Last weeks meals were, as always, rather simple and focused on leftovers and, apparently, a lot of chicken. I didn’t even realize we ate chicken every single weeknight last week! (Over the weekend no chicken popped up on the menu so it wasn’t a full week-long streak.) So much chicken is definitely unusual for our family but when we have food leftover, we’re going to eat it and not waste it, so chicken popped up on the menu a lot. At least every meal was still tasty! Below you will find photos of last week’s dinners — hopefully you like chicken! — and as I think through our meals this week, I’m thinking we may need a little chicken break. Haha!
Week of Weeknight Meals: July 2021
Monday: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken with Swiss Chard and Wild Rice
We had some leftover rotisserie chicken on hand from Sunday night’s dinner and, after sautéing some swiss chard in sesame oil, ginger and coconut aminos, I added the remaining chicken to the pan to soak up the ginger sesame flavor. After throwing in some wild rice, dinner was served!
Tuesday: Rosemary Garlic Baked Chicken Thighs with Figs, Onions and Asparagus
Our fig tree is in its prime right now and producing so many figs every single day. We’re eating them at rapid speed and over the weekend we started giving them away to friends and neighbors and we still cannot keep up with them! I trying to get creative in the kitchen and use them in various recipes and this one was such a winner! Inspired by this recipe from The New York Times, I baked chicken thighs with rosemary and figs and added onions to the mix because we’re onion-obsessed in this house. I served the chicken with a side of asparagus and we loved this meal!
Wednesday: Leftover Chicken Grain Bowl
Leftovers for the win! I repurposed the leftover chicken, figs, onions and asparagus into grain bowls for dinner on Wednesday night. The grains actually came from one of ALDI’s Simply Nature organic 90-second grain pouches so to say this dinner was a breeze would be an understatement. We had a busy day on Wednesday so this worked out well.
Thursday: Chicken Fajita Bowls
The oven baked chicken fajitas recipe in Juli Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook has been a go-to for me for years because it never disappoints. (Tina from Carrots ‘n’ Cake also has a shortcut version of this recipe on her blog if you want to check it out!) It’s a simple recipe that’s full of flavor and we served the chicken fajitas bowl-style with an assortment of toppings including rice, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream, cilantro and some spruced-up guacamole made with black beans.
Friday: BBQ Pulled Chicken with Broccoli Slaw
Things were busy in our house on Friday thanks to Chase’s birthday party prep so we kept dinner simple. I made a batch of BBQ pulled chicken by following one of my favorite recipes from the blog Ambitious Kitchen. I also made the slaw from her blog but swapped in a bag of broccoli slaw mix for all of the chopped veggies to further simplify things. I had no doubt we’d love this dinner since we’ve made it a ton of times in the past and it was a hit once again!
Question of the Day
What is the best thing you ate for dinner last week?