We’re coming up on a full year of IDCO menu plans since staying at home became our new normal. We’ve learned the art of ‘pantry staple’ cooking, tried a zillion new recipes, and had a ton of fun in the process. Rest assured our weekly meal plans are here to stay, and this time around, we’ve got quite the lineup. We’ve planned four dinners, a special treat brunch (read: Blueberry and Lavender Scone ‘Pizza’), plus something fun to bake on a quiet afternoon. We’ll cap things off with a seasonal cocktail that’s everything you need after a busy week.
If you tend to shy away from vegetarian dinners, this recipe is a great place to start. It’s got all the comfort of a traditional casserole with so many hearty veggies that you won’t miss the meat. You’ll use red pepper, zucchini, summer squash, corn, and cherry tomatoes. But don’t be afraid to swap in whatever is seasonal and readily available at the moment. Panko breadcrumbs and fontina cheese tie this dish together for a warm and cheesy comfort food everyone will love.
We’re big believers that healthy doesn’t have to mean boring. Case in point? This spicy shrimp recipe from the team at Pinch of Yum. They paired their protein with a creamy cauliflower mash plus a side of garlic roasted kale, but keep in mind the sky’s the limit. Noodles, potatoes or any roasted veggie as your side will also do the trick.
Over the past several months, we’ve become a tad bit obsessed with What’s Gaby Cooking. She’s a private chef turned food blogger, and her recipes are always spot-on delicious. This week, we’re making her chicken parm meatballs that are just as yum as they sound. It’s all the flavors of traditional chicken parmesan made as stovetop meatballs. Plus tons of marinara sauce, cheese, and basil for good measure.
Depending on where you live, grilling season might still be months away. But whether you cook this salmon outdoors or on your stove, it’s bound to be a weeknight hit. You’ll use a Trinidadian-inspired curry to season your salmon, but this recipe includes several substitution ideas to make things even easier. Serve your salmon alongside a cilantro lime rice for a citrus-inspired kick. Top with chopped cilantro, lime wedges, cherry tomatoes, and voila!
We first fell in love with Nadiya Hussain when she won The Great British Bake-Off. Since then, she’s authored multiple cookbooks and launched several new shows on Netflix. In one of her latest shows, Nadiya Bakes, we watched her make this Blueberry and Lavender Scone Pizza. It’s the ultimate Saturday brunch treat that’s also perfect for spring. Bring on the clotted cream, blueberry jam, and lemon zest, please.
Speaking of homemade treats, this recipe from Zainab of A Classic Twist is savory baking at its best. You’ll use rosemary herb butter, cheddar cheese, and a bit of minced garlic for flavor kick. Full disclosure: this recipe can be a bit time intensive, but the payoff is huge. Save this baking project for a Sunday afternoon and let that smell of freshly baked bread waft through your entire house.
There’s nothing like a well-made cocktail at the end of a busy week. But if you’ve fallen into a bit of a recipe rut, this one’s for you. You’ll use ginger beer, fresh lime juice, vodka and homemade blueberry ginger syrup. It’s zesty, it’s flavorful, and we have no doubt you’re going to love it.
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