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Leftovers Galore

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This week we had friends over mid-week and I am finally getting into a groove with meal planning since our big move to Germany. I have been thinking about our usual week and trying to plan meals that work with our schedule. We don’t have any kid activities on Tuesday afternoons so those are days that I can make a dinner that may take more time.  This is a big week for Hannah since we just found out that a space opened up for her to go to pre-K instead of the part-day preschool she has been going to. She will have homework and is allowed to bring a backpack. She’s a pretty big deal and could not be more excited!

Good thing Hannah has been working on her reading (note the box of spaghetti on the way home from the grocery store).  She's definitely going to be ready for pre-K in a few weeks!

Good thing Hannah has been working on her reading (note the box of spaghetti on the way home from the grocery store). She’s definitely going to be ready for pre-K in a few weeks!

Sunday: Leftovers. We ran a little (a lot) late going to the grocery store. We didn’t make it there until almost 1pm! We usually make it there by 11am. Needless to say our whole schedule for the day was thrown off so we didn’t have time to make dinner before church. We peeked in the fridge and realized we had leftovers. Score! Lifesaver!

Monday: Skinny Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce with Edamame. This was SO fun to make! Do you have any kitchen gadgets that you love to use? For me it is my cookie scooper. I think I love to harness my inner lunch lady. I used my 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to scoop up the meatballs. It really was a win-win since I didn’t get my hands icky (this is always good when the three kiddos are running rampant) and it portioned the meatballs evenly. Love that! I kept half of the meatballs out of the sauce so that the kids would have some that were not spicy and they tore it up. I forgot how edamame obsessed Ryan is and only had one bag of the steamable edamame. Ryan let the rest of us have a few, luckily. Big thank you to JoCooks.com for the awesome recipe!

Anything that allows me to use my cookie scoop is a winner for me.  I LOVE meatballs!!!!

Anything that allows me to use my cookie scoop is a winner for me. I LOVE meatballs!!!!

Tuesday: Aleppo Pepper-Roasted Pork with Shallot Vinaigrette, Pasta Salad with Walnuts, Gorgonzola and Mozzarella and Salted Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies. I recently decided that weeknights are the best nights evahhhh for entertaining. I picked a recipe this time that hubby hadn’t had yet since I made it for my fam when I was visiting them in May. This pork is a must-try. Really. Super easy since you just prep the rub the night before and then just pop it in the oven. While it roasted I was able to make the vinaigrette, prep the pasta, bake cookies and even clean up a little. 🙂 The cookies are a must try, too. Kinda like a Reese’s cup in cookie form with some salt…yum!

Wednesday: Kielbasa and ‘Kraut. This was a Rachael Ray recipe that I really liked but hubby didn’t dig so much. Everyone ate the kielbasa and onions. Ryan was weirded out that our apples got mushy. He also did not approve of the ‘kraut on his potatoes. We ended up with tons of potatoes and ‘kraut left and ran out of kielbasa. Ugh. I thought it was good, but not as good as my fave slow cooker recipe with pierogis. And with hubs not liking it we ended up just deleting this one from my recipe organizer. So sad.

Daddy had a tough job while I made the kielbasa and 'kraut: snuggling the littlest angel.

Daddy had a tough job while I made the kielbasa and ‘kraut: snuggling the littlest angel.

Thursday: Carrabba’s Chicken Bryan, Pasta with Herb Sauce and Salad. This is hubby’s fave meal and he wanted to have it earlier in the week but I had already had the beginning of the week planned so we just filled it in for Thursday. We have made it so many times that it is pretty easy for us to pull it together. The pasta is one we found in the Joy of Cooking a looooong time ago and have made so many times. I really need to make sure I plant some oregano, marjoram and chives in my herb garden next year.

Friday: Date night. Hubby wasn’t feeling good and got progressively worse throughout the day so we ended up just having leftovers. At least we had one of his fave meals on Thursday so leftovers were not too shabby.

Saturday: Leftovers. We still had a lot of random bits of dinners from the week left so we decided to just take it easy and have leftovers. Thank goodness we had some good food this week!

