This week is all about quick and easy meals! From creamy Monterey chicken casserole to pot roast with jalapeno cheese grits - you'll find delicious possibilities!
March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day - and you'll find an amazing peanut butter pie as well as some other peanut butter treats.
March 3 is Moscow Mule day and it's a great time to check out my version - this Clementine Kentucky Mule. Now, settle in and take a look at this week's menu.
🫑 What's in Season?
A better question might be, "what isn't in season?"
Everything is ripening and coming into the Farmers' Markets now. It's fresh, in season, and at it's best. Make the most of these fresh flavors.
- Bell pepper
- Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)
- Green beans & Wax beans
- Zucchini and yellow squash
- bok choy
- brussels sprouts
- collard greens
- sweet potatoes
💭 Tips for success
Always look ahead at your menu and get as much done as once as you can. It saves time and money - because you don't have a lot of leftovers sitting around.
- When you make the chicken breast for bourbon chicken make extra for the Monterey chicken casserole and chicken cacciatore.
- Make extra macaroni because you'll use it for the Tavern style mac and cheese AND the bbq macaroni salad.
- Keep side dishes easy. Buy bagged salads, green beans that have been trimmed, whatever it takes to make it easier.
- Small amounts of leftover vegetables can be added together and made into a vegetable soup or added to pasta sauce.
- Make enough pot roast to make sandwiches to serve with the Mexican street corn soup.
Bourbon chicken tender chicken breast simmered in a tangy sauce. You can serve it over past or rice - either way it's delicious!
This is a super easy artisan loaf. It's made in a cloche but you can bake it on a baking sheet or on parchment in a dutch oven.
Boston Cream Cake
Boston Cream cake is an easy variation on the "pie". Light, moist yellow cake has wells of vanilla pudding and a glossy chocolate glaze.
Fried Chicken Po' Boy
This popular New Orleans sandwich is easy to make at home with chicken nuggets or tenders! The spicy, homemade remoulade makes it amazing.
BBQ Macaroni Salad
BBQ Macaroni salad is a prize winning twist on the regular version. It is amazing! If you've got leftovers stir some cooked chicken breast in it for lunch.
I know -- blackberry cobbler is a summer treat but you can get frozen blackberries and enjoy this amazing dessert!
Pot Roast with Jalapeno Grits
Classic comfort food comes to the rescue during chilly days. This fall apart tender pot roast is served over cheese grits - you'll love it! Save some of the beef for a recipe later in the week.
No Knead Beer Bread
Easy no knead beer bread recipe is made with nutty whole wheat flour for a completely out of this world flavor!
Nutter Butter Banana Pudding
Banana pudding is even better when you substitute Nutter Butter cookies for the Nilla Wafers.
Meatloaf Stuffed Bell Peppers
Meatloaf takes on a whole new flavor when it's stuffed in sweet bell pepper halves and wrapped in bacon.
Tavern Style Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni and cheese is made with beer then baked in an iron skillet. Crispy and delicious edges!
Peanut Butter Pie
This easy, no bake peanut butter pie is the perfect dessert for National Peanut Butter Lover's Day today!
Creamed corn, vegetables, chicken, cheese... it's all here in this creamy Monterey Casserole. You don't need a lot more but green beans or a salad work well.
Holy Cow Cake
This chocolate cake is super easy but when take your first bite you'll say, "Holy Cow"! Chocolate cake soaked in 3 different sauces, topped with Butterfingers and whipped cream.
Mexican Street Corn Soup
This Mexican Street Corn soup is one of my favorites! It has all the flavor of elote in a hot, comforting soup.
Cornmeal Sandwich Rolls
Remember that leftover pot roast? Make it into sandwiches with these crusty cornmeal rolls.
Peanut Butter Molasses Cookies
These peanut butter crinkles are sort of a combination between chewy peanut butter cookies and crisp molasses cookies. Chewy and soft in the middle with crisp edges.
So much flavor! Chicken cacciatore can be made on top of the stove or in the slow cooker!
Garlic Knot Rolls
Garlic knot rolls are buttery and full of garlic flavor. They are perfect with any pasta or Italian meal.
Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake
Pineapple upside down cheesecake has all the best flavor from the cake with all the dense texture of a cheesecake.