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Weekly Menu: Week 44 (10/28/13-11/1/13)

I learned several things about my family’s eating habits this week:

  1. We all hate tortellini.
  2. The Toddler is not a fan of ANYTHING contained within ANY red-hued sauce.
  3. Big Daddy will not eat soup unless it is presented to him and he has no other choice. But he still considers ‘soup-eating’ a form of torture.
  4. Just because The Toddler enthusiastically devours a food right now, that doesn’t mean she’ll want to eat it again. Ever.

That said, last week‘s Tortellini Spinach Bake went to waste (refer to items 1 & 2 above), and I ate a lot of Creamed Chicken & Corn Soup (refer to #3). I didn’t really mind that part though, because it was delicious. And in reference to note #4, the Skillet Enchilada Pasta that I made a few weeks ago and pulled out of the freezer for The Toddler’s lunch wasn’t such a hit the second time around. She basically wouldn’t touch it with TWO ten foot poles. This was so strange, considering the fact that she consumed roughly 14 servings at one sitting the first time she was presented with the same skillet enchilada pasta.

Fickle little beasts, aren’t they?

In conclusion, I’m going to attempt to cook some food that my family will actually eat this week (you’re welcome, family). As much as Big Daddy focuses most of his food-related attention toward healthy basic foods (read: boring), the things that never go to waste in our house are inevitably those of a ‘comfort food’ variety.

For instance, this Tater Tot Casserole barely saw the light of day before it was devoured. And now that I’m eyeballing it again, it’s sorta making me drool. Oh, sorry…was that TMI? But seriously, it’s really good. Once, I ate this casserole for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. It was a well-balanced day, obviously.

If we were identifying my Perfect Food Day, it would probably look like this:

Breakfast:

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I dream of this beautiful combination of homemade scones, jam, and clotted cream on a regular (almost daily) basis. I had this for the first time when I was in Scotland (The Motherland…) during a trip to the UK with my family in 2011. I was pregnant with The Toddler, and I ate this combination for breakfast (in both Scotland and Ireland) no less than 8 times during our 9 day stay. And now, I live daily with the reality that there is no such thing as a good scone in Maryland. So I try to make them myself…and they don’t even come close. Then I cry and eat a pancake instead.

Lunch:

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I’ve been in love with various iterations of Asian soup for the last 3 years. The most common recipes you’ll see me searching and printing are for Asian-themed soups. I can’t get enough, and I love the (usual) simplicity of throwing them together. As long as you have a few staple ingredients, you can put a great, satisfying soup together in just a few minutes. The exception to this is when I embark on my monthly journey of making Pho broth. That’s definitely an all-day affair, and requires a trip to the Asian market (one of my favorite places in the whole universe), but it’s totally worth it in the end. It took me FOREVER to find a reliable recipe, but this one works really well for me (just in case you’re in the market for some Pho broth).

Dinner:

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For me, this is the ultimate comfort food combination. Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, steamed or veggies…perfection.

So there is really no actual problem with this “Perfect Food Day”. Unless you consider the fact that 2 out of 3 members of the Smithstrong household wouldn’t touch 2 out of 3 of these meals. Sometimes it’s a challenge to please everyone, and I only have to worry about a family of 3 right now. I have no idea how larger families can manage everyone’s food preferences while still making sure everyone is eating what they need.

This week, I’ve attempted to pull together recipes that will please everyone in my family, and I’m not going to over-cook. I seem to be making TOO MUCH food, and I don’t want to do that. I’ll reduce a recipe by 1/2 if it seems like it’s too much. I really don’t want to waste anything this week. I hate throwing away food. In my brain, the trash can yells, “CHA CHING! CHA CHING! CHA CHING!” as the food goes in. It’s tragic.

New Recipes:

Recycled Recipes:

With any luck, the new recipes will be keepers, and I can reduce wasted food this week!

I’m not going to bore you with the details, but the baby countdown is now approaching 10 days. Yikes! This is really happening, folks!

Click for all of the recipes, grocery list, and menu!

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Weekly Menu: Week 33 (8/12/13-8/16/13)

Another week is over! It’s not just a cliche–time really does go by faster when you’re old(er).

And your kids grow up right before your eyes.

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Seriously…it feels like that first picture was taken last week. Now I have a full-fledged toddler on my hands. It took like a WEEK for that to happen (in my brain, anyway). Isn’t it tragic that we can’t just preserve them in all of their squishy baby-ness?

Speaking of toddlers. She wasn’t a fan of Week 32‘s Ham & Cheese Stromboli. Or the Breakfast Freezer Sandwich. I thought for sure she’d eat the stromboli (since it was loaded with cheese), but wasn’t entirely surprised that she threw the breakfast sandwich on the floor. She only recently started to eat eggs, and she’ll only eat the egg from a Starbucks breakfast sandwich (but are they really even eggs anyway?). So, we’ll keep attempting to feed her some real eggs, and see if she changes her mind at some point.

