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Friday Food Round-Up!

Last weekend, The Universe delivered unto us an abundance of new recipes to try. We’re still working through them!  It was also Passover (until Tuesday) and Easter weekend. We planned meals that Marcus could eat around to be very observant, meals that I could sort of be observant with and the whole family ate. 

Friday – One Skillet Steak and Spring Veg with Spicy Mustard, Potato Salad

This was a great meal. We’d work it into next year’s Passover menu and general rotation for sure. 

Saturday – Steak, Baked Potatoes, Salad

We eat a lot of beef now, in case you haven’t noticed.

Sunday – Scrambled Eggs, Hashbrowns, Bacon, Cinnamon Rolls

Easter breakfast!  I scrambled the eggs and picked out the cinnamon rolls so that counts for something. Right? I cannot tell you what the mystery pastry item is but I think it came from the Trader Joe’s freezer case. 

Monday – Brisket, Tots, Baked Beans, Asparagus Salad, Bread, Coleslaw

This was a combo of leftovers and new things (tots, slaw, beans).

Wednesday – Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings

I actually saw this recipe on Lag Liv (also her blog is great, read it!) and knew immediately we needed to make it.  It’s a true dump into the crockpot meal which makes it the best kind. Even better, Mom dumped it into the crockpot for me!

Also, it is salty enough you do not need to do the seasoned salt (we omitted) and if you want a kick, add some cayenne. 


Friday Food Round-Up!

TGIF!  Passover started on Monday night, so I really don’t know where this week went.  At all.  I will also say this was probably my worst week on record for photoing our dinners.  Ever.  Like, probably I could have snapped the steak and salad and potatoes we had on Saturday night.  Or the Seder dinners.  Or the matzo pizza.  I didn’t you guys.  Just use your imaginations.

Sunday – Pizza, Chopped Salad


Thursday – Salmon, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Parsley-ed Carrots

This was a really delicious slice of salmon, I will say.

Friday Food Round-Up!

We tried so many new recipes this week!  And I cooked four full meals this week!  Who am I?

Friday – Perfect Seared Scallops with Warm Corn Salad from Cravings, Tater Tots

I’ve always wanted to try this recipe and since we can make shellfish here, we did!

Saturday – Lasagna

Mom made this with cottage cheese instead of ricotta and then we ate lasagna all weekend. It really was an 11/10 recipe. 

Sunday – Salmon, Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms and Peas from Cravings, Salad

Mom made the salmon and salad, I made the risotto. 

Monday – Shrimp and Grits, Salad

I promised to make shrimp and grits envisioning it to be less time intensive than it was. Beka shared this recipe care of her Louisiana cousin. 

For the grits I added 1 cup of cheese, 2 T butter and salt and pepper to taste at the end. I also made the cream sauce with regular hot sauce because we did not have green. 

Tuesday – Chicken Tacos, Pinto Beans, Cilantro-Lime Rice

I thought we had black beans and then we didn’t. 

Wednesday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings, Stir-Fried Pea Pods, Kung Pao Cauliflower from Trader Joe’s

I made the sesame noodles with peanut butter instead of tahini this time and they were WORLDS better. Would not recommend this cauliflower product. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

I spoke too soon about the nausea.  I felt much better and then I took a dive again.  Part of the week, I could eat.  The other part, I could not.  But here is a lot of pretty food that graced the table.  We continue to be so blessed that we don’t have to cook constantly.  Honestly.

Friday – Balsamic-Ginger Salmon with Veggie Fried Rice, Asparagus, Challah

This meal was actually prepared by my mother-in-law as Shabbat was at their house!  This is Marcus’ plate.  Friday kicked off my weekend of profound nausea and all I could stomach (albeit painfully) was rice and bread.

Monday – Olive Chicken with Baked Potatoes and Salad

Obviously, I forgot to take a picture, so Marcus took one of his leftovers for me instead.  You’ll just have to imagine the salad.

Tuesday – Spaghetti with Meatballs, Salad, Garlic Bread

Apparently this is a thing we eat now.  I will also confess an unabashed love of powder parmesan cheese.

Wednesday – Steak, Roasted Potatoes, Arugula-Pasta Salad

Things that are true: I ate an entire pound of steak at dinner before I knew I had done it and it was the best thing I ate all week.  Apparently I needed that.  The salad is my mother’s latest variation on Chrissy Teigen’s Cauliflower-Orzo salad.