She IS so cute it's scary!  Guess I should actually put this shirt away now that it is past Halloween.  If anyone is interested in this cute shirt it is a 9 mo size...send me a message on my "contact me" page and it's yours!

She IS so cute it’s scary! Guess I should actually put this shirt away now that it is past Halloween. If anyone is interested in this cute shirt it is a 9 mo size…send me a message on my “contact me” page and it’s yours!

How did your dinners go this week?  What is your favorite day of the week to entertain?  I’d love to know in the comments section below!

 

 

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Happy Halloween!

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This week has flown by and it makes me feel so OLD to say that! I suppose having Halloween fall on a weekend made me pretend it wasn’t coming most of the week and then whamo! Halloween came and went and I am still not sure where Chloe’s costume is that I bought last year for her when I was pregnant. I am pretty sure it is a giraffe. Luckily I did at least pay attention when I was putting away most of our other holiday stuff in our storage closet and remembered exactly where the big kiddos trick-or-treating buckets were. I snagged them right before we headed out the door so they didn’t glow in the dark, but at least we had them!

Thank goodness for the fennel and onions in the pork dish!

Thank goodness for the fennel and onions in the pork dish!

Thursday: Pork Chops Simmered in Spiced Tomato Sauce with pasta and salad. I really had high hopes for this one and it just fell flat. I usually love the combination of pork and tomatoes and none of us really liked this. I was hoping that more of the spice flavors from the curry powder and coriander would come through. Hubby bubby said it tasted just like a pork chop with a jar of tomato sauce poured on it. I have to agree. The good thing was that it had fennel and onion in it and I love me some fennel and onion with pasta so I hoarded all of the veggie part for myself.

The pork chops started off so well.  Look at that sear!  I LOVE my Le Creuset skillet!

The pork chops started off so well. Look at that sear! I LOVE my Le Creuset skillet!

Friday: Skinny Thai Chicken Meatballs with Peanut Sauce, Cucumber Salad and Edamame. I had great intentions of making this when I went to the grocery store on Thursday and grabbed some ***frozen*** packages of ground chicken. Uh. Woopsie. The store doesn’t have fresh ground chicken and I hadn’t bought it earlier in the week. When I checked it Friday morning it was rock hard. I have had bad luck with defrosting in the microwave (cooking some of the meat while the rest of the meat is still frozen and then the microwave smells like funk). We are also trying to be more Euro and are watching our water consumption so thawing under running water did not seem like a feasible option. Hubby bubby had a late lunch at work so he wasn’t super hungry and the rest of us just had leftovers. Hopefully the meat with thaw in time for us to have this on Sunday!

First trunk or treat then trick or treat...then home to have Germans trick or treat at our house!  I didn't realize they adopted this tradition!

First trunk or treat then trick or treat…then home to have Germans trick or treat at our house! I didn’t realize they adopted this tradition!

Our little Elmo fell asleep on the way to trick or treat.  So cute!

Our little Elmo fell asleep on the way to trick or treat. So cute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Happy Halloween! Since we had leftovers last night we decided to get some Chinese take-out. It was passable, but has nothin’ on Chengtu in East Syracuse, NY or Tsao’s Cuisine in Fairborn, Ohio. I guess I will just stick with my take-out fake out meals made at home for now. At least there was some great candy to be had. I definitely consumed my fair share of Reese’s peanut butter cup pumpkins. I bought six bags of them when I found them at the store the other day. I think I have a problem. Very not dietitian-like! 

I told myself that I needed enough to last me until the Reese's Christmas trees come out.

I told myself that I needed enough to last me until the Reese’s Christmas trees come out.

What was your best Halloween find this year? I’d love to know in the comments section below!
Check back soon to see what we are cookin’ up next week!

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Strange Week Ahead

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I think the kiddos and I will hit up a farmer's market (or several) this week for some locally grown greens and fruit.

I think the kiddos and I will hit up a farmer’s market (or several) this week for some locally grown greens and fruit.

