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Weekly Menu: Week 43 (10/21/13-10/25/13)

Believe it or not, I really did plan a menu last week. Sorta. I cooked a few recipes (you can see them on my Pinterest), but I couldn’t find the time/motivation/brain cells to put together the whole shebang.

Truthfully, I’m SUPER PREOCCUPIED right now with getting my house ready for the baby to arrive. I did this to some degree when I was pregnant with baby 1.0, but it seems to be slightly more amplified this time. I’m not entirely sure why, but I think it has something to do with the fact that we bought our house and moved in September 2011, and then The Toddler was born in March.

You know how you move your stuff into a new house, and then you end up rearranging the furniture again 6 months later because you realize after living and breathing in the house for a while that the chair you put in THAT CORNER isn’t going to work because every time you open the closet door, it bangs into the chair? Yeah…it’s sort of like that.

So now I’m nesting, and my “MUST IMMEDIATELY MOVE ALL OF THE THINGS INTO THEIR PROPER PLACES” has kicked into overdrive.

So I won’t bore you here with the details about my kitchen and dining room master plan…because you’re probably just here for a menu. If you want to read more about that, you can check out the details on House Becomes Home (in which you’ll learn more than you likely ever wanted to know about my broken garbage disposal and gold-trimmed ceiling fan).

This week, I’m ahead of the game. It’s Thursday, and I’m done with the menu. This is a new record.

The recipe I’m most excited about this week…

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Because really…anything that contains tater tots is pretty special to me.

Here’s the new recipes this week:

Just a couple of notes–

*For the Creamed Chicken & Corn soup, you can make your own cream of chicken soup rather than using a canned version. There are all kinds of Cream of Chicken recipes online, but I like Pinch Of Yum’s recipe the best because it’s super easy, quick, and it tastes good (3 things I can never argue with when it comes to a recipe).

*Also, for that same recipe…please make your own homemade creamed corn. It’s SO MUCH better than the yucky canned version. I use this recipe from The Hungry Housewife…and I love creamed corn, so I have to seriously pace myself when I make this recipe.

And the recycled recipes:

You can find all of the recipes, the menu & grocery list on box.net. Keep in mind that I didn’t add the ingredients for homemade cream of chicken soup or homemade creamed corn to the grocery list, so if you want to make those from scratch, make sure to add them (and omit the canned versions from the grocery list).

I hope the weather is beautiful this weekend for you! It’s finally starting to feel like fall in Maryland, and this makes me very happy.

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Weekly Menu: Week 37 (9/9/13-9/13/13)

So in case you were wondering, I obviously blew the menu off last week. That’s sort of how I do things…I’m a little unpredictable at times. I decided that I didn’t want to grocery shop for anything more than produce last week, so I declared it a week of “winging it”! Hopefully, you were able to survive off of recycled recipes for the past week. I’m sure you were just fine without me.

Besides not wanting to spend money on groceries, I was also frazzled from being away for Labor Day weekend. The family and I (dogs included) traveled 400 miles north to visit my NY family one last time before baby boy arrives. Actually, it’ll be the last time we make that trip until the end of March 2014, since I am not a fan of snow…and snow sometimes lasts until April in Central NY.

I’ve safely entered into the “single digit” baby countdown now. I can’t believe that I will have a baby in 9 weeks or less. It feels impossible. Insane.

And my house isn’t clean!

And my freezer isn’t fully stocked!

And there are so many things that need to be obsessively organized!

Regardless of any of that, he’s still coming…and I’m never going to really feel prepared for his arrival, so I’m just going with it. Winging it. It’s my theme lately. For instance, last night, I came home from work with The Toddler, and rather than rush inside and get dinner started, I sat on the front lawn and talked to Big Daddy while he did yard work. All the while, The Toddler cavorted in the front lawn, plucking basil leaves out of the herb garden and playing in the dirt. Supervised, but I certainly wasn’t regulating how much basil (or dirt) she ate.

Then I went inside and ordered takeout.

It was glorious.

Sometimes, you just have to put down your schedule and wing it. I don’t allow myself to do that very often, but when I occasionally do, it’s sort of liberating.

That said, let’s talk about the new menu! [Since my brain can only handle the freedom of ‘winging it’ for so long, ya know].

