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Menu, Week of 12/15


Remember last week when I said that I needed to make fast meals? That is even more true this week, but it totally went out the window last night, when I came across the most delicious looking recipe for broccoli-cheese stuffed pork tenderloins wrapped in bacon. That was a time-consuming meal to put together, but once I saw it, I knew it HAD to happen, right away. It was worth every minute, too–the whole family agreed.

I did need that time, though, because the yarn I have been waiting for finally came in yesterday! I probably have about 20 hours left to finish my brother’s blanket, and I still need to finish the collage for my aunt and make some cool braided scarves with my daughter. I’d like to make some jewelry, too. See, even though I started early, I am scrambling at the end, just as I knew I would be. Oh, I want to finish some pottery stuff too! And I need to clean my house and plan the Christmas Eve dinner. And our tree isn’t even up yet!

So, the rest of this week will be as easy as possible. We need food that is fast, but not fast food, ;). I have been more strict on eating low carb this past week, and I have felt great and lost three pounds, so I am keeping that up this week, too. Also, I know that this is Tuesday rather than Monday–I started this on Monday, it has just been a very busy week!

Sunday: Chicken fingers, green beans sauteed with bacon

Monday: Bacon-wrapped, broccoli/cheese-stuffed pork tenderloin, sauteed zucchini and yellow squash with marinara sauce, cauliflower rice

Tuesday: Bacon and eggs

Wednesday: Bacon cheeseburger casserole

Thursday: Green chili made with pork roast, almond flour biscuits

Friday: Pizza, salad

Saturday: Kefta, tomato and egg tagine

As always, lots more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com.

Menu, Week of 11/24



Does it seem fair that we have to make dinner the rest of the week during Thanksgiving week? I have desserts to make ahead! I don’t have time for dinners. On the other hand, I want the desserts to make it until the actual Thanksgiving day, so I guess we need to eat other food in the meantime.

We are making a giant turkey on Thursday–nearly 20 pounds for 6 people, so I have some leftover recipes as well. I will be making a delicious turkey and avocado salad for lunches, and I tried to find some different ways to make dinner with leftover turkey. I hope the boy with the hollow leg leaves enough turkey for us to actually make three meals…

Sunday: Bacon-wrapped chicken tenders

Monday: Beef-tomato-veggie skillet

Tuesday: Salmon casserole with cauliflower and green beans, noodles for the kids

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: See Sunday’s post

Friday: Curried Turkey and Cauliflower Stew, based on this recipe

Saturday: West African Turkey Stew

As always, you can find a lot more ideas on orgjunkie.com.

Menu, Week of 11/17



Did you know that Thanksgiving is next week? Of course you did. Really, I did, too, but it still seems to be sneaking up on me, even though it is so late this year. I need to make a menu for that meal!

In the meantime, this is yet another busy week, and I need all of my time for Christmas projects, so the menu is mostly fast stuff. I am going to make a roast on Thursday, but mostly that is in the oven with no input from me, so it doesn’t count as a long recipe.

Sunday: Out with a friend

Monday: Bacon-wrapped chicken tenderloins, buttered green beans, fried cabbage

Tuesday: Breaded Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce, cole slaw with tahini dressing

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Roast beef, mashed cauliflower, sauteed green beans

Friday: Salmon burgers, salad

Saturday: Leftovers

As always, you can find a lot more ideas on orgjunkie.com.

Peanut Coconut Chicken Curry


I have been making this dish for a long time, based on this recipe. Some of the ingredients in that recipe don’t fit into my own dietary restrictions (and some of that just seems bizarre–why use half and half with coconut extract when you can just use coconut milk?) so I decided to document what I actually do when I make this.

Oh, I also changed it to make it a one pan dinner. I don’t have the time or energy for recipes that use a bunch of skillets. Maybe my food would be better if I did, but this is a weeknight meal and my energy is limited after working all day. We all love this dish here–I nearly swooned when taste testing last time I made it–so I will stick with my one pot methods. We used to eat this over rice, but since we have been cutting back on the carbs, we just eat it as is, usually, although I sometimes make rice for the kids.

2 TBSP coconut oil
1 onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into one inch chunks
1 can full fat coconut milk
1 – 2 cups chicken broth
1 TBSP sweet curry powder
1 – 2 TBSP sambal oelek (ground chili paste)
½ TBSP Bangkok blend
½ cup peanut butter
2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
2 cups spinach, fresh or frozen

Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet, then add the onions, garlic and chicken. Sautee until chicken is no longer pink. Add coconut milk, chicken broth and spices (including the chili paste). Stir well to combine and bring to a slow boil. Add peanut butter and mix well to melt the peanut butter and combine with the sauce. Add broccoli florets, cover and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and the sauce is thickened a bit.

I am not a big measurer, I generally add ingredients until they look right, but this is pretty close to what I do. As an aside, I mentioned the new Gordon Foodservice near me an earlier menu planning post, and I have to tell you I am developing an unhealthy love for it already. I bought a huge bag of IQF chopped onions there, and I love them. I told my daughter her new stepfather is going to be a bag of onions, because I love them so much, I want to marry them. She just laughed at me. Is it so strange to love time-saving delicious things?

Menu, Week of 11/3



Yesterday, I took my kids to Laumeier Sculpture Park, where we met up with their former stepmother and their little brother for a nice walk to through the woods while looking at art. It was a perfect day for it–crisp but not cold and sunny. The girl did whine a bit about the exercise aspect of the outing, but later she described it as a lovely afternoon. The boy and I just enjoyed being outside and moving around, and we all loved seeing their little brother and his mom.

