Thicc Kitchen’s Weekly Meal Plan
By: Tori McGeehon
January 7th – 11th 2018
Figuring out what to make for dinner every night just got easier! I know everyone dreads the question, “What do you want to eat?” and a reply of the classic “I don’t care, what ever you want…” and the back and forth bickering until eventually one person gets what they want and the other is left to mosey on with the choices the other made.
Let’s skip that tiring argument and take a look at all the craving-satisfying meals I have planned out for you this week…
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Seasoned Steak Bites
I’m pretty sure everyone hates Mondays, unless you are lucky and have them off, right? Well, what better way to brighten your Monday than indulging in some savory seasoned steak!?!? I like this recipe because it’s simple, yet packs a whole lot of flavor. For someone like me, that doesn’t eat a whole lot of red meat, it’s a perfect balance of smaller portions but still packs protein. This recipe has so many uses from topping off a salad, enjoying with some garlic potatoes, or serving them with a little seasoned rice, the options are endless!
P.S. If you want a little extra flavor on those bites, just right before they are to your liking of done-ness, throw on the broiler for some extra crisp and caramelization!
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STEAK BITES ( I’m not a huge fan of red meat but dannnnnngggggg these were amazing) RECIPE: 2 lb steak of choice ( tender is best) 3 tbs olive oil(the higher the quality the better) 2 tbs minced garlic 1 tbs garlic powder 1 tbs dried parsley 1 tbs sea salt 2 tsp pepper (I added more garlic because ummm who doesn’t love garlic and it adds more of a pop of flavor) Salt and pepper to taste HOW TO PUT THIS ISH TOGETHER So it’s REALLY HARD to prepare this meal….. kidding …. chop the steak into bite size pieces and dump into a bowl , sprinkle all other ingredients over top of the meat and toss together until everything is evenly coated . Pour out onto a large sheet tray, make sure they are all spread out and have room , and throw into the oven at 450*F Cook until your liking of done-ness but I like to wait until I see a little crisp and caramelization on the bites Serve with some potatoes (hint hint** 19 post back I have some killer roasted potatoes) NOW PUT THAT S*** IN YOUR MOUTH AND EAT IT Thanks as always @torimcgeehon #steak #steaktips #steakbites #drooling #redmeat #beef #garlic #seasoned #dinner #meal #recipe #easydinner #foodie #chef #foodblog #foodblogger #blog #blogger #qcfindnowfoods #qc #quadcities #davenport #iowa #illinois #tagtheqc
Cranberry Apple Chicken Brussels Sprout Salad
After we indulged in all that red meat yesterday, let’s keep it light with this brussels sprout based salad. Now, if you have never eaten a raw brussels sprout, it is an experience to have. To me, alone, they have a little punch or spice to them, but when paired with all of the ingredients in this salad, the flavors are out of this world! I understand that it is the new year and many of you will embark on this year’s journey of becoming a healthier human. So, my suggestion with these meal plans is to always reflect on the recipe, and then change it! YEP that’s right, I said change it. Be creative in the kitchen. If you don’t like a certain spice, or this meal doesn’t fit into your calorie counter, then CHANGE IT ! (Also, FYI these meals are great on their own. I wouldn’t share otherwise, I just want you to be comfortable in the kitchen!) That being said, maybe you feel bad about what all you ate yesterday. You can always omit the chicken or choose a lighter dressing. All I want is to spark some kitchen creativity!!
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CRANBERRY APPLE CHICKEN BRUSSEL SPROUT SALAD ???????? ( you will feel healthy AF while eating this salad I promise) RECIPE: 1 small bag blended lettuce of choice 8 to 10 brussel sprouts 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 red onion 1 to 2 green apples 1/2 cup grated parm 2 chicken breast 1 tbs olive oil 2 tsp garlic powder Sprinkle of salt and pepper 1/2 lemon juiced (Honey mustard dressing of choice or a nice poppy dressing) HOW TO PUT THIS ISH TOGETHER Let’s start by baking this CHICKEN so set the oven to broil 500*F (standard) chop the chicken into cubes and toss into a bowl , drizzle with olive oil and season with the garlic powder , salt and pepper . Once that’s all tossed around and evenly coated , place on a lined or nonstick baking sheet and place under the broiler , watch the chicken and check like every 3 to 5 minutes While that’s cooking , with a food processor (the shredding attachment) or a chef knife cut the brussel sprouts SUPER THIN, and toss into a large salad bowl , next add the lettuce, sliced THIN onion, cranberries, sliced THIN apples, and grated parm . Toss that around and set aside , by this time hopefully your chicken is done , let that cool just a tad or if you like you chicken cold refrigerate. Toss the chicken in and top with suggested dressings andddddd PUT THAT S*** IN YOUR MOUTH AND EAT IT Thanks as always @torimcgeehon #salad #greens #veggies #vegtables #chicken #cranberry #lunch #lightdinner #meal #dinner #brusselsprouts #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #blog #blogger #qc #qcfindnowfoods #tagtheqc #quadcities #davenport #iowa #illinois
Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders
It’s hump day, we are all on the struggle bus. Friday is sooooo close, yet so far away… but don’t worry, I have a solution! However, it involves A LOT of cheese and a beautiful ham. For me, the one thing that makes a really good slider, (besides melty, gooey cheese & a nice juicy ham) is the sauce! If the classic, oh-so-good pairing of ham and cheese doesn’t get you ready to dive into these sliders, then this sauce will. I’m sure you have seen many recipes of renditions of a hot ham and cheese or maybe even a slider, but none with a flavor packing punch like this, I promise. I really took some time figuring out this sauce that will put you x3 bars above average so I hope you enjoy & don’t be afraid to dig in there!
