Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Chicken Yakitori Review

I noticed that even on the recipe included with the box that this just doesn't photograph well but the chicken was moist and tasty...regardless of the bland color shown.

This particular recipe was an easy one to do for a weeknight {in fact on a Monday}.  The amount of prep work was minimal and the results were yummilicious.  Actually, I'm going to save this recipe for times when I need a quick marinade for a "homemade" meal.  The hoisin in the sauce made all the difference in flavor over and above the usual quick teriyaki marinade I usually use.  Because of the saltiness of the marinade ingredients, no salt and pepper were required which decreased the amount  of steps.  Gotta love that!  Oh, and I loved the crispy noodles too.  The dark brown bits were the best.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Menu Plan Monday 2/8/15

Number 50

Super Bowl 50 is today....and that usually means one of two things.

  1. You're all about the game.
  2. You're all about the food.
Guess what camp I fall in to this year?  Yep, I'm all about the food.  Baked salsa dip, queso, and every other "cheesy" delight that you can imagine was my bff this weekend.  So....now that you are well aware of my allegiance, on to my menu for the week.

Appetizer Heaven
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Baked Salsa Dip
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Etc., Etc.

Beef Stew - Alexandra Wilson
Beef Stew
Homemade Bread

Chicken Yakitori with Pan-Fried Chuka Soba and Green Beans
Chicken Yakitori

Brown-Sugar Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potato Wedges and Brussels Sprout-Apple Hash
Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Sweet Potato Fries
Brussel Sprout Apple Hash


Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Green Salad

I'm so pleased with myself that only one planned meal includes any sort of cheese...well, if you don't include the food fiesta that was Sunday.  I seriously am loving the options I get with my meal delivery service, mainly because I don't plan my meal around what kind of cheese I have in the frig.  My stomach {and booty} is thanking me daily.

Have a fantastic, fun filled week.

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

My "Get It Done" List aka EPIC Fail List

Yep, best laid plans and all...I did most of my list things....well...minus the baking and of course the shopping.  I decided it wasn't in the cards today to do all that business.  I did, however, get dressed, put on makeup, and leave the house.  So sad...but on the plus side, I got to spend some precious birthday time with my Uncle John.  He turned 80 today and is still as spry as a spring chicken and sharp as a tack.  Don't ya just love all of those southern sayings crammed in to one sentence?  Regardless, those statements are true and he is a gem!

Here is an updated list on what I actually did accomplish and there's always the weekend:

  1. Talked to Tan
  2. Did my toes, and fingernails 
  3. Ironed my clothes {really decided that I have a few uniforms that weren't wrinkled}
  4. Hung my picture
  5. Called a couple of peeps
  6. Got gas in my car
  7. Cleaned out my car and cleaned the front window
  8. Decided on Painting With a Twist Date
  9. Finished Valentine stuff for kids {then promptly ate some of the treats so I'll have to get more}

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

My Tuesday/Wednesday Get It Done List

Tomorrow I am going to do lots and lots of stuff, but.....I'm not leaving the house, doing my hair, or putting on makeup.  All these requirements mean I have one busy Tuesday ahead of me.  In fact I'm getting my toes done at 5:30 today so everything I need to do needs to be done by then.  Right now I'm feeling like I can do it all but...we'll see since I tend to lose steam as the day wears on.

  1. Decide on a date for Painting With A Twist for my Mom's belated Surprise Birthday Party that didn't happen because she was in the hospital having an emergency appendectomy.  Thank heavens she recovered beautifully with no complications.
  2. Make Mom's cake that was delayed because of #1.
  3. Grocery Shop for basics...I need me some graham crackers! {Tuesday}
  4. Finish Valentine's gifts for kids.
  5. Make work schedule to cover the remainder of the month. {Tuesday}
  6. Iron uniforms.
  7. Finish my book.
  8. Hang my new picture.
  9. Get one general gift card for next Christmas when shopping {yes, I have a new plan for shopping..buy a gift card that can either be given or used to purchase a gift sometime in the neighborhood of November...Tuesday}
  10. Get gas in my car after looking up the cheapest cost closest to me {Tuesday and the lowest is my favorite Kangaroo station}
  11. Clean the front window of my car. {Tuesday}
  12. Take my nail polish off, file and paint nails {Tuesday}
  13. Call a couple of peeps.
  14. Make rice pudding.
  15. Talk to Tan.
  16. Go shopping in the storage unit.
  17. Get ice {Tuesday}

Monday, February 1, 2016

Roasted Chicken and Winter Vegetables Review

This was a good dish...but not my favorite that I've received from Hello Fresh.  The chicken was a little tough but looks beautiful on this plate {operator error???}.  I loved, loved the roasted veggies and in my opinion you can't go wrong with basmati rice.  There was a parsnip included that I tried for the first time that didn't wow me.  Roasting is my favorite method for cooking vegetables as it enhances the flavor of every bite but...I'm not going to rush out to buy a bag of parsnips.  They are just okay, but shockingly, the brussel sprouts rocked. 
.I have plenty of leftovers that I'll be eating for dinner tomorrow...I'm thinking a fried rice version of the original will be tasty rendition.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Menu Plan Monday 2/1/16

I made this beautiful salad to serve alongside the Tex Mex Enchiladas that I ate as leftovers last week. I loved the brown sugar balsamic dressing that I dressed the salad with...I didn't feel like I had to drown the salad in dressing to get a lovely flavor.
The ham was especially good too, probably because at my local Sam's Club I found 1 1/2 pounds for a reasonable price {and good quality too}.  The weight is split between two packages which is super convenient for me.
You know, come to think of it....I was in the mood for a really good salad....so much so that I didn't even mind the chopping and prepping. 

This week's menu is a mixture of Hello Fresh and Tabby Fresh meals.  I've cut out eating excessive amounts of cheese {although not completely...see the feta above, and the mention of Tex Mex Enchiladas} and noticed a difference in how I feel {in a good way} when I don't rely on cheese as my protein of choice.  To be honest, I could live by cheese {and maybe a little bread} alone.  

The weather has been cool in Florida over the last several weeks allowing me to soup, stew, roast, and braise to my heart's desire.  Gotta get in all those comfort type meals before the weather turns unbearably hot again.  I'm not complaining, just saying.  I know I'm not cut out for a real winter....I did that once.

SATURDAY- Oven Roasted Chicken with Winter Vegetables {hellofresh.com}
SUNDAY- Leftovers or Quick Marinated Steak with Balsamic Vegetables {hellofresh.com}
MONDAY- Leftovers 
TUESDAY- Chicken Fajita Bites,{no low fat anything, freezer meal} or, Puff Pastry PizzaGreen Salad
WEDNESDAY- Shrimp Taco Lettuce Wraps {hellofresh.com}
THURSDAY- Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes {freezer meal}
FRIDAY- Chicken Yakitori with Pan Fried Chuka Soba and Green Beans {hellofresh.com}

That's all for this week, and always subject to change depending on events that come up...I'm trying to be present and participate in experiences when I have the chance.  Basically, being present and choosing joy.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Pork Burger on Brioche, Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Spring Mix Apple Salad Review

Pork Burger on Brioche with Spring Mix Apple Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

This meal was one I received from Hello Fresh and though not something I would ordinarily buy ingredients for, I enjoyed.  The burger was moist and juicy due to the grated apple and with rosemary added to the pork the flavors tied the whole meal together.  To be honest, the salad was my absolute favorite and I ate the whole thing in one sitting even though the meal is meant to feed two or even three.  I will for sure make this salad on my own.  With only four ingredients {and minimal chopping}, I can make a healthy side any time I want with no fuss!