For now, I’ll leave the Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches for Big Daddy…because he doesn’t throw his on the floor.

She did, however, LOVE the Sweet & Spicy Chicken (which we made non-spicy). She actually ate that twice for lunch during the week because Big Daddy and I ate all of the pork tenderloin that she was supposed to have for lunch on Wednesday (oops).

This week, I’m branching out a bit with a recipe for beef tri tips. I still have no flipping clue where I’m going to locate an organic version of beef tri tips, but I guess that’s my problem, not yours. I will find them. And if not, I’ll improvise with a different cut of beef.

Because it’s just worth it…

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Don’t you love how I tell you that I’m “branching out”, but it’s really just an excuse for me to eat mashed potatoes & gravy?

Yeah, that’s how it works right now.

And, SURPRISE!

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Guess who managed to work another stromboli into the menu this week??!! I’m sorry, but I just can’t get enough. They’re so convenient to make (and tasty). This one is even more exciting to me, since it’s a breakfast version. It kind of reminds me of the sausage bread that my mom made when I was little.  And again, I’ll probably double the recipe so I can stick a couple in the freezer. If you buy frozen dough (as I mentioned last week, I found a really good frozen organic version), one batch of dough will make 2 stromboli.

New recipes this week:

Recycled recipes this week:

Keep in mind that I DIDN’T add a recipe here for mashed potatoes to go with your tri tips. I figured that you will use your favorite recipe for those…or just eat the string beans…or choose a different side dish if you’re not a pregnant mashed potato junkie like me.

Also…I’ve mentioned before that I don’t mess with the canned “Cream of _____” gloppy soup garbage. You can use that in the Cheesy Chicken Casserole recipe if you want, but you can also easily make your own using this recipe for Cream of Chicken Soup Substitute. Amen.

Here is the printable menu, the plan, and the grocery list.

Happy weekend!

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Weekly Menu: Week 31 (7/29/13-8/2/13)

Vacation is over!

Blahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

I’ve so enjoyed not only the break from all of the general life-planning nonsense, but also SO ENJOYED being home for 2 weeks with my family. It’s amazing how different life feels when you have about 145,698 less distractions thrown at you on a daily basis. However, until I figure out a way to make money without actually working (or having the added stress), I will continue to plug away.

***sigh***

Since I brought most of my freezer food along for our trip to the beach (which came in extremely handy, by the way), the freezer is now looking pretty baron. I’ll do my best to build it back up over the next few months (before baby boy arrives), but I’m not going to stress myself out over it.

Next week’s menu doesn’t include anything overly-complicated. I’m still craving pasta, so of course there are 2 new pasta recipes on the menu. Sorry about that…kinda.

I have to also mention that I already made one of the recipes on next week’s menu because I so BADLY wanted to eat it tonight for dinner.

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And in conclusion…OH MY GOSH. I couldn’t stop eating this. I don’t know if it’s pregnancy or the gouda, but I couldn’t get enough. If you don’t make anything else, at least make this mac & cheese.

I was also bribed by Pinterest into adding this to the menu for next week…

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I love me some beef stroganoff, but something about the zucchini ribbons really seduced me. I haven’t made it yet, so I can speak to the deliciousness, but If it’s even 1/2 as good as the picture makes it look, I think I’ll be happy.

New Recipes:

Recycled Recipes:

So here it is…the menu, the grocery list, and the game plan.

Have a lovely week everyone!

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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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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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Weekly Menu: Week 16

Another week is upon us!

This week’s menu is heavy on the freezer, so I hope you’ve been keeping up! Why is it heavy on the freezer, you ask?! Well…because Mama’s feeling lazy! And we might as well use that food in the freezer–that’s why it’s there, right?!

There are FIVE freezer pulls on the menu this week:

  • Vanilla French Toast
  • Mini Pizza
  • Apple-Pear Bran Muffin
  • Spinach Lasagna Roll
  • Baked Oatmeal

 

If you haven’t stocked your freezer with all of these recipes yet, that’s OK. Just improvise until you get them all stocked in there. Most of these are sort of the staples that always remain in my freezer, so when I get ready to run out, I add it into my schedule to make more. Actually, I make Vanilla French Toast every single Saturday with the previous weeks’ leftover bread and eggs! It’s a great way to ensure that I always have it in the freezer.

The star of last week for me was the Blueberry-Raspberry Baked Oatmeal.

oatmealSo delicious! I’ve made a mental note that next time I need to add a crumbly topping to it prior to baking it, because that would make it even more delicious.

Here’s this week’s menu:

And the recipe list (starred recipes are from the freezer):

 

Here’s the full pdf version of the menu for 4/15/13-4/19/13 (if you click on this link and then “download”, all of the recipes are attached to the pdf), the plan, and the grocery list!

Have a fantastic week!

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