So last week I did pretty well. We went 10 nights in a row with home cooked meals. I am finding it really therapeutic to some of the stresses in life right now.
I figured out what I think might have been part of the issue in getting it on the table but the true test will be next week when school begins. The issue I think was planning and getting the grocery shopping done first thing on Saturday. I would usually go after work a few times a week that I just dreaded or would leave it till Sunday night and again it just didn’t happen. So far so good and the fridge is packed with good stuff for the week.
Here is a summary of last week with recipes and the highlights!
Sunday- Creamy Parmesan Tomato Soup with turkey burgers…was supposed to be grilled cheese but TB accidentally took out the wrong burgers Sat night so we had to substitute. This soup was in the slow cooker all day and was amazing!!! We actually are going to have the rest of it this week with grilled cheese! From 365 days of slow cooking, recipe: http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2012/10/slow-cooker-tomato-basil-parmesan-soup.html
Monday- Bowtie chicken ceasar salad from the Girl Who Ate Everything. Recipe: http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2010/04/bowtie-chicken-caesar-salad.html. It was quite yummy and TB and I both enjoyed a little switch up by adding the pasta to the salad.
Tuesday- Skinny Turkey Ranch Club…another winner just would switch out the american cheese for cheddar cheese, but we had the american in the fridge for the grilled cheeses. From Skinny Moms Kitchen recipe: http://www.skinnymomskitchen.com/2012/01/30/turkey-ranch-club-wrap/
Wednesday- I had dinner on the menu but our neighbor surprised us with some home cooking that she had left over. It was delicious!
Thursday- I made honey lime skewers with rice. The marinate was amazing and TB said it might be the best chicken he has every had. We will be doing this one again soon! From Kitchen meets girl, recipe: http://kitchenmeetsgirl.com/main-dishes/honey-lime-chicken-skewers/
Friday night we went out for Wings. TB and I both had a craving and the new BW3 opened up so we had an excuse.
Saturday night was MB’s first night home and her choice! Steak. Salmon. Rice. Asparagus with some Ghirradeli chocolate cookies made for desert. Really can’t go wrong with that. I did wrap some of the asparagus in proscuitto since we had some left over from the meal I didn’t make on Wed.
All in all no “bad meals” this week!
Hope I can keep it up this week!
It’s back to school time which means back to the kitchen and meal planning! Hoping to be more successful this year.
So far since we got back from Hawaii I have cooked every night! (Crazy I know!)
The first night I just made some spaghetti with spicy tomato sausage sauce…just using what I had leftover from our house sitters in the fridge.
Thursday night I was craving nachos so that was what was on deck. Simple ground beef, cheese, and homemade guac. Craving met!
Friday night it was summer BBQ night….BBQ chicken with bacon and provolone cheese, grilled corn, and a garden salad!
Saturday night I tried a new recipe from Bobby Flay. Poblano Chile cheese burgers and Crunchy Avocado Salad. Both were winner recipes. However I will forewarn if you wear contacts take them out before peeling the peppers…BURN!!
Now off to meal plan next week!
So we are out running errands and last-minute have some friends coming over that in our in town from Texas.
We just happened to be going to the grocery store next. So I pull up my pinterest board on my iPhone. Grab 2 ideas and send the crew around the store to get supplies.
Then we got home and were cleaning up and getting through our chores, the next thing I know it the guests should be arriving in 15min.
So I can say that these dips were quick to put together and they were delicious. So good in fact we saved the avocado dip to put on top of our chicken with dinner.
I was moving so fast that I didn’t take any pictures but I will share the ones from the sites that developed the greatness!
The first one was from Love and Olive Oil, Watermelon Blueberry Salsa. It has a kick to it as I left the seeds in from the jalapeño but everyone loved it. Your reaction might be like TBs when I mentioned it- he couldn’t visualize it or think about how the tastes would go together but yum yum yum.
The next one made me just happy as it had my favorite greek yogurt my protein fix for any dip!
