Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August dinners 2017

Week One

Butter chicken in pressure cooker

Blue Chips Chicken Salad

*Mexican Corn Panzanella- 5 stars!

Dad's Green Chili

Cheap take-out dinner at Olive Garden

BBQ at McFarlanes

Week Two

Cereal- I did it! For the first time in 10 years of parenting I served cereal for dinner and my kids thought it was the best. Mark was out of town, the TJs frozen meal I had planned got some eye rolls so I just made my life simple and we had cereal

Bacon, Chicken Cesar Salad

Santa Rosa Chicken and Wild Rice Salad

Cheesy Chicken Quesadilla Pie

Atakilt Wat

Misr Wat

Doro Wat

Week Three

Roasted chicken with potatoes, asparagus and lemons

Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad

Roasted Veggie Pizza:

1. Make dough. (1.5 tsp yeast, 1tsp sugar, 1c warm water, 2.5 c flour, 2Tbsp oil, 1 tsp salt)
2. Saute 1 sliced zucchini, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 yellow bell pepper, and 1/2 red onion. (You can use whatever kind of peppers you want. I think it's good with all of them.)
3. Season vegetables with 1 tsp oregano, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1 tsp garlic powder (or you can saute a couple of cloves).
4. Sprinkle 1.5c of mozzarella cheese on pizza crust and cover with sliced tomatoes.
5. Spread veggies on top of tomatoes (it will be pretty thick!).
6. If you like feta and basil, sprinkle with both.
7. Bake at 425 for 20-25 minutes.

Seasoned Pork Tenderloin slices from Costco on the grill with veggies

Zucchini Bread

Dad's Chili Verde

2½-3 pounds pork butt (pork shoulder), cubed
1 pound roasted green chiles, skins removed, seeded, diced
1 pound roasted tomatillos
2-3 roasted serrano or jalapeno peppers (remove seeds for less heat)
1 yellow onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. oregano
½ cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tbsp. cumin
1-2 cartons chicken stock
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper
vegetable oil
1/3 cup flour

Place roasted tomatillos and serrano/jalapeno peppers in food processor or blender and
pulse until roughly pureed.
Season pork with salt and pepper, lightly brown in oil, drain and set aside. In a large pot,
add ½ cup of the oil the pork was browned in and sauté onions over medium-low heat
until tender. Add garlic and sauté 1-2 minutes. Add flour and cook for 3-4 minutes.
Add pureed tomatillo/pepper mixture and 1 carton chicken stock, stirring well to mix.
Add pork, green chiles and all spices. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low, cover and
simmer until pork is almost tender. Skim excess fat that accumulates on the top of the
chili. Check seasoning occasionally (salt and pepper). Add stock as necessary if mixture
becomes too thick. About ½ hr. before done, remove bay leaves, add cilantro, make final
seasoning adjustment with salt and pepper. Continue simmering to thicken. Serve with
rice and tortillas.
Note: to roast the tomatillos, remove husks and wash. Place on a baking sheet, rub with
a little vegetable oil. Place under the broiler about 5-6 min. per side, turning once, until
slightly blackened on both sides.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

July Dinners 2017

Week One

Meals on vacation (Taco Salad, chicken bakes, BBQ chicken/green beans/mac and cheese and dinners with friends)

Week Two- This week Angela and I swapped menus again. I can't wait to make these yummy meals!

Chicken Adobo with Coconut Rice

Roasted Sausage with Mushrooms, Squash, and Polenta

Indian Curry with Rice

Smoky Supreme Pizza Melts- 5 Stars! Scroll down a bit on the link to fit the smoky supreme recipe

Vegetable and Goat Cheese Frittata- chives and goat cheese took this over the top!

Week Three

BBQ at friend's house

"Walking tacos" while day "camping" with my family

BBQ chicken in the oven- a whole chicken cut up 30min at 400 degrees and ~30min at 350 degrees. Basting every 7min with bbq sauce in the last 30 minutes

Nachos and smoothies

Bacon beans and cornbread (Instant Pot beans cooked with bacon jam from TJs)

Pot pie from TJs 

Pioneer Woman's Perfect Potato Soup 

Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Pineapple popsicles

Week Four

*Summer Roasted Vegetable Orzo Salad

Thursday, June 1, 2017

June Dinners 2017

Week One

BBQ Chicken Calzones

Chicken Posole Salad

Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cinnamon Salsa

Yum Yum Bowls

Dan Dan Noodles

Week Two

Oven Fajitas

Dominos Pizza (dad's out of town)

