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Recap Week of 11/5/12

LOVING this November weather, but not loving that Husband now has the flu.  Could we just have a bit of a break between illnesses, please?  So, if anyone has some positive energy out there to send our way, it would certainly be appreciated.  I’m also hoping that he’s got a strain included in this year’s vaccine, since both Boog and I have been vaccinated.  Just in case, he still has to maintain a 2 ft minimum perimeter at all times.  Just kidding…sort of.

Anyway, he seemed happy with the dinners all week….but maybe that was just because he can’t really taste anything?  Hmm…

Monday, 11/5: Oh-Honey-Honey Boneless BBQ Wings with sweet potato fries

What we having? Chicken nuggets and french fries.  Win!  Husband loved these.  I think I put a in more Frank’s than last time, because Boog said they were spicy.  But she seems okay with a little extra spice, as long as she has a big glass of milk.

Tuesday, 11/6: Southwest Chicken Chowder

The picture makes it seem like it’s more watery than it was.  I opted out of the chipotle peppers, but had planned to add a little chipotle pepper powder.  However, I forgot.  So, this was really mild.  I think that part disappointed Husband, but Boog ate her entire bowl, except the onions and most of the red peppers.  I say it’s a keeper…and a safe slow cooker recipe.

Wednesday, 11/7: Potato and Pea Frittata from Peri’s Spice Ladle

This is so yummy and relatively simple!  The first time I made it, I sliced my potatoes and had these really large, hard to handle slices.  (I failed to look at the pictures provided on the blog the first time…oops!) With that, and my general tendency to be impatient, I ended up have some potatoes that were still a bit crunchy.  But this time… I used the mandolin to cut the potatoes french fry style, which made them easier to handle in the pan, and it cooked a little faster.  So, I got to really experience this dish as it’s supposed to be, I think.  Loved it!  Husband loved it!  Boog loved it! Though, for her, I called it eggs, french fries, and peas.  She declared that she liked peas, so it’s a win, no matter the name.

Thursday, 11/8: Beef and Bean Taco Salad

Simple and delicious! I made some modifications…let’s see.  I used ground turkey breast instead of beef.  I cooked the red onion with the turkey breast.  The onion was super pungent and I couldn’t handle it anymore!  I bought a 4-pk of Wholly Guacamole at Costco last weekend, so we had that instead of a fresh avocado.  I used some leftover baked tostada shells hanging around the house instead of tortilla strips.  It was really tasty, and Boog ate quite a bit of the meat/bean mixture.  And all of the “chips”, of course.

Friday, 11/9: Peanut Noodles with Edamame

 

Ok, yum!  I made the sauce in the blender the night before, popped the whole blender into the refrigerator overnight and just whirred it up while I cooked the rest.  This was seriously tasty and everyone raved.  Boog was covered in peanut sauce by the time dinner was over, which is always considered a compliment to the chef in my book.  This reminds me of a Publix recipe that I used to make, but this was much easier.  I included the chicken, but I think next time, I would either omit it, or have cooked, shredded chicken to just throw in, to make it an even easier meal.


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Menu – Week of 11/5/12

Can you believe it’s NOVEMBER, already?  This is the time of year when we blink and it’s going to be a new year and we’ll all wonder how we missed the last three months.  Personally, I’m just hoping to get through this Tuesday.  Living in a swing state, I’m really over the calls, the knocks on the door, the ads on my TV, facebook, Pandora…they’re everywhere!  Way scarier than Halloween in my opinion.

MENU:

Monday: Oh-Honey-Honey Boneless BBQ Wings with sweet potato fries

Tuesday: Southwest Chicken Chowder

Wednesday: Potato and Pea Frittata

Thursday: Beef and Bean Taco Salad (made with ground turkey breast)

Friday: Peanut Noodles with Edamame

GROCERIES:

I have to buy:

  • chicken broth
  • black beans
  • cream corn
  • red bell pepper
  • cilantro
  • potatoes
  • frozen peas
  • ginger
  • eggs
  • milk
  • cheddar cheese
  • ground turkey breast
  • pinto beans
  • salsa
  • shredded lettuce
  • avocado
  • tomato
  • red onion
  • tortilla strips
  • edamame
  • snow peas
  • cabbage
  • peanuts

I already have on hand:

  • flour
  • salt and pepper
  • chicken
  • Egg Beaters
  • BBQ sauce
  • honey
  • Frank’s RedHot (from last week’s chili)
  • garlic powder
  • sweet potato fries
  • onion
  • milk
  • cumin
  • mashed potato flakes
  • sour cream
  • turmeric
  • chili powder
  • lime juice
  • spaghetti
  • peanut butter
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce
  • brown sugar
  • sesame oil

PREP PLAN:

Sunday:

  • Organize the RR cabinet
  • Get the chicken out of the freezer
  • Dice chicken for “wings” and the peanut noodles
  • Dice bell pepper for the chowder

Monday:

After work: Assemble and bake the BBQ wings and sweet potato fries.

Tuesday:

Before work: Throw everything in the crock pot.

After work Add the final touches to the chicken chowder.

