Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. It’s been unseasonably warm here in New York. Some kids in our new neighborhood even set up a lemonade stand yesterday. Maybe a bit too soon, but hey, I admire their entrepreneurship.
Here are some healthy, delicious ideas to jump start your meal plan for the week ahead. And also cookie dough whoopie pies, because come on, cookie dough whoopie pies.
I always have a tub of miso paste in the fridge. It lasts forever, and there are a million different ways to use it. Here, Erin, the blogger behind Platings and Pairings, uses it to make an easy miso-ginger glaze for chicken breasts, then serves them with jasmine rice, snap peas and pea shoots (perfect for spring!), and shiitake mushrooms.
Aren’t these vegetarian stuffed bell peppers so colorful? They are filled with zucchini, tomatoes, olives, feta, pine nuts, and freekah, an ancient grain similar to bulgur. I recently bought some freekah for the first time and I’m obsessed. It has a really rich, earthy flavor. You can use it anywhere you would use another grain, like barley or rice, and it is so healthy–freekah has even more protein than quinoa. Love it.
I’m dreaming of these zucchini fritters topped with a little sour cream and maybe some smoked salmon, and paired with a big green salad. You can make them ahead and keep them warm in a low oven. Perfect weeknight dinner.
Sigh. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. I don’t want to complain but…to complain for a minute, I have to work in Manhattan today and somehow cross town twice (through the parade), and travel through Grand Central twice, which will surely be filled with throngs of exceedingly drunk tourists. Fun. At least when I get home I can cozy up with a bowl of this sorta kinda Irish-inspired soup.
Friday night is often pizza night at our house. I’m excited to mix it up with these spaghetti squash pizza boats. When you bake them, the toppings melt into the spaghetti squash strands, so every bite is gooey and cheesy. Bonus: this recipe only has four ingredients!
Owen and I often bake over the weekend, and I know he would love these cookie dough whoopie pies. The cakes are traditional chocolate whoopie pie cakes, but they are filled with a totally over-the-top cookie dough cream and studded with chocolate chips. I basically want to eat my computer screen just looking at them.
Owen plays soccer on Sunday mornings (how am I already a soccer mom???) so it’s important that he eats a good breakfast. A lot of mornings, he has trouble sitting still at the table for a meal, so this smoothie is perfect. He loves that it tastes like an oatmeal raisin cookie.