My challenge as of late is that there is very little room in the belly anymore for food! It’s a sad situation for someone who loves food as much as I do. I have a difficult time even considering what to eat on a regular basis, because it takes forever before I don’t feel full from my previous meal. I’m not talking full. I’m talking FULL…from just eating a normal-size portion of food. I ate three 2″ x 2″ squares of pizza for lunch yesterday, and I felt full until 8PM. It’s completely unreasonable.

And meat kinda makes me feel pukey again. But I sure do love oyster crackers right now.

And chili.

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Yep, I realize that it’s chicken chili. What can I say…I’m a walking contradiction today.

Since we’re on the topic of food challenges. I’m having a bit of a challenge lately feeding the toddler, because she’s claiming to not like anything besides Chick-Fil-A nuggets and macaroni & cheese. It’s posing some challenges for me in the “keep the baby fed” front. She does generally eat a little better at daycare though, so in an effort to encourage at least 2 solid meals per day (she eats breakfast and lunch there), I’ve been packing her a daily Bento box that looks a little more fun than your average lunch.

If I’m being honest, I have way too much fun putting her lunches together now, so it’s about 45% selfish decision, and 55% trying to motivate her to eat.

I’ve been compiling ideas (and bento supplies) over the past couple of weeks, but I’m working on my skills. As we were driving to daycare this morning, I checked the passenger seat of my truck to ensure that I hadn’t forgotten her lunch on the counter at home. It wasn’t there. However, it WAS on the floor. Sideways. With applesauce inside the bento box. Unprotected. Leaking into the Earth Balance Cheese Popcorn.

I still need some practice.

I just started pinning to a board on Pinterest for Bento stuff if you want to check it out. It’s pretty cute. I try to only Pin the stuff that is possible for me to accomplish, because some of it is a little out of my realm (and patience level).

This one? Not likely.

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I’m a relatively practical Bento-er. This is more my style:

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Except lunch meat freaks me out right now.

…so many issues!

But this isn’t therapy. You’re here for a menu, aren’t you?

New Recipes:

Recycled Recipes:

Ok, I’m sure you’ve had enough of me for today.

Click for the box.com folder with the menu, recipes, plan & grocery list!

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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 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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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 20

Happy Friday!!

I’ve seriously waited all week for today. It’s finally the weekend!

I’m starting to feel normal again. I hate to jinx myself, but I think that I am slowly approaching that wonderful “honeymoon” phase of my pregnancy. The “morning” sickness (which was really more of an “all-day” sickness) is happening less and less frequently, I haven’t been wanting to curl up in a ball on the sofa at 5:30 each day, and miracle of all miracles…I ate BEEF last night!

But then I had debilitating gas pain until approximately 2AM. So, there’s that.

Someday meat might return to the menu, but I’m clearly not ready yet.

I was informed this afternoon that a quick glance at my recent pins on Pinterest shows primarily pictures of pasta and various other forms of carb deliciousness.

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And…that is a very valid point. But there are some bird feeders and gardening ideas thrown in there for good measure!

This week is no less carb-centric, so I’m going to apologize in advance.

New Recipes This Week:

From the Freezer This Week:

I Don’t Have This Left in My Freezer, but Maybe You Do (yep, I just made this a category):

Here’s the full menu in pdf format, the grocery list, and the plan!

I hope everyone has a fantastic cooking-free week! =)

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Weekly Menu: Week 19

I am honestly TRYING to break my pregnant self out of the carb-fest that I’ve been on for the past several weeks. However, my body really has a different idea. Eating is still posing some significant challenges at the moment.

  1. I still don’t want to eat meat (this lasted my entire pregnancy last time).
  2. Chicken literally makes me gag.
  3. Salad is iffy.

I have problems. Which means that you have problems too, if you’re following my menu. If you’re trying to be ‘bikini-ready’, you’ve surely come to the wrong place. However, I’m trying to keep you (and my poor protein-deficient husband) in mind when I plan the weekly menus. If it was only about me, the menu would look like this:

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Mmmmm.

But! I can’t do that to you guys. Instead, I’ll only sorta kinda carb bomb you.

I’m also trying to branch out a little bit on the toddler front, and give the little one some different variety. She does eat a very nutritious diet, but I’d like to make sure she’s trying new food often, and I sometimes feel like I have a hard time keeping it interesting.