Thursday – Ribs, Potato Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans

It took us nearly a month to get ribs on the table but we did and it was perfection!  I made the coleslaw.

Friday Food Round-Up!

My nausea finally turned a corner this week, you guys.  I am still suspicious of some things, but on Tuesday I was pretty much like HELLO FOOD.

You’ll notice a turkey theme this week.  We had a Thanksgiving turkey from Marcus’ employer that needed to be evacuated from our freezer.  So Mom cooked it on Sunday and then continued to reincarnate it.  We were not present for Monday dinner (because we were having a takeout farewell dinner in our old house!!!) but she did the turkey three ways – as a Thanksgiving Samosa wrapped in crescent roll dough, something involving bacon and brie and I cannot remember the third way but I should have had her take a picture because it was turning into Chopped here.

My mother would also like you to know she is not taking on any additional boarders at this time. 

Friday – Tater Tot Hot Dish

Sunday – Turkey with Brussels Sprouts, Cranberry Sauce, Cornbread Stuffing, Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes from Smitten Kitchen and Fresh Baked Bread

Okay.  Not my plate.  My plate was just like…not as Thanskgiving-y looking and also involved no brussels sprouts.  Forgive me.  On the other hand, I made the mashed potatoes so that was a great thing!

Monday- Turkey Wild Rice Salad

I have been secretly craving (and being repulsed by the idea of) chicken salad for probably a month.  This really filled my bucket.

Tuesday – Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup

In case you are wondering how much wild rice I can eat, the answer is A Lot.

Wednesday – Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Tacos with Cilantro Rice and Black Beans

Mom let me make the black beans. 🙂

Miscellaneous – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mom said she was going to make cookies and I said, while you’re at it can you make them oatmeal?

Friday Food Round-Up!

I know I should be writing more about the grand experiment known as multi-generational living.  Slowly but surely we are getting there.  In the interim, I will share food photos with you instead because that is what I can handle.

This week’s meals were slightly more eclectic, yet still delicious.  It could be summarized as: we needed to clean out our (collective) freezers and we needed to make dinner.

Saturday – Tater-Topped Sausage Egg-Bake

Excuse the eruption of Cholula, people.  Hot sauce improves all things.

I had a little brunch get-together with Brady, Hannah and Ang and for weeks now, tater tot egg bake was on my heart.  Sometimes, dreams do become reality.

Sunday – Salmon, Baked Potato, Green Salad, Fresh Baked Bread with Jam

Monday – Sesame Chicken, Korean BBQ Short Ribs, and Chicken Pot Stickers from Trader Joe’s, Asian Cabbage Slaw, Green Beans, Rice

Since we are in the process of merging two freezers together, Mom used this as an excuse to clean out (AKA eat) some of the food in her freezer.  I made the coleslaw!

Tuesday – Spaghetti with Meatballs, Antipasto Salad, Garlic Bread

This is your regular PSA to buy garlic bread from Lunds because it is the best.

Wednesday – Chicken and Bean Enchiladas, Cilantro-Lime Rice, Black Beans

Our night to cook! Or, to eat this pan of enchiladas that I froze at the beginning of January.  Win!

Thursday – Chicken in Simmer Sauce, Channa Masala, Szechuan Green Beans, Rice, Samosas, Naan

Another potpourri of a meal here.  Mom made the chicken.  The channa masala was from a batch that I froze.  The samosas and naan came from a takeout place.  We all ate.



Friday Food Round-Up!

We live in an all-inclusive resort now.  It is very fancy. All meals are provided, we simply show up. 

Just kidding. But that is sort of actually what it is like. Let’s just say that if I were solely responsible for cooking each night AND we were packing (which we are), we would probably be eating baked potatoes only or something at this point. 

Anyway, as promised, check out what my Mom made for dinner!  She and Dad have declared Wednesdays to be date night so ongoing I’ll be cooking on that night but other than that or the odd side dish wrangling, that is it. 

Sunday – Pot Roast with Salad

Monday – Lobster, Lobster Bisque, Tater Tots, Coleslaw, Garlic Bread

Tuesday – Stuffed Peppers, Salad, Asparagus Salad

Wednesday – Grampy Jim’s Turkey Sandwiches from Farmhouse Rules, Chef’s Cupboard Broccoli Cheese Soup

This is the meal we cooked this week. 

The amount of broccoli in the soup was negligible so I bought a steamer bag to add to it. It was a good idea.

Thursday – Meatloaf, Baked Potatoes, Peas, Kale Slaw Salad, Freshly Baked Bread