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Friday Food Round-Up!

Just another week living off of the meals made by family and friends. 

Also unpictured: the Jimmy John’s that Jillian #blessed us with for lunch. 

Friday – Cheesy Potatoes, Quinoa Salad, Salad

THANK YOU MADELYN. She also brought some chicken but I was in the mood for…cheesy potatoes. If you live in MN, the cheesy potatoes are the Lunds pre-made and they are AMAZING. 

Sunday – Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja, Rice, Salad

Another crockpot meal I prepped in July. I pulled it from the freezer, thawed it and let it cook for 8 hours. MAGIC. 

Monday – Chili and Cornbread


Tuesday – Salad with Goat Cheese, Beets, Red Onion and Candied Walnuts

I had a lunch visitor!  THANK YOU AUNTIE LISA. 

Tuesday – Stuffed Peppers, Salad


Not pictured: the giant frosting-covered cookie I also ate. 

Wednesday – Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Pasta Bake, Salad



Friday Food Round-Up!

Another week living in blessing care of our sweet friends and on occasion, from the bounty of our freezer. 

Friday – Grilled Chicken, Acorn Squash, Salad and Challah


Sunday – Chicken Pot Pie


Monday – White Chicken Chili


Tuesday – Lasagna Casserole, Garlic Bread, Salad


Wednesday – Green Chile Enchiladas, Black Beans and Cilantro Lime Rice


More seriously, I popped these out of the freezer, threw some rice in the steamer, and some beans on the stove. 

Thursday – Noodles

I totally failed Jenelle and Tamara here because I neglected to take a snap of this beautiful meal we did not have to cook. THANK YOU GIRLS. 

Favorite Crockpot Meals

Someday, I will actually have to cook again. Like more than grilled cheese and a salad kit.  I thought I’d write out a list (with links) of the crockpot meals we make (and like!) with any frequency, that way if you are someome who needs them too, they are easy to find?

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Soup

Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili

Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Green Chile Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Lasagna Tortellini Soup

Friday Food Round-Up!

This week our meal train started and I wheeled more food out of the freezer.  It is such a blessing not to cook right now. 

Sunday – Borscht, Caesar Salad

Mom dropped off some borscht on Thursday and it was more than enough for two meals. I had some extra salad kits in the fridge so it was perfect. 

Sunday – Shrimp Creole over Rice, Salad, Bread

Billy was home so we had family dinner at Mom and Dad’s house.

Monday – Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

I can definitively say there was nothing about the beef that was “Mongolian” but it was good. Honestly the most complicated part of the meal was washing the two dishes we used to cook. 

Tuesday – Greek Salad, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Breadsticks 

I call this fusion cuisine: my Auntie Kim gave us a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce when we moved, Paula sent a meal over as a First Day Alone With Two Children Honorarium (THANK YOU). Since the entree was already taken care of, I froze THAT lasagna for later and we ate the sides. And then I boiled some noodles!  Teamwork!

Wednesday – Pizza and Salad


Thursday – Chicken Tacos


Friday Food Round-Up!

So then there was this point where I had NO meal plan whatsoever but we still needed to eat.  To be honest, I tried to pick things where if we ended up NOT making them we weren’t going to end up throwing out a ton of food. 

And then I had a baby so that was a good thing. 

Friday – Salmon with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Steamed Broccoli 

When I plated this, I looked at it and told Marcus it looked like a weirdly nutritious meal. Basically we had some random sweet potatoes in the pantry and that is what the meal was based around.

Saturday – Chicken Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Rice and Black Beans

As we were eating dinner I realized that this was the first time we ate black beans in this house!  Which is only funny because that has been such a stalwart side dish (and occasional main course) for us.

Wednesday – Rotisserie Chicken, Fried Rice, Vegetable Blend

Shout out to my mother-in-law for bringing us a meal when we got home from the hospital. I…did my part for the team and boiled the vegetables. 

Thursday – Corn, Cheddar and Scallion Strata, Steamed Broccoli 

This egg bake is the first meal I’ve pulled out of the freezer and you guys it was so great to grab some containers, throw them in the fridge to thaw, and then heat them up for dinner. 

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Since I had some time on Sunday, I took the chance I was given to action some baking. I was also really glad to have a bag of muffins when we came home from the hospital. 

Friday Food Round-Up!

We’ll call this week the week of meals I never thought I would actually make!

Saturday – Grilled Turkey Avocado Cheese Sandwiches, Caesar Salad

Honestly the best part of this meal was the plain grilled cheese I made for Critter. Sometimes we all eat together, sometimes we do not. On this occasion he was delighted with the sandwich and that we were all same-same. 

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

I doubled this batch and ended up freezing three extra meals worth of chili in the freezer.  And you know, it’s a fave. 

Monday – Sesame Chicken Noodles from Cravings, Asparagus

I don’t want to say that I “forget” how good these noodles are, because we remember that we like them.  But every time we eat them we are happy.  Also, I am a lazy sloth who never has tahini on hand so we just action this with peanut butter instead.  But I’m sure they’re great with the tahini too!

Thursday – Challah French Toast with Peaches

Y’all know it is everyone for themselves at breakfast time in our house, largely because Marcus generally doesn’t EAT breakfast. 

But it’s a holiday. And Critter’s “school” offers the option to order challah weekly for Shabbat and other holidays so we participate because who doesn’t love The Lord’s Bread?  And who doesn’t love challah french toast?!

Thursday – Breakfast Nachos

Lunch is probably something I should have planned for this week with Rosh Hashanah and everything. But I didn’t. Anyway, I really wanted eggs and avocado for lunch. But not bread?  But okay tortilla chips. Hey nachos!

I microwaved the chips/cheese/salsa so it was a little more chilaquiles to be honest and it was exactly what I wanted. 

Thursday – Meatballs, Knishes, Balsamic Green Beans, Wild Rice Casserole, Cantaloupe

Not pictured: Matzo ball soup, challah. 

I forgot to snap a photo of Wednesday night’s holiday dinner so instead, this. A beautiful plate of food I did not have to cook for myself!

Friday Food Round-Up!

It’s supposed to be fall, apparently and yet here we are, sweltering away with temperatures in the 80s and 90s.  Usually I would welcome an extended summer but without being completely redundant, YOU GUYS I AM PREGNANT AND I AM JUST SO TIRED OF BEING HOT.

With that in mind, obviously I chose a very seasonally appropriate menu.  I am now trying to figure out what to even do about next week because there are three days we could cook and then after that it is the holidays and like really I should be having a baby after that if she isn’t already here.

Friday – Chorizo Lentil Soup from Cast Iron Gourmet, Caesar Salad, Challah

It was probably too hot to be making soup, but sometimes that’s just how it goes.

Sunday – Mama Mel’s Ginger Ale Brisket and Brown Sugar and Harissa Glazed Carrots from Cast Iron Gourmet

Why did I need to make a brisket?  Honestly, I have no idea.  But I was excited to try another new-to-me recipe from Megan’s cookbook and it was a delightful one.

Tuesday – Steak, Baked Potatoes, Salad, Garlic Bread

It was Dad’a birthday and Mom cooked this. It was beautiful. 

Wednesday – Mario Batali’s Spicy Shrimp Chicken Sauté, Steamed Rice, Roasted Broccoli

As I hypothesized before, I thought this meal would probably be good with chicken too, and once we moved out of the multi-generational compound, that was going to be the only avenue left to us anyway.  Guess what?  It was good with chicken!  And it continues to be such an easy dinner to put together!