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Heat wave!

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We are experiencing a heat wave in Germany these days so I am making menu plans that heat the house as little as possible.  Did I mention that Germany does not have air conditioning…pretty much anywhere other than Hubby bubby’s office? Yep.  No air conditioning.  The dietitian in me thinks that at least I am burning extra calories this way.  The American in me wants to whimper at times.  Here is our menu plan for this week.  I hope you are able to stay cool this week!

Steak is always a hit in our house.

Steak is always a hit in our house.

Sunday: Brats and Broetchen with slaw. We are doing Sunday dinners in mid-afternoon these days since it makes it easier with the little people. This week we went for a German option with fresh brats from my fave German grocery store and some broetchen from the bakery. The Germans shove a delicious brat into the middle of a crusty roll and top with some mustard. It is heavenly!

 
Monday: Tuscan Steak Salad. We are big steak fans. Weird from a former vegetarian, I know. When the weather is steamy we try to lighten up our steak meals with a steak salad rather than heavy, steakhouse-style sides. We save those for Winter. 🙂

Tuesday: Moroccan Lemon-Herb Chicken Skewers, Green Bean and Potato Salad. Even if I never actually get to go to Morocco at least I can close my eyes and pretend every time I have a tagine. It is a little too hot out for a tagine so I figured something grilled would be perfect. The potatoes and green beans are very not Moroccan, but it is one of our fave summer sides. We received the recipe with one of our very first CSA shares, before kids even! It is a keeper!

We are trying to hit the evening Sunday mass these days so are pushing our dinner earlier. Makes for an easy-breezy Sunday!

We are trying to hit the evening Sunday mass these days so are pushing our dinner earlier. Makes for an easy-breezy Sunday!

Wednesday: Leftovers and No-Bake Fresh Strawberry Pie. I signed up to drop off a dessert at a dinner on the base. I’m going to make an extra for us…just the way to jazz up leftover night. At least there is fruit involved!

Thursday: Beer-Braised Turkey Tacos. We love tacos in all their forms and with great German beer there really is no way this one could go wrong, right? I’ll have to make sure to get lots of radishes for Hannah’s tacos. I’m hoping this one will be a good one to keep us from eating chicken or stay ad nauseum.

Friday: Dinner at a friend’s house. Hopefully we can bring something yummy. This may just be he time for me to bust out my ice cream making again. I’m thinking maybe the blackberry chip ice cream by Ree Drummond might be just right for a Friday in August.

Saturday: Chicken Braciole with Spinach and some kind of veggie, fruit and whole grain (the whole MyPlate thing 🙂 ). I have to admit that I was really surprised to see that Ali Larter (remember the whipped cream bikini?!) has some cooking chops and was writing a cookbook. Then I saw this recipe for chicken braciole and thought I must try that ASAP!

What will you be eating this week? What do you to keep your kitchen cool on hot days? Salads? Grilling? I’d love to hear in the comment section below!

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Mixin’ it up

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We rearranged some of our recipes this week but mostly stuck to our meal plan.  We had some issues with our cilantro stash and then I just was not feelin’ having fish later in the week. I usually love fish, not sure what was up with that!  Here’s how our week went:

Sunday: Leftovers. Nothing exciting, but still tasty the second time around.

Monday: Chili Pork Tacos with Sweet Lime Slaw. This is an oldie but goody. It is super quick to prep and the whole fam loves it. Check out my “Favorite Healthy Recipes” page on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/radishesarepink) to find it. I bet you’ll love it just as much as we do!

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Spicy Brazilian Tomato and Coconut Sauce, Rice, Black Beans. This chicken got two thumbs up for me and the kiddos and only one thumb from hubby bubby. He thought the sauce was just okay and he thought it seemed more Thai than Brazilian. I thought it was awesome! I loved the coconut milk and tomato together. I guess this one will get moved to the HOOTOWL pile.

Wednesday: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa, Pecan-Chipotle Salsa got switched to Tortellini with Toscana Sauce and Wild Arugula Salad with Garlic Croutons. Our cilantro was all sad and wilty so I wasn’t able to make the steak marinade in time for it to marinade for dinner. When I went to the store to grab some new cilantro I spotted some regionally produced tortellini and sauces in the refrigerated pasta case so figured we’d give it a try. The pasta were super fresh and boiled in three minutes like real fresh pasta. Dinner was ready in twenty minutes. Angels were singing, birds were chirping. It was quick and tasty. My new go-to to prevent unplanned eating out.

Thursday: Marinated Skirt Steak Tacos with Pecan-Chipotle Salsa, Pecan-Chipotle Salsa. By some miracle I actually marinated the steak. We used shredded carrots we already had for a garnish and the salsa was pretty thick but had a great smoky, creamy heat. It is definitely in our make again pile. Although, I don’t look forward to prepping skirt steak. All that fat to trim off and icky membranes. Ugh.

