Monthly Archives: June 2013

New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 27 (7/1/13-7/5/13)

It’s getting crazy up in here. I realized again yesterday that my freezer is looking pretty baron. I need to get cooking (and freezing), but it’s so DAMN HOT OUTSIDE! However, I’m going to have to suck it up and do some cooking.

That said, this week is a little heavy on the freezer-stock…although it’s still very light as compared to many of my previous (spring) menus.

It includes these delicious beauties…

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Don’t you want to eat those for lunch next week?! They’re like Bagel Bites, only much more delicious and better for you.

This week, despite the sad state of my freezer, I’m not overdoing it. I’m mainly focusing on getting at least one lunch and one breakfast meal stocked and ready to go, which will last for several weeks into the future. I’ll probably freeze a dinner or two (weekends…or for when the baby comes) next week. I figure if I continue at that pace, alternating between stocking breakfast/lunch/dinner over the next 3 months, I’ll have a solid freezer stash ready going into the fall and winter.

Of course, that is the plan.

We’ll see how it turns out.

[…insert vision of me, on/about November 25th, with a 19-month-old slung on my back in the Maya Wrap, and a newborn wrapped to my front in the Moby…both screaming…both hungry…I’m lactating…I’m also probably crying hysterically…starving…nothing in the oven…husband is at work. So, the ultimate goal is to avoid this scenario.]

Last weeks menu was very lazily-executed on my end. I skipped a couple of recipes that were intended for the end of the week because I just honestly could not find the motivation to cook last weekend (other than the breakfast necessities and the stuffed peppers), and then I’ve been working late this week, so I bestowed the dinner responsibility upon the husband.

But, the stuffed peppers were SO GOOD! Loved them.

This week, since I’m expecting myself to fizzle and burn out again, I’m using a couple of dinner recipes that seem quick and easy. It should make everything a bit easier to execute, especially considering that I have committed to make 3 (admittedly easy) recipes for my company picnic on Sunday afternoon.

Also for that reason, I have noted on the menu that the muffins for Monday’s breakfast will be made this evening. I realize that’s ambitious considering that today is Friday, and I also have to still grocery shop (tonight), but that’s basically the only way these muffins are getting made.

Sleep be damned.

New recipes this week:

Recycled recipes this week:

Here’s the plan, the menu, and the grocery list.

Happy weekend, everyone!

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New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 26 (6/24/13-6/28/13)

It’s Saturday! Holy crap, I’m so late in posting the menu! Obviously, it’s been a busy week. Now that I finally have the menu finished, I have to still do my grocery shopping today. Should be a nice relaxing day! Right!

Did you know that I’m having a baby in about 4 months? FOUR MONTHS. FOUR MONTHS!!!!! When I was pregnant with my daughter, this is around the time when I started to feverishly stock my freezer with meals that I could just throw in the oven while I was on maternity leave. The last thing I imagine I’ll want to do when baby boy arrives is spend my weekends cooking. So, prepare for an onslaught of freezer stocking coming up in the next few weeks. This will be a little extra work on the weekends, but it will help in the long run.

In any case, you’ll probably be happy to know that the menu has a little more variety this week, considering that my food aversions are mostly a thing of the past now. I am still not really a fan of pork at the moment, but it never really was one of my favorites anyway (or meat in general).

Last week, the star of the show was definitely the Crockpot Chicken & Gravy. We paired it with spelt egg noodles, and it was delicious! We were able to find gravy packets at our organic market (they were of a more “natural” variety than the conventional gravy packets), so I felt a little less YUCK about using packaged gravy. I plan to throw this recipe into the rotation, and next time I’ll add celery, carrots, and a little extra seasoning to make it healthier.

For the new menu, I’m most excited about this beautiful creation…

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Served with a mixed green salad on the side (or even put the peppers right on top of the mixed greens)…doesn’t this seem like the perfect summertime dinner? Can’t wait.

I’m keeping it simple this week, since things don’t seem to be slowing down over here. However, there is some extra cooking in my future next weekend, since I’m virtually out of all of my standard breakfast freezer staples. My freezer is looking kind of bare on the “breakfast” shelf. So, I’ll be searching for some new muffins and such throughout the coming week (as time allows).

