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Friday Food Round-Up!

Before we get into it, does anyone have the new Skinnytaste Fast/Slow cookbook and if so, how do you like it?  It sounds like it could be a good one for our lifestyle but since I really don’t NEED more cookbooks I am hesitant. 

Marcus was out of town this week, so I already had plans to subsist Tuesday through Thursday and then Critter got sick again and the whole thing was just a survivalist-style journey.

I know I haven’t written a ton other than the weekly round-up lately, I promise I am trying to get back into some sort of blogging routine. Last weekend I thought I would do a recap of our adventures but the only pictures I took were of my Friday night sushi and the HBO documentary, Becoming Warren Buffett.  Someday!

Anyway, if you’re still sticking with the program, thank you.

Without further adieu, what we ate!

Saturday – Chicken Tacos, Black Beans, Cilantro-Lime Rice

We were supposed to have friends over for dinner and then we did not. We still needed to feast!

Sunday – Help with Hamburger from Farmhouse Rules, Peas

I forgot to take a picture of this one, y’all.  Probably because I whipped it up for Marcus and Critter and then went off to book club.  Next time.

Monday – Garden Pie

I made this so I would have something to subsist on while Marcus was away.

Thursday – Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Honestly, my original plan was “baked potatoes” but when Critter and I went on a milk run on Thursday morning, chuck roast was on sale.  I quickly Googled a recipe, threw a roast in my cart and then promptly tossed the whole thing into the Crockpot when we got home.

I felt like a Domestic Goddess for having this dinner together after Marcus came home from his business trip.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I’ve been craving this for about a month now but have not had the time for baking. It’s possible I’ll make ANOTHER loaf next week.


Friday Food Round-Up!


Last night, Marcus observed that I hadn’t posted since last Friday.  He’s not wrong.  This has just been a long week.  Critter had a double ear-infection, we were waiting to finalize the inspection contingency addendum on our house and that is just enough, isn’t it?

Here’s what we ate.

Friday – French Stew, Green Salad

Caitlin and Dave joined us for dinner on Friday night and we finally (FINALLY!) made French Stew.  It was delightful.  Caitlin brought salad and brownies.  It was a feast.

Sunday – Simple, Perfect Chili from The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings


Monday – Baked Potatoes with Broccoli Cheese Sauce

I don’t know why this seemed like a good idea but Monday was the last slot on this week’s meal plan and suddenly this sounded like the best dinner.  I made a scratch cheese sauce and used frozen broccoli because it was practical and it turned out quite well.

Tuesday – Risotto and Steamed Asparagus

Risotto is Marcus’ favorite meal so of course I made it for Valentine’s Day dinner.

Thursday – Crockpot Korean Chicken Bowls

I doubled this recipe, used breasts instead of thighs, only used one jalapeno with seeds, two crowns of broccoli.  Honestly, you really don’t need the sesame seeds (though some sesame oil could be nice!).  We will 100% make this again.

Friday Food Round-Up!

So.  This week I made a meal plan.  And then for whatever reason, things just did not go according to plan.  The night we were supposed to make stew, I discovered we were missing the french onion soup.  We had a stray cauliflower in the fridge.  And some orphan mushrooms.

I don’t know how it happened either, but anyway here we are now.  We ate.

Sunday – Grampy Jim’s Ham Turkey Sandwiches from Farmhouse Rules, Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Monday – Crispy Chicken Thighs from Cast Iron Cooking, Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes from The Smitten Kitchen, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

Tuesday – Sushi Bowls, Trader Joe’s Chicken-Cilantro Mini Wontons

Thursday -Three Cheese Sundried Tomato and Spinach Pasta from Cast Iron Cooking


Friday Food Round-Up!

Happy Friday, y’all!  This week simultaneously felt really long and really fast but here we all are at the end of it!

What we ate from the pantry this week: Turkey burgers, tomato soup.

