Sunday: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Monday: Tilapia with Balsamic Butter Sauce, Grits and Roasted Rapini
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chickpea Stew     
Wednesday:    Lentil Country Supper
Thursday: Leftovers: Frozen 5-Bean Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Lentil Country Supper
Saturday: Eat Out

Chickpeas, Lentils and Beans, oh my! The new year has officially arrived and that means it’s time to shed all of those bad eating habits picked up over the holiday season. I don’t know about you but I fell off the healthy eating train pretty hard this year so getting back in the swing of things has felt a bit more challenging than usual. So what’s my strategy? Dig back into my own favorite healthy recipes from the past for a surefire reminder of how good healthy food can taste! Who needs all of that cheese and salt and sugar to enjoy what they’re eating and feel satisfied? Not me! Okay, okay…I’m not fully convinced yet either, but I’m confident that this week’s menu will help me get there.

First up, Chicken & Chickpea Stew. This is a super easy, soul satisfying dish that we just loved when we first made it last year. Rustic and healthy…perfect. Our fish entree on Monday is a new recipe….and yes there is a butter sauce which I know technically isn’t the healthiest way to serve fish. Baby steps, right? We’ll serve it with our favorite veggie dish – roasted rapini and tomatoes.

Wednesday is another quick and easy dish as long as you prepare the butternut squash in advance (or buy pre-cut squash so it cooks up faster and has less prep time). This is one of those dishes that you may read and not really think will be that good since it’s so simple…but trust me, lentil country supper is delicious. It makes you think that maybe we should all revert back to times when things were simpler. So simple yet so good.

The rest of the week will be either leftovers (including some from the freezer) or our one night to eat out. I hope you enjoy my first menu of 2013 and it helps you get back into your healthy habits and routine as well. Happy cooking!