Steak and Potatoes- A Love Story

There once was a girl. The girl was a vegetarian for a very long time. Then one day she ate some steak and never looked back. Here are some pretty pictures of steak and potatoes just so you understand the loss she had for such a long time.

Twice Baked Potatoes

Crispy Cod with Corn and Mashed Purple Potatoes

Evening food lovers! So tonight I used the ingredients from my Blue Apron meal. I did not actually follow the real recipe for a few reasons. The actual recipe is supposed to have corn on the cob with garlic butter and pickled cucumbers. There was supposed to be 2 ears of corn, but there was only one, so I improvised with a Steam fresh bag. Only Katie and I like cucumbers, and if I tried to pickle them she probably would have cried. So I cut them up for us so we could snack on them.

The fish was treated with the standard breading procedure- FEB- Flour, Egg, and Breadcrumbs with seasoning (salt, pepper,Old Bay- my addition) and cooked on each side for about 3 minutes in a bit of olive oil.

The potatoes were chopped in medium sized pieces and boiled until soft, about 14 minutes. I added 3 tablespoons of butter and seasoned it with a healthy portion of salt and pepper. Then I took my handy dandy potato masher and mashed those beauties right up!


Make Ahead Meatloaf

Another busy weekday calls for a make ahead meal. Last night I assembled this meatloaf ahead of time so all I had to do when I got home was pop it in the oven. It took a good 1 hour, but I still had dinner on the table by 6:30. Most families I know eat between the 5:30-7:00 window, so this is a perfect thing to make the night before. You could even make 2, and freeze one uncooked for another night!

Easy Make Ahead Meatloaf- Feeds 4-6- You can double this recipe for a bigger family, leftovers, or an extra uncooked meat loaf to go in the freezer

1 pound of ground meat- I used 1/2 ground beef and 1/2 ground mild sausage
1 egg
1/2 cup of seasoned breadcrumbs (add more if too wet)
2 tablespoons Worchestershire
1 can tomato sauce (1/2 in the meat and 1/2 on top)
1 tablespoon of tomato paste
1 splash of red wine (more if too dry)
1 garlic clove grated (or 1 teaspoon of garlic powder)
1/4 onion grated (or 1 teaspoon of onion powder)
fresh or dried herbs- This time I used dried Italian seasoning- about 1 tablespoon
salt and pepper to taste- do not skimp


In a large bowl combine all your ingredients. I get in there and mix it up with my hands. Mix just enough to combine the ingredients. DO NOT OVERMIX! I do not use ketchup at all. The tomato sauce, tomato paste, and Worcestershire combo is better and gives the meatloaf so much more depth of flavor than ketchup ever could. I take my mixture, form in a loaf shape, and put it on some aluminum foil in a long baking dish. Top with more tomato sauce. 350 for about an 1 hour or until meat is at 155. Take out and let it sit for 10 minutes to set and for carry over cooking. Enough leftovers for the hubby and I to take for lunch tomorrow!

I served with some green beans and fried potatoes (small white potatoes diced with salt and pepper cooked in a bit of olive oil and cooked until tender, about 40 minutes).


Chicken Gnocchi Caprese

Howdy! I made this Blue Apron meal last night. I changed it up a bit and added some leftover chicken from my Chicken Parm Bake. Since I am the only one who ate the salad, I added a few extras to the butter lettuce and cucumbers that were supposed to be in it.

Garlic Toast

  Salad with cucumbers, raspberries, artichokes, shaved parm, and cashews. 

Chicken Gnocchi Caprese-  1 package gnocchi, 1 cooked chicken breast, chopped, 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (I added a bit more sauce that was leftover from Saturday’s dinner), 5 cloves garlic, basil, and Italian seasoning.

It was a hit!  I will be adding gnocchi more to the dinner line-up!


Weekend Wrap Up 3/20/16

This Saturday was all about CHEER! Uniform fittings and another long day of competitions. I was surrounded by cheerleaders ALL DAY LONG. Becca was so excited to compete!

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They won! National Champions…first place with no deductions at all!

Today we slept in late. I did lots of laundry and went to the gym for a sweat session. Then I came home and made my version of the Chicken Milanese meal from Blue Apron.

I made these potatoes;  diced and coated with a couple tablespoons of olive oil with a good sprinkle of salt and pepper, cooked at 425 for about 25-30 minutes.    Basically what I have made before in terms of the chicken.
  A bright spinach salad with radishes, parm cheese, and some chopped nuts.

With a gorgeous Dijon Mustard  (2 tablespoons), Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt), apple cider vinegar (1 tablespoon), and about a tablespoon of olive oil all mixed together seasoned with a bit of salt and pepper. img_2143 I was the only one who ate the salad (shocker). I let them eat the potatoes, but of course I snuck a few for quality control =) I also made them some green beans for a veggie. 

