Sunday, December 28, 2014

Week 258 Menu

Sunday: Christmas Dinner leftovers
Monday: Big salads and roasted broccoli
Tuesday: Creamy potato soup
Wednesday: Pizzas
Thursday: Traditional New Year's fare - Sauteed collard greens, black-eyed peas, rice, and cornbread
Friday: Homemade chicken nuggets
Saturday: Out

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Week 257 Menu

Sunday: Jimmy John's after seeing the village's light display
Monday: Homemade ravioli and roasted sweet potatoes/apples 
Tuesday: Burgers on homemade buns and roasted broccoli
Wednesday and Thursday: Christmas menu
Friday - Saturday: Food coma? leftovers? Out?

Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Dinner 2014

Christmas Eve
Lentil chili
Veggie pizza - a classic and family favorite
Sausage, cheese, and crackers
Christmas cookies
   Cocoa balls
   Candy cane cookies

Christmas Dinner
Standing rib roast
Cranberry sauce

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Week 256 Menu

Sunday: Out for something before the church Christmas paegent
Monday: Pork chops and mashed potatoes
Tuesday: Pumpkin muffins
Wednesday: Meatballs and garlic greens/rice
Thursday: Homemade calzones
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Week 255 Menu

Sunday: General Tso's chicken, garlic greens, and rice
Monday: Homemade chicken nuggets and stuffing (yeah....we can't get enough)
Tuesday: African peanut stew over rice
Wednesday: Baked pasta and greens
Thursday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Week 254 Menu

Sunday: Thanksgiving dinner encore (roasted chicken, cranberry sauce, mashed potato/celery root, pumpkin pie)
Monday: Indian butter chicken over rice
Tuesday: Italian beef in slow cooker on homemade buns
Wednesday: Individual pizzas and salads
Thursday: Baked rice casserole with french onion beef
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 253 Menu

Sunday: We had a ravioli and mozzarella making party at our house; SO FUN! We had ravioli and caprese salads
Monday: Homemade chicken nuggets
Tuesday: Stuffed shells (filling = sweet potato and ricotta)
Wednesday: Spicy chicken nachos 
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: pizza
Saturday: out

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Week 252 Menu

Sunday: Out to dinner for Mongolian BBQ
Monday: Chicken tacos with the fixin's
Tuesday: Lentil chili mac and cornbread
Wednesday: Spicy Chicken nachos
Thursday: Meatball subs on homemade buns
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Week 251 Menu

Sunday: Big salads with pesto vinaigrette dressing
Monday: Homemade chicken nuggets and roasted brussel sprouts
Tuesday: French onion baked pasta and sautéed collard greens
Wednesday: Homemade pizza
Thursday: Burgers on the grill with homemade buns and roasted sweet potatoes
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Week 250 Menu

Sunday: Pork tenderloin (with a "warming spice" dry rub) with roasted sweet potatoes and apples, and green salad
Tuesday: Pumpkin pancakes (in the oven)
Wednesday: Black-eyed peas, rice and corn bread
Thursday: homemade chicken nuggets 
Friday: something quick before trick-or-treating
Saturday: Out

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Week 249 Menu

Sunday: Roasted chicken, balsamic brussel sprouts, roasted butternut squash with parmesan, rolls
Monday: Burgers on the grill with homemade buns
Tuesday: Homemade pizza and cauliflower rice
Wednesday: Stuffed shells (filling: sweet potatoes)
Thursday: Spicy turkey nachos
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Week 248 Menu

Sunday: Homemade chicken soup, cauliflower rice, and baguette
Monday: Cheesy, chili mac (adding some spicy ground beef to the mac & cheese I made this weekend)
Tuesday: Dragon noodles (didn't get to them last week)
Wednesday: Meatballs and marinara with veggies
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Out
Saturday: Out

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Week 247 Menu

Sunday: Out for Mexican
Monday:Sushi burrito with this sauce 
Tuesday: Stuffed shells (with sweet potato filling)
Wednesday: Chicken quesadillas
Thursday: Dragon noodles (a much milder sauce for the more sensitive in the house)
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Week 246 Menu

Sunday: Dinner at friends' house...we brought pizza dough and fixin's
Monday: Hot dogs and fruit
Tuesday: Hamburgers and more fruit!
Wednesday:  Chicken on the grill and salad
Thursday: Dinner with friends who're passing through town!
Friday: Baked pasta
Saturday: out.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Week 245 Menu

Sunday: Out with grandparents
Monday: Homemade chicken fingers
Tuesday: Pumpkin pancakes in the oven
Wednesday: Black-eyed peas, rice, and cornbread
Thursday: Chicken Caesar Wraps
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 244 Menu

Sunday: BBQ chicken pizza, fried rice and salad
Wednesday: Pasta and meatballs 
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday, Saturday: grandparents in town 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Week 243 Menu

