Sunday, April 29, 2012

What's for dinner?

When I sat down to put this week's menu plan together, I rewrote it about 10 times.  I just keep falling back on the same recipes over and over again, but isn't that kind of how it goes with everything?  I find myself thinking of changes this week.  There are some pretty significant ones coming my way soon, but for this week I just chose a few changes to my menu :)  (New recipes on Tuesday and Wednesday.)

Monday: Cracker Barrel Chicken Tenders 5PP/serving with rice and broccoli

Tuesday: Crock Pot Chicken and Dumplings (2nd recipe listed) 5 PP/serving with mashed potatoes and carrots 

 Wednesday: Veggie Crustless Quiche, pancakes, bacon and fruit  (Few minor changes, I double the eggs, 8c chopped fresh spinach, omit onions, add mushrooms and red pepper and I use cheddar cheese- 2 cups not 3, and bake in a 9x13 pan. 2PP/serving)

Thursday: Apple Cinnamon Pork Chops 4PP/serving with roasted potatoes and corn

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Eat out

Sunday: Double Delicious Macaroni and Cheese (Jessica Seinfeld recipe 7PP/serving) with oven roasted broccoli and green beans.*Note: I love the Jessica Seinfeld puree recipes, but find this one to be the easiest to make and hardest to taste the purees, so it is a win-win!

Hope you all have a wonderful week and take the risk to make a change to your menu this week!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Confessions of a so-so planner (and What's For Dinner)

I am not organized!  This will more than likely surprise any of my co-workers who read this because at work I am ridiculously organized.  I plan my lessons out weeks (if not months!) in advance much to the chagrin of the members of my course team who are not so crazy anal um...organized.  At work, I always know what comes next....   

 But at home it's anyone's guess!!

I work to come up with plans and strategies to improve this.  I make lists, lay out clothes for the next day, put A's clothes in the drawers in outfits so I don't forget what goes with what, get containers for items so they have a place and but just about every organization tool or book I see, but nothing seems to work!  I have come to realize that I may just need to accept the chaos that surrounds me as a byproduct of being a full-time teacher momma!

Now for the confession...I kind of don't care that my house is a mess or that I don't always know where everything is.  I would rather spend my time playing with A, reading him a book or just sitting on the couch watching a movie with little A (confession #2, my child watches tv), I am on a roll with these confessions today haha!  Little A and I have a system that works for us and we are rocking it!  I have come to realize that there are a lot more important things in life than always knowing what comes next...just don't ask me to stop planning at work :)

What's For Dinner:

Monday:  Salmon and Lemon Dill Roasted Potatoes (quartered red potatoes tossed in olive oil, lemon juice and fresh dill.  Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes or until fork tender on cookie sheet sprayed with cooking spray)

Tuesday:  Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

Wednesday:  Burgers and grilled fruit (pineapple, pear, banana and apple)

Thursday: Chicken Enchilada Bake (will use the leftover chicken from the tacos on Tuesday.  Changes: peppers on one half only, salsa instead of enchilada sauce, low fat cheese)

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Eat out/Order In

Sunday: Steak and Tuna Steak on the grill, fresh green beans and brown rice


What for dinner at your house this week?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

What's for Dinner?

Hello all!   

Wow!  It's been forever since I have written!  There has been so much going on, I don't even know where to begin!  There have been some major developments in my life lately that I can't share just yet but will very soon.  Look for a post later this week about some of these exciting new life experiences :)

Today's post is something new that I am going to try and start doing every week to keep working toward that mission of improving myself: What's for Dinner?  It will be a weekly menu plan listing what we will be eating for dinner each night.  I have been trying to incorporate new recipes when I can so there may be links to things other bloggers have posted to give them credit for what is theirs.

Monday: Garlicky Bread Crumb Pasta 

Tuesday: Slow Cooker Apple Sauce Chicken  with brown rice and corn (Will probably use apple juice in place of apple cider vinegar because I don't have any and won't make it to the store before Tuesday.  Did this last time I made this recipe and it tasted great!)

Wednesday: BRINNER!!  Pancakes, low sodium turkey bacon, eggs and fruit

Thursday: Tuna Steaks with sesame ginger marinade, brown rice and broccoli

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: I don't cook on Saturday so we will order from somewhere :)

Sunday: Cranberry Pork Ribs (made a few edits to this recipe: no chili sauce and no red wine vinegar, add 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth and dash of red pepper flakes) with smashed potatoes and a veggie

Well there you have it, my first attempt at a weekly menu plan!  I am hoping by making it public I will stick to it.  I will let you know how it goes next Sunday!

Hope you have a happy, healthy week!

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