Meal Plan Monday: May 12, 2014

DSC_0290I have to be honest – this week’s meal plan is a little weak. I’m coming off of a week of being sick (flu-like symptoms: chills, aches, cough, and extremely tired) so I’m not on my A game (I didn’t even make it to the grocery store this weekend!). My meal plan last week was completely thrown off, so I have a lot of leftovers in the fridge to try to salvage. So what I’m trying to say is, take this with a grain of salt.

Last night I made a one pot pasta, inspired by my girl Madde at The Collegiate Vegan. It is exactly what it sounds like – throw a pound of uncooked pasta, a bunch of ingredients (in this case, garlic, tomato paste, cherry tomatoes, onion, spinach, and olive oil) in a huge pot with 4 cups of water (I also used 1 cup of white wine) and let it cook away for 15 minutes. At the end – voila – you have a delicious pasta dish and only one pot to clean.

Tonight I’m going to make some sort of Greek-inspired dish with shrimp, artichokes, and feta cheese. These are all ingredients that were supposed to go into a salad last week that I never got around to making (due to the aforementioned flu-like symptoms). I might throw them all on top of some Israeli couscous or quinoa. I have some leftover green onions that I’m going to roast in the oven for some added texture.

Wednesday I’m digging some frozen spinach gnocchi out of the freezer, and then Friday I’m on my own. I might try to pull together some other leftovers from my fridge, or just give in and treat myself to a meal out!



Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
B English muffin w/ peanut butter Blueberry banana bread Blueberry banana bread Blueberry banana bread Blueberry banana bread Blueberry banana bread Scrambled eggs
L Egg salad sandwich One pot pasta Coworker’s going away lunch Greek dish with shrimp and artichokes Greek dish with shrimp and artichokes Leftovers or out Leftovers or out
D One pot pasta Greek dish with shrimp and artichokes Greek dish with shrimp and artichokes Pan fried spinach gnocchi Pan fried spinach gnocchi Leftovers or out

Leftovers or out


Snacks this week: Apples, yogurt protein shakes, popcorn

Grocery list: Nothing! All leftovers from last week

From the pantry, fridge, & freezer: Pasta, tomato paste, cherry tomatoes, onion, white wine, garlic, olive oil, shrimp, canned artichokes, couscous, feta cheese, green onions, spinach gnocchi, banana, blueberries

What’s on your menu this week?



The Big Five-Oh

I can’t believe I’m writing this, but…. this is my 50th post on Cook Like Kayla.

It’s been just over 6 months since CLK launched, but over 2 years since the idea first rooted. Writing and sharing my recipes has been an extremely rewarding experience. I don’t know what else to say but thank you for reading and following CLK!

In honor of my 50th post, I’ve pulled my top 5 favorite CLK posts (so far). Here’s to the next 50!

1. Chicken Fried Quinoa

The most frequently recreated recipe from CLK – i.e., fan favorite!


2. Shrimp, Watermelon & Cucumber Salad

The first dish I photographed and thought, “damn, that looks good.”


3. Cape Code Vacation Round-Up

A week of good food, family, and great weather – what else could a girl ask for?


4. Baked Eggs with Kale and Sausage

Good for breakfast, lunch, brunch, or dinner. 


5. Caprese Salad Two Ways

A second chance for leftovers!