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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 74}

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Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a Happy Easter.  Yesterday we hosted both sides of the family and had a joint Easter/11th birthday celebration for our daughter.  It was a great day with family and delicious food!  The kids are enjoying one more day off of school.  I enjoyed a week of not having to wake up at 6 AM and being on a schedule.  However, I’m ready for them to go back! LOL!!  Monday means that it’s time for another weekly meal plan.  If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and most importantly, my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy!  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan.

Here is a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday:  We were up in Poughkeepsie for the day and had a late lunch.  We got home and weren’t super hungry for dinner.  The kids just had a yogurt and I had some leftovers at 9 PM!

Sunday:  We had beef burritos.  Nothing fancy, just refried beans, taco seasoned ground beef, rice and cheese in a tortilla.  I didn’t have sour cream, so we ate these with just salsa.  We were outside most of the day doing yard work.  I was just happy we were able to find enough ingredients at home to make something for dinner!!

Monday:  We were supposed to go to my husband’s family Passover Seder.  However, our son ended up with a stomach bug.  I stayed home with him while my husband and daughter went to the Seder.  My son had some soup for dinner and I ended up eating leftovers.  I of course requested that my husband bring me home some Matzoh Ball Soup!  They did even better by bringing us back soup and a container full of desserts!

Tuesday: I made Greek Turkey Meatballs from Damn Delicious.  I served these with couscous and salad.  These meatballs were so tasty!  The tzatziki sauce was a must!  I would eat a piece of meatball with some couscous and the sauce in one bite and it was delicious!  These were easy to make and a dish that I’d cook again!  My son was still sick and not eating much, but my daughter really enjoyed these.

Wednesday:  I made Weeknight Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Raab from Love and Olive Oil.  This is a classic dish that I’ve made numerous times.  It was the first time using this particular recipe though.  I liked the addition of wine and blanching the broccoli raab.  This was a quick and easy pasta dish that the family enjoyed.

Thursday:  I made homemade pizza and topped it with pepperoni and leftover broccoli raab.  As usual, this was quick, easy and tasty!

Friday:  Today was my daughter’s 11th birthday!  She requested soup dumplings for dinner this year.  So I found a restaurant in Westchester that serves them.  We basically had dim sum for dinner including soup dumplings, fried dumplings, steamed pork buns, pork belly in a chili garlic sauce and a fried appetizer platter with spring rolls, chicken wings, curry puffs and crab rangoon.  It was all really good and my daughter was very happy and full!

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 73}

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Oh Monday, here you are again!  Luckily, this week is spring break and we have a nice, relaxing week planned. For everyone who celebrates, Happy Passover!  We are celebrating Passover tonight at a Seder with my husband’s side of the family.  Monday means that it’s time for another weekly meal plan.  If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and most importantly, my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy!  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan.

Here’s a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday – Earlier in the week I had made a visit to HMart, a Korean grocery store.  I stocked up on sauces and other staples, but also couldn’t leave without picking up some marinated pork belly.  My husband cooked it up while I made some Doenjang-Glazed Broiled Eggplant from the cookbook Korean Food Made Simple by Judy Joo.  We had it with some rice.  This was such a tasty dinner!

Sunday – My parents took our family out for an early anniversary celebration.  My husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, the 4th.  We had a great dinner at Julianna’s where I had this White Lasagna with Polenta Sticks.

Monday – I made Sausage, Spinach and Apple Breakfast Sandwiches from Cooking Light, March 2017.  We love breakfast for dinner and this meal was a winner! I made a couple of adaptations to the recipe.  First, I used maple flavored breakfast sausage.  Second, I used Thomas’ Corn English Muffins instead of the recommended whole-wheat in the recipe.  The maple sausage paired with the sweet corn muffin made a great flavor combination.  Everyone devoured these!  I served the breakfast sandwiches with Parmesan-and-Herb Roasted Potatoes from the same Cooking Light issue.

Tuesday – I made an adapted version of Krazy Korean Burgers from Judy Joo’s Korean Food Made Simple cookbook.  These were a bit on the spicy side even though I decreased the amount of gochujang sauce and didn’t add the chili pepper flakes!  I also didn’t make the Doenjang Mayo or gochujang ketchup.  I wasn’t a big fan of these and prefer the Asian style burgers that I make with hoisin sauce.  I served the burgers with fries.

