It's been just lovely weather this past week, aside from some needed rain on Friday, we have been enjoying being outside as much as possible. In fact, I actually received a sunburn last week on my face after too many days in the sun playing wiffle ball and playground visits! I stocked up on sunscreen this weekend, so I'm protected now!
We spent Sunday afternoon visiting the Morris Arboretum. The cherry trees were in blossom and were just spectacular! We were there late, until closing, so by the time we got home it was late to start making dinner. I put together a simple Tortellini and Spinach soup that I learned to make years ago from a recipe my mom brought home from work. I adjusted the recipe to match what I had on hand. My son won't eat soup (!) but he ate parts of it without the broth.
- 3-4 cloves of crushed or minced garlic
- One Tablespoon olive oil
- 8 cups of chicken broth
- one carrot, cleaned and shredded
- one bag of frozen cheese tortellini (about 12 oz to a pound)
- 1 cup of fresh baby spinach leaves
- 3/4 pound mini turkey meatballs (I make my favorite meatball recipe and just make the meatballs very small using a small cookie scoop)
Saute garlic in olive oil in a large stock pot or soup pot for about a minute or two. Slowly add the chicken broth to the pot. Add carrot. Cover pot and bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cool according to package directions. Once tender, add cooked meatballs and spinach leaves to the pot and gently stir. Serve with slices of a crusty French baguette. This would serve about 6. It's great for keeping for leftovers for lunches!
Monday: teriyaki chicken and rice bowls with veggies
Tuesday: Super Salmon Cakes (recipe from the May 2013 issue of Kiwi Magazine, not online!), veggies, salad
Wednesday: Mediterranean Skillet and salad
Thursday: Sweet and Sour Sloppy Joes (made with ground turkey) and sesame slaw (Real Simple Magazine, May 2013)
Friday: Taco night! My son loves to make cheese tacos, the kind with the crunchy shell. No meat, no heat. Just cold cheese and lettuce. The grown ups will have some kind of added protein!
I'm linking up to Organizing Junkie's menu plan Monday link up!