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Friday Food Round-Up!

This was a complex week, friends.  Critter got hand, foot, and mouth.  Marcus went on a business trip.  I got hand, foot, and mouth on Thursday.  BUT WE ARE NOT LETTING THAT GET US DOWN.

This week in batch cooking: I made a batch of Crockpot Red Beans and Rice and portioned it into single-serve containers and popped them into the freezer.

Friday – Salmon, Dijon Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Three Bean Salad


It was really important to me that we have a “nice” shabbat dinner. I know that at the end of the week, we were tired and we really just needed the chance to sit down and enjoy our deck, and the company of one another.

Saturday – Grilled Cheese with Turkey and Avocado, Tater Tots, Three Bean Salad


True story: we were actually supposed to have a BBQ with friends, but because of the quarantine, we did not.  This was simple, and tasty, and hit the spot.

Tuesday – Garden Pie


I pulled one of these out of my freezer stash on Sunday and threw it in the fridge to thaw so that I would have something easy to eat while Marcus was gone.

Wednesday – Chicken Sausages, Oven Fries and Coleslaw


We thought this would be our first chance to break out the grill and then, it just wasn’t.

Thursday – Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Southwestern Salad


Seriously, thank God for my crockpot.

 

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Friday Food Round-Up!

This week we batch cooked a lot of stuff in the crockpot so we could eat it throughout the week.

Friday- Sesame-Soy Grilled Chicken with Vegetables


This really is a simple, fresh-tasting supper to make and probably the only salad I’ve made with any regularity since becoming pregnant.

Sunday – Chicken Enchilada Quinoa SoupCheesy Jalapeno Bacon Cornbread from Cravings


We haven’t had this soup in AGES.  An hour before dinner I decided I wanted cornbread.  Thank goodness this recipe seems to come together “quickly” now.

Tuesday – Crockpot Red Beans and Rice


This was another recipe I found via Lag Liv.  When she says something is good (and it involves a crockpot) she is right.  PSA: If you don’t cook raw kidney beans correctly, you can food poison yourself.  To that end, you will want to note that this recipe asks you to cook the beans on HIGH for 6-8 hours, not low.  I’m glad I read that ahead of time.  It was a great meal and we would make it again.

Miscellaneous – Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins


I had some time to bake on Saturday morning so, I baked!  I made muffins because for whatever reason that sounded nicer than bread.  I kept a few for us, brought a few to a new mama friend and dropped a couple off for Dad.

Friday Food Round-Up!

There was…so much cooking this week and so much I just did not photograph. Like the chickpea salad I made for a lunch backup. The buffalo chicken dip I brought to our neighbors for a pot luck. The FOUR BATCHES of enchiladas I made (thank you Crockpot!) so that I could send two to new mama friends and two to our freezer.

Um, yeah.

Related/unrelated the Crockpot is saving my life right now. Mostly because the recipes I make in it are not complex and because it means dinner preparation is not as time sensitive.  This is probably just how it is going to be for the forseeable future.

Monday – Korean Beef Bowl with Green Beans and Rice


Bruce brought us a TON of green beans so we made them for this meal too.  Tasty.  Would make again.

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Lentils with Steamed Broccoli and Rice


Melissa sent me this recipe and swore the lentils did not taste like dirt.  Marcus LOVED it.  I thought it tasted like the healthiest thing I’ve eaten since I found out I was pregnant.  What was really superb is that this is a meal that FILLS the Crockpot, which means that you should also be able to freeze some of it (like us!).  Next time, I will make this with an extra sweet potato just because I feel like it adds.  The recipe says Salt To Taste, you’re gonna need about a teaspoon of coarse sea salt.

Thursday – Chili Cheese Tots


The last time it was Marcus’ turn to host poker night, he ended up having the guys over to his parents’ place because we were still in the townhouse and Critter’s nursery wall was against the main kitchen/living room area and there was just no space.  This week he finally got to host his crew at our house!  Since some of the group keeps kosher and some of the group doesn’t, I made a double batch of Simple, Perfect Chili without meat (and with many, many beans) for the guys (and me) to ladle over our tots.  I had them eat the meal out of Solo cups because they are taking over our cabinet right now and I want them gone.  Also it was a pretty good way to contain them and portion out the meal.


Friday Food Round-Up!

When I meal planned before our move, I tried to pick a menu of things that would be easy to assemble at night, so that we wouldn’t waste energy cooking that we would need for unpacking, and so that we would have time after dinner to do different projects.  Also, we bought four salad kits to see us through the week.  KIT SALAD I LOVE YOU. 