Wednesday – I made Spicy Fried Chicken Bites from Kimichi Mom.  These chicken bites are supposed to be a mash up of Korean and Japanese fried chicken.  This was one of those instances where I didn’t read the recipe before starting dinner….and should have!  The chicken had to marinate for 20 minutes in the sauce.  Plus, it took me some time to cut the chicken thighs up.  Add in the flouring and the frying and it took me about an hour to get this chicken cooked.  I only sauced half the chicken, since the kids tried some with the sauce on  and found it a bit spicy.  This chicken was really good and definitely worth the time invested.  If I had known it would take so long, I would have either started earlier or made this on a weekend instead.  I served this with Cucumbers in Garlic Sauce from A Thought For Food and rice. This was a kid-approved meal!  My husband has already requested that we shorten the cooking time by working together to cook it so we can have this again soon!

Thursday – I made Chinese Stir Fried Sticky Rice Cakes (Nian Gao) from Steamy Kitchen.  This was my first time cooking with rice cakes.  The rice cakes started out as hard little ovals but after soaking and cooking ended up with a soft, chewy texture.  My husband did all the prep work for this dish and when I got home with the kids from piano lessons I finished cooking it.  This was a tasty dish, though our ratio of rice cakes (too many) and pork (not enough) was off.  The kids ate this, but weren’t big fans.
Friday – I made Caramelized Balsamic Goat Cheese Pasta from Half Baked Harvest.  I roasted the beets earlier in the afternoon and the rest of the cooking was quick and easy.   I think this dish was super tasty and a great addition to Meatless Mondays.  While my kids aren’t the biggest fan of beets and mushrooms, they enjoyed the pasta and goat cheese!  I omitted the pomegranate arils, as it’s no longer pomegranate season.

What is on your menu this week?

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 72}

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Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend and are ready to rock another week!  Monday means that it’s time for another meal plan. If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and most importantly, my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy!  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan.  Here’s a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday: We hosted our monthly supper club this month.  This month’s theme was Polish cuisine.  I bought some kielbasa from the Polish deli and made homemade pierogies.  It was very labor intensive, but oh so good!  And my husband made stuffed cabbage rolls.  It was a delicious dinner!

Sunday: My husband made a roast that I had picked up earlier in the week.  He cooked it a perfect medium.  He used the leftover potato pierogi filling and made croquettes to go with.  He served with some broccoli to round out the meal.

Monday:  We had so many stuffed cabbage rolls left from Saturday that we had the extras for dinner.  Sadly, I do not have a picture of them.  While they are a Polish staple, they weren’t my favorite.

Tuesday: My kids helped me make Zia Donatella’s Gumbo by Giada De Laurentiis.  It’s on a recipe card from her children’s chapter book New Orleans!  in her Recipe for Adventure series.  The andouille sausage in this recipe gave this dish a surprising amount of heat.  While probably not authentic New Orleans gumbo, this is a Giada De Laurentiis recipe and it was very good!  I’m not quite sure that I’ve ever had gumbo to have something to compare it to.  The kids ate it, spice and all!  While still tasty the next day, the gumbo did not get its soupy texture back.  So, I’d recommend eating the first day!

Wednesday: I made Cilantro Lime Chicken with Rice Skillet from A Kitchen Addiction.  I don’t make a lot of brown rice and this recipe uses instant.  So neither my kids or I were a fan of the rice in this dish.  I used chicken thighs instead of breasts, but otherwise made the recipe as directed.  The lime flavor was noticeable.  While this dish was light and easy to make, it’s not on my repeat list.

Thursday: I made Chorizo and Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos from How Sweet It Is.  I ended up making scrambled eggs instead.  Breakfast for dinner is always a hit at our house and both my kids had two of these tacos.

Friday:  We ended the week with our usual homemade pizza.  This week was another plain cheese pizza.  Super quick, easy and tasty!

What is on your menu this week?

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 71}

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Happy Monday!  Monday means that it’s time for another meal plan. If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and most importantly, my family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for new family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy!  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan.  Here’s a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday: We were out snow tubing up in Warwick, NY.  We stopped at Eddie’s Roadhouse for dinner before we headed home.  They have a great craft beer menu.  While the food menu looked great, we were a bit disappointed with the food.

