steamy Kitchen
Pot pie is a favorite in our house, but make it with lamb and my teen would think he had died and gone to heaven! Fuji Mama has made sure there’s ways to swap things and make it your own-peas instead of edamame, and ground beef instead of lamb if you wish. With lots of leftovers and a make it ahead option, you’ll have no problem having dinner on the table when you need it.
Photo copyright Fuji Mama
Slather tender chicken breasts with a spiced glaze, grill to perfection, and serve with Israeli couscous for a nice change of pace. The glaze gives lots of flavor without being too spicy, and is so quick to prepare!
Photo copyright Karen Humphrey