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Friday Food Round-Up!

My only regret of the week is that I did not capture the grill-out lunch we had for Father’s Day at my in-laws.  It was delicious and Critter ate a hot dog for the first time (as well as his body weight in cherries) and just loved it.

Friday – Lasagna, Caesar Salad, French Bread, Blueberry Buckle with Vanilla Ice Cream

Liz and Lee came for dinner.  Mom made her awesome lasagna (crazy that we never ate this prior to 2017) and Liz brought her delightful blueberry buckle for dessert.  Liz has been the bearer of desserts since I was little and her buckle is such a good one.

Saturday – Roasted Jalapeno and Chorizo Queso, Cheesy Guacamole, Stretchy Artichoke, Spinach, and Buffalo Chicken Dip all from Cravings, Celery, Carrot Sticks, Tortilla Chips, Pita Chips, Baguette, Salad with Apple, Cheese and Cider Vinaigrette

Mike and Jillian were coming for dinner and the only thing I wanted to eat were…dips?  And when I texted Jillian (who is also pregnant) she was like…yeah.  Dips.  Let’s go to that place.  So we did.

Shout-out to Jillian for bringing a salad so that we could actually call this a meal.

Sunday – Steak, Hashbrowns, Layer Salad

Dad really wanted to have hashbrowns for dinner again.

Monday – Pad Grapow Chicken from Cravings, Steamed Rice with a Soft Fried Egg, Asparagus

I finally took 10 seconds to read through this recipe when I was meal planning this week and it is SUPER easy.  I only added the egg because Chrissy referenced something to do with eggs in the recipe explanation.  It was a good decision.  Also, Critter ate about seven bites of chicken so I’d call it a winner.

Wednesday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings with Pea Pods

We made these.  For the first time on Thursday, Critter decided that he would eat long noodles (he was a macaroni noodle-only guy before this point) and was scarfing the leftovers down, so I guess we’ll be making this more often.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

I made this for Father’s day because Dad loves banana bread.  And then I ate 75% of the loaf and I AM NOT ASHAMED YOU GUYS.


Friday Food Round-Up!

Getting back into the swing of things after vacation looks different now.  I made this meal plan on Tuesday of last week so that when we got home, we could make our grocery run that afternoon.  Also, there are just less salads on the post-vacation menu because we all know I am a pregnant person who cannot deal with them right now.

On the other hand, right now it is Friday, and I have yet to plan….50% of next week’s meals?  Pray for us, people.  We’re going to the grocery store tomorrow.

Monday – Brats, Spinach Salad, Potato Salad, Baked Beans

My mother would like to introduce you all to a new term – Sloth-e-que.  It’s when I plan a BBQ-style meal and then…she cooks all of it.  Voila!  It was good.

Wednesday – Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Obsessively Good Avocado Cucumber Salad, Steamed Rice

We haven’t grilled enough this summer, so I’m trying to work that into our meal planning.  The chicken was just chicken breasts that sat in teriyaki sauce, marinating for a couple of hours.  Easy, and delicious.  The cucumber salad?  AMAZING.  We will be making this all summer long.

Thursday – Actual Drunken Noodles from Cravings, Chicken Egg Rolls, Peanut Coleslaw

I’ve turned the page on drunken noodles in Cravings too many times to count.  This week, I decided we could give them a try.  They were delicious, but with the amount of chopping and ingredients, the next time I make this will be on a weekend.

Miscellaneous – Chickpea Salad

Lunch salad of the week!

Friday Food Round-Up!

Somewhere between packing Critter’s things and my own bags for a long weekend, and going on a virgin pina colada binge, writing this very nearly did not happen. 

Saturday – Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Baked Beans, Coleslaw

I totallt forgot to include this meal when I initially posted this, but we ate it too!

Sunday – Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad from Cravings

I cooked none of this dinner. 

Monday – Kimchi Udon with Scallions, Roasted Broccoli

I tore this recipe out of bon appetit a few months ago and it was fine but not overwhelmingly good. 

Wednesday – Teriyaki Skirt Steak, Steamed Asparagus, Corn and Avocado Salad, Roasted Potatoes

I was actually going to do a whole marinade for the steak but we had no soy sauce so teriyaki it was!

Friday Food Round-Up!

Did I spend a lot of time cooking before Memorial Day?  No.  After?  Yes.  I’ll be honest, I’ve been working on next week’s meal plan and have no inspirations so stay tuned to see what happens.  Also if you have any fast favorite recipes (especially for summer!) please share them in the comments. Maybe we can all get some inspiration. 

Friday – Beef Enchiladas, Rice with Corn, Green Salad, Challah

We had Shabbat at my in-laws and my mother-in-law made enchiladas. They were delightfully spicy. 

Saturday – Sloppy Joes, Auntie Kim’s Sweaterbox Chicken Salad

True story: my Mom made Auntie Kim’s chicken salad for the first time ever last weekend!

