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Week in Review: Keepin’ it Simple

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This week we started out with hubby still out of town. Last minute trip to Portugal, cool, huh?!  At least it was cool until I took all three kids to church by myself. Thank goodness we ate dinner before church since Ryan really sucked the life out of me while we were there. From pulling his pants down (including underwear!) to screaming “alleluia” during the homily it was non-stop crisis management with no Olivia Pope in sight. Luckily we kept dinners easy this week to help us recover from the weekend.

Hubby was making silly faces and had our Chloe giggling!  Thank goodness he's back!

Hubby was making silly faces and had our Chloe giggling! Thank goodness he’s back!

Sunday: Meaty Mushroom Ragu and Salad.  I love mushrooms and try to eat them as much as possible when hubby is not home for dinner. Mushrooms and pasta, such a perfect combination, yet this pasta just didn’t deliver. The pasta shape didn’t feel right for the sauce and the flavors in the sauce didn’t feel like they were working together, more like they were competing. We already deleted his recipe from our meal planning app. At least the salad was good!

Monday: Leftovers.  Hubs was still out-of-town for dinner so I kept it easy. Leftovers with another salad. I bought some balsamic “creme” for drizzling and it is tart and slightly sweet and the kids will eat just about anything with this stuff drizzled on top!

Prepping for Valentine's Day with our favorite: Reese's Hearts!

Prepping for Valentine’s Day with our favorite: Reese’s Hearts!

Tuesday: Mexican restaurant with friends.  Friends of ours introduced us to a restaurant that has a kids play room, genius!

Wednesday: Leftovers. We still had some leftovers in the fridge so we stuck to our usual Wednesday leftovers plan.  Ciao, meaty mushroom ragu!

Thursday: Gnocchi with sausage and tomato. I had a meeting over dinner so hubby made some gnocchi with turkey sausage and a can of diced tomatoes and some other spices. Gnocchi and turkey sausage are two of our fave freezer staples these days.

Friday: Frozen pizza and salad. We are in teething crisis mode with Chloe and this week felt SO long so we kept it easy with a frozen pizza and salad. Ryan claimed he didn’t want the pizza since it had pineapple on it so he just ate salad. Gotta love the balsamic drizzle!

Frozen Hawaiian Pizza and Salad made for an easy Friday night meal.

Frozen Hawaiian Pizza and Salad made for an easy Friday night meal.

Saturday: Spicy penne, “lunch for dinner”, hubby had leftover gnocchi.  We putzed around at the grocery store so we ended up arriving at home right around 6pm. Oopsie!  I quickly made the kiddos a sandwich and have them some fruit, pickles and a cheese stick then hubs and I were left to fend for ourselves.  He opted for the leftover gnocchi and I quickly made penne with spicy tomato sauce, similar to the one in the Mediterranean Vegan Kitchen.

What did you eat this week?  What are you planning on having for Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day?  Thanks for reading!  Have a great week!

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Friends, Fam and Food

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We had such a great week!  We just wrapped up Chloe’s baptism and are winding down our time in Ohio.  It was so fun to have friends and family in town for the baptism and was such a great excuse to have some of our favorite Dayton food!  We mostly stuck to the menu plan for the week.  Yay!

Hannah "shoveled" her spaghetti and spaghetti squash.  Should I just be thankful that she used a utensil?  Probably, huh?

Hannah “shoveled” her spaghetti and spaghetti squash. Should I just be thankful that she used a utensil? Probably, huh?

Sunday: Butter chicken with rice and salad.  This was a great quick meal. I usually like to have it with a kale and mango salad but we just whipped it together so had a normal salad.

Monday: Meatballs in the slow cooker with spaghetti and spaghetti squash.  We used up the turkey meatballs from our freezer and the last of the spaghetti squash from our CSA from the past Fall.  I like to mix the spaghetti squash with normal spaghetti and some parmesan cheese. The kiddos end up not even noticing it and getting in a ton of veggies. Love when that happens!

Tuesday: Sloppy cubanos.  This is a Rachael Ray recipe (love her!) and has such great flavor.  I love that it takes a simple meal and elevates it to something that feels fancy but accessible.  Our kids are nuts for pickles so they ate a ton!  We had pickle slices on the side and called them pickle chips.  It is a low-cal swap for other chips and has about the same amount of sodium.  We will definitely keep making this again and again!

This slow cooker veggie chili was quick to prep and everyone loved it.  Definitely a keeper!

This slow cooker veggie chili was quick to prep and everyone loved it. Definitely a keeper!

Wednesday: Happy Earth Day!  Slow cooker veggie chili. So we sort of ran out of leftovers and I just didn’t mention to hubs that it was a veggie chili when we were setting the table for dinner.  We all really liked it…and he said he did see the veggie crumbles on the counter so he knew it was a vegetarian meal and still liked it.  He is even open to eating it again!  This was so easy to prepare and can cook in just a few hours in the slow cooker so it is a perfect one to keep as a staple meal with all ingredients on hand for those days that I forget to pull meat from the freezer or forget to start the slow cooker in the morning (that never happens to me, right? 🙂 ).   

Thursday:  Chicken with chorizo and tomato sauce with salad and either rice or potatoes.  Hubby bubby was not feeling well and wanted Chipotle.  Who could argue with a sad hubby bubby that just wants something comforting? 