Sunday: Chipotle after the pool
Monday: Burgers with homemade buns and corn on the grill
Tuesday: Chicken tacos with spicy lentils
Wednesday: Egg cups and cornbread
Thursday: Bagel dogs (wrapped in hamburger bun dough) and roasted sweet potatoes
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Week 242 Menu

Sunday: Roasted chicken and sweet potato chips
Monday: Sushi bowls with chicken
Tuesday:  Lentil chili and cornbread
Wednesday: Chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole
Thursday: BLT pizza
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Week 241 Menu

Sunday: Enchiladas
Monday: Pasta and meatballs
Tuesday: Italian Beef
Wednesday: Beef tacos with the fixin's
Thursday: Homemade pizza
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Monday, August 11, 2014

Week 240 Menu

Sunday: Eli's Asian Salmon and cauliflower rice
Monday: Beet burgers with homemade buns
Tuesday: Pumpkin pancakes
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Mongolian beef and broccoli over rice
Friday - Saturday: Grandparents in town

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Week 239 Menu

Sunday: Roasted whole chicken and cauliflower rice
Monday: Meatballs and marinara
Tuesday: Sushi burritos
Wednesday: Chicken and rice casserole
Thursday: Chicken casear wraps
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Week 238 Menu

Sunday: Cacio e pepe with orange-glazed carrots
Monday: Baked pasta with broccoli
Tuesday: Grilled chicken
Wednesday: Chicken salad
Thursday: Homemade pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week 237 Menu

Sunday: Italian Beef sandwiches on homemade buns
Monday: French onion baked pasta
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday -Saturday: Up in the air

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week 236 Menu.

Sunday: BBQ at friend's house (I'm bringing cornbread)
Monday: Sushi burrito with this sauce 
Tuesday: Grilled chicken and salad from the garden
Wednesday: Pumpkin oven pancakes
Thursday: Homemade pizza
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Week 235 Menu

Sunday: Picnic at the pool (fruit, rice, roasted sweet potatoes)
Monday: Hotdogs and homemade buns
Tuesday: Burgers and homemade buns
Wednesday: Black beans, rice and cornbread
Thursday: Baked pasta
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Week 234 Menu

Sunday: Bringing a picnic supper to an outdoor concert
Monday: Beet burgers and homemade buns
Tuesday: Chicken on the grill
Wednesday: Baked pasta
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Homemade pizzas
Saturday: Out

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Week 223 Menu

Sunday: Homemade pizzas (pear/gorgonzola with caramelized onions) and lettuce from the garden
Monday: Baked pasta and Asian green beans
Tuesday: Mexican lentil (from Sarah K.) lettuce bowls
Wednesday: Beet burgers on homemade buns
Thursday: Black beans and rice with cornbread
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Week 222 Menu

Sunday: Scott's favorites for Father's Day - steaks on the grill, sweet potato fries, and root beer floats!
Monday: Chicken, broccoli, rice casserole
Tuesday: Meatball subs
Wednesday: Pumpkin oven pancake
Thursday: Burgers on the grill with homemade buns
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Week 221 Menu

Sunday: Roasted chicken and cauliflower rice
Monday: Bagel dogs and wild rice
Tuesday: Burgers on the grill on homemade buns and roasted sweet potatoes
Wednesday: Homemade pizzas
Thursday: Chicken, broccoli, rice casserole
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Week 220 Menu

Sunday: Hamburgers on the grill with homemade buns, wild rice, and roasted sweet potatoes
Monday: Out!
Wednesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup (haven't made this in ages!)
Thursday: Stuffed shells
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: In to Chicago for children's theatre - The Hungry Caterpillar done in "innovative puppetry"

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Week 219 Menu

Sunday: General Tso's chicken with purple rice and cauliflower
Monday: Grilled chicken and Asian green beans
Wednesday: Soft tacos with leftover beef, rice and vegetables
Thursday: Homemade pizza
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Week 218 Menu

Sunday: Big salads and cornbread
Monday: Dry rub ribs in the slow cooker and cauliflower rice
Tuesday: Spicy nachos and broccoli
Wednesday: Black-eyed peas and rice and asparagus
Thursday: Baked pasta
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Week 217 Menu

Sunday: Hotdogs on the grill and sautéed collard greens
Monday: Tacos with the fix ins' and roasted red potatoes
Tuesday: Baked pasta and salad
Wednesday: Homemade Pizzas
Thursday - Saturday: Grandparents in town...up in the air!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Week 216 Menu

Sunday: Chicken sandwiches on homemade buns and cauliflower rice
Monday: Shrimp sushi bowls and Asian green beans
Tuesday: Pumpkin pancakes (in the oven) and mashed sweet potatoes
Wednesday: Homemade pizza
Thursday: Spicy turkey nachos
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Cauliflower Rice

Psst. I need to tell you a secret. You....yes you.....have the ability to pass off cauliflower as fried rice. And there won't be any complaints.

We are not "paleo" nor are we "gluten-free," but we try to incorporate as many vegetables into our diet as possible. This recipe has been requested the past 3 weeks in a row. I served it at Easter and had 2 requests for the recipe: this is the real deal.