Monday – Chef’s Salad

We got home from the cabin and the detox began. These were supposed to be hard boiled eggs but somehow ended up soft boiled. Whatever. 

Monday – Sesame-Soy Grilled Chicken with Vegetables, Pot Stickers, Egg Rolls, Rice

I think we can just say this salad will officially be in the rotation for the summer. It is too easy. 

Tuesday – Mario Batali’s Spicy Shrimp Saute, Roasted Broccoli, Steamed Rice


Wednesday – Sheet Pan Tikka, Steamed Rice

Mads made this a few weeks ago and recommended. We loved it. 10/10 would make again. 

Miscellaneous – Chickpea Salad

Lunchtime salad of the week right here!


Friday Food Round-Up!

This weekend we are headed Up North.  For now, what we ate this week.

Saturday – Lasagna, Asian Salad Mix from Costco

Mom made a dinner that we all brought to Jonathon and Melissa’s for dinner.  It was such a fun meal with all of us and the tots around the table and Critter was just delighted by the lasagna.

Monday – Baked Salmon, Roasted Broccoli, Roasted Potatoes, Salad

Mom made this dinner and it was (1) tasty and (2) I didn’t have to cook.

Tuesday – French Stew, Salad, Pavlova

Family friends came to dinner and it was delightful.

Wednesday – Sesame-Soy Grilled Chicken with Vegetables, Pot Stickers, Egg Rolls

This dinner was like, pathologically easy.  We were originally going to serve it with some Trader Joe’s frozen mini-wontons but they ended up getting served as an appetizer for Tuesday’s dinner.  So I had Marcus make a takeout run to get some (unhealthy) treats to supplement our (healthy) meal.

Miscellaneous – Warm Cauliflower and Herbed Barley Salad


This was my lunchtime salad of the week.  This has actually been a pretty good system, so I’m working to figure out what I’ll make for next week’s work lunches!

Friday Food Round-Up!

We did not cook a lot this week.  Everyone was out of the house and going in different directions and doing different things.  Here’s what we ate.  Also, I am reliably informed that Mom actioned some stuffed peppers on Tuesday night, but since I was not present, they will live on in mystery.

Saturday – Prime Rib, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Yorkshire Pudding, Bread, Ile de Flottante

Sally came over for dinner and Mom wheeled out the tastiest things, including this ile de flottante-arrangement which is apparently a dessert the three of them enjoyed many times while they were in north France.  11/10 would eat again.

Sunday – Scrambled Eggs, Scones, Fruit, Cheese, Salumi

Mother’s day brunch!  Mom made the eggs, I brought the scones home from the (delightful) Colossal Cafe in Minneapolis.

Monday – Coconut Curry Shrimp, Steamed Rice, Roasted Broccoli, Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan

Mom saw the Pioneer Woman make this curry and then it went onto this week’s meal plan.  She reported it was not terribly time consumptive to make.

Miscellaneous – Roasted Cauliflower, Feta and Orzo Salad from Cravings

This week, I made another salad I could take to work for lunch.  I haven’t made this one in a while, so it seemed like a logical choice.


Friday Food Round-Up!

This week, I was not the most inspired to meal plan.  This is also possibly because I was hosting a baby shower with Becky last Sunday.  I took no photos of that, but if you want some great egg bakes, this Prosciutto, Spinach and Feta Strata is just the best.

Saturday – Chicken Salad

We had some chicken breasts in the fridge that we needed to cook and also we needed to eat lunch.

Saturday – Steak, Roasted Broccoli, Hashbrowns

At-home date night.  Also known as I wanted to cook something super-easy and for some reason hashbrowns sounded REALLY good.  I don’t know why we haven’t served these as a side before.

Sunday – Butcher and the Boar Sausages, Cole Slaw, Hashbrowns

Then, in a twist, after hearing about our hashbrowns for dinner on Saturday, Dad wanted hashbrowns for his dinner instead of tots so we made the rest of them to go with our sausages – a very traditional pairing, as I am sure you are familiar.

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

This was basically a total repeat dinner.  It was even easier the second time.

Tuesday – BBQ Chicken, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Three Bean Salad

Honestly, this was not my most inspired meal.  But the chicken turned out MUCH moister than I was expecting (chicken breasts just don’t fare well without advance marination).  Shout-out to Dad for that.  And we got to have three bean salad for the first time in a long while.

Wednesday – Asparagus and Chicken Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

I tore this out of the Food Network Magazine a while ago.  For some reason I felt like we could survive eating salad for dinner this week.

Miscellaneous – Marinated Mixed Beans

I just made these so that I’d have them on hand as an extra lunch food.  This has probably been our biggest issue with food in the multi-generational compound – having enough for leftovers the next day, simply because four adults are eating.  Plus I haven’t made a bean salad for lunch in a long time.