Kofta Kebabs {Meal Plan}

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It’s been a very, very short summer. I am not at all happy that 2 of my 3 kids are returning to school this Tuesday. WTF…it’s mid August! Packing lunches, getting up early(not a problem for me, but for them-YES), and routine is all part of this weeks drill.

Honestly speaking, I barely cooked this summer. It felt great to take a break, yet with school two days away it’s time for me to get back into the kitchen. Shopping, prepping, and organizing has filled my weekend. Cookies and brownies are made and frozen (perfect snack for the lunch box), farmers market organic fruits are flash frozen (great for morning smoothies), salad dressings are made and bottled, veggies are washed, meat and chicken are grilled (for easy sandwiches or simply served on their own), and the meal planning has begun!

Spending 30 or so minutes each morning on prep will allow me to get these nutritous and balanced meals on the table each night. Tonight’s dinner is one of my favorites. Combining all the ingredients in the morning allows the meat to marinate all day. Shaped into balls, skewered, and grilled, this is one of those perfect 30 minute meals. I usually make a double batch because the leftovers makes a great lunch the next day. My family likes to stuff all these goodies into a fresh pita, but I like mine carb free. If you have a local Israeli or middle eastern market in your hood – pick up your pita’s there. They do not even compare to the super market brands.

I topped our dinner off with a creamy, rich Pot de Creme. Isaac returned from 3 weeks at sleep away camp and this is one of his favorites. For me, I will be opting for a bowl of fresh raspberries, but that won’t stop me from watching my kids enjoy their dessert tonight.

Get organized, people – it will change your life!




Kofta Kebabs {Meal Plan}


4 cloves garlic, chopped fine (or passed through a garlic press)
1 tablespoon Celtic sea salt
1 pound ground, grass fed beef
3 tablespoons grated onion
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
a pinch of red pepper flakes
Freshly ground black pepper


• in a large bowl combine the garlic, salt, grated onion, parsley, spices, and the meat. mix to combine. cover and refridgerate for atleast 4 hours(I marinate them all day).
• line a plate or a pan with wax paper. using a 2 tablespoon ice cream scooper, form into balls and set on prepared wax paper. once all balls are formed, shape them into ovals and thread 4 ovals on each metal skewer.
• heat the grill and brush with oil. grill kebabs, turning until brown all over and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
• serve immediately with lots of sides!

* original recipe from here.

The Urban Baker / SusanSalzman.com


This week my family will eating all of this:

Sunday, August 10, 2014
Kofta Beef Kebabs
Israeli Salad
Pot de Creme

Monday, August 11, 2014
Tacos + Taco Salad (pack leftovers in a thermos for tomorrows school lunch)
Fresh Roasted Salsa

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Grilled Salmon (Levi likes the leftovers in his lunch box the next day)
Teriyaki Sauce
Brown Rice
Spicy Peanut Kale Salad

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Chicken Burger Sliders
Yam Fries
Chopped Salad (meatless + add more veggies)
All kinds of Melon

Thursday, August 14, 2014
Korean Rice Balls (Beef)
Cucumber Sushi Rolls
Chopped Veggie Salad (radish, cucumber, jicama, red peppers, italian parsley, lemon)

Friday, August 15, 2014
Chicken in Lettuce Cups
Grilled String Beans
Strawberry Pizza

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  • Tammy

    Hi Susan,
    I read your post and made these.. They were fabulous!! I made tzatziki + Persian rice… It’s a keeper!!! Xo

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