Two Peas & Their Pod’s Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip. So easy and so yummy. After our friends left I put this back in the fridge and smothered it on top of my chicken breast tonight. So so good!
I am definitely adding these blogs to my to- read list!
Well this weekend we were supposed to be running in the San Diego half marathon but about a month ago (or maybe longer) I decided this race was not going to happen. At first I thought about walking/running it. Then I said you know if I am not going to really make it competitive do I want to get up so early and “be smart” with my eating for race prep.
We have been going so fast and so hard that the thought of really just having a weekend away with no agenda was just too good to pass up. So no race for me, didn’t even pick up our packets.
Instead we enjoyed some drinks, jazz music and dinner at Jim Croce widow’s restaurants. I had an amazing kale salad the chicken was ok, TB had an ok steak but amazing gouda mashed potatoes and the chocolate soufflé was delicious.
Then Saturday morning we woke up and took a long walk around town…then found a corner Starbucks and enjoyed coffee while people watching. We sat there till our coffee was done- I can’t remember when I last actually sat down and finished a cup of coffee without interruption. And watching we did…dogs driving cars was just one of the highlights. We did a little shopping and then had street tacos for lunch…. then we headed back to the hotel and TB took a long nap and Indy and I walked down to the marina and enjoyed the ocean breeze.
Saturday night we cleaned up and went to the Strip Club…where you cook your own steak. TB did a good job 🙂 It was a fun little concept and we had a great outside table. We had to pick up some postcards for MB and then I decided since I had broken down and had dessert on Friday night we might as well make it a twofer. We stopped at this gelato place I had been eying called Chocolat. We shared a small scoop of dark chocolate gelato. It was amazing…think a glass of Merlot and a creamy spoon of dark chocolate moose. Heaven. And the night was over.
Sunday we made another run to Starbucks and this time watched all the runners going by. My first race on the sidelines. I was surprised I wasn’t feeling guilty I wasn’t out there, I didn’t have any regret. I needed the other type of weekend more than I needed the running kind. We then headed back to the hotel before 8am and packed up and headed to La Jolla.
We drove along the shore and then once again with the handy Yelp app I found a place for breakfast. We got a table outside all setup with a dog bowl and water dish for Indy. We enjoyed our cappuccino and waited for our breakfast. It took awhile for the food to come out but we didn’t mind…and it was so worth the wait. As TB said- it was the best breakfast he had ever had. Every bite was amazing. Fresh. Cooked perfectly. What a perfect ending to a perfect weekend. I think next tim we might stay in La Jolla. Just spending a few hours there and my inner beach girl was scream for more. I will always be a beach bum at heart.
Well tonight I tried something new and it was a great spring meal we got to enjoy outside in the great Scottsdale spring weather.
After doing a quick search for salmon recipes last night I landed on the food network. The recipe seemed simple and sweet. A little fresh cilantro, some ginger, soy, and honey. I paired it with some pine nut couscous and edamame. There wasn’t a bite left on the plates.
To finish the spring theme I treated the family to fresh raspberries, pound cake, whip cream, and chocolate sauce.
Happy bellies. Healthily eats. Now we head to the hot tub!
honey soy salmon via the foodnetwork
So you might have noticed that we missed the last week.
TB is traveling and with the whole house remodel it just got a little too crazy to cook for just the 2 of us. So we kept it easy.
Only tackling 2 nights this week before TB heads off again and then I have to gear up for the our half marathon and our first trip to Disneyland!
Tonight I made this quick and easy beef and broccoli that lead to clean plates and seconds…yummy and healthy too.
Tomorrow night I am making a new recipe for white chicken enchiladas..in order to shorten the prep time I made the shredded chicken Sunday night. It turned out amazing (2nd photo)…I keep sampling it. Can’t wait to make the enchiladas and I love the idea of having this shredded chicken in the freezer for easy nachos or quesadillas.
Well I am bound to disappoint at this point.
Last week’s home cooking was a success. Everything on the menu was a hit and I have to say I am super surprised to see even MB cleaning her plate on every meal. Even the buffalo chicken chili tonight she licked the bowl clean.
