Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Bon Appetit

On my way to Publix (grocery list in hand) I received a call from my aunt.  She had some fresh veggies from the Sarasota farmer's market for my family to have.  How do I say no??  She provided green beans,  salad mix, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon. After I collected these goodies and went to Publix, my grocery bill for 4 meals came to $57.00.  Not bad for 4 meals, plus sandwich meat for the week.  

So here is my grilled salmon with the soy and maple syrup sauce.  We didn't have propane for the grill, so I ended up using the panini maker.  Also, due to being blessed with great fresh veggies from my Aunt, I decided not to buy the asparagus and used the fresh green beans instead. The boys were licking their plates....literally.   

Above is the grilled then baked top round london broil with baby green salad.  This meal, like most my meals, only took 30 minutes.  I ended up marinating the steak with some Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper.  This steak was about 1 1/2 lbs and 1" thick.  I seared it for 2 1/2 minutes on each side then baked for 20 minutes at 300 degrees. 
The salad was made while the steak was in the oven.  Super simple and full of good, healthy foods.   Salad mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, feta and no-sugar added dried cranberries.  I drizzled with a little olive oil and balsamic glaze.  Delicious!   Now time for wine....

As for the rest of the week, I was unable to get photos of the man pleasing chicken or Panini’s (listed on my weeks menu) before they were inhaled. But both dishes were a hit, quick and included some needed nutrients. 

For tonight, everyone had a different Panini on the whole wheat bread. Our son had the classic grilled cheese and turkey. Hubby had chipotle mayo, miracle whip, ham, muenster and pepper jack cheese with some caramelized onions. My sandwich was a classic and reminded me of my Dad when we were kids. He made the best grilled sandwiches. I put Dijon mustard, turkey, ham, banana peppers, caramelized onions and shredded pepper jack. We didn't use butter like my Dad use too, but the olive oil cooking spray taste just as good. I served with the sweet potato fries and watermelon.

 I am on to next weeks menu which will include my favorite, Meatless Monday! 

As always, hope this blog helps you to be inspired to cook daily meals, stay on a budget and feed your family yummy meals! 

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