On the way home, the kids tried hard to convince me that we should go out to eat, and I must admit I was tempted. We spent the weekend doing craft projects, so the dining room table was pretty covered, and I had not yet made a plan for dinner. In the end, though, financial prudence (not to mention healthy food choices) won out and we ate at home. Go me!

Sunday: Coconut-peanut chicken curry with broccoli and spinachphoto

Monday: Baked Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs, sauteed kale and bacon, broccoli salad

Tuesday: Fish almondine, cole slaw

Wednesday: Salmon casserole with green beans and cauliflower

Thursday: Feta Stuffed Meatloaf with Tzatziki sauce (made with ground beef), or a Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf, depending on my mood, ;), buttered broccoli and caulifower, cole slaw

Friday: Bratwurst, buttered broccoli, cole slaw, sauteed musrooms

Saturday: We are going to two parties, one in the afternoon, one in the evening, so we shouldn’t need a dinner

As always, many more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com


Menu Planning Monday–Old and New



I’ve said it before–I don’t know why I have such a hard time getting back into the school routine each fall. It’s not like I haven’t done it before–my daughter is a sophomore, so this is her 11th year at regular school. And it’s not like I just sit around all summer doing nothing. But I still struggle a bit with the transition to all the volunteering and homework and coordination.

I think that last thing is my problem–I don’t have as much planning to do over the summer. My brain gets a little break from thinking ahead each day, getting everyone where they are supposed to be. It is nice, but then I feel overwhelmed when we get back into it. I do really well the first few weeks of school, then I just get tired.

Last week I started a menu on Monday, and I just kind of tweaked it all week. I did cook at home most of the week, so I want to keep track of what we had for future planning. And, yes, I know that it isn’t Monday anymore, but I am not changing my post name–I did most of this yesterday! LOL.

9/29 – 10/5

Sunday: Bacon wrapped pork filets
These came from the new Gordon Food Service by my house.

Monday: Ground beef and eggplant skillet, spaghetti squash with garlic butter
This was so good! We have a lot of eggplant in the garden this year, which is a bit odd, because the first two years, we didn’t get anything despite planting several seeds. The kids are not huge fans of eggplant, but I am, and it was perfect with the beef and marinara sauce.

Tuesday: Hamburger, sugar-free jello
I know, super gourmet, right? I was trying to get out the door to evening activities.

Wednesday: Roast beef, spinach salad
Again with the running out the door. This was actually pre-cooked meat from the grocery store, but I still count it as a win–buying pre-cooked meals at the grocery store is more expensive than buying raw and cooking from scratch, but it is way less expensive than eating at a restaurant.

Thursday: Salmon casserole with cauliflower and green beans
This is my attempt to replace the beloved salmon noodle casserole, which is one of my kids favorite meals. I could make that for them and something else for me, but I love it too. This was really tasty, but it needs a bit of work before I post the recipe–I used too much chicken broth for instance, so it was more like soup than casserole.

Friday: Hamburger, salad

Saturday: Bison chili at a friend’s house

10/6 – 10/12

Sunday: Protein bowl at Crazy Bowls and Wraps–spicy slaw with dark meat chicken and peanut sauce

Monday: Beef Stuffed Acorn Squash, fried cabbage with bacon

Tuesday: Hamburger, avocado, salad – are you noticing a trend on my busy nights?

Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken with Coconut, Lime and Peanut Sauce – I’ll add some eggplant to this, because I have a ton of it ripening in my garden, cauli-rice

Thursday: Pork Tenderloin with Mustard Sauce, green beans with bacon and almonds

Friday: Sauteed chicken and artichoke hearts, buttered broccoli and cauliflower

Saturday: Fish almondine, buttered broccoli and cauliflower

As always, many more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com

Menu, Week of 9/15



Last week, I hit the beginning of school wall. I thought I was doing pretty well, even with my daughter’s cheerleading injury thrown into the mix, but then a pipe burst in my kitchen sink and I ran out of energy. I did cook dinner most nights, and we got the necessities down, but no menu planning, no blog posting, and not as much Parents’ Club organizing as I would have liked.

Cute story: Saturday night, I wasn’t feeling the cooking, but I wasn’t feeling the spending money either (did I mention I had to call a plumber? so expensive!), so I just made Italian sausages. I asked the boy how that sounded and he told me he didn’t want that. Why?

“Because that’s what we have when you are in a hurry, and I like the food you cook when you really cook.”

Aww! Makes a mother and chief dinner maker proud! We ate the easy sausages Saturday, but I promised I would cook real food on Sunday, which I did. And, that was a huge success, too! I made the dish a bit less spicy than the recipe called for, but still kinda spicy, and my daughter still liked it! In fact, she has recently started to enjoy most things that I make, even if they have a sauce! (I know, that is a lot of exclamation points, but I cannot overemphasize how exciting this is! She is a plain food lover of long standing, and I hate plain foods, as a general rule.)

Sunday: Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms and Sour Cream, gnocchi for the kids

Monday: Chili, whole wheat pasta for kids

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Crackslaw

Thursday: Baked Chicken Thighs with garlic and lemon, sauteed zucchini

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: hot wings, salad

I should also add that I made this menu on Sunday, but didn’t get it posted. I thought about skipping it again and being on time next week, but I need to dive back in or I will never have any menus posted again, I am sure. Okay, that is a bit melodramatic, but the general point is true–I need to get on this now, not keep procrastinating, ;).

As always, many more menu ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com