Meal Plan 2/8/16

Howdy friends! Sorry I am just getting around writing this post. I was going to write it this weekend, but we had to put one of my sweet kitties down last night. He was 17 and has been blind for a few years, but he could still get around and seemed happy and content.  Recently, he started having a hard time jumping in the bed and walking for long periods of time. This weekend it appears he may have had a stroke and lost his ability to walk. I rescued him off the street over 16 years ago. The vet thought that he was between 6 months and 1 year. He was full of fleas, ear mites, and super skinny. He fit right in with us and became best buds with Oscar (after a bit of fighting and territory matches). He became my fat little baby. The girls have only known life with the cats, so they have taken it pretty hard as well. We took today off to spend some special time together.



Here is the line up for this week…

Monday- Lamb Chops, Macaroni, peas

Tuesday- BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Wednesday- Slow Cooker Beef Short Rib Ragu I might make it different this time.

Thursday- Beanie Weenies and fries…possibly some more mac and cheese, just because…

Friday- Clean Out the Fridge Night

Sat- Out with friends

Sunday- Sweet Chili Chicken Wings (Alton Brown’s Recipe), fries, Asian Slaw


Cauliflower Couscous

So I made this yummy veggie one pot wonder yesterday. Eat a plate of it for dinner, or pair it with a piece of grilled fish or chicken. Delicious! So cauliflower and couscous are not the most photogenic foods, but I tried my best with the picture. The recipe was so easy!

All you have to do is chop up some cauliflower in small pieces. You could put it in in the food processor to mimic couscous, but I like a few bigger pieces to bite in to. Then put a couple of tablespoons of both butter and olive oil in a med-large dutch oven. Add in your cauliflower and cook down until tender, about 8 minutes. Add in your liquid and bring to a boil. I had some leftover chicken stock, but use veggie or water if you like to make this vegetarian. Just follow the proper ratios on the couscous box. I used plain, so no flavor packet was used. Add in the couscous and stir. Take off the heat and cover for 5 minutes. At the end (OPTIONAL) add in a couple turns of heavy cream and stir OR if you don’t have cream, you could add in a bit more butter or olive oil.

***To make vegan, leave out the butter and just use olive oil. Leave out the heavy cream.


Chicken and Bacon Pasta

So I was thinking of making something kind of like this for dinner tonight… Tomato Garlic Linguine with Mozzarella and Chicken. It turned in to a combination of this recipe and my Spaghetti Alfredo with shrimp, Bacon, and Veggies.

Here is how it went down.

Chicken and Pasta Bacon


2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 small container of portabello mushrooms, sliced
1 container of cherry tomatoes
3 heads of minced garlic
2 large chicken breasts
1 cup white wine (stock or water would be acceptable)
1 pound of pasta- I used Linguine
1/2 pound bacon and the grease
1 ball fresh mozzarella, chopped
1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded
About 1/2 cup olive oil
1 cup pasta water


Drizzle a few tablespoons of olive oil in a dutch oven.
Brown both sides of your chicken on high heat, about 5 minutes per side. Take out of pan.
Lower heat to medium. Add another 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook down your shallots, mushrooms, and tomatoes for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add your garlic. Stir in and cook for 3 minutes. Add wine, stir, and reduce, about 5 minutes.
Chop your chicken. It will still be raw in the middle.
Start boiling your water and drop you pasta when ready.
Cook your bacon. Drain and chop.
Add your chicken to the veggies. Add your bacon grease and stir together well. When your pasta is al dente, add it to your sauce plus the pasta water. Add the rest of the olive oil. Mix well and top with your cheese and bacon.


Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

Hi friends! I hope you all got to sleep in and have a lazy morning like I did. I love weekends when I really have no plans to speak of and just get to hang out with my family. I just got back from a yoga class, so I am feeling quite refreshed and centered.

Usually when I make a meal plan, I will try to get some suggestions from the family. Sometimes they come up some good ideas, and some not so practical ones. My husband actually suggested these sandwiches. He told me to get something called “Steak-uums.” I have never heard of that so I was curious. Frozen meat slices? That can’t be good, right? Well, I looked at the ingredients list… just beef.009

So I gave it a try! These sandwiches were delicious! They were super easy to make and perfect for a busy night!

Philly Cheese Steak


1 container of Steak- umms (6 slices)
1 onion thinly chopped
1 large container of slices mushrooms
2 sweet peppers- I used red
4 hoagie rolls
6 slices provolone cheese
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce


Cook your veggies down, at least 15 minutes.
Add in your Worcestershire sauce. Then add your beef. Mix well.


Slice open your rolls and add in the mixture to each one. Top with cheese. You could either broil or bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. We served with a side of curly fries and some corn. DELICIOUS!012.JPG013.JPG015.JPG

Meal Plan 1/30/16

Hey ya’ll! I hope you are having a lovely Saturday. The weather here is beautiful! The girls and I took the dog on a walk and I almost broke a sweat. So weird how last week there was snow and ice. This is winter in Georgia, so I will take all the pretty days I can.

This is my first meal plan in a LONG TIME! I have enjoyed getting back in to the swing of things the last few weeks. Here are some of my plans for the week. Any recipes you are looking forward to? Please share!

Tonight- Philly Cheese-steaks

Sunday- Something kind of like this… Tomato Garlic Linguine with Mozzarella and Chicken


Monday- Montery Chicken


Tuesday- Cheese and Garlic Tortellini with  Salami and Veggies (cold pasta salad)- mommy meal and lunch leftovers

Wednesday- ??????? Clean Out the Fridge/Leftovers

Thursday- ??????     Clean Out the Fridge/Leftovers

Friday- Out

Have a great rest of the night!