Sunday – Grampy Jim’s Ham Turkey Sandwiches from Farmhouse Rules, Tomato Soup

This sandwich has turned into such a stalwart, y’all.  It is tasty in all ways and despite the number of ingredients, not too insane to assemble.

Monday – Frijoles a la Charra from The Homesick Texan, Texas Sweet Onion Casserole with Rice, Chipotle, and Gruyere, Soft-Fried Eggs

I was not kidding when I said I wanted to make this again ASAP.

Wednesday – Pan Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas, Garlicky Wilted Spinach, Rice

We have not made this meal in FOREVER (read: over a year) because we ran out of harissa. Good news. They sell it at Trader Joe’s now!  This will be back in our rotation.

Thursday – Trader Joe’s Turkey Burgers, Oven Fries, Coleslaw 

Pretty simple dinner.

Friday Food Round-Up! (301st Edition!!!)

Approximately four weeks ago, I noticed in the link for the week’s Friday Food Round-Up we were on post 297.  I did some math which lead me to believe that if it was in fact the 297th post, that this series was just under six years old and that means that it would have started at some point in 2011.

I hopped into my blog archives and started digging and behold.  We did in fact start this little series in 2011.  I was also Super Curious to see what, exactly we cooked in those early days.

If you want to go back to the very first Friday Food Round-Up, click here.  Apparently we made coq au vin and channa masala.

I ended up looking through our round-ups through mid-March of 2011 and it’s funny to see what we were cooking because there are a few recipes that we either made Never Again or only a very few times, and a lot of recipes that we still make today like enchiladas and white chicken chili and pizza and roasted broccoli.

I will never ever stop saying that learning how to cook as a very young adult has been such an important part of my life.  It allows us to eat food that is delicious.  It allows us to eat food that is healthier for us than pre-packaged things.  It allows us to host friends for dinner without anxiety.  It allows us to save money.  It allows me the chance to do something that is sort of creative each day and has a tangible outcome.  There are so many reasons that cooking has been a positive thing in my life and Marcus’ as well.

If you are someone who thinks to themselves that you can’t cook, or that you don’t know how to do a lot, or you don’t even know where to start in the kitchen, do not despair.  When I started, it was only with very few recipes that I could cook and repeated until we got tired of them and had to expand the repertoire.

This week I made Chrissy Teigen’s cheesy guacamole for a Steeler playoff party and neglected to snap it, but y’all, it looked like…guacamole.  It was tasty but I don’t know that I would make it on the regular.  Normal guacamole suits me just fine.

What we used from the pantry: Hominy.

Friday – New Mexico Style Pot Roast, Party Salad

Lindsey and Noam joined us for dinner.  I made this roast once a long time ago and remembered that we liked it so I thought I would try actioning it again.  It was delightful.

Monday – Spicy Chicken and Chips from Farmhouse Rules

Real talk: I think this would be as good omitting the chicken but keeping the beans, and using straight corn tortillas instead of tortilla chips (which seemed kind of pointless).  I assembled it on Sunday night since we didn’t need to cook dinner, and then tossed it in the fridge, to be pulled out and popped into the oven.

Tuesday – Sweet Peas and Shells Alfredo from Smitten Kitchen, Roasted Cauliflower

After the cauliflower pesto debacle, I wasn’t sure that I could stand another Smitten Kitchen disaster.  This dinner ended up being So Good.  We pretty much doubled it and threw some chicken sausage in there.  This will be added to the dinner rotation for sure.  Critter is still 10/10 suspicious of it for reasons unbeknownst to me (it’s basically macaroni!) but I’m sure he’ll come around.

Thursday – Sesame-Spiced Meatballs and Smashed Chickpea Salad from Smitten Kitchen, Garlicky Wilted Spinach


Friday Food Round-Up!

When I was writing out this week’s meal plan, I deliberately planned a takeout night for us tomorrow night because we’re cooking again tonight and as you can see, that’s…a lot of cooking in the last week.