So this week, we’ll try hummus. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t tried to give her hummus yet. I suppose I just never have it in the house because my husband hates it. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Coupled with my pregnancy-related malfunctions, I’m also having a problem motivating myself to spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I’d much rather be enjoying the warmer weather, digging in the garden, strolling the baby, and playing at the playground. As a result, you may have noticed that I started making only 3 dinner meals per week, and I’ve also scaled down on the number of recipes in total that I make each weekend.

Incidentally, this will probably come back to bite me in the butt when my freezer starts to look a little sad and empty…but I’ll suffer the consequences later. I’d rather enjoy the weather.

The menu this week is pretty easy, so this is a good week to get started if you’re just jumping in!

That’s it! Pretty easy, right?

Here’s the full menu for the week, the grocery list, and the plan.

Have a great week!

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Weekly Menu: Week 17

Better late than never??!! It’s been one of those weeks, ya know?!

Now that we’re Facebook official, I feel relieved.

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There is a baby on the way, folks. And this particular baby does not like:

  1. Meat
  2. Salad
  3. Anything that doesn’t contain at least 50% carbs

Hence, the reason why my menu plans have been positively carb-o-licious for the past several weeks. I haven’t even been able to bring myself to prepare most of the planned meals that contained meat…much to my husband’s dismay. My poor, meat-deficient husband.

Hopefully, this passes soon, because I can only eat so many crackers. I’m (sort of) happy to report that much like during my previous pregnancy, I am fully capable of eating pho several (most) days of the week. So, luckily I’m receiving some sort of nutritional value from the veggies and bone broth in that.

Hopefully, THAT doesn’t pass soon. Because mama loves her some pho!

In any case, we have several weeks to go, as I’m not quite through the first trimester yet. But, we’re excited and can’t wait to see how much more “lively” our household becomes with two.

This week is no exception to the “carb-friendly” thing that I’m experiencing these days. You’ll have to bear with me for a while until I’ve fully excited this phase.

*All from the freezer

Here’s the grocery list for 04/22/13-04/26/13 , the plan for 04/22/13-04/26/13, and the full pdf version of the menu for 04/22/13-04/26/13, which also has all of the recipes attached.

Have a 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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Weekly Menu: Week 15

I’m happy to report that, unlike during week 13, I only had one menu casualty last week. The Breakfast Muffins never happened, but that was perfectly fine, since I had plenty of previously-frozen Apple-Pear Bran Muffins.

Oh, the benefits of stocking your freezer never end!

Besides the fact that I had plenty of food to feed my family all week, the highlight of my week was definitely my birthday on Tuesday (!!!), and the celebration that ensued on Wednesday. My sweet husband took me out for Dim Sum and to see Adam Levine…I mean…Maroon 5. It was a great night, and tons of fun.

The beautiful thing was that my lovely daughter had food to eat for dinner while we were away. Since I had my menu planned, I was also able to pack her Thursday daycare food on Tuesday evening so that I didn’t have to make it on Wednesday when we got home at midnight. Or on Thursday morning when I was severely sleep-deprived. I can only imagine what I would’ve packed on Thursday morning.

This week I’ve made it a point to add things to the menu that you can eat during the week and also freeze for the future. Out of the 6 new recipes, 5 of them can potentially be frozen for the future. Just remember that if you plan to double (or triple) a recipe so that you can stock your freezer, you also have to increase the ingredients on your grocery list.

 

No slow cooker meals this week, but only because I wasn’t in the mood for anything that I came across.

It may sound selfish, but I’m probably the most excited about making (eating) my stuffed cabbage rolls.

Stuffed cabbage

Yum.

They’re one of my favorites, and I love the fact that the recipe makes so many, so I’m able to freeze one pan for later.

Here’s the menu for 04/08/13-04/12/13 the game plan , and the grocery list.

Just remember that items from the freezer are not included on the grocery list, so if you want to make those to stock your freezer for the future, be sure to add them to your grocery list! If you don’t want to make those items, and just substitute something you have on hand instead, that’s OK too. Eventually, you’ll have the same items stocked in your freezer as me, and you won’t have to substitute at all.

Have a great week!

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