Monday, September 1, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 09/01/14

Can you believe it??? August is over and we're headed in to the home stretch of the rest of the year.  College Football Saturdays are a go again, and all is well with the world.  Well....until you realize that Christmas is almost here...
So here's to another holiday, and almost another year.

Chicken tenders marinated in balsamic, piled on cibatta bread with fresh arugula and sliced tomatoes. Creamy mozzarella cheese and my secret ingredient, spinach dip! #TEArifficPairs #shop
Green Salad
Beer Bratwurst

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Creamy Baked Chicken Taquitos
(Freezer Meal)
Avocado Salad
Salsa, Greek Yogurt

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Macaroni and Cheese
Green Beans


Cobb Salad
Corn Muffins


Ham and Cheese Buns
(Freezer Meal)
Crackers with Hummus

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Monday Dinner

After I verified that the people in my house were eating, I cooked dinner.  Guess what?  They didn't eat.  It's a good thing I didn't make what I had planned or I might have bonked them on the head.
Actually I made hamburgers from the freezer that I jazzed up by cooking up some mushrooms, onions and seeded jalapenos.  And...I think I've found the secret to making hamburgers that are frozen as good as fresh ones that are grilled.  I'm cooking them on top of the stove rather than on the grill and get this...on low heat, while covered.  They remain moist and brown beautifully just like they do on the grill.  At the end of the cooking time, I piled the mushroom mix and some pepper jack cheese on top and allowed it to melt. And yes.....I made tater tots to go with!

All of the description above was to tell you that my freezer burgers are just as delicious as fresh ones as long as I change the cooking method a bit. My freezer experiment is working. And theoretically, I could have only had one pan to wash if I had only been cooking for myself and not the teenagers who want to eat and suddenly (when everything is being made) don't.

Swiss Mushroom Burgers
Mine looked like this but I forgot to snap a pic!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Dinner

Chicken Enchiladas
A yummy rendition...with no true recipe.  I used up all of the bits and pieces in my frig to create this dish.  Salsa Verde, Rotel brand tomatoes, cheddar and monterey jack cheese, cream cheese with spices and chopped green onions all went in the mix.  We would have had a salad with this but Boy #2 forgot the lettuce so we just ate this.   I'm not complaining though, cause he went to the store for me. Tonight, that was perfect but I'll add some extra veggies to the mix tomorrow.  

I also made the taquitos for the freezer and individual ham and cheese strombolis for the freezer.  I like knowing that I have a few quick single serving things in the freezer which means not many dishes for the weeknights.

Menu Plan Monday 8/25/14

The last week was wonderful in terms of feeling better and eating at home.  Boy #2 and I almost broke down and got fast food because I wasn't feeling up for cooking or to be honest cleaning. The cleaning kills my ambition for sure.  I sucked it up and did it anyway and I am thrilled with myself that I followed through. Who wants to break a goal on the third day anyway? Since I decided to follow the plan, I found a new no meat recipe that everyone will eat and I didn't have the nasty salt intake that accompanies a fast food run. Yay for me!

This week I'm starting to make some smaller portioned "freezer meals" so the leftovers won't be around for days and days.  I'm actually going to report my results here after eating each of the meals I've prepared....If you haven't realized, the real reason I'm actually doing this is to cut down on dishes and therefore my dishpan hands, lol.

Have a great week :)

Roasted Hatch Chile & Chicken Enchiladas
(I'm only making half, so I won't have as many leftovers)
Some sort of cake/pie/bar....whatever inspires me.
To Do:  Make crockpot for tomorrow, bake bread, pack lunch, write list of to do for boys, iron,  roast tomatoes, make taquitos, stuffed potatoes for freezer.

Summer Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Summer Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches
(I bought hamburger buns for .25 at Aldi so we'll use these or homemade buns)
Tater Tots (to be honest we'll probably just eat the sandwiches)
To Do:  nothing, will assemble tomorrow.

Double Tomato Tart with Ricotta and Basil
Tomato Tart

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie
Green Salad
To Do:  Nothing off tomorrow

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Grilled Pork Chops
Parmesan Pearled Couscous
Grilled Veggies
To Do:  Chop up extra veggies with dinner


Chicken Lo Mein


After this week I'll be able to pull some goodies from my freezer on nights that I'm home alone without anyone to feed.  On Saturday I made myself a hamburger from the freezer and an individual serving of brown rice.  I had minimal dishes to do, which is working for me!

