Menu Monday

A new week calls for a new dinner menu from my home to yours. Hoping this gives you fresh dinner ideas for your week!

MONDAYSausage and Peppers with Zucchini Noodles — I decided to add some cooked whole wheat pasta (about 2 handfuls or so of uncooked pasta) to this recipe, and I was glad I added in some pasta.

TUESDAYSpaghetti Squash Pad Thai — This recipe is one of my favorites! Each time that I make it I am amazed at how delicious it is. Cooking the spaghetti squash the night before turns this into a super quick weeknight dinner!

WEDNESDAY – Frozen pizza served with roasted cauliflower — To roast cauliflower: preheat oven to 450°, place cauliflower on a cookie sheet lined with foil (helps cut down on clean up!), coat cauliflower lightly with olive/avocado/coconut oil and season with salt & pepper, and cook for 25 minutes.

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THURSDAY – Trader Joe’s Cilantro Chicken Wantons served with sautéed vegetables (carrot, zucchini, and bell pepper) and rice — If it seems like you have heard about these cilantro chicken wantons before, it is because they have become an absolute staple in our house. This meal is definitely a go-to for us when we need something quick!

FRIDAYPulled Pork served with mac & cheese (our favorite brand is Annie’s!) and green beans — You can serve the pulled pork plain, as sandwiches, over a piece of toast, or in a wrap!

Happy Cooking 🙂

Menu Monday

Happy Monday, everyone! Need some help coming up with dinner ideas for this week? Check out my menu for a little inspiration!

MONDAYEnchilada Skillet — Turn this recipe into tacos or nachos by adding your favorite toppings (guacamole, tomatoes, lettuce, sour cream, etc.) and either corn/flour tortillas or tortilla chips.

TUESDAYOne Pot Spinach and Tomatoes Pasta — This recipe comes together from start to finish in under 30 minutes. It is seriously so quick and easy to make! (not to mention delicious!)

WEDNESDAYBroccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta — Lately, I have been adding in extra veggies in addition to the broccoli. My favorites are zucchini, yellow squash, and cauliflower.

THURSDAY – Breakfast for dinner: Scrambled eggs, avocado toast, hash browns, and turkey bacon. — Looking for an easy way to cook bacon? Check out this recipe for cooking bacon in the oven. Seriously, it’s a game changer!

FRIDAYSlow Cooker Everything Beef served over rice with zucchini, red pepper, and edamame — This roast recipe is really versatile, so feel free to pair it with your favorite sides!

Happy Cooking 🙂

Menu Monday

Feeling uninspired in the cooking department this week? I am here to try and make your dinner plans a little more stress free!

I can’t believe August is already here. Be sure to enjoy your summer favorites before the season ends! Corn on the cob is one of my favorite summertime foods, and I can’t wait to get my hands on some this week!

MONDAYMeatball Subs served with sweet potatoes and green beans — I am planning on halving this recipe since it makes quite a few meatballs!

TUESDAYSlow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

WEDNESDAY – Sloppy Joe’s served with corn on the cob and steamed broccoli

THURSDAY – Homemade Pizza served with roasted cauliflower — Trader Joe’s sells refrigerated pizza dough and delicious pizza sauce. They are our favorite choices for homemade pizza!

FRIDAYPulled Pork served with Trader Joe’s sweet potato gnocchi and green beans — If you haven’t had a chance to try Trader Joe’s sweet potato gnocchi, do yourself a favor and grab a bag this week. You won’t be sorry!

Happy Cooking 🙂

Travel the World in Just One Night

The Queens International Night Market is an excellent opportunity to try a variety of different foods, all without leaving NYC. There are more than 150 countries represented in Queens and over 138 languages spoken, and the Queens Night Market does a wonderful job celebrating the beautiful diversity of this borough. One of my favorite parts of the market is that prices are capped at $6, so that means that you get to try more things without completely blowing your budget! *happy dance!!*

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Ryan and I first experienced the night market last year and instantly fell in love. We both love trying new foods, and the setup of the Queens Night Market makes it so simple to taste test a variety of options.

Last Saturday was our first trip to the night market this summer, and it did not disappoint. I am going to share all of the different dishes that we tried on Saturday to help give you an idea of what offerings are available each Saturday night! The vendor list does vary slightly depending on the week, but the majority of the vendors stay the same week after week. You can always check out their website where the list of vendors for each week is posted.

Now let’s get to the good stuff…the FOOD!

First up was Chicken Kachori (India) from Cilantro and Mint. This was a chicken and potato stuffed pastry served with pickled vegetables and a cilantro lime sauce. YUM!

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Ryan had been diligently looking over the vendor list and researching different foods to try all day on Saturday and decided that he needed to give the burger from The Malaysian Project a try. Now this wasn’t any ordinary burger…this was a burger wrapped in a fried egg with curry and a spicy horseradish mayo.

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We decided that our next choice needed to be free of heat and spice since the previous two dishes were full of that, so we ended up at C Bao and ordered a Peking Duck Bao. Bao is a type of Chinese bread that is steamed which gives it a very interesting texture. We both had been wanting to try duck for a while, so we thought, “Why not now?!”

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Finally, we made it to my favorite part of the market…DESSERTS! We went to the market with some of our friends, and they could not stop talking about these Portuguese Tarts (Pasteis de Nata) from Joey Bats Sweets. We decided to give them a try, and we are SO glad we did!

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Last, but certainly not least, is the Twister Cone from TwisterCake (Romanian-Hungarian). The Twister Cone is a Romanian-Hungarian Chimney Cake filled with ice cream. It is heavenly.

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The Queens International Night Market is open every Saturday in the summer from 6pm – Midnight. Make this a part of your plans next time you are in NYC; you won’t be sorry!