This will be an interesting week.   Family and friends are heading back to their homes so it will just be us for most of the week.  We ended up with a ton of leftovers from the weekend (woohoooooooo!) and I had already started to prep a meal for Sunday evening so we’ll have to have that in the beginning of the week.  Made for a very inexpensive grocery shopping trip.  As Heather of RHONY would say, “Holla!” 🙂

Monday: Leftovers.  Kiddos had Dewey’s pizza leftovers since they had Shish Wraps leftovers for lunch and hubs and I had Shish Wraps leftovers.  I am going to mourn the loss of Shish Wraps.  Maybe Simon will let us franchise a Shish Wraps in Germany.  A girl can dream, right?  Luckily I do have a great tabbouleh recipe…the quinoa tabbouleh on my Favorite Healthy Recipes Pinterest page is the perfect balance of veggies to grains to lemony goodness.

Dark and stormy will have to be added to the menu this week.  We need to use up our ginger beer.  Aww, shucks.

Dark and stormy will have to be added to the menu this week. We need to use up our ginger beer. Aww, shucks.

Tuesday: Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad.  I already prepped the chicken and just need to prep the rest of the ingredients.  I think I’ll get this ready early in the day so I can have it for lunch and the rest of the fam can have it for dinner since Chloe and I are headed to P.F. Chang’s for a hot date with local dietitians. 

Wednesday: Leftovers.  I am praying we have enough leftovers otherwise we’ll have Ree Drummond’s pantry pasta.  I think she is my Woman Crush Wednesday this week.  What is not to love?  She is a city girl that is doin’ her thing in the middle of nowhere, making money, having a successful home and making delicious food. This is exactly what I aspire to do now that we are moving away from my dream job…maybe not quite the middle of nowhere.  Maybe more the middle of Miami or the outskirts of Washington, DC, but still.  Love and respect and admire her like woah.

Red beans and rice is one of my absolute favorite meals.  One of the many recipes hubs wooed me with.  Such a hunk!

Red beans and rice is one of my absolute favorite meals. One of the many recipes hubs wooed me with. Such a hunk!

Thursday:  Red beans and rice. Have I ever mentioned that I love beans and sausage and rice?  And that this is likely a meal we’ll have two times a week when Ryan is a teenager? That boy can EAT!  Luckily he would survive well in a developing nation due to his love of beans and rice.  He could subsist on rice, luckily.   I am skeptical of Paleo diets simply for their exclusion of beans.  Can you really have a healthy diet without beans?  I’m still trying to figure that out.  What do you think?  I just don’t know how to live without them!

Friday: Wingin’ it!  Chloe and I will be heading back from our road trip to drop the car off and send it on its way to Germany and hubs will have the kids to himself after our AMAZING friends watch them for the day.  He should totally bring dinner to them and some of his home brews, right? 

Saturday: Chorizo burgers with sweet corn guacamole.  Only Rachael Ray could come up with such a divine sounding burger.  This sounds like the perfect recipe for us to use up the rest of the chorizo in our freezer AND having some AMAZING Ohio sweet corn.  Ohio may not have great drivers (my Dad is still talking about the not yielding), but they sure do know how to grow some amazing vegetables.  The closer we get to CSA season the sadder I get.  I just keep reminding myself that I will be able to walk to a bakery from my future house.  Hope I can get some veggies straight from a farmer’s hands in Germany, too.

Gotta make another batch of these oatmeal bars this week to thank the kiddos teachers for being so wonderful.  Can't believe they are done with school!  This move is really happening!

Gotta make another batch of these oatmeal bars this week to thank the kiddos teachers for being so wonderful. Can’t believe they are done with school! This move is really happening!

What is your favorite Spring or Summer produce?  Strawberries? Rhubarb? Asparagus?  Peas?  Sweet corn?  I can’t decide!  Thanks for reading.  I hope you have a great week!

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Lots of Leftovers

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Skillet chicken and noodles.

Skillet chicken and noodles.

We had some hits and misses this week. We ended up having a lot of leftovers going into the week so had an extra day of leftovers. The good news is this will decrease our grocery bill for next week! Here is how our week went:

Sunday: Sloppy tacos with all of the fixings.  Everyone really liked these!  I will be adding this one to my Pinterest page.  We tried these fiesta flat thingys and the kids liked that they could eat them without everything falling out.  

