Dinner This Week

When the week ahead looks especially busy, I find it head clearing to plan dinner for the week — and by week, I mean Monday through Thursday. This week I’m focusing on simple and healthy. Last week was the boys’ birthday, which somehow translated into meatballs and burgers and cake and candy. We need a reset of home cooking (light.)

MondayMexican Salad w/ or w/o Chicken
TuesdaySalmon, Slaw and Potato Pancakes
WednesdayOne Skillet Mediterranean Chicken
ThursdayButternut Squash Soup & Warm Bread

Shopping List from Trader Joes:
(I spent about $150 for the four dinners for 6)

2 bags Butter Lettuce
1 bag baby spinach
pkg prechopped slaw (cruciferous crunch)
2 limes
1 lg cucumber
2 pkg sliced mushrooms
2 pkg butternut squash
grape tomatoes
6 plum tomatoes
2 avocado
yellow onions
fresh ginger
garlic
orange bell pepper
1 lime
cilantro
refrigerated cilantro salad dressing
2 precooked grilled chicken strips
3 lg salmon fillets
2 pkg chicken cutlet
toasted pumpkin seeds
jar of pitted kalamata olives
jar of marinated artichokes
can of black beans
can of whole kernel corn
potato pancake mix
pint of half & half
bread (either buy the kind that stays fresh or pick up day you make soup)

I have at home, but need:
balsamic vinegar
soy sauce
butter
brown sugar
eggs
veg oil
dried parsley & oregano
Knorr’s chicken boullion

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness Coach. She helps clients with parenting issues, the challenges of college and young adulthood and issues related to health and habits. Email her at drkarenlatimer@gmail.com to learn more. She is the author of the Audible Original, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents.