Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 304 Menu

Sunday: Out after Live Nativity at church
Monday: Hamburgers on homemade buns with salad
Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner (scrambled eggs, sausage, & toast)
Wednesday: Dry rub ribs in the slow cooker (requested AGAIN this week...sooooo good!)
Thursday: Cacio e pepe
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Friday, December 4, 2015

Week 303 Menu

Sunday: Out
Monday: Hamburgers on homemade buns
Tuesday: Chicken piccata and broccoli
Wednesday: Dry rub ribs
Thursday: Black beans, rice, and cornbread ("Florida dinner")
Friday: Leftovers 
Saturday: Smothered chicken

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Week 302 Menu

Sunday: Out
Monday: Bagel dogs
Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner (scrambled eggs, sausage, and toast)
Wednesday: Lettuce cups
Thursday: Chicken piccata
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Smothered chicken (ATK recipe)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Week 301 Menu

Sunday: out to a friend's house
Monday: Orange chicken (from TJ's) 
Tuesday: Steaks on the grill
Wednesday: Chicken noodle soup
Thursday: Homemade pizzas
Friday: Leftovers 
Saturday: Pork tenderloin 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Week 300 Menu

Sunday: out
Monday: Pasta
Tuesday: Orange beef and rice
Wednesday: French toast casserole
Thursday: Chicken noodle soup in slow cooker
Friday: Pizzas
Saturday: Roast chicken

Monday, October 26, 2015

Week 299 Menu

Sunday: Out for chipotle
Monday: Chicken on the grill and roasted broccoli
Tuesday: Pumpkin muffins and scrambled eggs
Wednesday: Korean BBQ (in slow cooker) tacos
Thursday: Homemade bagel dogs
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Trick or treating and dinner with friends

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Week 298 Menu

Sunday: out
Monday: Lentil chili with baguette
Tuesday: Mini Italian meatloaves (meat muffins as the 3yo calls them)
Wednesday: Pizza (birthday girl's request!)
Thursday: chili mac 
Friday: leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Week 296 Menu

Sunday: Out
Monday: Pasta with marinara
Tuesday: BFD - bacon, eggs, and toast
Wednesday: Baked pasta with chicken carnitas
Thursday : Nachos with leftover carnitas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Eat out

Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 295 Menu

Sunday: Orange chicken (TJs), brown rice...with ice cream sundaes for dessert!
Monday: School fundraiser at Chuck E Cheese
Tuesday: Stuffed chicken breasts
Wednesday: Burgers on homemade buns
Thursday: Pumpkin muffins
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Week 294 Menu

Sunday: Paella (ATK recipe)
Monday: Stuffed chicken breasts
Tuesday: Pasta with marinara
Wednesday: Indian burritos
Thursday: Pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Week 293 Menu

Sunday: Scallops, corn on the cob, and cranberry sauce
Monday: Grilled chicken and cranberry sauce
Tuesday: Burgers on the grill 
Wednesday: Lasagna roll-ups (with ground beef)
Thursday: Yorkshire pudding
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Week 292 menu

Sunday: ATK paella, chorizo, and broccoli
Monday: Out for grandma's birthday
Tuesday: Pasta with asparagus, tomatoes, & mozzarella
Wednesday: Italian beef and grilled corn
Thursday: Pizzas
Friday: Baked pasta with leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Week 291 Menu

Sunday: Salmon
Monday: Dry rub ribs in the slow cooker
Wednesday: Dragon noodles
Thursday: Pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Week 290 Menu

Sunday: Panzanella salad
Monday: Noodles
Tuesday: Burgers and pretzel buns
Wednesday: Pumpkin pancake muffins
Thursday: Pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Week 289 Menu

Sunday: Out with friends
Monday: French toast casserole
Tuesday: Noodles
Wednesday: Salmon foil packets on the grill with asparagus
Thursday: Pumpkin pancake muffins
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Week 288 menu

Sunday: Roast chicken
Monday: Lasagna roll-ups
Tuesday: Chicken nachos
Wednesday: Pizzas
Thursday: Burgers
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Week 287 menu

Sunday: Paella (ATK recipe) with green beans
Tuesday: Sliders on pretzel buns
Wednesday: Pizzas (pear & gorgonzola for adults & pepperoni for kids)
Thursday: Pepe e cacio
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Week 286 menu

Sunday: Pork chops, green beans, roasted cauliflower, and lettuce salad
Tuesday: Burgers on the grill with homemade buns
Wednesday: Lasagna roll-ups
Thursday: Florida dinner - rice, beans, and cornbread
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Week 285 menu

Sunday: Steaks on the grill with corn on the cob and shaved brussels sprout salad 
Wednesday: Shrimp kebabs (onions, peppers, too) with lettuce salad from garden 
Thursday: Chicken nuggets
Friday: Leftovers 
Saturday: out

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Week 284 menu

Sunday: Dinner at a friends....brought roasted potatoes and ATK's mac and cheese
Monday: Grilled chicken
Tuesday: Meatballs and marinara
Wednesday: Pumpkin muffins
Thursday: Pasta with butter
Friday: out
Saturday: Pizzas

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Week 283 menu

Sunday: Indian restaurant
Tuesday: Indian food leftovers
Wednesday: Chicken noodle soup in slow cooker with cornbread
Thursday:  Pizza
Friday: Grilling out: burgers, corn on the cob; macaroni and cheese casserole (ATK die for)
Saturday: out

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Week 282 Menu

Sunday: Out to dinner with friends
Monday: Beef stroganoff, roasted green bean, and corn on the cob
Tuesday: French toast casserole (the family LOVES this recipe)
Wednesday: Homemade pretzel dogs
Thursday: Burgers on the grill on homemade pretzel buns
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Week 281 Menu

Sunday: One pan roast chicken and potatoes
Monday: Asian salmon and green beans
Tuesday: Sweet potato lasagna
Wednesday: Beef stroganoff and lettuce salad
Thursday: Chicken cordon bleu casserole with leftover chicken
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Week 280 Menu

Sunday: Steak kebobs, grilled veggies, roasted sweet potatoes, and asparagus
Monday: Chicken nuggets
Tuesday: Burgers on the grill with pretzel buns
Wednesday: French toast casserole
Thursday: Homemade, individual pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Week 279 Menu

Sunday: Pork tenderloin and cauliflower buffalo bites
Monday: Cacio e pepe and Asian green beans
Tuesday: Taco bake (with leftover pork tenderloin)
Wednesday: Teriyaki meatballs and noodles
Thursday: Homemade fish sticks
Saturday: Out

Monday, May 18, 2015

Week 278 menu

Sunday: BBQ chicken, asparagus, skillet focaccia
Monday: Burgers on the grill, berries, and salad
Tuesday: Chicken nuggets
Wednesday: Noodles with butter
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Pizzas
Saturday: out

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Week 277 Menu

Sunday: Steaks on the grill,  cornbread stuffing, and green beans
Monday: Pumpkin muffins
Tuesday: Chicken carnitas with first of garden cilantro
Wednesday: Burgers and homemade buns
Thursday: Date night; kids will have chicken nuggets
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Week 276 Menu

This week's menu was requested by the kids. Not bad choices...

Sunday: Nothing. Nada.The house is afflicted with a GI bug. No one ate anything more substantial than a cracker tonight.
Monday: Leftovers
Tuesday: Baked chicken nuggets
Wednesday: Florida dinner: rice, black beans, and cornbread
Thursday: Homemade pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Week 275 Menu

Sunday: One-Pan Roast Chicken & Potatoes
Monday: Panzanella salad
Tuesday: Burgers on pretzel buns
Wednesday: Homemade fish sticks
Thursday: Sweet potato (w/ground beef) lasagna
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Granola of the week: Banana Bread Granola

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Week 274 Menu

Sunday: Barbecue Burnt ends (ATK recipe), roasted potatoes, and cauliflower rice
Monday: Sweet potato (w/ground beef) lasagna
Tuesday: Burgers on pretzel buns
Wednesday: Homemade fish sticks
Thursday: Panzanella salad
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Granola of the week: Cranberry orange granola

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Week 273 Menu

Sunday: Steaks on the grill, roasted asparagus, and focaccia
Monday: Pasta and meatballs
Tuesday: Rice, black beans, and cornbread...the 6yo requested this meal; she calls it "Florida Dinner"
Thursday: Individual pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: out

Granola of the week: Chai-spiced Granola

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Week 272 Menu

Sunday: Pork carnitas on pretzel buns with roasted potatoes and sautéed greens
Monday: Tomato soup and pretzel sticks
Tuesday: Spicy pork nachos
Wednesday: Fried rice
Thursday: Pork calzone
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Week 271 Menu

Sunday: Grilled honey-glazed pork chops and asparagus gratin (from Cook's Country)
Monday: Baked pasta
Tuesday: Chicken nuggets
Wednesday: Pumpkin pancakes
Thursday: Pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Week 270 Menu

Sunday: Leftovers from weekend
Monday: Smashed chickpea, avocado salad wraps
Tuesday: Sweet potato black bean burger
Wednesday: Lentil chili in slow cooker and cornbread
Thursday: Pizzas
Friday: Chili mac from leftover chili
Saturday: Out

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Week 269 Menu

Sunday: Meatballs, marinara, and focaccia
Monday: Sweet potato stuffed shells
Tuesday: Corned beef in slow cooker with colcannon
Wednesday: Creamy rice and broccoli casserole
Thursday: Pumpkin pancakes in oven
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Week 268 Menu

Sunday: Stuffed chicken breasts and cauliflower rice
Monday: Ground beef lettuce cups and mashed potatoes
Tuesday: Chicken noodle soup in slow cooker and pretzel sticks
Wednesday: Pizza (caramelized onions, goat cheese, and cranberry sauce for grown ups; pepperoni for kiddos) with a side of cranberry sauce
Thursday: Taco Bake
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Week 267 Menu

Sunday: Fish sticks, roasted Brussel sprouts, and fried pickles
Tuesday: Black beans, rice, and cornbread
Wednesday: Baked pasta
Thursday: Pizzas
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: out

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Pretzel Bread

I am a sucker for pretzels. We've made soft pretzels for snacks and love them. We bought some pretzel buns for dinner last week and I thought, I can make those!

I went on the internet to find a recipe. King Arthur flour didn't disappoint: they have a great recipe. I don't have any dry milk. But, never fear. They still came out FANTASTIC!!! I think my favorite part is making the deep cuts in the dough to make those crosses on the top! I made a half batch - just enough for dinner for the four of us. There wasn't enough dough in my stand mixer to do the job. So, I ended up kneading by hand. Other than that, the recipe does halve nicely.

Pretzel Bread
from King Arthur Flour

  • 1 3/4 cups warm water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 4 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup Baker's Special Dry Milk or nonfat dry milk
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • coarse sea salt

  • Water bath
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda

1. Mix and knead the dough ingredients — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — to make a smooth, slightly sticky dough. 
2. Allow the dough to rise in a lightly greased bowl, covered, for about 1 hour, until doubled.
3. Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. 
4. Divide the dough into 10 pieces and shape each piece into a smooth ball. 
5. Place the balls on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover, and let rest for 15 minutes.
6. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 
7. Prepare the water bath: Bring the water, salt, and baking soda to a boil in a large pot.
8. Drop 5 dough balls at a time into the water bath. 
9. Cook for 30 seconds, flip over, and cook for 30 seconds longer. Using a slotted spoon, return the buns to the baking sheet.
10. Using scissors or a sharp knife, cut 1/2"-deep crosses into the center of each bun. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt. 
11. Bake the buns for 20 to 24 minutes, or until they're a deep-dark brown. Remove them from the oven, and transfer to a rack to cool.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week 266 Menu

Sunday: Steak, roasted broccoli, and focaccia 
Monday: Chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker and baguette
Tuesday: Lettuce cups with chicken and taco fixins'
Wednesday: Black beans, rice, and cornbread
Thursday: Calzones - pepperoni for kids; kale and cheese for the grown-ups
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Week 265 Menu

Sunday: Italian beef sandwiches on homemade pretzel buns, rice, and salad
Monday: Dry-rub ribs in slow cooker
Tuesday: Homemade fish sticks
Wednesday: Parmesan chicken
Thursday: Homemade pizzas - everyone gets their own toppings
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Week 264 Menu

Sunday: Fish tacos with chipotle mayonnaise on lettuce cups
Monday: Pumpkin pancakes
Tuesday: Leftovers from the week
Wednesday - Saturday: Play it by ear
   Smoky ribs in slow cooker
   Pot roast in slow cooker
   Baked pasta
   Chicken Noodle Soup in slow cooker

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Week 263 Menu

Sunday: Seared duck breast and roasted potatoes
Monday: Bagel dogs
Tuesday: Potato soup and grilled cheese
Wednesday: Lettuce cups with chicken carnitas and fixin's
Thursday: Pizza
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Week 262 Menu

Sunday: I made Asian salmon at a friend's house
Monday: Yorkshire pudding with cranberry sauce
Wednesday: Chicken nuggets
Thursday: Chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker (6yo is cooking!)
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Week 261 Menu

Sunday: Out to eat with grandparents
Monday: Homemade ravioli and meatballs
Tuesday: Roasted sweet potato soup and crusty bread
Wednesday: Chicken nuggets and cauliflower rice
Thursday: Bagel dogs
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Out

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Week 260 Menu

Sunday: Korean BBQ-flavored pork tenderloin and green beans
Tuesday: Taco rice bake
Wednesday: Chicken nuggets and roasted brussel sprouts
Thursday: Individual pizzas
Friday: Leftovers? Out?
Saturday: "Make-up" Christmas dinner with my parents (rib roast, cornbread stuffing, goat cheese mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, green salad, pumpkin pie)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Chicken fingers. Chicken rings. Chicken nuggets. Wait. What? "Chicken rings?" Scott's college dorm cafeteria served chicken rings. Now they're a family joke. He always asks, "What part of the chicken do they come from??" Ever since he posed the question, that sticks in my head and I cringe a little (I mean, chicken rings??? Seriously?! So not natural).

I work a schedule where I am not home at dinner time, but I still like to have home-cooked dinners. I do my prep for dinner in the morning and make sure there is minimal kitchen work needed when Scott gets home with the kids. This recipe was so simple to throw together, I worried it wouldn't be any good. But, this one turned out to be a family favorite. If I get unsolicited compliments on a dinner, you better believe it's going in the regular rotation!!!

I've found I like a moist bread crumb (rather than a dried one). Since no one eats the heels of the bread, we save them in the freezer for just such an occasion that demands bread crumbs. If you're prepping them in the morning, just be sure you spray the wire rack with cooking spray. Believe me: I speak from experience!

Baked Chicken Nuggets

2 Chicken breasts
1/4 cup flour
1 egg (for egg wash)
1/2 cup bread crumbs

Bread Crumb Recipe
2 slices of bread
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, cubed
1 T chili powder
1 t garlic powder
**Process in a food processor until the parmesan and bread are completely broken up, and spices are incorporated.**

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
2. Cube chicken into 1" x 2" pieces
3. Set up standard 3-bowl breading station: 
        - Flour with a healthy pinch of pepper
        - Egg, beaten
        - Bread crumbs mixture
4. Dip chicken pieces in flour, then egg, then bread crumbs.
5. Place chicken on wire rack that fits in a half sheet pan.
6. Bake for 10-15 minutes.
7. Serve with sauce of your choice.
        We prefer: honey, mustard, chili mayo (2:1 ratio of mayo to hot sauce), Ranch

Note: If you prep the chicken nuggets in the morning, spray the wire rack with cooking spray, lay the chicken nuggets out, place plastic wrap over the top, and refrigerate until they're needed.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Tomato Soup

I love tomato soup. Add a grilled cheese to it, and it's one of my favorite meals of all time. It reminds me of Saturdays watching college football with my dad.

Today was the first real snowfall of the year, and after 2 hours of shoveling and playing in the snow, I figured we needed something warm and hearty for lunch. This soup certainly did the trick! And, it beats the pants off canned soup. It's thick and has great seasoning. And, there are even more vegetables in the soup than just tomatoes!

Tomato Soup
adapted from Jane Maynard

  • 3 T Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion, Small dice
  • 3 carrots, small dice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 14.5-oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1.5 c tomato sauce
  • 48 oz vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1.5 c skim milk
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Crackers or pita chips for topping, if you're feeling it

1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot. Cook onions until soft and translucent (5 min). Add carrots and continue to cook another 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute.

2. Add vegetable stock, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes.

3. Fish out bay leaf, and blend the soup until a smooth consistency (either via an immersion blender or in batches in a blender).

4. Add milk to soup, and mix until incorporated. Season with salt/pepper to taste. Top with crackers/pita chips, if you so choose.

Week 259 Menu

Sunday: General Tso's Chicken with rice and roasted broccoli
Monday: Pulled pork sandwiches
Tuesday: Homemade pasta and meatballs
Wednesday: Creamy potato soup (a callback from last week)
Thursday: Pulled pork fried rice
Friday: Leftovers 
Saturday: Out