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We are starting to adjust to our new party of five. Hubby bubby is really back to work, Papa and Gigi have been gone for almost a week and the kiddos and I had our first full day alone together on Thursday…and we survived! I was super proud of myself for showering before noon three times this week. With daylight savings just happening recently I like to pretend that it was really eleven in the morning…a huge success with a newborn! So far we have managed to stay pretty close to our meal plan. I know that won’t last for long. 🙂
Sunday: Pasta with sausage, basil and mustard and salad. Going from two kiddos to three kiddos hasn’t been too crazy yet. We have moved from a “man-on-man” to a “zone” defense. This means we also are having to tag on and off in the kitchen at times. I started the sausage browning, boiled the pasta and prepped the rest of the pasta ingredients and then Chloe was hungry. Tag, you’re it Hubby bubby! He swooped in and finished the pasta and made a salad with “chetons”. What are chetons exactly? Only the best croutons in the world! When we were stationed in Washington, D.C., hubby bubby acquired the nickname Chet and he loves to make homemade croutons so they have now been dubbed chetons. Yum!
Pasta with sausage, mustard and basil and yummy salad with Chetons.
Monday: French Market Soup in the slow cooker. This is one of our staple recipes since I LOVE bean soup and it passes for a stew so it counts as a meal to hubby bubby. The last few times we have used ham hocks they have been all bone and connective tissue. What gives? They used to be so meaty! Anyone else have this trouble? We are planning to buy some hocks and some diced ham for the next time we have this since it is much better with yummy ham chunks in it.
Tuesday: Happy St. Patty’s Day! Slow cooker corned beef and cabbage and double chocolate Guinness smoked porter cookies. We tried this corned beef recipe for the first time last year and it is a keeper! The addition of leeks and rutabaga make me swoon. I love how creamy the rutabaga is and the leeks turn silky and delicious. This one is finished with a horseradish sauce. Pretty sure that is not traditional at all…but so yummy! The kiddos and I made some chocolate cookies using a smoked porter hubby had brewed. These were so sinful and so worth every bite! I think I ate five cookies before I put them in a Tupperware container. They were super soft and the chocolate chips stayed gooey. There wasn’t a strong beer flavor, more just a whisper of it which was perfect.
Italian chicken for St. Joseph’s feast day.
Wednesday: Leftovers. Didn’t need to make dinner! Hallelujah!
Thursday: Italian chicken with salad. I decided since it was the feast day of St. Joseph that we needed to have something Italian. I had planned on doing something with an Italian spin in the slow cooker and this was the result. I just thawed some chicken breasts, cut them into chunks and added them to the slow cooker with a sliced onion, a packet of Italian dressing mix and a jar of marinara sauce. The kiddos gobbled it up, which was great because hubby and I thought it was just okay. Not one I’ll whip together again, but at least it was something.
Friday: Grilled shrimp burrito bowls. Another Friday during Lent and this time we went Tex-Mex. We all love grilled onions and hubby bubby is now over thinking the grill pan makes food “taste funny”. I love our grill pan…even though it was the first way I started a fire in our kitchen a few years ago (leave a comment below if you want the full story 🙂 ). I managed to make this one while hubby bubby corralled the kiddos. We all loved this one and will definitely make it again. Quick, easy and delicious? I’ll take it!
Grilled shrimp burrito bowl. Visit my Pinterest page to find the recipe!
Saturday: Tonight we’re having honey-ginger chicken with lime and quinoa with arugula. I’m pretty sure Ryan won’t try the arugula, but everything else should be crowd pleasers.
I love my Le Creuset grill pan! I couldn’t live without it. Do you have one? If not, I highly recommend it!
Grilling onions and scallions on our Le Creuset grill pan.
How did your week go? What helps you adjust when life gives you a “new normal”? Hope you had a great week. Thanks for reading!
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