Monday: Skillet chicken and noodles with salad.  This was just okay. It was easy to make and tasted alright, just nothing special so we won’t be having this one again.

Tuesday: Slow cooker Brazilian black bean stew.  Leftovers.

Wednesday: Leftovers. Again! Luckily we really liked a lot of the food that we had around for leftovers so it worked out well having leftovers twice this week.

Brazilian black bean stew with rice.

Brazilian black bean stew with rice.

Thursday: Sloppy lasagna joes with salad.  Slow cooker Brazilian black bean stew. Ryan tore this one up. It had all of his favorite things: rice, beans and ham. Hubby bubby and I thought it was just okay. Definitely not as good as some of our other beany soups so we are firing this recipe.

Friday: Thai shrimp cakes with Thai-style celery saladOur amazing babysitter texted me early in the week letting me know she would be available. One more date night before baby arrives! Kiddos and the sitter had a pizza party.  Rocco (our German Shepherd) snagged the last piece of pizza off the counter.  This is definitely NOT on his special diet.  I would be mad at him but the poor guy has had an upset tummy ever since.

Cajun bean soup from the pressure cooker.

Cajun bean soup from the pressure cooker.

Saturday: Crispy chicken with shallots and lemony bean salad.  Hubby wasn’t feelin’ this but was in the mood to cook so he made Cajun bean soup in the pressure cooker.  Thank goodness we have a well-stocked pantry!

Went out for sushi for lunch on Saturday.  Ryan sure does love his sushi, miso soup and edamame!

Went out for sushi for lunch on Saturday. Ryan sure does love his sushi, miso soup and edamame!

How did your week go? What do you do with the recipes that don’t turn out well? Do you give them another shot with tweaks or toss them out forever? Hope you had a great week!  Thanks for reading!

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Back to normal

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Hubby bubby’s back!  This should be a pretty low-key week for us (as long as baby #3 stays put).  We are planning a normal kind of menu.  This usually means something more Italian on Mondays, something new and different on Tuesdays, leftovers Wednesday, something Mexican-style or slow cooker on Thursday and something Asian inspired on Friday.  Saturdays and Sundays we usually have something that takes a little longer to cook or requires marinating.  This is what we have planned for this week:

Sunday: South Carolina pulled pork and baked beans.  Two of my favorite things!  I bought slider buns to help keep our portions in check.

Monday: Mini meatball and broken spaghetti tomato soup.  After last week’s plethora of soups I wasn’t sure if another soup so soon would be a good idea…hopefully they’ll like it, who wouldn’t like spaghetti and meatballs?!

Tuesday: Chicken with orange and olives.  Guess these are the flavors I’m craving lately!  This is an Italian recipe that is very similar to the fricassee de pollo we had last week.  It seems like it will be similar to chicken piccata which is a family favorite so I hope this goes over well.

Wednesday: Leftovers.  Not very exciting, but always planning to have leftovers on Wednesdays gives me more endurance to cook the other days.  It really makes the whole week seem more manageable.  The best weeks are the weeks when I prep for Monday and Tuesday on Sunday and then don’t have to worry about cooking again until Thursday!

Thursday: Slow cooker Caribbean chicken.  Love when the dinner has fruit right in the entrée!  This one has pineapple, some Caribbean sauce, chicken and veggies.  Yum!

Friday: Thai shrimp cakes and Thai-style celery salad.  We have had the shrimp cakes before and the kids loved them.  Hope they do again!  The celery salad is one of my favorites.  It uses things we usually have on-hand and really dolls up some plain old celery.

Saturday: Either crispy chicken with shallots or sloppy tacos.  I’m gonna have hubby bubby choose since I can’t decide.  He will likely choose something totally different 🙂 (my guess is pressure cooker carnitas since he has been talking about these lately).

What do you think of leftovers?  Do you try to make just enough to prevent leftovers or do you like having lots of extra food around?  What are you going to be eating this week?  Thanks for reading!

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