Be still, my heart!  I sure do love Pappadeaux.

Be still, my heart! I sure do love Pappadeaux.

Friday: Breakfast for dinner for kiddos and kids and I went to Pappadeaux!  Hubby made the kids scrambled eggs with tomatoes, an English muffin, and fruit.  They loved it and it is so inexpensive!  I think we will do breakfast for dinner more often!  Hubby bubby and I went to Pappadeaux.  I. Die.  I love that place!  Everything on the menu is amazing and the servers are all so personable but not schticky.  I had trout with shrimp and a scallop and a lemon butter sauce with a barley, tomato and arugula salad.  Shut the front door.  It was SOOO good.  I even ate the leftovers for breakfast and it was still fabulous.  I am definitely going to miss that place!

Saturday: Dewey’s pizza and salads.  Friends and fam made it to town so we got pizza from our fave pizza place and I made a salad with fruit and blackberry basil vinaigrette.  It worked out perfectly since my sister’s main squeeze had mentioned that he hadn’t gotten in enough fruit for the day. 

Sunday: Shish Wraps for Chloe’s Baptism. There is nothing quite like Shish Wraps.  Everyone loved it and we had just enough extra to give us some leftovers.  I think we’ll still visit Simon a few more times before we go…healthy and delicious?  Gotta eat it!

Pinterest win with the decor!  Thanks to my sis and her main squeeze for putting the tulle on the balloons.  It looked so great!  I love fresh flowers.  Stay tuned to my Pinterest page...I'll be make the baptism board public soon!

Pinterest win with the decor! Thanks to my sis and her main squeeze for putting the tulle on the balloons. It looked so great! I love fresh flowers. Stay tuned to my Pinterest page…I’ll be make the baptism board public soon!

 How did your week go?  What are some of your places to go out to eat?  Thanks for reading.  I hope you have a wonderful and delicious week!

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Busy week ahead

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Muffins are on the menu this week!  We will probably make a few varieties.  What is your favorite muffin recipe?

Muffins are on the menu this week! We will probably make a few varieties. What is your favorite muffin recipe?

I am so excited that it is Earth day!  I love to plant things and get out in the garden…but now that we’re moving all I get to do in the garden is pull weeds.  Weeding is not super exciting!  At least I’m planning a meatless meal for the kiddos and I for Earth day (hubby bubby doesn’t love veggie chili).  This weekend I was 100% ready to eat Shish Wraps and checked their menu and GASP they were about to close.  I took that as a sign from God and whipped together one of our pantry staple meals.  At least I know we’ll have Shish this coming weekend!

Sunday: Butter chicken with rice and salad.  We love the Maya Kaimal sauces.  They just have such great depth of flavor and make it so easy to whip dinner together in a jiffy.  Check them out on my Pinterest page.

Monday: Meatballs in the slow cooker with spaghetti and spaghetti squash.  Now that Hannah has soccer every Monday I am planning menus that can be prepped earlier in the day and just require a few minutes right before dinner time so we can make it out the door with cleats on when we need to.

Butter chicken with rice and salad is always delicious.

Butter chicken with rice and salad is always delicious.

Tuesday: Sloppy cubanos.  This is one of my favorite sloppy joe riffs.  Rachael Ray has such a gift with tweaking childhood staples and making them more grown up.  I love that this is a kid friendly way to incorporate some new flavors.  The recipe calls for plantain chips on the side but we do pickle slices to help us eat more veggies.  I love that pickles are a veggie!  When replacing chips with pickles the sodium content is negligible so we can eat our hearts out on pickles with no guilt!

Wednesday: Happy Earth Day!  The kiddos and I will be having a slow cooker veggie chili and hubby bubby will be having leftovers since he doesn’t love veggie chili.  Chili is supposed to have cubes of meat and gravy he says.  Texas style.  No ground meat (that makes it just a soup with chili powder) and no beans…maybe a few on top for some flair, but not in the actually chili.

Thursday:  Chicken with chorizo and tomato sauce with salad and either rice or potatoes.  My plan is to make “roasted” potatoes in the pressure cooker.  Has anyone ever tried this?  The potatoes are browned in the pressure cooker and then you cover them and bring them to pressure so that they have a crunchy exterior and creamy interior.  Sounds awesome, right?  I’m hoping it goes well!

Hoping for a date night with this handsome guy this week!

Hoping for a date night with this handsome guy this week!

Friday: Breakfast for dinner.  I’m hoping that hubby bubby and I might be able to go out to dinner.  Pappadeaux is calling our name!  We will have scrambled eggs with tomatoes and onions, muffins and fruit for the kiddos even if we go out.  This way we’ll have some yummy muffins for snacking on when the guests start to arrive!

Saturday: Dewey’s pizza and salads.  Friends and family will be arriving for Chloe’s baptism so it is the perfect time to get our last fill of Dewey’s.  We will definitely have to get the Socrates’ revenge (partially because I will always be a philosophy lover) because it has pesto, artichoke hearts and goat cheese. MMmmMM!!!

 

 How do you define chili? Beans or no beans?  Served over spaghetti?  Just the cubes of meat and gravy?  If you have a great chili recipe I’d love to try it!  Thanks for reading.  I hope you have a wonderful and delicious week!

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