Friends, Food and Football

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The first weekend of college football is always an exciting time in the Duffy home and not just for my Clemson loving husband. I too am a HUGE college football fan and throw my loyalties behind both Tiger teams – the purple & gold and the orange & white.  But it’s also a time to celebrate and remember my father who we lost to suicide three years ago.  My Dad played college ball at William & Mary under Lou Holtz and then went on to coach at a number of colleges – Ohio State, NC State, The Citadel and LSU to name a few.  The August after my dad’s passing my husband and I decided to throw a party in his memory and the first Saturday of college football seemed like the perfect fit.  We invite our closest friends and family and raise our glasses to toast Dad and the kick-off to the college football season – two of my very favorite things.  This year we are having the party catered because between work and kids I am just flat out of time so BBQ from Swig & Swine is what’s for lunch.  Luckily the party falls over Labor Day weekend so we get one extra day of rest after hosting! I have included some of my favorite side dishes for Monday instead of an actual meal – some healthier than others but calories go out the window over a holiday, right?  I figured most of you will be grilling something delicious at home or visiting with friends and family so side dish options would be more beneficial than an actual dinner recipe!

I hope y’all have a fabulous long Labor Day weekend.

GO TIGERS!!!

XO ~ Kelly

Quick Update to Dinner with the Duffys – After multiple requests,  I have decided to release my blog on Fridays so you have the entire weekend to plan for the upcoming week.  My recipes still “start” on Sunday and go thru Friday! 

Skinny Chicken Enchilada – Y’all, I love Mexican food, and these enchiladas are perfection.  This is one of my favorites and not just because it’s low in fat. What makes these 194 calorie enchiladas so scrumptious you ask? The enchilada sauce is homemade!  Don’t panic – it is so easy to make and does not require a lot of time – I promise. If you find yourself rolling your eyes at my last statement you can purchase store bought enchilada sauce – totally fine. Oh and you can opt for a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking and shredding the breasts.  Just do yourself a favor and add this to your dinner rotation – you will thank me later.

Labor Day Side Dishes – Here are a few of my favorite, easy and yummy side recipes! Pesto Pasta Salad, Lemon Asparagus Couscous Salad, Israeli Couscous and Orzo Pasta Salad, the BEST Baked Potato Salad and finally a sinful Creamy Baked Corn!

Strawberry & Chicken Salad – I love to incorporate a simple, easy and light salad during the week – especially earlier in the week when I’m struggling to get back into my groove and after a long weekend of over-indulging.  This is a great, hearty salad with tons of flavor. My youngest child will eat the chicken and strawberries and then I’ll add some veggies or cheese to her plate…my oldest will probably just eat the cheese!!!!

Soy Marinated Flank Steak with Sautéed Green Beans – Yes, I know, flank steak can be pricey.  I purchase mine from Costco – they come in a three pack and are much easier on the wallet.  I individually freeze the remaining two for later.  If you need more than green beans and steak just roast some new potatoes! Remember – I purchase the large bag of frozen green beans from Costco, so I will just grab a handful, simmer them in a little chicken broth and season with s&p and a little garlic powder.  You can marinate this steak the night before for more flavor and more time!

Balsamic Chicken, Asparagus and Mozzarella – Y’all know I have an obsession with balsamic – it’s so few in calories and packs a punch of flavor.  This is another filling, low calorie option everyone will enjoy.  And crazy easy to pull together!! Oh, did I mention it calls for fresh mozzarella – you could put balsamic and fresh moz on rubber and I’d eat it.  Another Costco plug – I purchase all my organic chicken from Costco – pull out what you need for the week and freeze the rest.  HUGE money and time saver.

Korean Beef Rice Bowls – No, my children will not eat this, but it’s Friday so I’m going to throw in a frozen pizza for them and call it a day. That way I don’t have to waste any of this deliciousness by putting it on my children’s plates just so they can stare at it.  I don’t even want to share with my husband but I will.  And it’s EASY – don’t let ethnic recipes scare you!! The only problem that may arise with this recipe is you might not be able to find one ingredient – gochujang.  Harris Teeter has started carrying, but if you can’t find it in your local store you can sub with Thai chili paste.

There you have it – meals for the week of September 2nd! Please share comments, photos of your meals and follow us on Instagram ~ @dinnerwiththeduffys!!!!

 


Working 9 – 5

 

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Photo Credit @skinnytaste

Well, 7:30 – 3:30 but 9 – 5 sounds better.  I have had multiple people reach out asking if I REALLY work full-time and if I REALLY cook five to six nights a week – the answer is YES and you can too.  I’m no different than any other full-time person but I do have a secret weapon you really need to add to your arsenal – Harris Teeter Home Shop. I know there are others (Publix, delivery services etc.) but my go to is the Teeter.  I plan out my meals on Sunday, “shop” in my pjs with a cup of coffee and then my husband picks up the groceries four hours later when my order is complete! For an additional $4.95 a week, home shop might just be my most favorite thing on the planet.  I no longer spend 30 minutes in the grocery store on my way home from work wandering aimlessly down each aisle; No more staring into the fridge for 10 minutes wondering what I have available to cook and then searching the internet for a recipe that will fit the ingredients I have on hand. Home shop saves me at least an hour a day – Gods honest truth.  By Saturday evening my fridge is good and empty and ready to be restocked for the upcoming week.  And best part people  – I’m doing the planning for you. All you have to do is add the ingredients from my weekly dinner recipes and your basics for the next six days to your cart and you are done. That’s it – no more thinking “what am I going to cook for dinner tonight” – EVER AGAIN.  Oh, and I’m saving you money – I knew there was something I was forgetting.  I have saved SO MUCH MONEY using home shop.  How? We eat everything we purchase so no wasteful spending. We don’t eat out as much as we use to and most importantly,  I see what my cart total is before I check out – this is HUGE if you are on a budget!!!