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SEXY AF HOT HAM AND CHEESE (???????? equals ????) RECIPE : 1 bag Hawaiian slider rolls 1 large container honey ham sliced (or from deli) 1 bag mixed assorted shredded cheeses (or Swiss for tradition) 1/2 cup mayo TOPPING 1 tbs poppy seeds 2 sticks salted butter 2 tbs brown mustard 2 shakes Worcestershire sauce (You can add a dash of honey for extra sweetness however I don’t ) HOW TO PUT THIS ISH TOGETHER So mix everything for the topping(melt butter) and set aside Cut rolls in half and lay bottoms in sprayed 1/4 sheet pan . Lather in mayo and layer ham and cheese on every piece . Top with buns and then pour melted butter mixture over evenly. Bake at 350*F until cheesy is melted and bubbly NOW PUT THAT S*** IN YOUR MOUTH AND EAT IT Thanks as always @torimcgeehon #ham #cheese #hotham #cheesy #sandwich #poppy #poppyseed #lunch #dinner #bake #foodporn #bloggerlife #cheflife #chef #blog #blogger #foodblog #foodblogger
Chicken Curry W/ Cilantro Brown Rice
I love a good curry. Luckily, we have our very own Indian grocery store right here in the QC to buy all your exotic spice needs and so much more!
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The spices in curry contain so many health benefits AND it taste AMAZING! If you haven’t ever branched out into this type of cuisine, this is a great place to start!
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CHICKEN CURRY WITH CILANTRO BROWN RICE ???? Recipe: .1 ginormous chicken breast or 2 small boobs .1 block of curry paste seasoning .1 14oz can coconut milk .2 tbs coconut oil .salt .pepper .1tbs turmeric .1 tbs honey .1 yellow onion .1 carrot .2 yellow potatoes .water here and there for thinning if needed (I used about a 1/2 cup) .1 bunch cilantro .1 small box brown rice HOW TO PUT THIS ISH TOGETHER : First I got my rice out of the way by following instructions on box and adding cilantro to it when it’s fresh outta the pot Then move on to chopping potatoes and carrots and boiling them just until they are barley mushy Sauté the chicken and onions in the coconut oil and add salt and pepper to taste , add coco but milk , curry block , turmeric, honey, and again salt and pepper to taste , lastly add the drained potatoes and carrots and let come together (I used a wok pan) if your sauce is to thick this is when u add water , serve that s*** over your cilantro rice and then boom you’re done NOW PUT THAT S*** IN YOUR MOUTH AND EAT IT Thanks as always @torimcgeehon #foodie #food #foodporn #foodblogger #instafood #igfood #foodlove #foodgasm #goodeats #eats #chef #cheflife #kitchen #thicc #bloggerlife #blog #dinner #nom #tagtheqc #quadcities #chicken #curry #potatoes #carrots #rice #cilantro
Harvest Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
Let me just start off by saying WOW the flavors in this casserole are sure to knock your socks off. Don’t get turned off by seeing that this casserole contains fruity, but also savory, ingredients. I promise they all intermix to create a beautiful flavor palette. It’s also the perfect time of season to enjoy all of these ingredients at their peak quality! Not only is this meal full of taste, but it’s also good for you! If you want to step up the quality and nutrients from this dish, I suggest buying produce from local vendors or markets such as Greatest Grains. Check them out here: http://greatestgrains.com/
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HARVEST CHICKEN & WILD RICE CASSEROLE ( fill your soul with goodness ) RECIPE: 1 box long grain wild rice (seasoned) 2 chicken breast cubed 2 sweet potatoes cubed 1 green apple cubed 1/2 cup dried cranberry 1 small red onion chopped 1/2 cup chicken broth 2 tbs salt (total but divided ) 1 tbs pepper (total but divided ) Sprinkle poultry seasoning 1/2 cup grated Parmesan 3 tbs olive oil (total but divided ) HOW TO PUT THIS ISH TOGETHER Start by mixing 1 tbs olive oil , salt , pepper with the potatoes and red onion , throw in oven at 400*F to start roasting , while that’s in the oven prepare the rice how it’s written on the box , next take the 1/2 baked tray of potatoes back out of the oven and add the apples & chicken , drizzle with more olive oil and salt , pepper, and sprinkle of poultry seasoning Return to oven and let cook until chicken is done and potatoes are soft Once that’s done mix with prepared rice and dump in cranberries, transfer to casserole dish and evenly pour chicken broth over dish, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and toss back in the oven for about 8 min NOW PUT THAT S*** IN YOUR MOUTH AND EAT IT Thanks as always @torimcgeehon #rice #chicken #sweet #sweetpotato #apples #cranberry #onion #harvest #casserole #dinner #recipe #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #blog #blogger #qc #quadcities #tagtheqc #qcfindnowfoods #illinois #iowa #davenport
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE
If you’re like us, some nights there is just too much going on to find time to cook! On those nights, convenience takes precedence. That doesn’t have to mean you are giving up quality, though! We asked Tori for her expert advice on those days that we’re just too tired or busy to prepare a meal.
This week, she recommends supporting THESE local establishments:
“Life is rough. I get that you won’t always have time, motivation, or brain power to keep running to the store, making dinner, or even thinking about a meal plan… thankfully, we have A TON of great places that do all that for you in the QC.”
This week, I wanted to focus on more of the exotic restaurants the QC has to offer. It’s very rare that we see these ingredients or produce needed to create exotic meals at home, in chain grocery stores. So why not, every once in a while, go enjoy those types of meals and ingredients and explore the flavors of the world created by someone that already knows so much about them!
Check these local places out!
As always, if you have any questions about my recipes or suggestions please reach out! Also, of course, let me know some of your favorite QC food-related establishments or anything you would like me to check out!!
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Thanks, as always,
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