Tuesday, December 8, 2009

No Cook Week

This is finals week, so it's going to be busy. I won't have a lot of time to cook, so it's going to be a week of "no cook" meals. I usually like to buy my produce at the Farmers' Market and like to shop at several stores. But the weekend was quite busy, so I picked up all my ingredients for my "no cook" meals at Trader Joe's.

Tuesday: I'll build a meal around Trader Joe's Polenta Provencale . I'll start by sauteeing a diced onion and a diced red bell pepper and then add the rinsed Gabanzo beans, black beans, & corn as well as the package of Polenta Provencale. I'll add a bag of arugula at the end and cook it until it is wilted. I know some of you think arugula is too "bitter," but I used it in a similar way a few weeks ago, and it turned out really mild and nice. Actually, the teenager had looked at me in disbelief when I added an entire bag of arugula, but he ended up really liking the dish.

Wednesday: Brown rice past and organic marinara sauce with sauteed onion and sauteed mushrooms. Spinach salad.

Thursday: Quinoa with roasted green beans, Brussels Sprouts, bell peppers, & onions in a sesame dressing. This is going to be similar to this dish.


Friday: To celebrate the end of a long week, we'll get Chipotle.

Questions: Do you have any meals planned this week? What's your favorite take-out food? We love Chipotle.

Be well,
Andrea

21 comments:

  1. Good luck on your finals! I typically do not plan meals, so it's always a great surprise!

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  2. I used to plan my meals and it was so nice to just look at my calender and see what I was making for dinner. Now I usually just go look in the pantry and see what I have and figure something out when it's time to eat. :p
    Blessings!
    Amy

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  3. WE love Chipotle too. I have been using Sunday's to prep and cook ahead some things and that gets me a few days of the week...and hubs does a couple...or we just snack.

    we are very relaxed around our neck of the woods at dinner time. I make up for it with the weekends.

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  4. Yum, those meals sounds fantastic! I keep saying I'm going to try polenta (well, try making it) but I have yet to purchase any. I don't know if Nick will like it, but after this weekend I have a better feeling about it!

    Nick and I do fastfood very rarely, but when we do it's usually Subway, Chipotle, or Wendy's!

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  5. Sounds like a great week of eats!

    We love Thai at my house...

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  6. I like Chipotle, too!

    You're the second post I've seen with arugula in it and now I am CRAVING arugula...a whole bag! ; ) Your dinners look wonderful, your family is lucky!!

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  7. This is my week to study for finals, so I too have been turning towards convenience or preplanned meal. I just had an Amy's frozen meal. I usually just make some kind of grain, such as rice or bulghur wheat, and munch on it all week. A little repetitive, but saves me a lot of time!

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  8. It must feel so nice to have all of your meals planned out! I am so impressed with your organization. Chipotle Friday sounds the perfect way to end the week, too :)

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  9. I love quinoa, and I love roasted veggies. Sounds like a great dish!

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  10. Good luck with finals this week! I have no plans yet for my meals, and I do at least need to plan a holiday get together meal for Saturday.

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  11. This week I'm pretty much winging it on the meals. Whatever I have in the pantry and fridge. As for take out, it depends on my mood at the moment. I never stick to one place.

    Good Luck with your finals!

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  12. All those meals sound great! Wait, I didn't know you were a student (or teacher)? What are you studying/teaching?!

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  13. You love Trader Joe's as much as me!

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  14. great meal ideas!

    Our meals were chicken cacciatore (made last night), a puff pastry trial meal :), leftovers, and roast!

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  15. wow girl! you got your whole week planned out!

    I wish you the best of luck with your finals!!

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  16. Love the meal plans!
    Unfortunately, we don't have a Chipotle in New Orleans. My favorite, quick take-out place would have to be Pita Pit.

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  17. This week we are having a pasta dish, a baked chicken dish, macaroni 'n cheese and pizza! Our favorite take out is a nice little Mexican restaurant we have here. (One of the few!)

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  18. It's stir-fry week for me. Tonight was marinated thinly sliced strips of beef with broccoli, onions and ginger in a teriyaki-like sauce. Tomorrow, it's a stir-fry of shrimp, edamame, Napa cabbage and green onions in a sweet-chili sauce.

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  19. You're meals sound like they will be good. I do not have anything planned, but tons of options. Mostly I will be making latkes for the middle schoolers as Hanukah is coming up.

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  20. OMG - that polenta sounds delish. Look forward to the photo. Thanks for visiting weheartmacandcheese.com. Appreciated your comment. Cheers, Hilary.

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