Need some tried-and-true meal ideas? I know the feeling and I’m here to help! Every Thursday, I share some of the meals we’ve eaten in the past week—only the winners, because who wants to waste time on recipe fails? Here’s what was on our menu this week:
Pear, Cheddar & Rosemary Spelt Tortilla Pizza
If you aren’t making pizza on tortillas, then you should start. Immediately. I have a weakness for a good cracker-thin crust and that’s what these remind me of. Little Pea loves pizza night because she has fun helping me put the toppings on the pizzas. Because the tortilla crust is so thin, all you have to do is set these pizzas under the broiler for 5 minutes or so and dinner is done.
Cashew Tempeh Stir Fry from Connoisseurus Veg + Quinoa + Yellow Watermelon + Bitsy’s Brainfood Maple Carrot Crisp Crackers
Connoisseurus Veg is my favorite vegan blog and Alissa’s stir fry recipes are the best. When you’re planning your meals for next week, go to her site, pick a random stir fry, and tell me I’m wrong. You won’t, because I’m not. I added some frozen green beans to this recipe to up the veggies for Little Pea and while the stir fry itself was a hit, the quinoa was not—it never is, but I keep trying.
Apple Gruyere French Toast with Red Onion from The New York Times + Yellow Raspberries
This was the day when we knew Little Pea was getting sick because she wouldn’t touch either of these foods, despite the fact that she loves berries and loves everything involved in this French toast. But I’m sharing it here despite it not being a winner with her because IT WAS SO GOOD! Oh man, was it good.
Side note: I used to do posts like this on my old blog and I used my DSLR and staged every meal perfectly. Now I use my ancient iPhone and let my daughter put her toys in the shot and can’t be arsed to get out my scrim or bounce cards. How things have changed!
Soft Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms from It’s All Easy + Pumpkin Spice Whipped Chia Pudding + Watermelon + Plum + Tomatoes
This is also known as the “I know you’re sick, but please eat something” plate.
How do we feel about celebrity cookbooks? I almost always find them to be a disappointment because the recipes are inevitably really basic things that no other cookbook author could get away with. Tomato soup! Oven fries! Chocolate chip cookies! Thanks Kris Jenner, but I really don’t need another recipe for mac & cheese. So It’s All Easy had some things like that, but it did have some decent recipes worth saving too. We really enjoyed this one and I liked that it was totally realistic for a weeknight dinner, although I mostly used regular white mushrooms for this because $30 worth of mushrooms isn’t in my grocery budget.
Pumpkin Pie Steel-Cut Oats from The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl + Spoon
I never make steel-cut oats because mornings are always so hectic. This recipe makes me wish I had the time to make them more often. I used much less liquid than the recipe called for because I prefer my oats thicker and topped them with raisins for some sweetness. Little Pea loved this recipe.