How was everyone’s weekend? Relaxing, I hope! So far, my goal of eating healthy has been pretty successful. As my husband, the Weekend Chef noted, overall, we don’t eat unhealthily. So, I realized that my meal plan hasn’t changed too drastically so far. I still am trying to choose a variety of recipes that I think our kids will enjoy. I’ve recently been going through my collection of old recipes that I’ve already made. If you’re new around here, I rarely make the same recipe twice. I’m always looking for new recipes to try out. However, in trying to clean out my recipe/cookbook collection, I’m trying to re-make some previously tried recipes, so I can document them here, and decide if they’re worth keeping! You can learn more about our meal planning process if you are new to meal planning. Last week’s menu included:
Saturday – We were in the city. After we saw the musical Finding Neverland, we made our way back to Grand Central and grabbed a quick dinner there before taking the train back home. The kids had burgers and cheese fries from Shake Shack. The Weekend Chef had a salad with steak and I had a steak sandwich from Tri Tip.
Sunday – At our daughter’s request, the Weekend Chef made spaghetti and sausage. Simple, but tasty.
Monday – I made 5 Ingredient Sweet Potato Chili from Pinch of Yum. When she first heard what I was making, my daughter noted, “You know that I don’t like sweet potatoes.” Yes, but in this recipe, the sweet potatoes get blended and help thicken the chili, while also adding some sweetness. And guess, what? Everyone liked this! I served this with some tortilla chips that we were using to eat the chili with and also crumbling some on top. This chili recipe was simple but so tasty! I highly recommend.
Tuesday – I made French Onion Pot Roast from The Little Kitchen which I served with mashed potatoes and honey carrots. My parents came over for dinner and enjoyed this with us. I can’t remember the last time I made a pot roast. And I’ve never made it in the slow cooker before. I have to note that I didn’t really taste the French onion flavor. However, it was nice to have a traditionally weekend type of dinner on a Tuesday night! So, I recommend making pot roast in the slow cooker but not necessarily using this French onion recipe.
Wednesday – I used the leftover pot roast in burritos. I just cooked some rice and put it in a tortilla with the heated up pot roast, shredded cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream. The kids loved this! So simple and no real cooking involved! We ate this with roasted broccoli. (The pic above shows the burritos prior to rolling!)
Thursday – The Weekend Chef made Spinach Feta Crockpot Lasagna from Diethood. I’ve made lasagna in the crockpot before and am not sure why I don’t do it more often. It’s a little time consuming in the beginning, but it’s so nice to come home after work and have dinner ready. This recipe was different with the addition of feta and spinach. The feta gave the lasagna a nice tang. This dish was liked by us all.
Friday – I made Double Eggplant Pizza from Every Day with Rachael Ray. I’ve been going through my old magazine recipes that I’ve already cooked. If I’ve saved it, then it must have been pretty good. So I’m trying to recook the recipes to see if they are still as good as I remember. This eggplant pizza was one of those saved recipes. According to the date I had written on the magazine tear-out, I had made this pizza back in October 2010! Neither my husband or I remember eating this pizza. This was a tasty, vegetarian pizza. Not amazing, but good, only if you like eggplant. The kids do not like eggplant, so I mad them a cheese pizza.