Here’s the new recipes:

And the recycled:

So there ya have it!

Here’s the Menu, the Plan, and the Grocery List.

Have a fantastic week!

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New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 25 (6/17/13-6/21/13)

It’s time for another menu…already!

Baby girl and I are headed to the beach this afternoon, and we don’t return until Saturday…just in time to host a Father’s Day party for our family and friends (p.s…I’m pretty excited about making this Tomato Potato Zucchini Summer Squash “Casserole”)! It should be interesting preparing for a party in addition to preparing everything for next week’s menu!

Luckily, I’ve made it pretty simple on myself. Most of the breakfast items are from my freezer, I added 2 (extremely easy) slow cooker recipes to the menu, some “slap ’em together and throw ’em in the oven” tacos, and a muffin recipe. Simple stuff, guys.

If ever there was a week to jump into the mix, this is it. If you are just starting, begin by just making the new recipes, and piece-in and improvise your way through the recipes that you don’t have in your freezer yet. In a few weeks, you’ll have all of the freezer-stock recipes on-hand, and you will be right on schedule with me.

This recipe has me the most excited this week:

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Here’s the new recipes for this week:

Pulling out of my freezer:

Here’s the menu (including all of the recipes in pdf format), the grocery list, and the plan.

Have a great weekend!

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New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 24 (6/10/13-6/14/13)

It’s raining!

That’s not particularly exciting news to the rest of the world, but hopefully the half-dead Gerber daisies on my front porch appreciate this. Sidebar: is it just me, or are we actually experiencing “April” in “June”?

More exciting than the weather: we find out what flavor baby we are having on Monday!

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Any early guesses?

Yeah, me either. I vacillate back and forth based on which “gender test” I’ve taken during the week. The Chinese Gender Predictor tells me it’s a girl, and the ring/string test tells me it’s a boy…so there’s no telling what we’ve got. But, we’ll know for sure on Monday!

I know–you’re here for a menu. Sorry.

This week, only 4 new recipes because I still have an abundance of food in the freezer (mainly breakfast food), and because really…let’s not overexert ourselves, OK? It could potentially stop raining, and we may want to actually do something fun this weekend (or take a nap or 5)!

New recipes:

Oldies:

**A note about the Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak: the recipe I posted calls for 2 cans of cream of mushroom soup. Since I don’t subscribe to the “cream of (insert type) soup” club, I make my own using this recipe: Cream of Chicken Soup Substitute. It takes only a few minutes to make, and it’s much better for us than that old goopy canned junk. Just double the recipe, add some chopped mushrooms and you’ll have the Cream of Mushroom soup that you need for the salisbury steak recipe. Amen.

p.s…I didn’t put the “Cream of Yuck” soup on your grocery list because I can’t support that type of behavior. If you MUST buy the yucky stuff, make sure to add it to your grocery list.

My second side note on this recipe is that it calls for dry onion soup mix. You can make your own soup mix too…as well as several other of those dry packet mix thingies. I came across a link on Pinterest a while ago, and since then, I’ve made all of the combinations mentioned (taco seasoning, dry onion soup, and ranch) with great success using spices that I already have on-hand. It’s very cool.

I’m also going to whip up some mashed potatoes to go with the Salisbury Steak…I’ll use my own recipe, but it basically resembles Paula Deen’s Garlic Mashed Potato recipe. Um. Yum. And, you can make these in advance and freeze them. They reheat lovely in the oven or on the stove top (just keep the burner on low, or you’ll burn them).

Here’s the menu (with all of the recipes attached to the pdf document), the grocery list, and the game plan.

So there you have it, kids. I’ll be running out of breakfast food soon, so we’ll probably have to make some muffins next week. Get your muffin tins ready!

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New Menu

Weekly Menu: Week 23 (6/3/13-6/7/13)

It’s finally summer in Maryland!

Considering that it’s summer, I decided that there’s no better time to make soup! That makes sense, right? We’ll blame this logic on the gestating baby.

But really–creamy taco soup shouldn’t be put off until the weather is cooler…

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Yum.

So here are the new recipes:

And the recycled recipes:

Here’s the menu, the plan, and the grocery list.

Have a lovely, fantastic week everyone!

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