Sunday: For some reason, I was craving Eggplant Parm.  I told my husband and he said he’d make it for dinner.  My son helped him cook dinner while complaining that he didn’t like eggplant.  Well, both kids had seconds of this deliciousness! He served it with some garlic bread.   It was so cheesy and good that we finished the whole pan!

Monday: I went out to dinner with a friend.  However, I made Chicken Noodle Soup for the rest of the family for dinner.  I had made a whole chicken in the slow cooker last week and had leftover chicken.  I poured two 32 ounce cartons of chicken stock into a pot.  I sauteed the carrots, onion and celery a little bit before adding them to the stock.  I then added some leftover chicken.  Then I added some egg noodles and let them cook in the broth and seasoned with some salt and pepper.  It was very quick and easy and they all enjoyed it!

Tuesday: I made Sonoma Chicken Salad Wraps from Eat Laugh Purr.  Tanya made it as a salad.  However, I turned it into a wrap by just putting everything in a tortilla.  My son helped me prep dinner and was in charge of cutting the grapes in half.  I used the rest of the leftover rotisserie chicken so this was a super quick and easy dish to prepare. I served this with some kettle potato chips and both kids enjoyed this meal a lot. My husband ate this as a salad and enjoyed it as well.

Wednesday: I made Brunch Ham Enchiladas from Taste of Home.  Breakfast for dinner is always a hit in our house and it’s been awhile since I made something breakfast-y for dinner.  I made these the night before and then just had to pop them in the oven to cook.  We found these to be best eaten the day of.  I microwaved one for breakfast the next day and thought it was okay.  My daughter who usually eats leftovers was not a fan of them the next day.

Thursday: I made Upside-Down Shepherd’s Pie from the January/February 2017 issues of Cooking Light.  I ended up pre-chopping all the veggies.  When my husband got home from he cooked everything while I was at piano lessons with the kids.  This was pretty quick and easy to prepare and we all enjoyed it!  My kids even ate the turnip without complaint.

Friday:  We had our weekly homemade cheese pizza.  Quick, easy and tasty!

What are you having for dinner this week?

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 70}

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Happy Monday and happy first day of Spring!  I hope you had a great weekend!  If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and most importantly, the family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy!  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan.  Here’s a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday:  We normally have homemade pizza on Friday nights, but last Friday I had made a Tater Tot Casserole instead.  Since we had the ingredients on hand, my husband made regular cheese pizzas for us Saturday evening.

Sunday: My husband made Turkey Meatball Subs on garlic bread which he served with roasted asparagus.  He doesn’t use recipes when he cooks, he just throws stuff together, like he did with the meatballs for these subs!

Monday: I made Turkey and Swiss Sloppy Joes from the January/February 2017 issue of Cooking Light.  From past sloppy joe making experience, hamburger rolls get soggy from the filling.  My kids hate a soggy roll so I ended up buying kaiser rolls instead. I thought it was too much bread for these sandwiches, so I served them open-faced.  I found the filling to be tasty and different from what you’d expect of a traditional sloppy joe.  The kids enjoyed this as well.  I served these with fries.

Tuesday: I adapted this recipe from With Salt and Wit and made Creamy Garlic Parmesan Tortellini instead of gnocchi.  I omitted the kale and cooked the tortellini in water instead of the chicken broth recommended in the recipe.  I feel like I’ve made a recipe very similar to this recently.  Overall, this was an okay, quick and easy dinner.  I probably won’t end up making it again though.  I served this with salad and garlic bread.

Wednesday: I adapted this Cooking Light, March 2017 recipe and made Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Pizza.  This was tasty and different from our normal cheese pizza.  Yes, homemade pizza twice in one week.  But there were no complaints!  And this one was very different in flavor than the cheese pizzas we had earlier in the week.

Thursday:  My husband prepped a whole chicken for the slow cooker before he went to work.  Then I heated up some leftover veggies from the week and served it with Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes.  My kids love these potatoes!  We haven’t cooked a whole chicken in the slow cooker in awhile.  It’s so easy and tasty and we end up with lots of leftover chicken that can be used in other recipes.  I’ll be using some of the leftover chicken in a recipe this week, which you will see next in next Monday’s post!