Weekend Wrap-up- A Day for Katie and a Day for Mommy

Hey guys! So this weekend we celebrated 2 important people. Katie and ME!!! It was Katie’s birthday which always coincides with Mother’s Day. Best Mother’s Day present I have ever received =) Lots of fun, yummy food, and amazing family!

First Up…Katie’s birthday. She wanted to invite a few friends over for a play date. Only one sweet girl could make it (damn you spring sports), but we all had a blast. It was nice to hear 3 girls running around and playing together. We miss that. We ate cake, drank strawberry milkshakes, and opened presents. Tons of fun!010






I made bacon cheese burgers for dinner. YUM!











Had a fun day with my Mommy at a picnic in the park…036

Dinner was so fun! I cooked stuffed mushrooms (Italian Sausage in mushroom caps topped with mozzarella cheese baked at 350 for 15 minutes), and steak with twice baked potatoes (

One Pan Meal- Baked Chicken Thighs and Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic

I hope everyone had a nice and relaxing Sunday! After yesterday’s race, all I wanted to do today was sleep in and be lazy. I got my wish. We slept until almost 9. The girls came in requesting Waffle House, so we got up and ate some yummy food. I sat outside and read magazines while the girls played. I sat around and watched a bunch of DVR shows that I needed to catch up on…(Bones, The Americans, and The Kitchen). Later I cooked this yummy easy meal.

Baked Chicken Thighs and Potatoes with Herbs and Garlic


6 chicken Thighs (on sale for $3.26 at Kroger!!!)
6 small Idaho potatoes, chopped in to small pieces. Use what you have; red, russet, purple, etc…
6 pieces of garlic, crushed and minced
1 large handful of chopped herbs- basil, sage, rosemary, and thyme (mix with garlic and a bit of olive oil to form a paste)


Preheat oven to 350. Chop potatoes in to a small dice. Chop your garlic and herbs. Spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spray. Lay potatoes flat in the pan and coat with olive oil. Add half of the garlic and herb paste. Mix well. Salt and pepper both sides of your chicken thighs. Lay on top of the potatoes. Add the rest of the herb and garlic paste to the top of each piece of chicken. Cook for 45 minutes or until potatoes are done and chicken is cooked through.006 012

Steak, Twice Baked Potatoes, and Pan Steamed Broccoli

Hey guys! Hope you all had a lovely Valentines Day! We spend it together as a family. Last year, I made fondue. This year I made steak and potatoes. Not just any kind of potatoes; twice baked potatoes. I have made these before on the blog. Of course, I have made steak on the blog lots of times. Here is a recap with some pretty food pictures.


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Twice Baked Potato:

I wrapped 4 potatoes in aluminum foil and baked them for about 45 minutes. I cooked 5 pieces of bacon in a pan. I let potatoes cool a bit, then I spooned the potato filling in a medium bowl leaving the skins. I mixed  in 2 tablespoons of butter and 3 tablespoons of sour cream. I spooned the mixture into skins and added shredded mild cheddar and the chopped bacon on top. Put back in a 350 oven for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted all over the top.

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Broccoli- I cut all the florets off 2 stalks of broccoli. I put them in a pan with a couple tablespoons of olive oil, salt, pepper, and a couple tablespoons of water. Then I put a top on them and cooked them on med. heat. I shook the pan every so often. It cooked about 12 minutes- still bright green and tender but not mushy. You can save your stalks to put in soup or use to make veggie stock!


Spicy Veggie Couscous

Hello again! So I was thinking about what I wanted to take for lunch tomorrow. Today I ate a  whole wheat wrap with spicy chicken, spinach, and hummus  from my school.  I added a bit of  Light Ranch (the only kind they have) to the mix. It was actually pretty tasty. I would get that again! The menu tomorrow is not very promising, although they do have a veggie burger. Unfortunately, by the time I get to the veggie burger, it is  pretty cold and stale. I don’t think many middle school kiddos choose it. Who can blame them…

So tonight I had some couscous left over at dinner. I also had half of both a yellow and orange sweet pepper, 1 jalapeno, 1 sweet onion, 1 small head of broccoli, and 2 cloves of garlic leftover from last weeks groceries. I chopped up all the veggies and cooked them in a bit of peanut oil for about 10 minutes. Then I added the couscous and a bit of soy sauce and pepper to add a bit of flavor. I stirred well, and cooked for another 5 minutes. Now I have a yummy lunch for tomorrow! =)


Family Favorite: Montery Chicken and Skillet Potatoes

Becca had her last football game today. Cheer is over for the year. I am happy and sad. While we will still probably take a night or two tumbling class in a few weeks, we are not having to go to practice 2-3 times a week and a game every Sat. anymore. Becca LOVES cheering, so I am a bit sad that she doesn’t get to strut her stuff and cheer her heart out each week.

Meal planning has been pretty M.I.A. Our life is unpredictable. Full time working parents (sort of), 3 kids (one is VERY ill), and many other life challenges thrown our way…
But family dinner is still important; the girls, hubby, and I still love a nice home cooked meal.