What we ate from the pantry this week: sushi rice, barley, grillin’ beans, cauliflower rice, chile-lime chicken burgers. Big week!

Friday – Sushi Bowls

At home date night because we are fancy people like that!
Sunday – Borscht

You know what?  When I was meal planning this week, I made a conscious decision not to cook on Sunday because we had a few other things going on and I didn’t want to deal with it.  So I selected borscht from the freezer for our dinner and then pulled out some portions of shepherd’s pie from the freezer for our lunches the next day.  I don’t know that I’ll do this every week but if I can keep batch cooking here and there, then we could have some nights where we don’t have to cook but don’t have to order takeout either and that could be really nice.

Monday – Help With Hamburger from Farmhouse Rules and Garlicky Wilted Spinach

We were actually set to have Tuesday’s dinner on Monday, but I realized that Critter would want to eat macaroni noodles for lunch and that sharing one sandwich just wasn’t going to cut it.  So I swapped days.  Rebel!

I’d also like to point out that the tiny pile of spinach is like 1/4 of a bag.

Tuesday – Trader Joe’s Chile-Lime Chicken Burgers, Grillin’ Beans, Tater Tots, Roasted Cauliflower

I fancied-up the burgers by topping them with refrigerator pickles and chipotle aioli.  The only other thing we actually “made” in this meal was the cauliflower, but it was all still quite delicious.

Wednesday – Green Chile Potato Soup, Cheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings

Whitney came over for dinner.  I made a cornbread.  It was all quite nice.

Thursday – Roasted Chicken Thighs with 4-3-2-1 Spice Rub, Steamed Broccoli, Herby Barley Salad with Butter-Basted Mushrooms

I only had 1/2 cup of barley left (as I discovered On Thursday), so I made an audible (did an audible?) and dumped in the bag of cauliflower rice that has been living in our freezer all year.  We really didn’t notice the cauliflower rice (which does not even remotely resemble rice) but it did a good job of bulking up the salad.


Friday Food Round-Up!

I was on some sort of insane leftovers kick this week.  If they were in our fridge, I found a way to make them disappear.  Spoiler alert: we ate them all.

I also hosted a playdate on Tuesday and whipped up some Spicy Crockpot Chex Mix and a pan of brownies because mamas have to snack, right?  No photos, sorry y’all.  We were all busy tot-wrangling.  Maybe next week because even though I made a double batch of the chex mix (and sent a bag of it off to my Dad), I still have enough fixin’s for one more round.

What we ate from our pantry: Minestrone Soup.

Friday – Tomato-Glazed Meatloaves with Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes from The Smitten Kitchen, Steamed Broccoli

This might be one of my favorite dinners that we make.  It’s also a sort of time-intensive meal (the meatloaves, moreso than the mashed potatoes).  My sister-in-law joined us for dinner which was (1) fun and (2) a lifesaver because it meant an extra set of hands for Critter while we got things prepped and mixed and going in the oven.

Sunday – Grampy Jim’s Ham Turkey Sandwiches from Farmhouse Rules, Minnestrone Soup via Bear Creek Soup Mix

Honestly, a few weeks ago, I bought one of those deli turkey packets from the refrigerated case and we needed to use it before it expired.  Grilled sandwiches = always to the rescue.

Monday – Sausage Pasta Casserole from Farmhouse Rules, Garlicky Wilted Spinach

We love it.  Two meals worth went in the freezer. 

Wednesday – Stuffed Cabbage Without The Roll from Farmhouse Rules

We’ve only made this recipe one other time (I think) but this time we enjoyed it even more.  This will for sure be in our regular rotation from now on.  It’s not terribly difficult to make, it’s filled with lots of healthy things, and in the winter it’s cozy.

Thursday – Frijoles a la Charra from The Homesick Texan, Texas Sweet Onion Casserole with Rice, Chipotle, and Gruyere, Soft-Fried Eggs

Honestly, I don’t know why we don’t make this specific meal in its entirety more often. So it is resolved that we’ll be trying to do that.