Friday:  Since it was St. Patrick’s Day we had the traditional corned beef, cooked in the slow cooker.  We’ve adapted our St. Patrick’s dinner to included mashed red potatoes and sauteed cabbage and onions, instead of the traditional boiled cabbage, carrots and potatoes.  My kids love corned beef so much that I buy a second one while there on sale this time of year and freeze it for another dinner.

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 69}

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Happy Monday! I hope you are adjusting to the lost hour of sleep better than I am!  Today is being fueled by lots of coffee!   If you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and most importantly, the family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy!  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan.  Here’s a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday – We ordered Moe’s takeout and brought it home to eat.  We like Moe’s but the service that night was horrible.

Sunday – We had pierogies, kielbasa and corn.  We did saute some onions but otherwise, it was just heating things up.  I grew up eating pierogies and kielbasa for dinner on a regular basis. We hadn’t had this for dinner in awhile and it was good!

Monday – I adapted a Cooking Light recipe for Chicken Stroganoff.  Only after starting to cook did I realize that this was a one pot recipe and I had already started cooking the noodles separately.  Somehow I adapted it enough to make it work.  I even think my way was quicker!  I always like a good stroganoff and enjoy variations on the traditional beef version.  This was tasty and we all enjoyed it.

Tuesday – I made Beef and Broccoli Ramen Stir Fry from Damn Delicious.  Instead of the refrigerated Yaki-Soba noodles the recipe called for, I used the dry ramen soup noodles.  I cooked up four packages of the noodles which was approximately the same amount of the refrigerated noodles the original recipe called for.  I also bought beef cut for stir-fry instead of the flank steak the recipe called for.  This recipe was super quick and easy.  It was flavorful and kid-approved!

Wednesday – My husband stopped at HMart, a Korean grocery store hear his office, and picked up some marinated pork belly.  I cooked this up and we had it with rice, roasted asparagus and dumplings.  This meal was more heating things up rather than actual cooking.  But it was tasty!

Thursday – I went out to dinner so my husband and the kids had leftovers, which we had plenty of!

Friday – I made Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole from Buns in My Oven.  It was snowy and cold on Friday so this was the perfect comfort food dish.  My husband was home and we cooked this together.   I couldn’t find a can of sloppy joe sauce, not realizing that Manwich is just sauce (I thought there was meat in the can!).  I ended up finding a sloppy joe sauce packet in the aisle with the gravy and meal sauce packets.  It worked out well.  I liked that it’s a one pan dish, which we made in our cast iron skillet.  It was quick, easy and tasty!

What is on your menu this week?

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 68}

2017 calendarIf you are looking for some dinner time inspiration, my weekly meal plan is the place for you.  Each week I showcase what was on my previous week’s meal plan, with pictures, recipe links and most importantly, the family’s review of each dish.  There are so many food blogs, cookbooks and recipes out there and I am always on the lookout for family-friendly recipes that are quick and easy!  If you are new to meal planning, read more about how I make my weekly meal plan.  Here’s a look at what was on our menu this past week:

Saturday -My husband made a Mediterranean Quiche using up ingredients we had left over from the Mediterranean Quesadillas I had made earlier in the week.

Sunday – We went out for a late Indian buffet lunch which we considered “linner.” Instead of cooking an official dinner, the kids had bowls of cereal and yogurt and my husband and I had some cheese and crackers.

Monday – I made Rigatoni and Broccoli Rabe Bake from Half Baked Harvest.  Boy, this recipe was a labor of love. There was way too much work for a weekday meal and oh my goodness the number of dishes I had to wash after!  But, it was really good!  It’s recommended for a Sunday pasta dinner, so I was forewarned.  There was broccoli rabe roasting, sausage and veggie cooking, sauce making and then it all gets baked in the oven.  Let me repeat though, this was super tasty!  It also made a lot, so my husband and I had lunch for several days too.

Tuesday – I went to a kick-off event for Hudson Valley Restaurant week.  I had my husband heat up some Mrs. Paul’s fish fillets, Simply Potatoes mashed potatoes and some veggies.  My husband can cook and is in fact pretty amazing at it.  However, I gave him an easy night  after a busy day of work and having to do bedtime duty as well!

