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New Year Weekly Dinner Plan – Week 2

Menu

Ingredients Needed

Sunday: Dijon Skillet Chicken Thighs (recipe below), Spinach Tomato Couscous (recipe here) Sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard, chicken broth, 1-1.5 pounds of chicken thighs, herbs d’ provence, garlic powder, olive oil, couscous, spinach, cherry tomatoes, feta cheese crumbles
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Polenta Lasagna (recipe here), Roasted Cauliflower (recipe here) 2 packages of pre-made polenta (any flavor), marinara sauce, grated mozzarella, parmesan cheese, red bell pepper, onion, mushrooms, zucchini, garlic, sausage (the recipe calls for meatless, but I used real meat sausage); cauliflower
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Personal Portabella Pizzas (recipe below), Spinach salad 5-6 Portabella Mushrooms, 1 small jar of low-carb spaghetti or pizza sauce (I used Delallo’s Tomato Basil Sauce because there was no added sugar, just carrots, in the ingredients.), 4 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese, 2 T. shredded or grated parmesan cheese, 10 pitted kalamata olives, sliced, 1 package of uncured organic pepperoni slices (I used Applegate Naturals), 1/2 cup of thinly sliced red onions, 1/2 T. of olive oil, spinach and other salad toppings of choice
Friday: Leftovers / Scrounge / Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers / Scrounge / Eat Out

Recipe: Dijon Skillet Chicken Thighs

I love cooking with chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts. Thighs are so much juicier, and the portion size (for me) is perfect! It’s almost impossible to screw this dish up. Tonight, I’m going to pair this chicken with Spinach Tomato Couscous.

Ingredients:

  • 2 T. Sherry Vinegar
  • 1.5 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 3/4 c. Chicken Broth
  • 1 – 1.5 lbs. Chicken Thighs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. Herbs d’ Provence
  • 1/8 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1 T. Butter or olive oil

Preparation:

  • Prepare the Dijon “sauce”: Whisk together the vinegar and dijon mustard, then add the chicken broth. Set aside.
  • Rinse the thighs, and pat them dry with paper towels. Season them with salt, pepper, herbs d’ provence, and garlic powder on both sides. (I put measurements above, but really I just eyeball it.)
  • Heat up the butter or olive oil in a non-stick pan to Med/Med-High, and brown thighs on both sides (about 2 minutes on each side).
  • Add the Dijon sauce and turn the temp down to Low. Cover and let simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove lid and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes in order for the sauce to thicken a bit.
  • They are ready when the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Serves 2 – 4.

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Recipe: Personal Portabella Pizzas

Personal Portabella Pizzas Topped with Pepperoni, Olives, and Red Onions

Ingredients:

  • 5-6 Portabella Mushrooms
  • 1 small jar of low-carb spaghetti or pizza sauce (I used Delallo’s Tomato Basil Sauce because there was no added sugar, just carrots, in the ingredients.)
  • 4 oz. of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 T. shredded or grated parmesan cheese
  • 10 pitted kalamata olives, sliced
  • 1 package of uncured organic pepperoni slices (I used Applegate Naturals)
  • 1/2 cup of thinly sliced red onions
  • 1/2 T. of olive oil

Really, use any toppings that you like or normally would have on pizza. The sky’s the limit!

Preparation:

I found a lot of advice on how to make portabello pizzas in order for them not to be soggy, mushy messes. The prebaking of the mushrooms, and the temperature are the most important factors in making sure this turns out well. Also, it’s important to remove the ribs from inside the mushroom.

  • Preheat your oven to 425.
  • Prep the mushrooms. Wash the outside of the mushroom with a damp paper towel. Remove all the dark brown ribs with a spoon. Be careful doing this so as not to puncture to the other side.
  • Place the mushrooms on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place in the preheated oven for 8 minutes.
  • Take them out. Remove the water with paper towels, flip them over and put back in the oven for 8 minutes.
  • While the mushrooms are in the oven, slice the red onions and saute them in the olive oil to caramelize (about 10-15 min.).
  • Slice the kalamata olives.
  • Before topping the mushrooms, dry them off again with a paper towel. I took them off of the pan and changed the parchment paper to minimize liquid.
  • Place them back on the pan with the underside facing up in order to top them.
  • While you are topping the pizzas, crank your oven up to 475.
  • Here’s how I topped my pizzas layer-by-layer: tomato sauce, a pinch of mozzarella, slice of pepperoni (they were the same size as the mushrooms), caramalized onions, olives, pinch of mozzarella, sprinkle of parmesan.
  • Put back in the oven for 5-10 min. Watch carefully.

Here are my raw mushrooms without the ribs…

And, here’s the finished product. They were delicious!

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