OK so to wrap it up so you can get to clicking – my gifts to you this week – time, money and health!!

Seafood Pasta in Foil Packet –  It’s Sunday Supper for the Duffys!  This meal isn’t low in calories but we don’t care on Sundays – weekends don’t really count, right? I LOVE this dish.  It’s easy peasy to throw together.  You boil pasta, sauté a few ingredients and then put everything into an aluminum packet to bake.  And that’s it.  You can drizzle a little warm cream over the top after baking if you are feeling crazy! This meal is a bit more expensive due to shrimp cost but you can sub mussels or scallops if they are on sale.

Ground Turkey Skillet with Green Beans – I think my nine year old could make this if I trusted her around the stove.  Seriously – it’s that easy.  And REALLY quick – the perfect Monday night meal. If you are feeding family not on a low calorie “diet” feel free to bulk this up by adding pasta or rice! Oh, and add a pinch of cinnamon for depth – it goes perfectly with this dish.

Weight Watchers Smoked Sausage and Bell Peppers – I will make this recipe with a full pound of sausage – not just the 1/4 it calls for otherwise there isn’t enough protein in my opinion. This recipe does call for three bell peppers which can get costly  so feel free to sub zucchini, squash or other veggies that are less expensive.  It will be delicious any way you dice it!! Hold off on the red pepper if you are serving to your kiddos and add rice, quinoa, orzo or any other carb to make this a heartier dish.

Indian Shrimp Curry – I really love Indian food but it’s so high in calories.  This is a yummy and much lighter version.  I will serve this with brown or basmati rice but you don’t have to.  And feel free to sub chicken if you aren’t a seafood person or if shrimp are too pricey. Oh, and no, my children will not eat this dish but that’s OK.  They will eat whatever quick kid food I have on hand!

Grilled Honey Lime Cilantro Chicken Skewers – I may or may not use the skewers.  I find it takes too long to string everything onto the darn things.  If I don’t I will just keep the chicken breasts whole, slice the veggies into strips and then marinate – after a bit I will just cook them on the stove. Oh and I don’t use coconut oil – I never have it on hand so I’ll just use EVOO!!

Pork Chops with Dijon Herb Sauce and Asparagus – My Friday gift to you – these pork chops.  They are insane and I don’t even really like pork chops.  The secret is to brown each side on medium/medium high heat for about 3 – 4 minutes and then turn the heat down to low and cover the pan for an additional ten minutes or so.  I will just roast the asparagus and then sprinkle with some balsamic vinegar – my mouth is watering.

Happy Healthy Eating Friends!

P.S. – I decided to send on Saturday so you would have the weekend to plan – not just Sunday afternoon!!
XO ~ Kelly

 


And Just Like That….

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I’m a blogger.  Who knew it was that simple? I googled “how to start a blog”, paid $96, uploaded some pictures and here we are.  Is it perfect? No.  Is it pretty? No.  But it’s live – I think.  I hope.  This has been a very surreal week as it was just seven days ago that I shared my weekly dining plan with a few people.  A few turned into a few more and then there were about 200.  Emailing 200 people became a bit daunting so someone suggested I start a blog.  And here we are.  Below is my dinner meal plan for the week of August 19th.  I am three days in and have loved the recipes this week.  Delicious ingredients and very simple to make. With back to school this week I needed quick, easy and healthy options.  So Voila! And Enjoy!! Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!!

Chicken, Corn & Salad Sundays are family nights in our house. This is the one night we all sit down together to enjoy our meal – no excuses – so I have to make sure there is something for everyone on the menu.  Did I mention my oldest prefers brown foods to any other? A comforting meal is a must for me as I get the Sunday blues. We are grilling tonight so we can sit outside and enjoy the weather! Grilled chicken thighs, corn and an easy salad is what’s for dinner!

One Pan Mediterranean Baked Halibut w/ veggies –  I substituted cod for halibut because it was on sale at my local grocery store! You can sub flounder, cod – any white fish! My go to green beans are from Costco. They come in a huge frozen bag and are so inexpensive and delicious.

Ground Turkey Tacos in Lettuce Wraps with Cilantro Lime Crema – I opted for a spring mix instead of butter lettuce because my local store does not carry. I will make this more of a salad than a wrap. I feel like this happens when I try to wrap anything in lettuce!! I will say the crema step involves blending so I will make this on Sunday and store in fridge so come Tuesday I will only need to brown the meat! PS – My husband and kids will use tortillas!

 Weight Watchers Egg Salad – I like to throw in an easy, no fuss recipe each week. I almost always have most of these ingredients in my fridge so it rarely costs me anything. This is my favorite low calorie egg salad. Feel free to throw in celery or whatever else you like to add. Again, my husband will add bread but I will eat over lettuce or just plain.

Five Ingredient Lemon Chicken with Asparagus – This is a super easy, delicious week night meal. Definitely a monthly staple.

Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin w/ green beans OR, Skillet Tomatoes & Feta ( I may do both) – The thought of Friday makes me happy especially this week. I plan to marinate these the night before so they are ready to go when I get home from work and finish my workout. I LOVE tomatoes and balsamic – two of my favorite foods – so I plan to make the tomatoes and feta but green beans (Costco) or any other summer veg or salad will do.


Welcome to Dinner with the Duffys

UsI am thrilled you decided to drop by! This is a sweet little blog solely dedicated to helping you plan healthy, delicious and quick weekly dinner meals for you and your family.  I scour the internet to find yummy and easy to make meals so you spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table with a glass of wine and good conversation.  Happy, Healthy Eating Friends!