Wednesday – I made French Onion Chicken Sandwiches from Well Plated.  This recipe was easy to make but caramelizing the onions took a little bit of time.  I omitted the fresh spinach and used Swiss cheese.  These were tasty and kid-approved.  I served the sandwiches with fries.

Thursday – I made Slow Cooker Korean Pork Tacos from Recipe Runner.  Thursday’s are our super busy evenings with little time for me to cook dinner.  Slow cooker meals are great on these nights.  I prep the slow cooker earlier in the day and when we walk in the door at 6:15 from piano lessons dinner is ready.  These pork tacos were easy to put together.  Hoisin sauce and five spice powder can usually be found in grocery stores nowadays.  While flavorful, I wouldn’t necessary call these “Korean” pork tacos.  “Asian” flavors are obviously evident, based on the sauce ingredients.  However, nothing “Korean” was particularly evident.  This is coming from a Korean! 🙂  I served the tacos with rice.

Friday – I made our usual homemade pizza.  This week was just plain cheese.  Fast, quick and easy = my kind of Friday night dinner!

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 66}

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Happy President’s Day Monday!  We enjoyed a fun weekend in Rhode Island and are headed back home to New York today.  Every once in awhile, it’s just nice to get away.  We stayed at my parent’s house, even though they weren’t there this weekend.  As my son said, “so, the four of us are going from our house to another house with just the four of us?!”  Yup, that’s pretty much how it went.  However, as my husband pointed out, this house didn’t have a bedroom that needed to be cleaned, or a piano that they had to practice on.  So, it was a mini vacation for everyone! We are headed back home now and will be back to our normally scheduled dinners!  Here’s a look at what was on last week’s menu:

Saturday –  We went out for Chinese, at my daughter’s request, before we headed to the West Point ice hockey game.

Sunday – On the weekends, my husband will usually run out to the grocery store to pick something up to cook. However, it snowed all day Sunday so he didn’t get to the store.  I had some frozen crab cakes that I cooked up with some fries.  Quick, easy and no real cooking!

Chicken Cacciatore

Monday – I  was out at The Crooked Knife for a #foodiechats dinner event.  My husband made the Chicken Cacciatore recipe from Closet Cooking that I had put on the menu.  I had leftovers for lunch and it was good.  I’m not a big chicken-on-the-bone eater, so I cut my chicken up and threw it in with the pasta and sauce.  I heard my son wasn’t a fan because he didn’t like the mushrooms, olives and peppers that were in the sauce!

Pineapple Salmon Tacos

Tuesday – We had a Dinner Thyme meal delivery service delivered Tuesday (see a review tomorrow on the blog). The kids made Pineapple Salmon Tacos with a Sour Cream Sauce for dinner (with supervision!).  This meal was a hit with both the kids and adults!

Chicken and Waffles with Braised Kale

Wednesday – I made Chicken and Waffles with Braised Kale and Butter Syrup, also from the Dinner Thyme meal kit delivery service.   This was another dinner winner in our house!

Turkey and Apple Hash Crispy Burritos

Thursday – I made Barbecue Turkey & Apple Hash Crispy Burritos from Every Day with Rachael Ray, June 2016.  I ended up cooking the ground turkey and hash fillings earlier in the afternoon.  My husband got home from work before I got home with kids from piano lessons, so he ended up frying the eggs and assembling and cooking the burritos.  It was a team effort for dinner Thursday night!

Friday – I made Salami & Brussels Sprouts Pizza from Every Day with Rachael Ray, August 2016.  I was in the mood for something different from our normal regular cheese pizza!  This was easy to put together and tasty!

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 65}

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Monday, Monday…..back again.  Which means that it’s time for another weekly meal plan.  I’m sorry to say that this past week  was filled with a bunch of “eh” meals.  There was a good amount of comfort food though which was good with all the snow and cold weather we had last week!  Does anyone have any special dinner plans tomorrow for Valentine’s Day?  We are trying a new to us meal delivery service, so hopefully we will have a homemade tasty dinner!  Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday – We went to a Westchester Knicks game and ate there.

Sausage & Peppers

Sunday – My husband made Sausage and Pepper wedges for the Super Bowl.

