Is it just me, or has this been the slowest week in the history of ever? Maybe it’s just because my brain is still on vacation.
So, 6 months and many lethargic afternoons later, I’ve decided this week that I’m going to lay off the carbs for a while. I have been feeling so sluggish lately in the late afternoon and evening that I can only attribute it to carb overload. I’m sure it has nothing to do with the gestating baby I’m carrying, combined with meltingly hot temperatures outside. No matter the reason, I’m going to lay off the carbs and see if I feel any better.
However. The deliciousness of this stromboli from last weeks menu has me dreaming of creating all types of fun, doughy, meat and cheese combinations.
So, I’m going to double (or triple) the recipe and whip up a bunch for the freezer. Because when you’re feeling over-carbed, one stromboli just isn’t enough. Makes sense, right?
Since I was able to find a great organic pizza dough at the grocery store last week, it made the whole stromboli process even easier. I think this recipe will come in handy since I can bake the stromboli in foil, and then just pop them in the freezer. I tried it out last week, and they heat up really nicely in the oven (which will be perfect after a long day of chasing a toddler and feeding a newborn). The version I made for this past week was filled with pepperoni and mozzarella, brushed with egg yolk and water (per the recipe), then I sprinkled the top with course sea salt and some Tastefully Simple Garlic & Pesto Mix that I had in my cupboard from ages ago. It was so freaking delicious!
So, that’s a carb bomb that can’t be avoided…although…I’m sure it’ll be fine since I won’t be eating the entire stromboli or anything. Maybe.
Another hit from the Week 31 Menu was the Spicy Sausage Pasta (although I made it not spicy because toddlers tend to not be a fan of that sort of nonsense).
I loved this recipe. I was a major fan of the fact that I didn’t have to boil my noodles in one pot and cook the rest of the stuff in another pot. I’m seeing more recipes pop up where you can just add your noodles into the recipe uncooked, and they turn out beautifully. I suppose if it works for Hamburger Helper, why wouldn’t it work for a similar homemade recipe, right?! This recipe turned out great, and the leftovers were even better than the original.
This week, since I’m trying to focus more on protein and less on carbs, you may feel a bit shafted in the “side dish” category. Since a lot of my recipes are one-dish type meals, that’s normally not an issue (since they’re generally all carb-o-licious and stuff). My plan is to skip the carbs and just steam up some frozen veggies instead, or throw some fresh veggies on the grill with a sweet potato. Sounds delicious still, right?!
I’m trying to convince myself that pasta = steamed veggies. But it just doesn’t compute. I will survive.
Now. Don’t get it twisted and think that this week’s menu is “low carb”. It’s so not.
Now, this recipe looks delicious to me, but I need to add a disclaimer. The the recipe uses some version of conventional grocery store breaded, bagged chicken. I don’t intend to take that route (unless I can find an organic version), so I might be breading my own chicken for this recipe. I’m personally not opposed to those extra few steps so avoid any type of “frankenmeat” situation…but I also won’t judge you if you use a Tyson-esque version of breaded chicken either. I’m just paranoid.
Don’t get nervous that there are FIVE new recipes this week. I promise you that they are all easy, so you shouldn’t feel like you’re standing in the kitchen all weekend. I added the breakfast sandwiches on the plan to be prepared tonight (Friday), so just whip them up after the kids go to bed (you know…before you watch the next episode of Orange Is the New Black in your queue). That way, you’ll get a head start on your weekend cooking. If you wanted to be REALLY ambitious (heck, it’s Friday…you can stay up late watching Netflix, right?!), you could even make your Sweet & Spicy Chicken, which will take you next to no time to put together anyway.
Here’s the Menu, the Plan, and the Grocery List.
It’s almost the weekend!!! Enjoy it, because summer will be over before we know it (at least on the East Coast it will be)!!!