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Menu, Week of 7/29

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This has been a crazy summer. My ex has been going through some things, so I have had the kids full-time. This is awesome but expensive, and it has thrown a lot of my routines out of whack.The kids want to be entertained all the time and fed every single day! And the boy has continued the growth spurt that started last summer pretty much unabated, so the feeding is not a trivial thing. The girl has been doing a lot of cheerleading practice and other general exercising, so she is pretty hungry, too. Add on top of that a really challenging work schedule and the fact my dad has been in the hospital for over a week now, and you can see why I am going a bit crazy. (My dad has an infection in his leg; he is getting better, it is just taking a long time to heal, and we are trying to visit as much as we can so he doesn’t feel so lonely in there.)

We have been eating at home mostly still, but without a plan. I have been getting easy food–Italian sausages, buns, arborio rice for risotto, pasta, jarred marinara sauce, eggs, and stuff like that–and throwing meals together quickly. It has been fine and we haven’t starved or completely drained my checking account, but it has been very boring. I need to try to get a good routine in anyway with school starting in just over two weeks, so I decided it was time to get back to planning today. I headed out to my Recipes to Try board on Pinterest for inspiration and threw together a pretty good plan.

Source: kayotic.nl via Susan on Pinterest

 

Sunday: Snacks at the hospital and a late dinner at a friend’s house.

Monday: Scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, fruit

Tuesday: Ground turkey with Potatoes and Peas, brown rice

Wednesday: The World’s Best Chicken (that’s what the recipe is called, I am making no claims, 😉 ), sun-dried tomato risotto, steamed green beans

Thursday: Jamaican Red Beans and Rice, steamed broccoli

Friday: Chicken Palava, brown rice

Saturday: Kielbasa and cabbage, ginger glazed baby carrots

There are a lot of new recipes on the menu this week, because I am so bored with what we have been eating.I have actually done the ground turkey with potatoes and peas before, but my daughter is making it tonight; when I made it, I just used the recipe as a guideline and I added some different spices, so it will be different this time. As long as it is done when I get home so we can eat and run out to the hospital, I am sure it will be fine.

Which reminds me, what kinds of things do you do when you are running around with little time for cooking? I would love to use the crockpot more, but they are no longer designed for working people–I am gone way longer than 6 or even 8 hours when I go into the office. Do you cook ahead? Or have some good suggestions for fast, but still healthy meals? Please share!

As always, this post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!

Menu, Week of 3/25

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We left last Saturday for our vacation, and then I had five nights in a row where I just had to go to the cafeteria and choose from foods someone else prepared. It was great in one sense–a real vacation in a way camping is not–but also, I ate too much, and the food was not what I would generally make. It was good, just a little bland and generic for my tastes.

Still, it was hard to come back to cooking again. Thursday and Friday nights, we ate out. Last night I just made some frozen salmon burgers with teriyaki sauce and microwaved some pumpkin souffles from Garden Lites (unfortunately, this was a seasonal offering only, although the Butternut squash souffles look similar).

It is time to get back to normal, though. About halfway through my vacation, my computer stopped working. It powered on, but wouldn’t load Windows all the way. I ran diagnostics, searched for error codes on my Nook and found scary posts about needing a new hard drive. I tried many repairs, and they would seem to work and then hang up again. Finally, I tried one last big repair and did the one thing guaranteed to make my repair work–I went out and bought a new laptop.

I meant to just do some price comparisons in case I needed to make a purchase, but I found a really good deal. Plus, we have been seriously having an issue with the fact that my son and I both want to use my normal computer. AND, the battery doesn’t hold a charge anymore, so it is stuck on my desk with the wall plug, and I wanted a truly mobile computer. Yes, I know this is a lot of justification. But, it is too late to change the facts now, so I just have to economize and move on.

Sunday: Chicken tacos

Monday: Rosti with Bacon and Scallions, scrambled eggs, fruit smoothies

Tuesday: Spicy Orange garlic shrimp, rice, broccoli

Wednesday: Salmon noodle casserole, made with gluten free noodles, peas, pumpkin pudding

Thursday: Chicken/veggie stew, rice pudding

Friday: Pizza, salad

As you can see, this will be a fairly easy week to get me back on track. I do miss heading down to eat someone else’s cooking on dishes someone else is cleaning (and the never-ending coffee pot! Always fresh!), but it will be nice to get back into our normal routine.

This post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!

Menu, Week of 3/11

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I have been missing in action the past few weeks–emphasis on action. I spent a lot of time and energy catching up from my last training trip for work, and then last week I had to travel again. I did make menus for the first two weeks, but last week I was mostly gone, so I didn’t even bother. Next week, we are going on a spring break trip, so I am determined to cook this week. I want maximum of nutrition and minimum of spending money, so no eating out.

Sunday: Peanut coconut chicken curry, rice, salad
I used reduce fat coconut milk rather than the half and half and coconut extract, and I replaced half of the chicken with chickpeas. I also added spinach to make it nice and healthy.

Monday: Butternut squash risotto, honey and hot sauce chicken strips, salad
My mother and daughter will not want the sauce, I am sure, but they can have some plain chicken strips.

Tuesday: Greek-style lima beans with poached eggs, turkey sausage
This is going to be my attempt to recreate a dish I made once, years ago, that I remember was really delicious. Darn kids and their non-lima-bean-loving ways. If if turns out well, I’ll try to post the recipe so that I can do it again.

Wednesday: Salmon burgers, sweet potato and regular fries, steamed broccoli
Easy food the girl can make while I am commuting from the office.

Thursday: Pasta with Tuna, Capers and Tomato, salad
I make a sauce based on the ideas in this post, but a bit more tomato saucy. I do love the capers, lemon zest and small amount of kick from the red peppers, but I like to use tomato sauce to add extra veggie power to the dish. I’ll use corn pasta.

Friday: Pizza
I keep planning on this, but we haven’t actually done it for a while. Friday will be the start of a one-week vacation for me, though, so we are going to go for the pizza–I think one pepperoni, and one goat cheese with veggies.

Saturday we leave to head down to our local YMCA camp. We go every year at spring break time, and it is a fun trip. My daughter usually brings a friend, and we are hoping to bring one of my son’s friends this year, too. He feels left out when Sabrina has a friend and he doesn’t, but he is at the age when boys don’t want to be away from their families for so long. We usually meet up with other kids, though, so he has friends to play with for at least some of the time.

I should have enough leftovers for lunches, but I will need to get some more cereal, soy milk and orange juice for breakfasts. If we get it together and start making smoothies again, we will need another banana run during the week, too, but I am trying to avoid buying things we won’t use before we leave for our trip.

This post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!