I’m struggling a bit with this week’s meal plan since I need to include several meals for one since my husband will be out of town a few days. I usually end up making too much food and having leftovers, which then screws up my lunch plans as I attempt to ensure no food goes to waste. So here we go…
1) First – A Recipe: This is a great option when cooking for one! I tried this over the weekend and I was able to use some of the leftovers from cooking too much earlier in the week as well… I’ve listed the ingredients I used in bold below, but I also noted some alternates/substitutions that I plan to try soon.
Stuffed Red Bell Peppers:
- One Large Bell Pepper – I picked Red since they were on sale at the grocery store
- Protein – I used lean ground turkey, but I think black beans or shredded chicken would be great substitutes depending on what you have on hand
- Frozen Veggie – I picked frozen peas and carrots since I happened to have about a third a bag left in the freezer. Frozen broccoli would have worked well too.
- Whole Grain – I used Red Quinoa as I had some leftover from a dinner earlier in the week. Brown rice would do nicely as well.
- Cheese – I used some shredded Mozzarella (again – I had some on hand. I think feta would work well too!)
Prep / Instructions:
- Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
- Cut the top off your bell pepper, cut out the stem but keep the top – hallow out the rest of the pepper – get rid of those seeds. Set the pepper in a dish that can be placed in the oven:
- Cook / prepare your protein and whole grain. Defrost your frozen veggie. Mix everything together in a bowl and set aside.
- Stack the “bowl” part of the Bell Pepper on top of the lid as pictured to help keep the pepper upright for cooking:
- Scoop your from your protein / whole grain / veggie bowl into your Bell Pepper “bowl” and fill it to the top:
- Sprinkle cheese on top:
- Pop in the oven for about 20-30 minutes, until the cheese is melted:
- Sprinkle with crushed red pepper if you like a little heat – and enjoy!
2) Meal Plan for this Week:
- Monday: Pasta with broccoli and red pepper in a peanut sauce
- Tuesday: Cheesy veggies with chicken sausage
- Wednesday: Dinner At Your Door Delivery: Teriyaki Chicken Over Rice Noodles and Veggies
- Thursday: Matt’s Choice OR a Farmer’s market salad
- Friday: Fish with quinoa salad
- Saturday: Homemade pizza
- Sunday: TBD – maybe grill some steaks?
3) Healthy Eating Tip: I love to cook, but sometimes it is nice to have a night off. Going out to eat is a fun treat, but it can get expensive and sometimes it can be difficult to stick to a healthy eating plan when tempted with an expansive menu of drinks, appetizers, mains and desserts. I’ve discovered a great local business here in Portland that offers an excellent compromise that allows a night off from cooking AND provides healthy food – Dinner At Your Door.
Dinner At Your Door is a weekly meal delivery service of fresh, healthy meals prepared with local ingredients and includes many different options to cater to specific dietary needs – ie. gluten free, vegetarian, vegan. The meal comes fully prepared with easy re-heating instructions and includes a main, a salad, a side plus 2 cookies for dessert; you can select a portion for 2, 4 or 6. You can also add on an extra frozen entree if you want to save something for later in the week / month. All the meals are delivered via a bike messenger each week in re-usable bags and glass containers (which help make re-heating and serving a snap!) with an ice pack so they can set your delivery outside your door if you aren’t home. You return the glassware with next week’s delivery.
I have used Dinner At Your Door fairly regularly since moving to Portland and I am a HUGE fan! The menu changes enough that you wonn’t get bored, but there are some favorites that stick around in the rotation (ie. I love their Lasagna with Turkey Marinara). They also offer other fun add-on options, often from other local businesses – ie. granola, gluten free cookies, gourmet popcorn. From time-to-time they will have special menus by guest chefs, for example one time they had a menu from a popular food truck in the area. It is a great way to take a night off while still eating healthy and without having to head out to a restaurant.
Question for you: Do you have a healthy meal delivery service that you use regularly?