Best of the Week: Meals

This week I made a lot of changes to our meal plan.  I actually looked for a few new recipes, something I had not done in a LONG time.  And probably why I've been getting so tired of my food lately.  I really needed a break from the same recipes all the time.  And I found some magnificent keepers:

Zucchini Fritters - Loved this one.  I tripled the recipe so I could have enough for both of us for a few meals.  I also used significantly less cheese and it was fantastic.  To make it cleaner next time I will use fewer bread crumbs (I used about 75% of what was called for in the recipe already - it could be cut down a little more). 

Skillet Shrimp with Orzo and Asparagus - Another winner.  I added 2 bunches of asparagus (instead of 1) and 2 lbs of shrimp (because 1.5 lbs was 1.5 bags and it seemed dumb to just have half a bag open until whenever I felt like making shrimp again).  I played around with the seasoning until I got it right since there were more greens and shrimp in play.  This was extremely flavorful and I will make this again, although most likely with brown rice to make it cleaner.  Oh and I added a few olives to my portion because olives are delicious and the flavors in this dish worked well with kalamata olives. 

Jamie's Monster Meatloaf - This is a repeat but a good one that I had not made in a long time.  The hubby LOVES this one.  I don't eat it usually when I make it because the meat is just too heavy.  But it in general is my favorite meatloaf recipe.  I like to mix up the meats - turkey + beef or something to give it more flavor.

Next week is very social - dinner with an old friend in town, a wedding and all the fun that goes along with that, wine and painting...it's going to be busy.  I want to focus on cleaning out the fridge/freezer next week.  I have CSA fruits/veggies to use up (more fritters!!!!) and some frozen vegan eggplant parm (bought some fresh marinara to throw on it...will have it with some roasted veggies and rice).  I have a zillion cans of beans as well.  So hopefully I can clean things out to the point where I can shop fresh to start a buckled down meal plan once this social week is over.