Pantry Raid- Homemade Hamburger Helper

Finally Friday!!!! So I mentioned in the last post that I was basically going to do a pantry raid to figure out what to make with my ground beef. That is what I did tonight! I basically made a homemade hamburger helper. There were some onions, which Becca picked out, but Katie declared them delicious and yummy.  Here is how I made it…


1 pound ground beef
1 onion, chopped
1 container mushrooms, sliced or chopped
4 tablespoons flour
1/2 container of reduced salt beef broth
1 small can or tomato soup
1/2 small container of heavy cream
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 box of Rotini pasta
1 mug pasta water


Boil pasta water.
Meanwhile, brown your beef, onions, and mushrooms. Do not drain.
Add your flour. Stir well, then add your beef broth and tomato soup. Stir well until it becomes thick.
When your pasta is aldente (chewy), add it to the sauce plus a cup full of pasta water, and the heavy cream.
Mix well until all incorporated.
Take off heat, mix well, and let sit for 5ish minutes and stir. This should be a perfect Hamburger Helper consistency.


A Couple of Favorites…

So I’m cooking away over here! Last night I made some chicken stir fry with Chinese noodles…

When I make this, I use different combinations of sauce. Here was the line up for this dinner…



Last night I asked the girls what they wanted for dinner. It was between something made with beef or tilapia. They chose this lovely recipe…  We ate it with a side of macaroni. There was so much fish between the 3 of us, that I didn’t even bother with a veggie. Just like last time, we scarfed it down after a night of activities, so there is no picture evidence. So I found this picture that actually looks pretty close; the first time I made it with rosemary, but alas, it is winter and I don’t have any  fresh.


Tomorrow is a lots of homework and a late cheer practice, so we might have to go out. Thursday is a night out with a SUPER close friend who the girls know as their Uncle and lots more homework and studying. Why does third grade have SO much homework? I have no idea about Friday. Maybe I will make a meatloaf or something new; I still have that beef in the freezer. Saturday is out with some old work friends, so hubby will have a date night with his little ladies. After that I have no idea! Have a great rest of the week!

Sausage Pepper Pasta

Evening my loves! I hope you all had an amazing weekend. I know I did! If you didn’t see it, I had an amazing date night on Friday with the hubby.

Yesterday, I had some time to myself to do some laundry, clean, and go to the grocery store. My girlies came back from Nana and Papa’s house all safe and sound, so we snuggled and played for a bit. Then I cooked some of my famous enchiladas for my sweet friend and her daughter. The girls played while all the adults caught up. There were a lot of laughs and too many chips and desserts were consumed (Tostidos, apple pie,  cherry strudel, and conversation hearts)!!!!


So today was all for sleeping in, cheer pictures for Becca (update asap- they took forever, but they were TOTES adorbs!), and being in my kitchen! I started to put stuff in cabinets, and it is a process. I am about halfway done. The hubby is going to be working on the pantry this week. I still have a lot of food and stuff in boxes. We are also planning to get a new kitchen table next week.

Tonight I made some sausage pepper pasta. It was super yummy and there were clean plates had by all!

Sausage Pepper Pasta


1 onion, sliced
2 sweet peppers, thinly sliced
1 small container of mushrooms
3 heads minced garlic
1 pound pasta- I used Ziti noodles
1 pound mild Italian sausage (ground or thinly sliced)
1 jar of your favorite red sauce, I used this…025.JPG


Start boiling your water with plenty of salt.
Brown your sausage on high heat, about 10 minutes. Take it out of the pan.
Drop in your pasta.
Brown your veggies and garlic, about 10 more minutes. Mix sausage and sauce in with veggies.
Add the pasta to the sauce with a cup full of pasta water. Incorporate and cook a couple more minutes until warmed through. Top with cheese! Enjoy!


Sushi Date Night

Happy Friday, ya’ll! The kids are having a slumber party with the grandparents on this cold rainy/snowy/icy Georgia night, so the hubby and I decided to spurge on a sushi date night. We don’t get to have these very often; the girls turn up their noses at sushi, and it can get a bit pricey. There are a ton of great sushi places here, but we decided on a casual place less that 5 miles away called the Mori House. We usually get a few plates to share; a couple of rolls and a few appetizers. Great drinks and food every time! Here is how we “rolled” tonight ;)

Calamari with spicy dipping sauce 

Perfectly Pan Fried Potstickers


Unagi (eel)

Gaga Roll (deep fried California Roll) and Dragon Roll (shrimp tempura and eel)


 The rest of the evening? Cracking open a bottle of red and catching up on my DVR’d shows ;) I get to sleep in tomorrow, so I am super excited to snuggle under the covers for a few extra hours of sleep!

Leftover Loving- Steak, Potato, and Broccoli Frittata

Evening guys! Last night I had some leftovers from a steak and potato meal (made in my new kitchen!!!!) and some leftover egg drop soup. I really had no idea if this was going to work out, but it did. I chopped up the steak and veggies, mixed them with the egg drop soup, 2 beaten eggs, and lots of cheese. I cooked it in an oven safe pan until I could tell the eggs were setting on the sides, about 4 minutes. Then I put it in a 350 oven for about 10 minutes. It came out pretty yummy!  I had some for breakfast today and shared the rest with some co-workers. Hoping to get in the kitchen this weekend…I have a lot of catching up to do!