20 Minute Moo Shu Pork

Monday – I made 20-Minute Moo Shu Pork from Gimme Some Oven.  Every now and then I’ll order Moo Shu Chicken when we get Chinese takeout.  So, I’m very familiar with the dish.  This recipe had Asian flavors, but in my opinion, didn’t really taste like the Moo Shu that I’m used to eating.  I served the filling in flour tortillas with a side salad.  We had leftovers for lunch on Thursday, during snow storm Niko, which I served over rice.

Monte Cristo Waffle Strata

Tuesday – I made Monte Cristo Waffle Strata from Half Baked Harvest.  I had high hopes for this dish.  I prepped it Monday night, so all I had to do Tuesday was stick it in the oven.  I only served it with syrup….not the powdered sugar, cranberry preserves and fresh fruit that was recommended.  And I used frozen waffles (which I toasted first, as directed!).  I mean, c’mon, it’s a Tuesday night here!  After cooking, the bottom was super soggy.  The top layer was good though with the meat and cheese.  I normally like a salty/sweet combo, but this didn’t execute well for me.

Mexican Potato Sausage Casserole

Wednesday – Have you ever made a recipe that you found on the back of a food product?  I rarely do, but ended up making this Mexican Potato Sausage Casserole from Simply Potatoes.  The only change I made was not adding diced tomatoes and adding salsa at the end.  Which I found to be a good change.  However, this was another dish that was just “eh” this week.

Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Thursday – I made Slow Cooker Beef Stew from allrecipes.  It was a perfect meal for a snow storm!  I’ve made beef stew in the slow cooker many times, though this may have been the first time that I used this particular recipe.  It was tasty enough, but didn’t get thick.  I served the stew with some biscuits.

Bacon Tortellini Bake

Friday – I made Bacon Tortellini Bake from Fake Ginger instead of our usual homemade pizza.  This was a nice comfort meal to make and eat after spending an hour outside at the elementary school watching my kids go sledding with friends.  It was easy to prepare as well.

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Weekly Meal Plan {Week 64}

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Happy Monday!  Not sure how many of you stayed up to watch the Super Bowl.  I’m not a football fan…..like at all.  The Puppy Bowl was more my speed!  But I did enjoy watching the commercials and the half-time show.  Here’s another weekly meal plan for you guys.

Nian Gao
Saturday – We had our monthly supper club on Saturday.  This month’s theme was fittingly Chinese New Year.  I picked to make dessert and ended up making two.  I made Nian Gao (traditional Chinese New Year Cake) and Chinese Almond Cookies.  We had a tasty dinner!

Sunday – My husband was in charge of dinner tonight.  At my son’s request he made tacos, which ended up being nachos when he discovered that I had thrown out the tortillas that had been sitting around for awhile.  We were all fine with this audible though.  I was in heaven with the homemade guacamole!  He made cilantro-lime rice as a side.  Yum!

Stuffed Peppers

Monday – I made Stuffed Peppers with Tomato Basil Cream Sauce from How Sweet It Is.  This is not a quick meal to make.  Easy….yes.  However, there’s some prep work in cutting the peppers and making the filling and sauce.  Then, the peppers have to cook for almost an hour.  Overall, this dinner was okay.  We weren’t huge fans and if I’m going to make stuffed peppers, I’d rather make them in the slow cooker.  I served these with mashed potatoes, as recommended.

Sesame Beef

Tuesday – I made Crispy Sesame Beef from Damn Delicious.   While the beef had good flavor, mine didn’t actually quite get crispy…..more like a mushy, cornstarchy mess.  I served this with rice and broccoli.  We all ate it, though I think next time I’d just omit the cornstarch and just marinate the beef in the sauce.

Shrimp Alfredo Gnocchi

Wednesday – I made Shrimp Alfredo Gnocchi from The Little Kitchen.  The only time-sucker in prepping this meal was de-veining the shrimp.  Otherwise, it was quick and easy to prepare.  I liked this meal.  However, my son had lots of complaints.  He doesn’t like mushrooms (which this dish has) and thought the gnocchi tasted, “weird.”  So, he didn’t eat much of his dinner.

Thursday –  Leftovers!  This rarely happens, but this week we had so many leftovers from earlier in the week.  Everyone got to make a plate of whatever they wanted.  This was super handy, since Thursday is so busy!

Friday – I made our usual homemade pizza.  This week I made pepperoni pizzas.  Quick, easy and tasty!