Friday: Cilantro-Chile Vinaigrette, Thai Pork Burgers switched to Pan-Grilled Halibut with Chimichurri then to Coffee-Rubbed Strip Steaks with Chimichurri. I finally decided what I wanted for dinner and then our grill was out of gas. The horror!!!!! We had some tortellini left so we ended up just boiling those and having our leftover pasta and made a salad. It turned out delish even if it was a back-up plan. Guess we need to keep those tortellini on-hand for future mealtime blunders!

Saturday: Grilled Steak with Green Beans, Tomatoes and Chimichurri Sauce became Coffee-rubbed strip steaks with chimichurri alongside grilled broccolini and sweet potatoes with speck and chimichurri. We loved these! This steak is an old standby and the potatoes were great with the salty speck. I was shocked that they actually had it at the grocery store! We did the sweet potatoes on the grill to avoid heating up the house and they got a little charger but we’re super tasty! Broccolini is our veggie of the moment. It is SO good on the grill with a little massage of extra-virgin olive oil and a little salt and pepper. We are up to three bunches each time we buy it so there is no more arguing over who gets the last of it. Kids fighting over broccolini? I’ll take it!

How did your week go? What are some foods that you dread prepping but love to have anyway? Hope you had a great week! Thanks for reading!

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Welcome, baby Chloe!

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We welcomed our sweet baby girl this week!  Chloe was born on Wednesday, February 25th and we are all so in love with her!  The big kids have done great with adjusting to having me out of the house for a few days and having a new little sibling at home.  As you can imagine our meal plan was jumbled up this week. 🙂

Mr. B's Gumbo Ya-ya was amazing!  Find the recipe on my Pinterest "Favorite Sinful Recipes" Page.

Mr. B’s Gumbo Ya-ya was amazing! Find the recipe on my Pinterest “Favorite Sinful Recipes” Page.

Sunday: Mr. B’s gumbo ya-ya (chicken and Andouille gumbo).  This was AMAZING!  It is definitely a once-a-year kind of thing since it does have 16 tablespoons of butter in it, but OH MAN was it worth every fattening spoonful!   Hubby bubby and I added hot sauce to our portion so it wasn’t too spicy for the kiddos.  We all ate more than our share. Oops.  🙂

Monday: Either bayou chicken pasta or lemon-garlic shrimp and grits with saladWe didn’t feel like making much so I just boiled some pasta and pulled some meat sauce I had made a few weeks ago from the freezer.  Hubby bubby ate more gumbo.  All of our bellies were very happy.

Tuesday: Steamed kielbasa, sauerkraut and pierogiesHubby bubby vetoed this one so we will have it in a few weeks when he has to work late.  Luckily all of the ingredients are fridge/pantry/freezer staples so it is easy to move it around to different weeks.  We ended up having tacos with sautéed peppers and onions.  All of our Frontera sauces were expired, gasp!  Luckily we had a packet of taco seasoning so that worked.  Ryan ate a lot of the taco shells with sour cream, such a goof.

Yummy tacos with sauteed veggies.

Yummy tacos with sauteed veggies.

Wednesday: Happy birthday, baby Chloe!  She was born at 6:08 pm…minutes after hubby bubby passed the kiddos off to the babysitter in the lobby of the hospital with some cash for them to get pizza.  He ran back upstairs and we welcomed our sweet girl!

Thursday: Asian pork wraps in the slow cookerRight after Chloe was born I started dreaming of all of the foods I can eat again…medium burgers, soft and blue-veined cheeses, lunch meat, oh my!  I convinced hubby bubby to get Red Robin…the black and blue burger cooked medium with its bleu cheese sauce, bleu cheese crumbles and sautéed mushrooms was sheer perfection.  And, if I’m being honest I ate half of the food that came for me on my hospital tray, too! 🙂 Gotta feed the baby, right?

Hubby bubby and his yummy burger, potatoes and salad that he made for us for our first dinner at home as a party of five!

Hubby bubby and his yummy burger, potatoes and salad that he made for us for our first dinner at home as a party of five!

Friday: Pecan coconut crusted fish with salad and riceMore of my cravings were satisfied with pizza from Dewey’s, our local fave, with lots of goat cheese and a harvest salad with dried figs and goat cheese.  Yum!

Saturday: Cilantro burgers with Sriracha fancy mayo.  Hubby bubby had the urge to experiment with the burger so he added some parm and other seasoning to the patty and made a fancy mayo/Dijon sauce.  My burger was perfectly medium and perfectly delicous…I didn’t eat burgers for 9 months since I think it is sacrilege to eat burgers well done.  I hear that I should hit up Five Guys Burgers and Fries since we have one close by and I’ve never tried it.  Have you had Five Guys?  What is your favorite burger and fry combo?

 

How did your week go?  What are some foods you have been craving lately? Will you share your Five Guys recommendation with me?

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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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