Monday, February 13, 2017

Week 393 Menu

Happy Monday everyone!  I woke up this morning to a beautiful sunrise.  So excited to enjoy the sunshine and watch our snow piles disappear this week!  And I'm looking forward to dessert tonight...leftover apple crisp from yesterday, with extra crisp.  Yummo!

I planned my week out before I hit the grocery store this morning.  I'm going to post this now before I get distracted and the week is over.

Tuesday:  pesto chicken alfredo, salad, fruit pizza for dessert

Thursday:  chicken pot pie

Saturday:  leftovers

What about you?  What are you making this week?  Anything special for Valentine's day?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do!

Happy Valentine's week!!!

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Week 392 Menu

Menu planning has been tricky this week (and last week) since my Instant Pot gave me a fatal error and won't work AND my newish grill isn't working so well.  I need to spend some time with customer service on both of these so I can get back to my regular way of cooking.

This weekend we found a little surprise on our stairs.  I posted about it on instagram.  We have lots of home projects going on and we need to wrap some of them up and move on.  Looking good!

This week is busy, like life, I guess.  Life is better when I menu plan, so here we go.  I'm determined to be more on top of things this week. 

Monday: teriyaki meatballs, rice, stirfry veggies

Tuesday: lasagna

Wednesday: fancy sandwiches - turkey pesto on yummy, easy french bread

Thursday: chicken taquitos, salsa and guacamole, veggies & fruit

Friday: baked tinfoil dinners (my grill is having a problem so we're baking these instead of grilling)

Saturday: flatbread pizza

Sunday: chicken pot pie

All righty!  That's done.  Phew!  How about you?  Have you menu planned for this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

What we ACTUALLY ate (Week 391 Menu)

This last week slipped away so fast. I started planning my menu on Monday and never finished.  Guess what happened?  We ended up eating Mexican food 5 out of 7 nights!  Totally my favorite.  Quick, easy and pretty healthy.

This is the ONLY picture I took this week and posted it on Instagram.  We had a busy week with a little snow, ice and some SUNSHINE!  We had plenty of basketball, piano lessons, homework and preschool teaching.  My favorite day of the week is Wednesday when I get to go to the temple.  Such a blessing.

This week's menu is a "what we actually ate" menu.  So, here's what we actually ate this week.  

Monday:  crockpot chipotle honey lime chicken tacos, Instant Pot spanish rice, homemade salsa, guacamole

Tuesday:  Costa Vida (my favorite!!!)

Wednesday:  taco soup

Thursday: breakfast burritos (made it with turkey sausage instead of bacon and fried up some sweet potatoes for me)

Friday: eggs, fried ham, toast (or leftover breakfast burritos for some of us)

Sunday:  pulled out some green chile tomatillo pork from the freezer and everyone made them into salad, nachos or tacos with our favorite salsa, guacamole and the works.  My daughter made caramel brownies and my ten year old son made cookies for the first time all by himself (chocolate chip...they were good!).

What about you?  What did you end up eating this week?  I've started writing down what we ate each day in my calendar/planner.  It's fun to look back and see what we ate in "real life".   Feel free to share what you ate.  Love it when you do!

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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Week 390 Menu

This was my week last week:  trying to stay positive, yummy cookies, and "ice ice baby."
Can you believe that a good chunk of January is already over?  I feel like my kids are still starting to go back to school from Christmas break.

Last week was very interesting.  I got to sleep in a lot.  I made a lot of quesadillas for lunch.  I ate a lot of cookies.  Here's what our week looked like, school-wise.

Monday:  no school (Martin Luther King day)
Tuesday:  the kids went to school all day, but my little guy was coughing and skipped preschool
Wednesday:  no school due to freezing rain
Thursday:  no school due to freezing rain
Friday:  2 hour delay, but the kids all went to school for a while, even my preschooler

I'm very thankful that the ice is all melting.  Our snow is sslllllllooooowwwwlllllyyyy starting to melt.  Weather is looking up and spring is getting closer every day.

Hoping we're back to our regular schedule now.  The kids definitely appreciate basketball practice and the chance to go to school a bit more now since they haven't gone much in the last two months.

Menu time:

Monday:  honey garlic chicken, whole wheat angel hair, broccoli

Tuesday:  turkey taco quinoa skillet (this is the 4th time this has been on my menu, maybe I'll get to make it this week)

Wednesday:  grill burgers/hot dogs

Thursday:  beef stroganoff

Friday:  homemade pizza

Saturday:  quick french dip w/green chilies

Sunday:  grilled teriyaki salmon, quinoa/or rice, steamed veggies

What are you making this week?  Feel free to share.  I love it when you do.  (My cute friend Julia shared last week.  Love it!)

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Spanish Rice (Instant Pot Version)

I love Spanish rice.  I love tamales.  I love Mexican food.  I hate freezing rain.  I love it when the ice covered roads melt and the sun shines and I get to go to Costco where I can buy tamales.  

How's that for an opening line?  Today was our 7th snow day and in a month, plus six two-hour delays and those don't count the days it snowed during Christmas break and we stayed at home.  We had some nice freezing rain last night and the night before which turned our town into a skating rink.  Luckily it melted this afternoon and hopefully the kiddos can go to school tomorrow...since it's Friday AND it's already January 19th.  My kids have hardly gone to school at all this month.

Anyway...back to Spanish rice.  I bought some tamales at Costco today and we had some for dinner.  After living in New Mexico for almost 9 years I love Mexican food.  We eat it several times a week, but we don't have tamales for dinner.  Probably because I didn't realize that they sell them at Costco.

I made some Spanish rice and some quick pinto beans to go with our tamales.  I feel like using the Instant Pot is a big experiment and I should be documenting what and how I'm making in it.  The Spanish rice was a success, so here's how I made it (so I can make it again, soon).

You can make it with either brown or white rice.  I only had jasmine rice, so that's what I used, but I'll include cooking times for both.

Spanish Rice
makes about 6 1/2 c. servings

2 T. diced onion
2 T. (or more) diced bell pepper (any color)
1/2 T. olive oil

1 c. rice (I used white, see notes below for cooking time for brown rice)
1/2 c. salsa (I used my favorite quick recipe)
3/4 c. water

1.  Set Instant Pot to Saute. Cook onion and bell pepper in olive oil for 3-4 minutes. Add rice and cook for 1 minute. Add salsa and water and a little salt. Put lid on Instant Pot.

2.  Use Manual function on LOW PRESSURE for 8 minutes. Let naturally release for 10 minutes after and then manually release any leftover pressure.

**If using brown rice, increase cooking time to 22 minutes, then natural release for 10 minutes.

Recipe source:  adapted from Attainable Sustainable
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