Late night: Slice the potatoes for the frittata.

Wednesday:

After work: Prep the frittata.

Late night: Make a bunch of zucchini muffins for a bake sale at work.

Thursday:

After work: Make the “beef” and bean taco salad.

Friday:

After work: Make the peanut noodles with edamame.

Enjoy~


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Recap Week of 10/29/12

Happy Halloween!  I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday!  We did, my little garden gnome has been all candy-crazed since Halloween for sure.  Now I remember why she doesn’t get sweets a whole lot…

Other than all of the candy, we had a great food week:

Monday, 10/29: Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash

It was tasty and pretty easy.  I told Boog we were having “Spaghetti Boats” for dinner and she ate it right up.

Tuesday, 10/30: Buffalo Chicken Chili

This was pretty easy made in the crock pot.  LOVED it!  Husband raved and had to take leftovers to his buddy at the shop.  Boog asked, “What’s this?  Is it a carrot?  Mmm, I like carrots.”  She asked for more carrots and more beans.  What?!?  This is a definite winner in my house, and the only prep was to chop some veggies the night before.

Wednesday, 10/31: HALLOWEEN! Creamy Chipotle Chicken

Husband was wound up about this one too.  While it was pretty tasty, I might keep some of this on hand in a bind, but probably won’t keep the Campbell’s skillet sauces in a normal rotation.  It’s a prepackaged sauce so the stats (read: SODIUM!) are a bit horrendous.

Thursday, 11/1: Crowd Pleasing Vegetable Casserole

Ok, I get that this is definitely not a “virtuous” recipe, but anything that gets my two-year old to hork down an entire bowl of vegetables can’t be all bad, right?  Seriously, this was delicious…with no prep…and less than an hour of bake time.  Yeah.  Winner Winner Vegetable Dinner.

Friday, 11/2: Chili Mac (made with our leftover Doc’s Chili)

I know, I took super healthy chili and dumped it over carbs and added cheese on top.  But it was good.  And at least I started with healthy chili…?  Again, a hit with the Boog, but it’s “skyettee” so how could it not be.  My favorite thing about this is that the preparation was already done.

In other news, the fever is gone, but I’m still feeling a little wiped out.  So, this will be the new format for the foreseeable future, unless I get struck by some extra energy and amazing words come to me…but probably not 🙂


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Menu – Week of 10/29/12

Here’s the plan, but we’ll see what the week brings us!  Happy Halloween!

MENU:

Monday: Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash 

Tuesday: Buffalo Chicken Chili

Wednesday: Creamy Chipotle Chicken (Campbell’s Skillet Sauce) over rice 

Thursday: Crowd Pleasing Vegetable Casserole

Friday: Chili Mac (made with our leftover Doc’s Chili)

GROCERIES:

I have to buy:

  • spaghetti squash
  • tomato bisque
  • Laughing Cow wedges
  • basil
  • mozzarella cheese
  • cannellini beans
  • celery
  • Frank’s Red Hot
  • blue cheese
  • cream of mushroom soup
  • sour cream
  • frozen vegetables
  • french fried onions

I already have on hand:

  • garlic
  • onion
  • Italian seasoning
  • black pepper
  • frozen spinach
  • chicken
  • salt
  • chicken broth
  • carrots
  • onion
  • garlic
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • frozen pepper/onion mix
  • rice
  • Campbell’s Skillet Sauce Creamy Chipotle w/ Roasted Corn & Black Beans
  • spaghetti

 

PREP PLAN:

Sunday:

  • Organize the RR cabinet.
  • Pull chicken and chili out of the freezer.
  • “Once-bake” the spaghetti squash and get it ready for the “twice-bake” part.

Monday:

After work: “Twice-bake” the spaghetti squash.

Late night: Chop the celery, carrots, and onion for the chili.

Tuesday:

Before work Put ingredients in the crock pot.

After work: Put the finishing touches on the chili.

Late night: Dice chicken for the skillet.

Wednesday:

After work: Cook the chicken with a frozen pepper/onion blend and the skillet sauce.  Heat rice in the microwave.  Trick or Treat!

Thursday:

After work: Assemble the casserole and bake.

Friday:

After work: Cook the spaghetti and re-heat the chili.

Enjoy~


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No, I Would Not Like a Poblano Pepper Facial, Thank You

You may notice that this dish does not look like the Mexican Stuffed Poblano Peppers that I planned to make. Here are the reasons, and the path my thoughts took, to explain why, none of which are knocks against the original recipe:

I’m not very experienced with peppers.  Literally, other than this one time I made Tamale Pie, I haven’t really ventured out from bell peppers.

I grossly underestimated how much of a pain in the butt that halving and de-seeding poblanos is.

Last night, as I was prepping everything, I finished the third pepper, I realized, I have nine more peppers to do this to, and then I have to stuff them? Nu-uh.

I decided, forget this, let me just chop up some poblanos and throw them into the rice mixture.

Since it took me so long, I had to stop half-way through the peppers to get the Boog a bath and get her to bed.  During that break, I washed my face.  I had not washed the poblano pepper juice off of my hands.

