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Warming Up Winter

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This week the weather will hover around freezing so we are making some recipes to warm up our winter.  We shifted some of our meals from last week to this week so menu planning was super easy this time around.  Hopefully hubby bubby won’t have to cook as much this week!  Here’s what we’ll be having:

Sunday: Sloppy tacos with all of the fixings.  After browning the taco meat bakes in the oven to form a crust…seems interesting!

Monday: Skillet chicken and noodles with salad.  It feels wrong to eat salad on cold winter days so I am going to try to start growing my own lettuce in an old coffee mug (check my Pinterest page if you want to see what directions I’ll be following).  We always make salad dressings from scratch since it is super easy and then we can tweak them to be just how we want them to taste.

Tuesday: Slow cooker Brazilian black bean stew.  With many OB visits in the afternoons these days I am trying to plan our menus to have things that are more slow cooker or prep ahead on Tuesdays.

Wednesday: Leftovers.

Thursday: Sloppy lasagna joes with salad.  This one is a Rachael Ray recipe.  I LOVE sloppy joes and hubby bubby is not a fan of the Manwich variety so when I have an inkling for sloppy joes we usually use one of Rachael Ray’s riffs on sloppy joes.

Friday: Thai shrimp cakes with Thai-style celery salad.  Luckily the shrimp are frozen so this was an easy one to push back a week.  We’ll use the cilantro we already had for this when we have our tacos and then will get some more so that we have fresh herbs for this, too.

Saturday: Crispy chicken with shallots and lemony bean salad.  Did I mention that I have a love affair with beans?  Our kids bring lunch to preschool and pre-K and one of Ryan’s teachers joked that at Thanksgiving we were probably going to have beans instead of turkey.  🙂

What will you be having this week?  Are you so over winter and hearty food?  Will you be growing your own food this year?  Hopefully our seed starting will go well over the next few weeks.  I hope you have 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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Soups Galore

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Beef noodle soup in the slow cooker.

Beef noodle soup in the slow cooker.

Sunday: Fricasse de pollo (a Cuban-style stewed chicken (no berry turnovers yet).  We all really liked this.  Hannah wasn’t a huge fan of the olives.  Both kids thought the chicken and potatoes were the best part.  Hubby bubby and I loved the combination of flavors in the sauce, very savory with some brightness from the citrus and olives.

Monday: Goulash soup.  This was our first day without hubby bubby.  The kids and I really liked this one.  Hannah loved that the meat tasted like sausage and both kids liked that it had sour cream on top.

Tuesday: Hearty chicken and vegetable soup.  This is one of my new favorite chicken soup recipes (definitely in the top two!).  I loved that it had so many veggies and the whole grain noodles and chicken made it feel hearty.  The kiddos loved it.  Ryan didn’t eat too many veggies, but Hannah sure did!  The parmesan rind, aromatics and lemon really propelled this one into “favorite recipe of all time” category for me.

The slow cooker almost overflowed with the cabbage!

The slow cooker almost overflowed with the cabbage!

Wednesday: Leftovers.

Thursday: Cabbage Patch soup in the slow cooker.  This was super easy to prep and had lots of veggies and good flavor.  It tasted like a cabbage roll in a soup with some beans thrown in.  Ryan picked out the beans and the meat and only ate those (and a few tomatoes and pieces of celery).  Hannah had several bowls and so did I (thank goodness I’m pregnant!).

Friday: Slow cooker Asian Beef Noodle Soup.  This was pretty good.  It tasted kind of like pho (Vietnamese noodle soup) but with not quite the same depth of flavor.  I didn’t add all of the broth it called for so that it would be thicker.  Ryan picked out the cabbage, but Hannah ate two bowls!  Hubby bubby came back today.  He and I both thought it was okay.  Probably won’t be one we’ll make again, but good enough that I’ll eat the leftovers without cringing.

Saturday:  Hubby and I are heading to a retirement party so the kiddos will have leftovers.  We are definitely having the pulled pork next week!  I am a die-hard Dinosaur Bar-b-que fan after growing up in upstate New York, but after having some Carolina-style pulled pork while visiting Papa Z and Mimi a few months ago I am newly obsessed with Carolina-style barbecue.  Should be yummy!

Cabbage Patch soup from the slow cooker.

Cabbage Patch soup from the slow cooker.

What is your favorite kind of soup?  Do you prefer brothy soups, creamy soups or stews?  Hope you had a delicious week!  Thanks for reading!

 

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