What’s for Dinner 8/27-8/31

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This week features some Indian-inspired recipes!

Monday: Coconut Curry Tilapia, kale salad and mandarin oranges

4 Tilapia filets

1/2 cup refrigerated canned, unsweetened coconut milk

1 tsp curry powder

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp red chili pepper flakes

1 tsp garlic salt

Preheat broiler and line a broiler pan with foil. Combine coconut milk, curry powder, paprika, chili pepper flakes and garlic salt in a bowl. Place filets on broiler pan and baste one side generously with the coconut milk mixture. Broil a few inches from heat for about 4 minutes, flip over and baste other side, then broil for another 4-5 minutes.

Tuesday: Indian BBQ Chicken, roasted spaghetti squash and watermelon

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs

2 TBSP cumin

1 tsp curry

1 tsp turmeric

1 TBSP paprika

1 tsp salt

Heat grill. Combine spices in a small bowl, then sprinkle both sides of chicken. Cook for about 4 minutes per side, until juices run clear and the outside is crisped.


Wednesday: Coconut Fried Shrimp, banana-blueberry salad and zucchini

2 lbs pre-cooked small shrimp (you could definitely use other shrimp here, but this is what I had on hand–it was on sale at Costco, so I stocked up!)

1 quart coconut oil

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp salt

2 tsp chili powder

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a pot. Meanwhile, toss shrimp with the spices and make sure they are coated. When the oil is heated, add shrimp in batches and fry for about 1 minute, remove onto plate lined with paper towels. Keep warm while you cook the rest. Eat promptly. Note: These don’t get crispy and “breaded” but the flavor from the coconut oil is delicious!

Thursday: Leftovers from previous days

Friday: Eggplant Lasagna, roasted cauliflower and strawberries

1 eggplant (not the skinny one, the dark purple kind)

2 lbs ground beef

~1 cup olive or coconut oil

~1/2 jar spaghetti sauce of choice

2 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp red chili pepper flakes


Slice top and bottom off eggplant and then cut into about 1/4″ slices (so they look like circles). Layer in a colander, sprinkling each layer with a bit of salt. Let sit for about 30 minutes, then shake to get off any excess water. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place slices of eggplant in in a single layer (I had to do 3 batches), and cook for about 3-4 minutes per side, until turning golden brown and starting to crisp. Remove to a plate covered with a paper towel and let drain while you prepare the rest. Sprinkle with a bit more salt.

Once you are done with the eggplant, drain remaining oil and cook ground beef, garlic salt and red pepper flakes until brown. In an 8×8 baking dish, layer one layer of eggplant, then spaghetti sauce, then some ground beef. Continue layers until eggplant is used up (I had a little meat left over–tacos, anyone?). Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 25 minutes, removing foil for last 5 minutes. Let sit for about 10 minutes before eating.

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  1. sarah says

    So I skipped the salting and draining on the eggplant and it worked out fine (f you want to simplify it in the future). I also added a bunch of shredded kale, diced bell pepper and mushrooms to our sauce. Even got 6 kids (4 of whom normally eat the SAD) to eat it!

  2. Darbi says

    Do you prefer a specific coconut oil? I’ve used Spectrum and now Trader Joe’s, TJ’s is quite over powering. I just made your Choc Zuc muffins and that’s the 1st thing we taste.

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