This Week’s Menu – If There Ever Was A Week To Bake Cookies

Cookies

If you’re trapped at home, there is absolutely no reason to NOT bake cookies. It keeps the kids busy for a few minutes AND works as a reward/treat for you them to make it through another day. Oh, and I guess you need to eat actual meals, too. Everything this week comes with lots of suggestions to use what you’ve got instead of taking an extra trip to the store.

P.S. My apologies for the abhorrent pictures this week. Working under these new guidelines is really screwing with my photo session mojo.


Caprese Pasta
Caprese Pasta with Lots of Veggies
I love to make this pasta dish with zucchini and cherry tomatoes, especially when I can pick them straight from the garden, but it's also great with whatever you have on hand – peppers, mushrooms, carrots, onions, or even a handful of spinach would be great!
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Cashew chicken
Cashew Chicken with Rice
A healthy version of a Chinese takeout staple combining loads of fresh veggies with a simple simmer sauce and, of course, the crunch of cashews.
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Personal Pan Pizzas
Personal Pan Pizzas
Plan on this dinner ahead of time. It doesn't take a ton of work, but you do need time for the dough to rise. Create a couple pizzas with your favorite toppings or have a build-your-own pizza party!
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Chocolate Chip Cookies
Chocolate Chip Cookies
The perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe. The end.
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How To Use This Week’s Menu

Time is meaningless these days, but I think I would start the week with the Caprese Pasta with Lots of Veggies. Maybe double the batch to eat one and freeze the other for next week.

Use the rest of your veggies to make the Cashew Chicken with Rice on another night. Perhaps pick up some edamame or frozen eggrolls at the grocery and pretend it’s Chinese takeout.

Make the Personal Pan Pizzas for movie night. One bonus of working/living/never leaving from home is that you can prep pizza dough in the middle of a weekday. Get it started around lunchtime for a fun dinner activity. You’ll get two decent sized pizzas out of this recipe, so you can let everyone top their portion with their favorites.

Finally, we have the world’s best Chocolate Chip Cookies. This recipe makes perfect bakery-style, gigantic cookies. Prep the dough the day before you want to bake (if you can stand it). Then bake half the dough that day and freeze the rest. Then you can have fresh baked cookies when the first half runs out.

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