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cooking For One or Two

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Healthy eating satisfies me.  Really, no don't fall over holding your side thinking that I'm pulling your chain, blowing smoke up your really satisfies me.  I like the feeling of knowing that I'm putting healthy things in my mouth.  I like not feeling bloated because I've eaten a shaker full of salt uknowingly.  I like knowing that anything I make at home is about half of the calories compared to the same item in a restaurant.  I like knowing that I use real ingredients for my recipes with less preservatives.

Yup, I like all of those things.

But....I don't like to clean up the kitchen sometimes and because I have teenagers who are never home that's what I have to do.  So sad for me.  I think I'm going to have to learn and blog about freezer meals for one so I can pull it out, heat it up with only one, yes, one dish to put in the dishwasher. 

So I'm starting a weekly series (4 weeks) about my successes and failures with freezer cooking for one or two.  I'm thinking that the prep time will be easier and quicker but who knows???  I need to learn though and keep some options for those night that I end up eating chips or toast or Ramen noodles when all my peeps flake out on dinner to do fun things.

Here are the usual things on my list that can be portioned for one or two:
1.  Hamburgers--freezer
4.  Vegetarian BLT's--I plan on using this for a non freezer easy meal

These are my first ones to try and eat for the week.  I'll review and let you know whether they are keepers or throw backs.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Recipe Review

I almost skipped out on making this....almost headed over to the Golden Arches, or the BK Lounge for a dastardly fast food dinner. But I didn't.  You see, my youngest and I are usually the only ones home for dinner and I really hate to cook if I know I'm going to have leftovers that no one will eat (especially with a new recipe).  This recipe was quite sketchy if I say so myself.  We absolutely love, love peanutty chicken that has the same base for the sauce but chickpeas with that peanutty sauce???  To be quite honest I wasn't sure myself and I'm an adventurous eater.  Of course, I was all like "It will be delicious", and my teenager was all like "Can I get wings?"  I think what sold him on giving this recipe a shot was my steadfast resolve that if he ate junky junk food he would have to use his own money. (while I was secretly thinking junky junk food would be SO much easier and taste better!)
Lo and behold though, it was good, surprisingly good.  This dish was super simple for weeknights too, as long as you have your veggies prepped prior....and if you had to chop your veggies it wouldn't really be too time consuming.  I'm just weeknight lazy but you, you could absolutely chop all the veggies in 3 minutes flat, I'm certain.  If you are looking for a veggie dish that has great flavors give it a try.  All of my amounts are based on the recipe, but freely interpreted my ME :o)

I made several additions, slight adaptations to account for our taste.

Instead of vegetable stock, I used chicken (was open in the frig)
For a salty flavor I added a bit of soy sauce (I didn't add any salt to recipe)
For balance, I added a squeeze of honey to the dish.
My fresh cilantro wasn't viable any longer so I used dried cilantro (I don't have any coriander)

Peanut butter chickpea curry - just a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter adds so much flavour to this easy curry recipe!
My dish looked very similar to this but alas I didn't have any light to obtain a good one myself.
Thanks to for sharing the recipe and picture!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Menu Plan Monday 8/18/14

Seriously ya'll...I have got to get a handle on this eating thing!  I haven't cooked much at all for this entire last week or truthfully, this whole summer.  I could go on and on about the excuses/reasons why.....but really does it matter? I have to suck it up and figure it out.  School is starting again this week and I am so getting cooking organized.  I'm going to spend the weekend cleaning out my frig and freezer and then I'm chopping veggies, lettuce, and prepping meats for the week.  Since my vegetable intake has been lacking, I'm going to grill up some chicken breasts and add them to salads for my weekly lunches.  I think that since boosting my probiotic level is working on some level, I will continue my twice daily yogurt intake.  However, I'll be using the plain kind with some yummy fruity/berry topping I've made with a lot less sugar than those individual servings bought at the store.  I have lots of glass containers so I'm planning to portion everything on Sunday so I'll be able to throw one in my lunch box without any trouble or hmmm hmmm (clearing my throat) excuses.

Here I go again...........
That's my niece...but I think her face says it all.

Peanut butter chickpea curry - just a couple of spoonfuls of peanut butter adds so much flavour to this easy curry recipe!
(lots and lots of veggies)
(making extra rice for an easy coconut rice pudding)
To Do:  Put chicken in marinade

Grilled Chicken Salad
Corn Muffins
To Do:  Nothing off tomorrow

Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Homemade Tartar Sauce
Fresh Green Beans
To Do:  Make Burgers

Spicy Burgers with Sharp Cheddar and Chunky Blue Cheese Aioli
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Frozen Mixed Veggies
(Boy #2 Request)
To Do:  Nothing, tomorrow is Friday!


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