Summer Simplicity

The gift of the leftover is you feel good.  The less we waste the better we feel or at least I do. I am planning a week of meals where you will be able to reuse your items. My goal is not to recreate gourmet, complicated dinners but actually to stick to the theme of SIMPLICITY. Let’s stop trying to complicate our lives, let’s simplify.

Each Sunday I do my grocery shopping for the week. It helps me to feel organized and prepared for the upcoming week. I plan at least 5 dinners with always the idea of leftovers in mind. I can’t stand wasting. I love finding creative ways to use my leftover food. I look at the grocery store as a rectangle, trying to only go to the outer edges. I begin in the fruits and veggies section. I skim lightly though the dairy section, selecting only raw cheeses and pasture raised eggs. I may grab some whole milk yogurt  (Seven stars or a good quality Greek plain) and butter (organic valley or kerrigold). Next I hit up the fish and grass fed beef. Notice I have skipped the entire center of the “typical” grocery store where many processed items sit. I circle through and get my staples, olive oil, coconut oil, nuts, rice, quality dark chocolate, rice crackers, tea, peanut butter or almond butter etc.

So let’s have fun. Click  below to see the 5 recipes for the “week.” Each day I will post on social media how I used the leftovers. No need to buy lunch.  Remember SIMPLICITY for the summer. Take your simple dinner and create a wonderful lunch the next day.


 Day 1: Prosciutto-Mint Shrimp, basmati rice, spicy corn avocado salad

Day 2: Fish tacos with coleslaw, tomatoes and guac

Day 3: Ginger soy steak, grilled asparagus, potato salad

Day 4: Grilled lemon chicken, green beans & shallots, watermelon and arugula salad

Day 5: Turkey burger, kale salad, quinoa salad

**Here is a green salad you can add to any meal! (Dressing recipe included) 

Here is a list of items I like to stock my fridge with when I don't have time to plan