I totally recommend the Slim and Scrumptious cookbook. It’s all kid tested and so far my kid approves. We had crispy kale. Tonight’s chili was full of carrots, celery, tomato juice, and chicken….and next up with have acorn squash on the menu.
The only downside is my grocery shopping is taking an hour…partly as I am going around and around in the produce department looking for veggies I have never bought before. I guess there can be worse downsides.
So what is on deck this week.
Monday- Sesame Chicken Strips with Salad from the S&S cookbook
Tuesday- Hearty Taco Casserole
Wednesday is Chipotle Family night for school fundraiser
Thursday- French Dip sandwiches with Roasted Squash
The weekend not planning on any cooking. I have to fly to Ohio and back on Friday. Saturday my girlfriend is in town and we will be fueling for our half on Sunday…but I still got in my 3 nights of cooking.
What is going to be interesting is after this week TB is gone…so will I keep up the 3 nights of cooking when it’s just MB and I????
Well this is my new years resolution. To cook more at home and try more new recipes….with lots of veggies for the fam. So we have a 50 week challenge for myself- taking a few weeks off for vacations.
As I am such a planner for everything in my life shouldn’t be too hard to plan out the weekly meals, but it just the one thing that always seems to fall through the cracks.
So the goal is to attempt to really cook- not just prepare :)…3 meals a week. And I have started off day 1 on the right track and hit the grocery store and got everything for the week ahead- this is where I have always failed 🙂
Here is Week 1:
Monday- Seared Chicken Tomatillo-Avocado Salad thanks you Shrinking Jeans
Tuesday- Madison’s cooking from her new cookbook from William Sonoma. Fettucine Alfredo with Cesar Salad
Wed- free night
Thursday- Cobb Salad
Friday- free night
Saturday- free night
Sunday- Buffalo Chicken Chili from our Slim & Scrumptious cookbook
Will let you know what are winners in our house next week.
Well I know most people are cleaning out all the sweets from their kitchen to prepare for New Year’s resolutions…instead MB and I decided to bake today.
We got a stockpile of Macadamia nuts from our new neighbor who lives in Hawaii….what are we to do but make White Chocolate Macadamia cookies.
I have never made them before so this was a first….in the effort to not have a million cookies leftover we made one tray for the oven and froze the rest of the dough. Which may or not be a good idea, the cookie dough was just as delicious as the cookies.
So if you are ever in the mood or find yourself with lots of macadamia nuts…here is a recipe I got from Whipped the Blog that I totally recommend. So simple other than measuring out the ingredients MB did it all.
White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies (recipe and photo from Whipped- The Blog)
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
10 ounces white chocolate (chips or bars cut in chunks)
1 cup macadamia nuts, chopped into chunks
Heat oven to 375 F. In large bowl, beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, and salt with electric mixer until creamy. Add eggs, beat well. Stir together flour, and the baking soda; gradually add to butter mixture,beating until well blended. Stir in white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts. Drop by rounded teaspoons onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until set. (Edges are golden brown and center is set.) Cool slightly, remove from cookie sheet to wire rack to cool completely.
We headed to Tucson today for Shrek the musical.
Shrek was awesome. Mb was on the edge of her seat and there were lots of giggles by all of us. They brought the humor to the Musical in true Shrek fashion.
Donkey was great and the King F was played on his knees, a feat in itself.
So worth the drive.
Mb loves going to theatre. Getting dressed up. I always use my powder brush on her face for that extra special touch.
We arrived to Tucson in time for a quick Starbucks (which kept Tb awake through the show) and then afterwards it was time to get some local flavor.
We did a quick google search for Tucson and food network and found a burger dive. Featured on man vs. food home of the 12 paddy burger challenge.
I smiled as the three of us all dressed up walk down the street of the “hippie” district into this burger dive and dug into some delicious burgers. They were out of fries or we would of enjoyed some smothered in ranch and bacon. Lindys on Fourth. Try it if you can.