Sunday, June 25, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 6/26/17


Adding blackberries and White Peach Balsamic/Wild Fernleaf Dill Olive Oil {equal parts} Dressing took this simple spinach salad to the next level.

Being a fan of all things citrus and tangy, this recipe makes my top five for taste and convenience.  I used a rotisserie chicken that I purchased and removed from the bone on Sunday to make a quick Tuesday night meal.  The cilantro-lime rice was bypassed in favor of Trader Joes' Organic Frozen Jasmine Rice because I was feeling a tad worn out from the day.  Three minutes on high in the microwave and voila, side dish done.  The only thing missing is my "required for a real meal" green.  I made up for missing my vegetables with lunch the next day by eating a repeat spinach salad.

Spaghetti with Pumpkin Chipotle Sauce
Toast with butter that is obviously still too cold to spread.
The meat in this sauce is ground chicken that I purchased at a really good price, so good in fact, that I bought seven {yes, I know I'm only cooking regularly for two} packages.  I have become a huge fan of this particular brand of ground chicken which works nicely anywhere you might have used ground beef.

Peach Halves with Whipped Cream Cheese and Sliced Strawberries


**Grilled Sirloin Steak, Pearled Couscous, Skillet Green Beans, Quick Rolls

**Curried Chicken Bits, Basmati Rice, Sugar Snap Peas

**Asian Stuffed Peppers, Steamed Broccoli

**Hacienda Hash Brown Casserole {make half}, Whole Wheat Toast

**Baked Nectarine Chicken Salad, Spinach Salad


I didn't make any of the other items {besides what is pictured} planned so next week's menu must look pretty familiar if you just so happened to stumble on my last post.  I had forgotten that Ty was house sitting for his brother so I had plenty of leftovers to round out my nightly meals.  The best thing though, is that I have all of the ingredients required to make what I had planned without heading to the store.

Have a great week πŸ˜ƒ

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 6/19/17

Spinach Salad 

This week, unlike last week, and the week before, for that matter, will include side dishes and reminders to make each meal go off without a hitch.  A lofty goal you might think?  Yeh, me too.
However, this methodology was quite successful in my not so distant I'm running with what I know works.   It just takes me so long.  Waaa....

Whatever, whining won't write this post.  Have a great week!

My only complete meal after Monday.  I ate a pork chop all by itself, baked tacos, and an individual homemade pizza for the rest of the week.  Can you see why I need to plan my meals more carefully?  Oh, and the corn pictured above was absolutely delicious.  Five ears of fresh corn sliced off and cooked in a cast iron skillet with two tablespoons of butter, chopped onion, and orange bell pepper with lots of salt and pepper is now my go to recipe for this summertime staple.  I was thinking of adding a sprinkle of cilantro and a squeeze of lime but, I was ready to eat.  I'm sure those two ingredients would have catapulted this simple dish to an extraordinary one. 


Chicken Macaroni Salad {I'm using canned chicken instead of tuna}, Green Salad

 Grilled Sirloin Steak, Pearled Couscous, Skillet Green Beans

Spaghetti {crockpot}, Green Salad, Quick Rolls

Curried Chicken Bits, Basmati Rice, Steamed Sugar Snap Peas

Spicy Sausage Pasta, Corn, Buttered Bread

Cuban Style Crispy Chicken {$5 Earthfare Rotisserie Chicken}, Black Beans, Chopped Avocado, Chopped Lettuce, Tomato and Onion, Cilantro Lime Rice

If all else fails, I made six individual sandwiches to be baked with shaved deli meat, cheese, and garlic butter.  Pita chips with Hummus will round out this "I can't be bothered to cook" meal.


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 6/12/17

I have no new pictures to post for this menu plan.  Combining a nasty twenty four hour bug with cooking new recipes, or any recipes for that matter, is no bueno.  Carbohydrates for the win.  Crackers and toast rule!
I broke my shopping fast after I was feeling better and got a few things that were on sale for easy weeknight dinners.  I am moving a couple meals forward from last week that I didn't obviously get to and keeping the other nights simple.

Made on Sunday

Freezer Meal

Bacon Wrapped Chili Dogs- This recipe wraps hot dogs in bacon, then tops them off with chili, onions and cheese. It's a bacon lovers dream come true. #sponsored #boldbacon @Tysontweets @Walmart

Using the brine portion of the recipe.

**Chicken and Cheese Ravioli with Steamed Vegetables

The frig is stocked, and if we don't feel like cooking, there are plenty of options at our fingertips this week.  After scrounging around for things to pack in my lunch last week {that I could stomach}, I am thrilled to have choices.  Have a great week 😊

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 6/5/17

This week I have no new pictures for last week's dinners, 'cause,  well I just don't.  Old pictures will have to do in this particular situation that I'm certain bothers no one but me.

**Barbeque Pork topped Baked Potato

New shoes that I'm in serious like with 😍


**Spicy Southwest Grilled Chicken
My go to marinade recipes.

**Vegetable Potstickers

**Portobello Mushroom Ravioli.
Melted butter and a bit of parmesan cheese made for an easy sauce.

**Sliced Spicy Southwest Chicken over Slaw Salad

**One pan meal:  Chicken Thighs and Basmati Rice.
I used this as a starting point and made significant changes, but it is definitely a keeper.  My version is almost a non recipe.

