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Seven Days Challenge: Your 5-Step Plan
Posted By Jenny On January 5, 2013 @ 4:48 am In Uncategorized | 30 Comments
Wow! I don’t even know where to begin. Your response to the Seven Days, Seven Meals  challenge (which begins this week!) was awesome. I hope you are all PUMPED for a week of delicious, rut-busting dinners. (Repeat to self when small person protests occur: It’s an adventure, it’s an adventure, it’s an adventure.) The hardest part is over: Committing. From here, follow these five steps.
Step 1: Look at your week. Are there some nights that are busier than others? Pick three weeknights and one weekend day that you think is realistic for both a) family dinner b) trying something new. I’m going to choose Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Step 2: Got your nights picked out? What I’ve done below is organize recipe ideas (yours and mine and many other third parties) into the following four categories:
Please choose TWO from “Classic Weeknight” ONE from “Make-Ahead” ONE from “Keep the Spark Alive and as many as you need from “Security Blankets.” If you don’t like what you see here, think about your own list of recipes you’ve been meaning to make and think about what categories they belong in. If you don’t think you can do three nights of new meals, make it two (one from the freezer and one Classic Weeknight). I’m going to make Lamb Meatballs for the freezer (to eat on Thursday); Orrechiette with Peas and Ham on Tuesday; Spicy Black Bean Burgers on Friday; and Stromboli on Saturday. Remember: If you chose fish, write it down for early in the week.
Step 3: Click on each link, print out the recipes, write your shopping list (including staples and any other meals you plan to make), go shopping.
Step 4: When you return from your shop, carve out 30 minutes to an hour to prepare your Make-Ahead dinner.
Step 5: Read through the rest of your new recipes and see if there’s anything you can do in advance. Chop ingredients, make a vinaigrette, blanch some vegetables. No such thing as too small a task when it comes to preparing in advance.
You are now ready for Week 1. (You’ll do it all again next week.) Keep me posted with your progress either here or on facebook . I promise we will all be extremely generous with our thumbs up-ing. And remember: Not all the things you make will be home runs with the kids or with you. There are all kinds of ways to measure success here. If you come away with two out of seven new meals that you like, that is huge. If you come away with zero meals for the rotation, but the challenge has re-ignited some sort of excitement about dinner, that is even huger.
OK, GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to suggest recipes. I highly encourage you to return to the original post  with the un-edited list of go-to weeknight meals.
Classic Weeknight [CHOOSE 1 OR 2]
Make-Ahead [CHOOSE 1]
Keep the Spark Alive [CHOOSE 1]
Security Blankets [CHOOSE AS MANY AS YOU WANT]
And a loaf of crusty bread and a bag of barley or quinoa .
Photo Credits: Eat, Live, Run (Burger) Hugh Forte (Capellini); Jamie Oliver (One Tray Bake); Daisy’s World (Polenta)
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 Seven Days, Seven Meals: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/seven-days-seven-meals-are-you-in/
 facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dinneralovestory
 Broiled Salmon with Herb Mustard Glaze: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/broiled-salmon-with-herb-mustard-glaze-recipe/index.html
 Sarah: http://belleonheels.blogspot.com/
 Spicy Black Bean Burgers: http://www.eatliverun.com/boyfriend-approved-spicy-black-bean-burgers/
 Quick and Spicy Tomato Soup: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/quick-and-spicy-tomato-soup-recipe/index.html
 Ada-Marie: http://needspark.wordpress.com/
 Sticky Salmon with Rice: http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/pregnancy/pregnancy-recipe-sticky-salmon-rice
 David Leibowitz’s Olympic Seoul Chicken: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/02/olympic-seoul-c/
 Scheherazade: http://littlecondo.tumblr.com/
 Thai Coconut Curry: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/quick-recipes/2013/01/thai-chicken-curry
 Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce: http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2008/09/eggs-in-tomato-sauce-contest-winners/
 Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale: http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/roasted-chicken-legs-with-potatoes-and-kale
 Crispy Black Bean Tacos with Cabbage Slaw: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Crispy-Black-Bean-Tacos-with-Feta-and-Cabbage-Slaw-351271
 Orange Broccoli & Beef : http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/04/orange-broccoli-beef-and-mushrooms
 Food Matters Cookbook: http://www.amazon.com/Food-Matters-Cookbook-Revolutionary-Recipes/dp/1439120234?linkCode=wsw&tag=gadgreviwor0f-20
 Sasha: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/sashakamenetska
 Pasta with Caramelized Cabbage, Anchovies, and Breadcrumbs: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/14/dining/pasta-with-caramelized-cabbage-and-anchovies-recipe.html?_r=0
 Deborah Madison’s Pasta with Chickpeas: http://mobile.seriouseats.com/recipes/2007/11/cook-the-book-pasta-and-chickpeas-recipe.html
 Roasted Cauliflower Capellini: http://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/food-dining/2012/11/27/recipe-for-roasted-cauliflower-capellini/SAkfCIygLb5MUF60XkPzeI/story.html
 The Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook: http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/book/
 Avgolemeno: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/avgolemeno/
 Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms: http://www.dinneralovestory.comAvgolemeno (with Rotisserie Chicken) -- suggested by Bodi Luse
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 Banh Mi Turkey Burgers: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeId=354911
 Rachel: http://myimpreciselife.blogspot.com/
 Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup: http://www.loveandlemons.com/2012/11/19/coconut-curry-pumpkin-soup/
 Coconut-Crusted Chicken Tenders : http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/2011/01/17/coconut-crusted-chicken-tenders/
 Simple White Bean Soup : http://food52.com/recipes/20243_white_bean_soup
 Luisa’s Meatballs for New Mothers: http://www.thewednesdaychef.com/the_wednesday_chef/2012/08/meatballs-for-new-mothers.html
 Charlotte: http://www.mummydinosaur.blogspot.com/
 pomegranate molasses: http://www.amazon.com/Al-Wadi-Pomegranate-Molasses-14-oz/dp/B0058QM6H6
 Pulled BBQ Chicken: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/school-years-resolution-1-more-freezer-dinners/
 Lazy Bolognese: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/back-pocket-bolognese/
 Chili: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/my-8-year-old-made-this-chili/
 Pretzel Chicken: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/pretzel-chicken-weeknight-keeper/
 Shrimp Grits: http://food52.com/blog/3271_edna_lewis_scott_peacocks_shrimp_grits
 Georgian Chicken with Tamarind and Pomegranate: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/08/dining/081RREX.html?_r=0
 Antonio’s: http://www.antoniospizza.com/
 Jamie Oliver “One-Tray Bake”: http://www.jamieoliver.com/magazine/recipes-view.php?title=one-tray-bake
 Creamy Herbed Polenta with Mushroom Ragu: http://daisysworld.net/2012/07/29/creamy-herbed-polenta-with-mushroom-ragout/
 Braised Short Ribs: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/braised-short-ribs/
 Maya Kaimal’s Crazy Delicious Chicken with Green Chilies and Tamarind: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/the-someday-file/
 Bugialli’s Minestrone: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/sunday-minestrone/
 barley or quinoa: http://www.dinneralovestory.com/note-to-self/
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