Sometimes, you just want a good meal but you really don’t have the time or energy to work for it. Maybe there isn’t much in the pantry, or perhaps it’s close to the end of the week and you need to conserve that last bit of cash instead of going to the grocery store. Your garden has produced a ton of kale that you don’t know what to do with, or you have a crisper full of veggies and want to make a sandwich. Don’t worry, this week’s meal plan is all about easy, or rather, dinners from not very much in the pantry. There’s a lot more in there than you think!
I met Diana from Dianasaur Dishes at BlogHer, after watching her on a panel about kids and food. If you haven’t been by her site, you must click over. Not only does Diana have amazing looking food, but her story is amazing. If you are having trouble finding a way to cook healthy without spending a lot of money, Diana will have lots of tips and tricks, not to mention great recipes, to help you. For instance, check out these mouthwatering chicken thighs.
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What do you eat when you are on a road trip? Check out this post on Chasing Tomatoes, where I detail what we ate while we’ve have been on the road this summer. I love these veggie sandwiches, and the chick pea salad is delicious too. Plus they are super easy and won’t heat up your kitchen at all!
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I love kebabs. I’m not sure what it is about them, but little sticks with meat and veggies threaded on them make me happy. These beef kebabs from Simply Recipes look so good, but if you scroll down there’s a bonus-chicken, tuna, or even salmon kebabs! You can go kebab crazy!
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Talk about simple, over at Simple Bites is a great article about making paella, which really is a chicken and rice dish. The great thing about this recipe is that you can add chicken, seafood, or sausage, to round it out the way you like. We’ve made paella with spicy sausage, but I think I’d love to try it with some shrimp as well. Add a green salad and some crusty bread, and you’re all set!
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I’ve seen it all over twitter; “I have a ton of kale. What do I do with it?” This soup recipe is my answer. Honestly, I don’t eat a lot of kale, but this soup was really good. Make sure to pre-soak the beans so that they cook up quickly for you.
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