Did I mention that I’m a lightweight when it comes to spicy foods, so I don’t really cook with peppers other than bell peppers?

Logically, I know there is a proper pepper prep protocol.

Unfortunately, I did not follow proper pepper prep protocol.

Instead, I gave myself a poblano pepper facial.  Afterwards, I gave myself a raspberry yogurt facial, to help ease the burning.  This also worked wonders on my hands.

I am happy that I didn’t give Boog a poblano pepper facial, so there’s the bright side of yesterday evening.

Due to the face-burning event, I got nervous about the spice level of the dish and let Boog eat Oatmeal Squares with dried cranberries and milk for dinner.  Oh, and some raspberry yogurt.  Please note, this was a different container of yogurt, not my post-poblano facial yogurt.

Boog’s Dinner

Anywho, the final product became Undone Mexican Stuffed Poblano Casserole, which was actually pretty tasty, and not spicy at all.  Husband was all about putting this into the rotation, and maybe using the casserole to stuff a burrito.  However, if I made it again, I would probably sauté or roast the poblanos first to soften them up, since they ended up mixed into everything.   But…see above. It’s probably not gonna happen.  Unless he wants to prep the poblano peppers and follow proper pepper prep protocol.  This gal’s done.

I caused great pain, but I’m still tasty


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Menu – Week of 10/8/12

Halloween decorations are in progress, and we have the crock-pot pork roast with apples to get in the mood for fall 🙂

MENU:

Monday: Mexican Stuffed Poblano Peppers 

Tuesday: Poppy Seed Pork with Apples and Rice

Wednesday: Cheeseburger Mac Attack 

Thursday: Chicken Tenders, Sweet Potato Fries, and Veggies

Friday: Mini Cheeseburger Pies

GROCERIES:

I have to buy:

  • bell pepper
  • pinto beans
  • poblano peppers
  • apples
  • celery
  • pork roast
  • apple juice
  • poppy seed dressing
  • ground turkey breast (x2)
  • milk
  • eggs

I already have on hand:

  • oil
  • onions
  • garlic
  • rice
  • canned tomatoes
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • cheese
  • pasta
  • ketchup
  • frozen vegetables with cheese sauce
  • Laughing Cow wedges
  • chicken
  • honey Dijon dressing
  • corn flake crumbs
  • sweet potato fries
  • frozen vegetables
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • garlic
  • Bisquick

PREP PLAN:

Sunday:

  • Organize the RR cabinet
  • Dice/cut onions for the week
  • Dice celery for the pork
  • Dice bell pepper for the stuffed peppers
  • Cook rice for the stuffed peppers
  • Assemble the stuffed peppers

Monday:

After work: Bake the stuffed peppers.

Tuesday:

Before work: Cut apples, sear pork roast and put everything into the crock pot for the pork dish.

After work Make 90 second rice in the microwave and serve.

Late night: Make the turkey mixture for the mac attack.

Wednesday:

After work: Cook the pasta, microwave the frozen veggies with cheese sauce and mix everything together.

Late night: Dice the chicken for the chicken tenders.

Thursday:

After work: Dip the chicken in honey Dijon, then corn flake crumbs.  Bake the chicken tenders and sweet potato fries and microwave some frozen vegetables.

Late night:  Cook ground turkey mixture for the cheeseburger pies.

Friday:

After work: Assemble and bake the mini cheeseburger pies.

Enjoy~


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Breakfast for Dinner and a Pizza Party

I LOVE breakfast for dinner.  Breakfast foods are usually pretty easy to make (when you’re not rushed on a weekday morning) and it’s fun to mix things up.  But, for a while we were eating eggs for breakfast just about everyday, so the thought of eggs for dinner was fine by me probably not the best idea.  Lately, our morning egg consumption has dropped, so I decided to make the Crustless Cheddar Broccoli Quiche from Rantings of an Amateur Chef for dinner on Thursday.

Wednesday night prep for Thursday’s dinner

To prep, I sautéed the onions (diced on Sunday) with the broccoli on Wednesday night.  When I got home on Thursday, I just had to throw the ingredients in the pie pan and bake it, which gave Boog and me some time to play the “dancing game” (either Nickelodeon Dance or Just Dance Kids 2).  If it hadn’t been storming, we could have gone for a bike ride, but we found a way to get active and have fun anyway.

Dinner was a success!  Boog ate everything on her plate, except the onions – she sort of ate around the big ones.  I think if I diced them up really fine, she wouldn’t even have noticed them.  But, seriously, she loved the rest of it and she got a nice helping of green veg and protein.  Husband and I liked it to, I mean, its eggs, cheese and broccoli.  What’s not to love!

Friday night, Husband had to work late, but Boog and I had a great time having a pizza party.  She got to make a whole pizza all by herself and choose what to put on it and how.  As you can imagine, that was a hit with a bossy independent two-year old.  It was a great start to our weekend.  We enjoyed our pizza while watching Gnomeo & Juliet.  It was part of my propaganda campaign to get her to dress up as a flower gnome for Halloween.

This is fun!

Boog’s final product – notice the large gaps in the cheese. She kept sampling the cheese and sauce.