Meals this Week
The Weekly Meal Plan
The weekly meal plan is the core of Lilly’s Table. Each week, Lilly prepares a new set of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, seasonally-focused and comprised of fresh new recipes, and old classics.
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August is the peak for many vegetables’ seasons. When this month arrives even if I can’t find certain vegetables something clicks inside of me and I start craving eggplants, peaches, fresh hot peppers, cucumbers, melons, and more. This week take the time to indulge in how they are at the top of their game.
Eggplants have been peaking out, but come August if they haven’t landed in my kitchen I start to bring them in frequently. The classic Eggplant Parmesan is the first dish I consider, with a simple toss of Fresh Tomato & Basil Pasta. Be sure to make extras and then stuff them into Eggplant Parm Sandwiches.
Around here while we love a delicious grass-fed burger, smashing vegetables together with a grain or bean is another way we eat our patties. The Zucchini Quinoa Burgers are great this time of year and eating two or three of them is an entirely guiltless experience, when they are wrapped in a lettuce ‘bun’ topped with your favorites. Grilled Sweet Potato Fries & Grilled Kale Chips compliment this dish perfectly, even if the burgers are made stove top.
Thai recipes keep coming up this summer and we have two different meals with lots of mix and match potential: Thai Melon Salad, Broccoli Almond Salad, Shiso Noodles, and Thai Fish Cakes. Each soup is lovely solo, but swirled together the cool and refreshing Spicy Cucumber and Ginger Cantaloupe Soup are a magical appetizer pair that can compliment the Thai Fish Cakes or be served just prior to another dish.
Peaches! My local selection of peaches come and go this summer it seems, but if you are anywhere near Georgia or Colorado seek them out. This beautiful Peaches ’n Chicken is grilled and paired with an easy Summer Veggie & Black Bean Salad. Chicken leftovers are perfect in the Apricot Pistachio Chicken Salad and any leftover peaches work well chopped and tossed in too. For an elegant but easier than making griddle pancakes breakfast try the Peach Puffed Pancake with a Whipped Yogurt Cream on top.
Another easy breakfast option are Squash Scrambled Pitas with Blueberry Smoothies
During this time of vegetable abundance, it is easy to go local. Buy as much as possible from your Farmers Market or go even more local with produce from your backyard or lend a neighbor a hand with theirs.
Cook seasonally. Eat consciously. Live well,