Monday, March 20, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 3/20/17

Corned Beef

I'm keeping this short and sweet this week and including sides so that I will have to make a conscious decision to not eat the planned vegetables.  I'm using a bit of Mom guilt on myself 😂

Have a great Monday and an even better week!

SUNDAY-Corned Beef, Sauteed Cabbage, Mashed Potatoes

MONDAY-Korean Chicken, Baked Rice {or maybe leftover corned beef made in to hash, over medium eggs, and Rye toast with butter}

I went with the leftover hash...almost better than the original

TUESDAY-Grilled Chicken {I'm doing the Dijon...but they are all good}, Roasted Carrots, Scalloped Potatoes

WEDNESDAY-Leftovers/Grilled Sandwiches, Hummus and Carrots or Chips

THURSDAY-Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Yellow Rice, Green Beans

FRIDAY-Macaroni and Cheese {Granny's version that I have never posted a recipe for}, Lima Beans, leftover Pork

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 3/13/17

Waaaaa...I'm late in posting my menu mainly because lately, I'm just behind on everything.  Laziness, lack of ambition, lack of appetite, I have all the excuses but in all honesty, no good reasons.

I haven't shopped for food now for almost two weeks and our supply of homemade convenience foods is at an all time low.  Just ask the kid that lives with me.  "Mom, there is nothing to eat here" to which I reply..."You know, you just have to turn on the stove, honey" {of course, I'm using the sweetest nurse voice I can muster}  But because I'm a Mom and I'm nice like that, I plan on making some freezer quick fix items over the next weekend.

Anyway, on to my dinner plans for this week...even though my true feelings are to scrap it all and eat restaurant food for the week.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites
Deep Dish Taco Squares
Corned Beef with Rye Bread and Swiss Cheese
Easy Bacon Cheeseburger Soup
Eating out

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 3/6/17

Okra and Snap Peas

Last week, I unexpectedly took some time off from work and while I didn't have much time for planning fun activities.....that extra time allowed me to cook a few things from my menu that required a little more labor that what I usually like to do on a weeknight.  I had every intention of making this recipe, but after having a very disappointing restaurant meal on Monday night, I added this comfort meal to my crock pot so I could have something I truly liked for dinner. 

Our weather cooled off just enough to make Stuffed Pepper/Popper Soup

 I used Trader Joe's soy chorizo and then on Ty's insistence added the whole browned amount in the pot.  The end result was too thick to be called soup after I used my immersion blender for the lentils and added the entire package of browned soy chorizo.  This mixture produced a hearty sauce that has a subtle, sweet/smoky undertone from the smoked paprika.  The lentils combined with the chorizo made the texture exactly what you would expect from a meaty bolognese.  I used chicken stock for the liquid but vegetable stock could be substituted to make this meal entirely vegetarian.

Using some of the leftover sauce, I made 
Eggplant Parmesan Stacks with Bucatini

This is Ty's creation/version of a Ramen bowl and of course with the Sriracha...always with the burn your face off Sriracha.  I wasn't always a wimp with heat, I guess I had developed a tolerance, which is now gone.  Guess I can't take fiery anymore.

I made peanut butter chip brownies and completely forgot to take a picture of them.  I bought a 16 oz bag of Reese's peanut butter baking mini chips for a song at an Ollie's store.  Now I want to bake just so I can throw them in the batter.   I am crushing on anything peanut butter right now!  

I'm back at work today, grumpy and slightly depressed 😩, at least my menu makes me smile.

Here's what's on our menu this week:

Parmesan Tilapia with Oven Baked Fries
Peanutty Chicken probably using PB2

{I'm cooking mine in the oven, sliced without the peel and wrapped up in foil}

That's all, simple easy and using the grill since our weather has been beautiful...although, a little windy.  

Have a great week, and Happy Monday!

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 2/27/16

Last week, I didn't get to make many veggies since I didn't cook much.  I had a busy, busy week and cooking was low on my priority list. Farmer's market finds are sitting in my frig and they have to be cooked this week.  I hate to waste food, especially locally grown fresh vegetables.  Bottom line, I'll be chopping, roasting, sauteing, and whatever other method I come up with, to cook said vegetables.  At least there won't be any shortage of brightly colored items on our plates.

I'm adding some carrots and green beans to all of these below.

I cooked the cubanelle peppers but still have the poblanos and half of the bell peppers

With all of this fresh produce available, deciding on a side dish won't be difficult at all 😊

In no particular order, our main dish meal plan for the week:

Split Pea Soup with Ham

Queso Fundido-with Soy Chorizo

Beef Tips {new}

I'm hoping to make Old Fashioned White Bread  in my bread machine and Peanut Butter Poke Cake Brownies for Wednesday when my son and his fiancee come over for dinner.  Great excuse for bread and dessert.

Have a great week and Happy Monday!

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Stuffed Pepper/Popper Soup Review

Yep, yep, yep.  This recipe is a winner.  Just like the author of the original post, I'm not a big fan of soup.  However, this soup is dee-licious 🙌
I even made this a tad bit lighter by using my own homemade turkey Italian sausage and Neufchatel cream cheese.  Homemade chicken stock allowed me to control the amount of salt especially since the Parmesan cheese already has its fair share.  The only ingredient I didn't add was the Thyme.  I even had some fresh in my frig, but Ty doesn't care for the flavor much so I left it out.  
I'll be making this one again!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 2/20/17

Farmer's Market Finds
Sourdough Sesame Bread

Brussel Sprouts
{never, ever have I bought them on the stem}

{I cut them before I took a pic}

Three kinds of Peppers
{Poblano, Cubanelle, and Red and Yellow Bell}

Fresh Okra

Goat Milk Cheesecakes

Raw Milk Cheese

My son surprised me and went to the Farmer's Market this past weekend with me.  Needless to say, we got a little carried away buying fresh produce, raw milk cheese, local honey, and individual goat's milk cheesecakes.  There was a such a variety, we were inspired....or we might have been hungry?

Our meals this week, will be packed with fresh, local produce.  Good thing since bathing suit season will be here before we know it!

In no particular order...

Green Thai Curry Chicken-Just a reference, I make it up as I go along
Stuffed Banana Pepper Soup-{new}
Parmesan Crusted Tilapia
Lentil Tacos or Nachos
Juicy Lucy Burgers

Sunshine and Flowers, and by the way...have a Happy Monday!

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 2/13/17

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My plan last week was not a bust per se, but I didn't make many of my planned meals despite attempting to account for the unknown.  Oh well, I still have all of the ingredients for great meals and only need to supplement fresh vegetables and lunch items eg:  yogurt, fruit, and easily accessible protein.  That means my post this week will be just a tad bit redundant with the exception of a special Valentine's Day Dinner for Ty and myself just because!

This Grilled Chicken or This one {if I use chicken breasts}

Chicken Parmesan {using the cutlet recipe} or this easy version Chicken Parmesan
Buttered Noodles or Baked Rice
Green Beans
Chocolate Cake with this frosting
Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Baked Ham
{unexpected deal from Aldi, will yield a few bags for the freezer too!}

I will probably make some of these {the ones at the bottom of the post that I didn't get to before} recipes this week, depending on the busy-ness of my work schedule.  I have bunches of options to choose from since I went with a friend to Trader Joe's this past weekend and stumbled upon a brand new Aldi almost next door to one another.  Next week's shopping list will be pretty slim since apparently I have no impulse control when shopping for food.

Have a great week and happy cooking.

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