Meals of the Week June 18th - June 24th

Sunday 25 June 2023


Meals of the Week

I guess I have been sharing my Meals of the Week posts with you for a month or so now. I hope that you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy putting them together.  I do like to review the things that I have eaten over the past week. It helps to keep my meals from becoming boring and helps me to plan out my meals for the week to come.

I am determined not to be that person who lives on their own that eats nothing but highly processed ready meals, frozen dinners, takeaways or toast.  I also don't like waste, so I have been downsizing as many recipes as I can to make only one or two servings.

Wherever possible I do give the links most of the time for full sized recipes for those of you with larger families. I do see a need however for smaller sized options for people who find themselves to be empty nesters or someone who is living all on their own for the first time in their lives.

If I can inspire you to want to cook for yourself, then I would consider that a job well done.  I hope that I will and that you will continue to enjoy these curated posts.  Also if you have any ideas of things you might like for me to cook or try or downsize in the future please do leave a comment below!

Oven Fried Chicken

SUNDAY, June 18th - Father's Day

On Father's day we decided to treat my father to some Kentucky Fried Chicken. (This photo is not of that but of my Oven Fried Chicken, which is infinitely better!) I don't know why we do it, but we get it every year and every year we are disappointed.  It just is not as delicious as it used to be.  

I think that the KFC in the UK was tastier, or at least much tastier than the stuff we get at our local KFC here where I live.  The chips are always disappointing, and the gravy was blah.  They even got the coleslaw wrong. What happened to the good old KFC coleslaw that was delicious?  This was nothing but chopped cabbage in a dressing with thawed cubed frozen carrots? The texture was all off.

In any case if you are wanting some delicious chicken do try my recipe for Oven Fried Chicken. It is coated with potato chips. You can use any flavor of chips that you like.  Always crisp. Always delicious, no faffing about with frying.

We all enjoyed the TikTok Cinnamon rolls my sister made for dessert.

Greek Chicken & Cucumber Salad

MONDAY, June 19th - Greek Chicken & Cucumber Salad

After the disappointment of the chicken from the day before I made my favorite grilled chicken, Greek Chicken & Cucumber Salad.  It is a delicious recipe I adapted from the NYTimes for a chicken supper that is keto, low carb and diabetic friendly.  

Downsized for two people, you have incredibly tasty marinated and flavor filled chicken thighs that I grill on my indoor grill, accompanied with a fresh and delicious cucumber, tomato and feta cheese salad. The two things served together are an amazing combination of flavors and textures.

Big Mac Tacos

TUESDAY, June 20th - Big Mac Tacos (Smash Burger Tacos) 

I wanted to try something new so I downsized a tasty taco recipe that I had seen online.  Big Mac Tacos. They were quick and very easy to make, and surprisingly filling!  I used ground turkey instead of ground beef.

I created my own special sauce and topped the taco burgers with some process cheese, shredded lettuce and chopped dill pickles. I forgot the onions.  Delicious anyways! I highly recommend! 

Chicken Strips with Honey Mustard Dip

WEDNESDAY, June 21st - Dinner out with Dad

On Wednesday nights I always go out for dinner to a local place with my father and his friend Hazel. This week my sister joined us.  I ordered the one piece fish and chips, as did Cindy and Hazel. My dad broke with tradition and ordered the Chicken Crunch strips with sweet and sour sauce. He likes that every now and then.  We all had ice cream for dessert.

I am sharing this recipe for Crisp Chicken Strips with a Honey Mustard Dip with you for this day.  Nicely flavored and spiced, they are made from cut strips of chicken breast which has been coated in a delicious breading. I bread them early in the day to give them plenty of time to set up.

They are simply pan fried in a mixture of oil and butter. The sauce is a simple one, made from American mustard and clover honey.  It makes a really delicious dip!

You can also find my recipe for a Beer Battered Cod and Twice Fried Chips here. It is a recipe of mine that was once featured in the Canadian version of Hello Magazine in an article they did promoting British food! I was quite proud of that!

Sauteed Potatoes & Broccoli Rabe

THURSDAY, June 22nd - Grilled Chicken & Sauteed Potatoes with Broccoli Rabe

I had some grilled chicken leftover from Monday that I wanted to eat and so I created myself a delicious side dish using a vegetable that I had never tried before.  Broccoli Rabe, or Rapini as it is also known. It was a delicious combination with fresh new flavors.  You could substitute Kale or Mustard Greens for the Broccoli Rabe if you are unable to get it.

Broccoli Rabe is a type of broccoli that cooks and eats like a green. With an earthy, nutty, somewhat bitter taste, it went very well with the sweetness of the sauteed potato. I add some fried onion, garlic, and hot chili flakes as well, dusting the finished dish with some grated Parmesan cheese.

Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich

FRIDAY, June 23rd - Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich and Potato Chips

I had picked up some cube steak earlier in the week and I wanted to use it up. I decided to make myself a Chicken Fried Steak Sandwich.  Chicken Fried Steak is cube steak which has been dipped in egg and a spicy flour mixture and then fried until crisp and golden brown on the outside, but tender and juicy inside.

I served this on a buttery toasted bun, with a tasty garlic pepper aioli mayo that I had made spread on the bottom and topped with some crisp lettuce and a thick slice of ripe tomato. This was fabulously delicious.  Sometimes the heart just wants what the heart want.

Crustless Veggie Quiche

SATURDAY, June 24th - Crustless Veggie Quiche

I elected to go meatless last evening and made myself a delicious crustless vegetable quiche. Eggs make a great supper every now and then. I love quiche, but I don't always want to eat pastry.  (Well, perhaps need is a better word to use than want.  I always want pastry, but it should only be a once in a blue moon treat!)

This also makes a quick and easy supper for two. Crispy tender vegetables are popped into the bottom of a buttered dish, and topped with some onion and grated cheddar. A rich egg custard is poured over top and then the casserole is simply baked until nicely puffed and golden brown. Delicious served with some oven chips, or a salad. (I had a salad on this occasion.)

And there you have it. All of the main meals I have enjoyed over the past week. Everything was delicious. Most of it was fairly healthy and none of it broke the bank!  I do hope that my chosen options will somehow inspire you to want to create some tasty a healthy meals for yourself!  I will be sharing my menus with you again at the end of next week! There is much deliciousness to look forward to!

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  1. Your posts always provide some dining inspiration - thank you!!! And I really appreciate your “sized for 1 or 2 portions”.

    1. Thank you! I know they are not everyone's cup of tea but if I can inspire one, then it is worth it! xo

  2. Some great ideas, Marie. I, too, try to cook for one and am reasonably successful. I haven't been in KFC in years, because I found it so disappointing, too. Have a great week!

    1. Thanks so much Buttercup! I think we can all use inspiration now and then! I don't think I will be buying KFC again when it is so disappointing. These companies and franchises keep "improving" things to the detriment of their product I believe! You have a great week also! xo


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