I love cooking for my fiancé and me, but most of the time, cooking for two proves to be difficult. If I don't make a plan, I end up running around in circles at the grocery store and wasting half the ingredient's I've bought (and I hate wasting food). Enter What's Cooking This Week - my weekly meal plan and grocery guide. This way, I can make the most of my ingredients and my leftovers.
Last week, a grilled eggplant was paired with Pork Tenderloin and remade into a Eggplant Caprese Salad. This week, Beer Can Chicken is served alongside an arugula salad and remade into two easy sandwiches.
Here's the rest of the plan:
Grocery List based on servings for 2 w/ leftovers
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Day 1: Happy Memorial Day!
BBQ with family and friends.
Day 2: Grilled Shrimp Caesar Salad
Rinse and dry shrimp and toss with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper. For an added kick, add a pinch of paprika or cayenne.
Meanwhile, in a food processor, add ½ cup grated parm, juice of half of a lemon, 1 tsp lemon zest, 1 small garlic clove, 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 4 tbsp mayonnaise, 2 tbsp anchovy paste (optional) and freshly ground black pepper and mix until blended. Add 3-4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil and blend until desired smooth and creamy. *Reserve half for use in day 5.
Wash and chop ½ head of lettuce and toss with creamy dressing.
Top with grilled shrimp and freshly grated black pepper.
Day 3: Beer Can Chicken w/ Arugula, Grape & Walnut Salad
Prepare a beer can chicken.
Meanwhile, whisk together 1½ tbsp red wine vinegar with 1 tsp grapeseed oil, 1 tsp honey, and ¼ tsp dijon mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Toss two cups arugula and 1 cup grapes, halved with dressing. Top with 1 oz chopped walnuts.
Cut chicken into pieces. *Reserve 2 chicken breasts for use in day 4 and 5.
Serve legs and thighs with arugula and grape salad.
Day 4: Open-Faced Chicken Salad Bagels
Chop 1 leftover chicken breast and toss with equal parts mayonnaise and Greek yogurt. Mix in halved grapes, 1 oz chopped walnuts, and salt and pepper to taste. Finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and a drizzle of honey.
Lightly toast bagels and top with chicken salad and sliced red onion.
Day 5: Chicken Caesar Wraps
Shred leftover chicken breast and toss with ½ head of shredded lettuce. Mix in leftover Caesar dressing until well combined.
Divide salad between two wraps and roll. Cut in half and serve with grapes.