Take in all the cauliflower goodness...

See: it even looks like rice up close!

Cauliflower Rice

Serves 6-8 as a side dish


1 medium to large head of cauliflower
2 T olive oil
1 t minced garlic
1 t minced ginger
1 T soy sauce
1/4 c shelled edamame or peas
1/4 c chopped red bell pepper
2 T sliced scallions
2 T chopped cilantro (if your palate can handle it...)

1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over high heat.
2. Core the cauliflower and chop into florets. Feed cauliflower into a food processor using the shredding disc.
3. When oil is shimmering, add the ginger and garlic and cook for 45 seconds - until fragrant.
4. Add cauliflower and toss in skillet to coat with oil/aromatics. Let it cook 4 minutes stirring often.
5. Add the soy sauce, stir, and cook four more minutes.
6. Take the "rice" off the heat, add the cilantro/scallions, and serve!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Week 215 Menu

Sunday: Porkchops, cornbread, cauliflower rice, pita and hummus
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Pasta with red sauce
Wednesday: Burrito bowl with pork
Thursday: Chicken on the grill
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Week 214 Menu

Sunday: Roasted whole chicken, cornbread and orange-glazed carrots
Monday: Enchiladas (with red sauce) and cauliflower rice
Tuesday: Homemade pepperoni pizza and spinach salad
Wednesday: Burgers on homemade buns
Thursday: Out to Lou Malnati's for some quintessential Chicago deep dish pizza
Friday: Grilled cheese and homemade tomato soup
Saturday: Grandparents in town....up in the air!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Week 213 Menu

Sunday: Steaks on the grill and sweet potato fries
Monday: Italian beef with homemade buns and roasted broccoli
Tuesday: Burrito bowl (with black beans and leftover beef)
Wednesday: Homemade pizza and spinach salad
Thursday: Baked pasta and asparagus
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Week 212 Menu

Sunday: Burgers on the grill with homemade buns and Carrot Mash with Mint/Orange
Monday: Crab melts and roasted asparagus
Tuesday: Sushi bowls and Asian style green beans
Wednesday: Vegetable lasagna
Thursday: Dragon noodles for the adults (tamer noodles for the kids) and broccolini
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Week 211 Menu

Sunday: Spicy Turkey Nachos and homemade salsa and guac...for national Chip & Dip Day!!
Monday: Homemade tilapia fish sticks and broccoli
Tuesday: Chicken Pot pockets :)
Wednesday: Tilapia cakes and Carrot Mash with Mint/Orange
Thursday: Pumpkin pancake in the oven
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Week 210 Menu

Sunday: Ginger fried rice and asparagus
Monday: Corned beef and cole slaw
Tuesday: Homemade calzones and broccoli
Wednesday: Corned beef sandwiches on homemade buns and sautéed collard greens
Thursday: Scott and Pete's birthday!! Homemade pear and gorgonzola pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Week 209 Menu

Sunday: Asian salmon and spinach salad
Monday: Balsamic chicken
Tuesday: Baked sweet potato with goat cheese and craisins in slow cooker
Wednesday: Yorkshire pudding with strawberry sauce
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday - Saturday: Grandparents in town!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Week 208 Menu

Sunday: Out to dinner with friends at a favorite beach pizza place
Monday: Homemade chicken nuggets and asparagus
Tuesday: Pasta with red sauce
Wednesday: Crispy chicken thighs with broccoli
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday - Saturday: Probably out

Monday, February 10, 2014

Week 207 Menu

Sunday: Collard greens, black-eyed peas and cornbread
Monday: Meatball subs
Tuesday: Chicken breast with sweet potato fries
Wednesday: Pasta with meatballs
Thursday: Homemade pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Date night!!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Week 206 Menu

Sunday: Buffalo chicken dip with pita chips, sweet potato fries, shrimp cocktail, and rice
Monday - Friday (in no particular order)
    - Burgers on homemade buns
    - Individual pizzas on homemade crust
    - Pasta with red sauce
    - Baked sweet potatoes in the slow cooker
Saturday: Out to a favorite Jacksonville restaurant (TBD)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Week 205 Menu

Sunday: Standing rib roast and asparagus
Monday: Bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on English muffins and steamed broccoli
Tuesday: Lettuce cups with leftover roast beef
Wednesday: Homemade pizza: BLT pizza!!
Thursday - Saturday: Up in the air

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Week 204 Menu

I missed making a menu last week. Yikes! I was out of town and the rest of them were on their own! :) Back to some semblance of normalcy....

Sunday: Shrimp lettuce cups and steamed broccoli
Monday:Homemade bagel dogs and edamame
Tuesday: Shrimp/pork, green bean, and rice stir fry
Wednesday: Pork chops parmigiana and asparagus
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Baked sweet potatoes in the slow cooker and caesar salad (with PW's dressing...yum!)
Saturday: Out