Saturday, February 28, 2015

Weekly Menu + Lasagna Roll Ups

Here is another menu for the week at our home. Chicken Tacos is always a winner. I make it in the crock pot with frozen chicken breasts along with a jar of salsa and a package of taco seasoning. I mean, this could not be easier.
The Asian Grilled Salmon with Quinoa recipe came from Ina Garten and it was just okay. It was a "popular" recipe on Food Network but it lacked that WOW factor that the Barefoot Contessa usually has in all her recipes. You basically mix up Dijon mustard, olive oil, soy and minced garlic. This goes on the salmon before you bake it and you add more before serving. It was okay, but not amazing.
The Thai Tilapia with Coconut Curry Broth was AMAZING. I can't wait to post that recipe later this week. And I can't wait to make it again!
Lasagna Roll Ups was a conglomeration of several recipes I read online. Giada's rendition is what inspired me first but I knew that I could improve to better fit my family's taste.  I had the idea to make these lasagna rolls instead of one large pan of lasagna so I could freeze them in smaller portions. This is the recipe I want to share with you today.

My idea worked brilliantly and I really like the way these turned out. I cut some corners, making this easy enough for a week night meal - and better yet, I have three pans of this in the freezer!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Weekly Menu + Bacon & Bean Soup

This is like a "throwback Thursday" post since this was Superbowl week. Game day was an easy cooking day at our house. We had family over and everyone brought a dish to share. We let the kiddos run around while we snacked casually until we were full.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Menu of the Week and the Terrible Peanut Shrimp Dinner

This menu of the week consist of some super easy meals. Shrimp tacos didn't happen on Sunday, instead we ate out with friends. Pot Pies and rice on Monday? I know, crazy right!? Monday was a holiday so our "Monday" was on Tuesday which is why Tuesday we had our traditional salmon meal.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Pan Roasted Chicken Caprese Salad

"Two salads and two fish," that is one rule of our weekly meal planning I'm trying to stick to. It's not too difficult to have a salad entrée when you focus on tried and true flavor combinations. Fresh is best, and this caprese salad with pan roasted chicken brings bold flavors while sparing us from an unhealthy meal.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Menu for the Week: 2 Salads, 2 Fish

Here is our menu from last week. You will see some of the same dishes as the previous week and that is because we had to skip a night so I carried Turkey Meatloaf over. Our new goals are to have two salad entrée nights a week and at least two fish nights a week. I feel like this menu meets all of our criteria.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Back to School Thank You Gift

It may be too late this year, but you can bookmark this idea for your child's teacher next year. I was looking for a simple, but creative craft I could replicate SEVEN times for Bryce and Harper's teachers at the daycare they attend. Yes, there are many wonderful helping hands at the school and I wanted each of them to have something handmade from us.

Friday, January 2, 2015

7 Tips for Serving Dinner 7 Nights a Week

On Monday I go back to work full time after being on maternity leave. Oh boy, this is going to be an adjustment. I've been asked how I'm able to cook every night for my family and so I thought I would put a couple thoughts down on the blog.

  1. For one, I don't think I would do this if I didn't enjoy it. I absolutely love cooking, it brings me peace and makes me happy.
  2. Make a plan. You don't have to stick to it, but making a plan the week before and shopping for everything you need will make pulling dinners together every night possible.
  3. Stick with what you know. I add maybe one or two new recipes a week but mostly stick to recipes I've made before so I don't get slowed down following a recipe or trying a new cooking technique.