Dinner at My sisters

White sauce, peas and pasta (it's called...what can we find to eat in the house)

Homemade Pizza, smoothies, green beans/corn

Dinner at Nanas

Week Three

Baked Potato Soup

BBQ at friends

Bacon Carmelized Onion Quiche

Tacos (for Father's Day)


Roasted Maple Glazed Tenderloin with beer battered zucchini fries

Monday, May 15, 2017

May Dinners 2017

Week One

TJs Orange Chicken

Fried Rice

Chicken Caesar Salad

$1 Jimmy Johns Sandwiches

Dinner with Joanne at Zeeks

Week Two 

*Mark planned meals this week- yahoo!*



Chicken Dumpling Soup

Homemade Mac and Cheese


Shepherd's Pie from Costco

Dinner at the Elliffs

Week Three

Southwestern Chopped Salad- my request for mother's day! WITH THE BREAD

Creamy Spaghetti with Peas and Ham

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pasta Salad

*Creamy Black Bean Taco Soup

*Grilled Steak and Veggie Kebabs

*Egg roll in a bowl

Week Four

Chili dogs with my extended family

Chicken Posole Salad

Sweet Balsamic Glazed Pork

Squash Quiche made with Carmelized Onion Cheddar

BLT chopped salad

Pork Potstickers and edemame

Scalloped Potatoes and Ham

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

April Dinners 2017

Week One

Quesadillas and Strawberries

Crockpot Ham Bone and Bean soup

Spaghetti with Italian sausage

Trader Joes tamales

*Salisbury Steak Meatballs over Egg Noodles- kids loved them

*Mojo Pork Tenderloin Tacos with Homemade Refried Beans- Delicious!!

*Healthy Green Hulk Muffins- 5 stars

Week Two 

*Mississippi Roast

*Chicken Tortilla Casserole Recipe- I was surprised at how bland it was! It needed a massive flavor boost.

*Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes- meh

*Asiago Crusted Pork Chops- meh

*Mexican Baked Eggs- 5 stars

*Copycat Chick-fil-a chicken bites

*Croissant French Toast- when Croissants go on sale at Costco, you use them to make multiple meals!! Yum!

Week Three

Thai chopped salad- 5 stars!!

Pizza night

Overnight coconut ginger baked french toast- 5 stars!!

Mexican Pulled pork- pork chops in the crockpot with TJ's Roasted Tomatillo and mango salsa

BBQ chicken in the crockpot

Asian Beef Tacos- always a homerun

Week Four

Dinner at mom's

Nacho Bread Pizza

Holla' Spinach Beef and Barley Stew

Turkey and Brown Rice Taco Burritos

Ham and bean soup

Costco Pot Pie


Sunday, March 5, 2017

March dinners 2017

Week One

White Bean Chicken Chili

Baked-Orange Glazed Meatballs- double this next time

*Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice- super quick weeknight meal

*White Chicken Lasagna Soup- the cheesy topping puts this soup over the top

*Yum Yum Bowls- 5 Stars! It was very similar to mexican pile-up but with the addition of an awesome 5 star sauce

Week Two

*Dan Dan Noodles

*Cheesy Black Bean Lasagna- kinda like a mexican lasagna

Pot Roast Meat over Baked Potatoes

Dino-nuggets when mom's gone

Romaine Salad with Cheddar, Chicken, Apples and Cranberries

Week Three

A HUGE thanks to my friend Angela who helped me process and prep a TON of food while she was visiting this week. It made dinners this week so smooth!

Beef and Barley Garden Stew - a great use-whatever-random-veggies-I-can-find recipes. Start with sautéing ground beef and chopped onions, add some garlic, throw in a bunch of chopped tomatoes or a couple cans of undrained diced tomatoes, then finish with some broth and whatever chopped veggies sound good to you. Season to taste. I also added about 1/2 cup of barley to make the finished product thick and more stew-like. This pot included potatoes, zucchini and mushrooms.

Breakfast for dinner- Blueberry Oatmeal Yogurt Pancakes and smoothies

Asparagus Pesto

Week Four

Roasted Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp and Asparagus

Mexican Zucchini Soup- yes, it uses Valveeta cheese but it is oh so yummy!

Bacon, Asparagus pizza

Dumpling Soup- there is never a drop of this soup left when we make it.

* = new recipe


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