Fresh Cilantro and Lime...two of my favorite ingredients.

**Korean Beef/Chicken

**Homemade Pizza

**Crispy Baked Peanut Tofu with Cauliflower Rice

I'm not sure what else I'll be making this week due to my work schedule, but I know for sure things will be fairly simple.  Rain and thunderstorms are predicted, so inside cooking is a must.  Even grilling under cover on my back porch means getting wet and besides, I'm now out of propane, oh yeah and foil.
I need to do a little shopping but my thrifty self is keeping me out of the stores right now.  What can I say?  I have a thing for grocery shopping and a very real possibility of spending too much every time I go.  The struggle is real y'all.

Have a great week!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Menu Plan Monday-Memorial Day Edition 5/29/17

Last week, I was on my own in the eating department for the most part.  Ty left town early Wednesday morning {like I dropped him at the airport two hours before his flight, 5am...and It takes two hours to get to the airport😲} to spend a long weekend with his grandparents in Charlotte, NC.  That didn't stop me from cooking or eating for that matter....I just had significantly more leftovers πŸ˜‰


Not as pretty as my normal dish, but quite tasty!

Baked Eggrolls
I really need to post my recipe for these "better for you" eggrolls.  They are delicious and freeze like a dream.

This method for preparing artichokes is so simple.
It is the easiest I've ever done.
Finish them on the grill with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Dijon Marinated Chicken breasts are a family favorite.  I defrost the chicken in the marinade and then grill.  Easy peasy.

**Slow Cooker Citrus Pulled Pork 

**Mushroom Ravioli with Bechamel and Sauteed Fresh Mushrooms, maybe even use this mushroom cream sauce

**Taco Salad or Taco Topped Baked Potatoes {using ground chicken} with Green Salad

**Curried Chicken Bits with Basmati Rice

**In-N-Out Copycat Burgers with leftover potatoes

Have a great week!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 5/22/17

I remember when I was in high school and the weekend couldn't come soon enough.  I know I started planning the next two day adventure before the one I was living in was over.
Fast forward a few πŸ˜‰ years and Friday night has a slightly different meaning.  I'm excited to have a chance to be a little creative in the kitchen and complete a "To Do" list without worrying about the week day check off list that seems to consume me.  I can read...or do some self care...whatever I want.  Knowing that I can slip on a really comfy outfit, let my hair air dry, and wear as much or as little makeup as the situation warrants, makes those two weekend days the "best ever" days.  Over the last month, commitments and obligations interfered with my normal weekend flow.  However, these last two days were exactly what I imagine when I'm planning out my perfect weekend.
I successfully shopped, cooked, and made a few things for the freezer.  I bribed Ty to plant a couple of new plants and, bonus, he pulled a few weeds.  I went to the Farmer's market and got my car washed.  I even ironed eight uniforms!  Those eight uniforms will get me through the next two work weeks with some options to spare.  I'll be off a few days around Memorial Day so I don't need as many.  

I made nothing of consequence and I don't think I even consulted my menu.  
Earthfare salad.  I especially like the Gigandes Beans that are found on the olive bar.  Napa Chicken Salad was the deli special this week, so I ate a fair amount of that too in my second consecutive week of not cooking.


**Eggplant Stacks

Garlic Bread using this beautiful bread and this garlic butter.
**Meat Sauce with Bucatini

and...wait for it...SHAKE AND BAKE chicken!
(Ty's request)

Parmesan Crispy PotatoesI am making these again..they are so simple and delicious.  

Have a fantastic week.
Happy Monday!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Menu Plan Monday 5/15/17

Good Morning, confession time here.  Last week, our meal plan fell to the wayside.  I worked more than I would have liked, and prepped less than I should have.  With that being said though..we ate at home each and every night.  Not as healthy or fresh as I would have liked, but homemade which in my book is 100% better than grabbing unplanned fast food.
Since I didn't get to shop for this upcoming week either, this week's plan will prove to be interesting to say the least.
Leftover Pork Nachos--from the pork tenderloin I had in the freezer

Oh look...more nachos {boy request} from taco meat I had in the freezer. 

I don't have any other pictures from things I made last week but like I said, we made do and pulled things out of the frig and freezer.  
This upcoming week, yet again, I'll be using things that we already have out of the freezer and making do when it comes to dinner.  Here are my ideas for things that work in a pinch when you are short on time and motivation.
Quiche using Hashbrowns as the crust
Scrambled Eggs with Spinach and Feta and Homemade Turkey Sausage {freezer}

I'm hoping things will be settled enough so that next weekend I'll be able to prep vegetables like I normally do, but until then, we will have to settle for a few quick and easy things to get us through. Now, I'm not guaranteeing that there isn't a Rotisserie chicken in my future from Earthfare...anything to make dinner easy with minimal prep work is all me this week.

Have a great day, and HAPPY MONDAY!

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