I will say, coming from feeding four adults to two, I am trying to remember exactly what amount of leftovers we need in order to be set for lunches for the week, etc.  We ended up coming pretty close, but still ended up deciding that tonight we’ll be having leftovers instead of takeout because our fridge is FULL.

Sunday – Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, Rice, Southwestern Chopped Salad


You literally cannot even get more basic than this meal.  Especially since the chicken was in the Crockpot and the rice was in the rice steamer.

Monday – Baked Potatoes, Simple, Perfect Chili, Caesar Salad


On Monday, Linds texted and I ended up inviting her to join us for dinner.  We were already planning to have turkey chili on our baked potatoes but I just knew my one can from Trader Joe’s would not be enough.  And, I really wanted to make Our Chili because we haven’t had it in ages.

Wednesday – Corn, Cheddar and Scallion Strata, Caesar Salad


This is the best vegetarian egg bake, in my opinion.  Truth be told, I did not assemble it and let it sit in the fridge for 8-24 hours, I assembled it and threw it in the oven.  It was still fine.

Thursday – Green Chile Potato Soup, Southwestern Chopped Salad, Corn on the Cob


Really, letting the Crockpot cook all of your meals is the best policy.  Period.

Friday Food Round-Up!

YOU GUYS.  LAST FRIDAY FOOD ROUND-UP ON THE MULTI-GENERATIONAL COMPOUND.

On Sunday night we had dinner with Billy before he flew home to Texas and ate Tollefson brats and other farmers’ market things.

Saturday – Grilled Teriyaki Chicken, Hibachi Vegetables, Dijon Potatoes


Easy.  And we discovered that Critter likes dijon potatoes!

Sunday – Asian Chopped Salad with Teriyaki Chicken and Hibachi Vegetables


We tossed a salad kit and leftovers together for a fresh lunch.

Monday – Korean Beef Tacos, Black Beans and Rice


Mads shared this taco recipe with me and IT IS SO GOOD.  We added the rice and beans to make it a fusion meal.

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Potato Salad and Corn on the Cob


Simple.  Tasty.

Thursday – Mario Batali’s Spicy Shrimp Sauté, Steamed Rice, Roasted Vegetables


Last shrimp feast before I revert to a kitchen where I cannot cook them.  I am so glad that we found this recipe.  It will serve us well when I convert it to chicken.

We Bought A House

There is just a lot going on in our lives right now and much to share (for example, I’d like to recap our last Cabin adventure) but for the time being, we bought a house!

We closed on Thursday, we’ll actually move in next weekend. 

For the time being, we’ve (and by “we’ve” I mean my husband, brother and brother-in-law) have been hauling over things NOT stashed in our storage unit and building IKEA furniture. 

We established a play room for Critter in the three season porch.


He is delighted that he now possesses his own personal ceiling fan!

I’ve been doing my part for the team by loading our freezer up with…meals. 


Related/unrelated: freezer lighting is terrible for photos and our freezer is really small so thank God we have a separate standing freezer that will be operational next week. 

Anyway, I’ve made three Garden Pies and six freeze and dump Crockpot meals: Honey Garlic Chicken, Mongolian Beef and Ropa Vieja. 

Since we’ve only got nine or so weeks until Glitter arrives, and a handful of friends who have welcomed new little ones and are in need of food, my goal is to batch cook every weekend from here on out to make sure everyone is fed. 

Someday we are moving!

Friday Food Round-Up!

I’m just gonna come out and say it – for the forseeable future (AKA until I have time or energy or both), bagged salads are just going to be a way of life and I am not ashamed. They’re $2.49/kit at ALDI and they get vegetables onto our plate. 

Friday – BBQ Grilled Chicken, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Southwest Chopped Salad

Sunday – Grilled Kalua Pork and Cheese Sandwiches on Jalapeno-Cheddar Bread


Swanky plating right?  Dad made this pork and then I got this awesome loaf of bread from Reed’s and on Sunday they came together. Even Critter enjoyed a half-sandwich. 

Wednesday – Egg and Prosciutto Sandwiches


Usually my solo-artist lunches don’t make it onto the round-up but since I put three slices of prosciutto on this sandwich and it was so tasty and so pretty looking I had to share. 

Wednesday – Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Oven Fries, Caesar Salad


This was actually going to be a dinner just for me, but then Marcus made it home in-time for dinner so I split the salad and fries in two and added grilled cheeses. Who doesn’t love that?

Thursday – Easy Crockpot Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili, Southwest Chopped Salad


Easiest, most tasty crockpot recipe to be sure.