Happy Friday and welcome to What’s Cooking This Week! June is the official beginning of strawberry season in the Northeast and I, for one, could not be any more excited. This week’s cooking plan has quite a few recipes that feature the seasonal, juicy strawberry that we can’t seem to keep in the house. This week you’ll find recipes for fresh spring salads, enchiladas, Mango Strawberry Salsa, and strawberry scones!
I have also included a post from Mommy Poppins – Where to Pick Strawberries with Kids Near Boston. This post describes various spots for picking strawberries in the Boston area. We are totally planning a day trip to Northboro to visit Tougas Family Farm. I hope you find some recipes here that you are excited to make, and I hope that yo have a wonderful weekend.
Lunch/Dinner Prep for the Week:
I’m obsessed with quinoa in my salads. This looks really easy to make, and also combines strawberries and feta with the quinoa. There couldn’t be a better salad out there for me!
I found this recipe on foodgawker which has become one of my favorite places to both find recipes, and submit recipes for other people to check out. The site is beautiful and it gives you the chance to check out many different cuisines, and to find new blogs. Definitely take a look around foodgawker and definitely try out this Chicken BLT Salad!
This is the newest Maple and Thyme recipe and will make good use of all of those incredibly ripe and sweet strawberries that are showing up in the grocery stores. I may double the recipe so that we can enjoy this salsa first with some tortilla chips, but also as a garnish for the enchiladas that I will also be making on Sunday.
I love this dish for many reasons but my top reason may be the fact that you can make it on a Sunday, and have enough leftover to get you through 2-3 days of work lunches. This enchilada recipe is more of a casserole than individual enchiladas. It’s packed with black beans and sweet potatoes and then flavored with the perfect amount of salsa verde. You may want to make a batch of Easy Homemade Guacamole to go along with it too!
Baking and Stocking the Freezer:
You get to make choice here in terms of your lemon and strawberries. You can make scones, strawberry lemon cake, or both! I love every scone from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Sunday mornings are my chance to have something a little less healthy for breakfast so I’ll make these scones. I like to actually make the scones on Friday or Saturday night after the kids go to bed. I make the dough, cut it into triangles, and freeze the dough in a freezer bag. On Sunday morning, I bake the scones right from the freezer. No Sunday morning mess and a super yummy breakfast!
Our kids love having something freshly baked in their lunch box each day. They’ve been on a major Madeleine kick, so I’m hoping that they will love this cake. I like to bake loaf cakes in mini loaf pans. I freeze the cooled loaves and pull one out of the freezer on Sunday night. This way I can add a slice of yummy cake to the lunch boxes every morning.
This is hands down our favorite granola at the moment. And there is nothing that makes a work day morning any happier than a bowl of yogurt with fruit and fresh granola. You have to make this. Trust me. Just do it.
I hope that your weekend is filled with yummy food and fun times with friends and family. Happy Friday!
KITCHEN TOOLS AND INGREDIENTS THAT I’LL USE THIS WEEKEND:
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