Planning my meals for the week is essential to save me time and money especially since I am back at work for teaching and then at home for the remainder of the day with the kids for their afternoon of virtual learning. So pretty much I am running around like a chicken with my head cut off, so planning is key to keep me same. I try to cook things where it will last for them to also have leftovers the next day for lunch since they are still in virtual school at home. Here is what I have planned for the week for meals:
On Monday, we had takeout due to it being a holiday, and I just wanted to relax with the kids.
Teriyaki Chicken thighs and Collard Greens
The secret to my greens are apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, onion, Lawry’s Season Salt, chicken/vegetable broth, and red pepper flakes. I know many often think you need a piece of smoked meat for your collard greens, but these ingredients will leave you with a very flavorful, but meatless greens.
The teriyaki chicken thighs were marinated in Huli-huli sauce you can grab at the World market. You should let it marinate it for at least two hours, and bake them and broil them for the sauce to caramelize. Check out this recipe for the teriyaki chicken thighs if you want to make your own sauce!
I typically do not cook when the kids are headed to the Dad’s house, so I will likely grab sushi from my local supermarket.
Chicken and Mushrooms (Non-Dairy version), veggie, and rice
Dairy is not my kids' and I friend, so I came up with a great non-dairy version of chicken and mushrooms dish we used to get from a local Afghani restaurant. Key ingredients are chicken thighs, chopped onions, green peppers, garlic, chicken broth, and Silk non-dairy whipping cream!
Spaghetti and Meat Sauce
I am thankfully home all day on Friday with the kids, so I tend to cook a meal early in the morning for them to have for lunch and maybe an early dinner if they are heading to their Dad’s house. I plan to get some Zucchini and blend that into the tomato sauce to add some veggies to the meal.
Let me know in the comments what you are cooking for you and/or your family!