Jessie and I have been swapping menus about once a season for over five years! We choose a week and send each other a menu consisting of 5-6 new recipes (that we've made but the other person hasn't), plus a bonus dessert and/or breakfast idea. It's always such a fun food week! Shopping for different ingredients, cooking new meals, introducing the family to foods that aren't necessarily part of our regular routine, and all the while thinking of my dear friend.
Hawaiian Fried Rice - use fresh pineapple!
Chili-Lime Chicken Kebobs with Honey Lime Fruit Salad - grating lime zest on the fruit took our normal fruit salad to a new level. I should have marinated the chicken longer to get more of the chili-lime flavor.
Fruit, Nut, and Goat Cheese Salad - if I had to pick a favorite meal from the week it would be this: so simple, but absolutely delicious.
Banh Mi Sandwiches - I doubled the meatballs and made these when we hosted dinner for our community group . . . several asked for the recipe afterwards which is always a good sign!
Italian Mac and Cheese - what's not to love about noodles, meat, and cheese cooked together?!
Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper White Bean Chili - I was surprised by how well this chili went over with the entire family. It was delicious! And not too spicy (though you could kick it up a notch if you wanted to)
Frosted Banana Bars
Welsh Breakfast Cakes