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post #1421 of 2711

Ragana, I'm jealous of your smoked salmon! My favorite way to eat it is scrambled with eggs, cream cheese and chives, mmmm.

 

Last night my kids spent the night with my parents, so we went out to dinner. It's dungeness crab season here and I splurged and had a crab sandwich, soo good.

 

Tonight I'm making a pork roast in the CP with a can of french onion soup and sliced mushrooms, baked delicata squash stuffed with sauteed mushrooms, zucchini, onion, garlic and a little parm cheese, roasted sweet potatoes, and I'll make the kids some broccoli. I also made a german apple cake today and will make whipped cream to have with it.

 

On the menu this week:

CP enchilada bake (using leftover pork roast), salad

Red snapper, roasted garlic and olive oil couscous, brussels sprouts

Steaks with sauteed mushrooms and onions, roasted sweet and red potatoes, broccoli

Chicken breasts stuffed with spinach and feta, roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower

CP chicken cacciatore with zucchini, red pepper and mushrooms, wheat pasta, spaghetti squash

Chicken and chick pea curry with broccoli and red peppers, brown rice, sauteed spinach

Salisbury steaks, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, cauliflower

Kielbasa, rainbow chard, and white bean soup (made with stock from the pork roast bone)


Edited by colemom - 11/11/12 at 4:34pm
post #1422 of 2711
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Originally Posted by maciascl View Post
This time of year I just keep pouting about how much easier meals would be if we ate meat. Outside of soup there isn't nearly as many meatless slow cooker recipes. I don't actually want to eat meat, I just want the easy slowcoker options Sheepish.gif

I agree - DH, DD2 and I eat meat, and DD1 doesn't, but it's complicated by the fact that DD2 doesn't like stew-type stuff, and DH can't have cheese. I have looked for recipes, but mostly use my CP (see, colemom - I know what it means now! LOL) to cook dried beans. I would love to find 3-4 great vegan (cheese/meat-adaptable) slow cooker recipes. I did bookmark a few recipes to try from this book, but haven't tried them yet:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Fresh-Vegan-Slow-Cooker-Ultra-Convenient/dp/1558327908/ref=pd_sim_b_2

 

PS Colemom - Likewise jealous of your crab. We almost never have it living in the Midwest - save it for when we're on the West Coast.

post #1423 of 2711
tonight we had baked chicken and rice again... it's ds's most favorite meal, lol, and it only gets made on the weekends... so we're gonna be eating lots of chicken-y remakes this week, lol. we had lots of left overs last week, so i didnt do much cooking.
post #1424 of 2711

I made a plan for the week yesterday:

 

Monday - Spaghetti tacos and green salad. It's DD2's favorite & what it sounds like: spaghetti with tomato/meat sauce inside of hard taco shells.

Tuesday - Rice, vegetable stir-fry with store-bought sauce, choice of tofu or chicken drumsticks. Due to DD1's friends staying for dinner, this meal has essentially has to be GF vegan (plus meat option).

Wednesday - Dinner salads (with various veg, white beans, cheese, various dressings). I might also make potato salad with this. DH's choice.

Thursday - Fried rice with eggs/leftover vegetables. DD1's choice.

Friday - If we do not order in, my choice would be Thai green curry with vegetables, tofu, rice.
 

post #1425 of 2711

Last night I made venison soup with tons of veggies & barley.  Tonight I'm making soup & salad with the leftover soup & I'm making cobb salad.  I was in the kitchen all day today doing a deep clean!  I also made a batch of yogurt and a batch of granola.  The granola is in the oven now & I want to eat it NOW, it smells too good!!!!

post #1426 of 2711
Tonight is leftovers. DH will have the last of the crock pot shredded buffalo chicken in a quesadilla. I'l eat the last serving of crock pot potato soup (yummy super easy new recipe) DD can choose a quesadilla with either sliced turkey or the spiral ham. I wish we had spinach left over for a salad, but oh well. I'll steam some frozen broccoli for all of us.

I'm in love with my crock pot all over again. Tomorrow I'm using it to make shredded mexican chicken for buritos for DH's lunches.
post #1427 of 2711

Yumm, homemade granola! I used to make a pretty plain version baked with maple syrup, but it was delicious.

 

KristyDi - Would love to see the buffalo chicken and potato soup crockpot recipes!
 

post #1428 of 2711
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Originally Posted by Ragana View Post

Yumm, homemade granola! I used to make a pretty plain version baked with maple syrup, but it was delicious.

KristyDi - Would love to see the buffalo chicken and potato soup crockpot recipes!

 

They're both really easy.

The potato soup. I would reduce the salt next time and I used 1 cup half and half and 1 cup milk.

I'm thinking I'll do this soup for Christmas because it'll be really easy to switch the broth to veggie for my vegetarian SIL and do a baked potato like toppings bar so everyone can fix up their soup however they like with bacon, cheese, sour cream, scallions etc.

The Buffalo chicken is just several boneless skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot (could be thighs too) covered with a bottle of wing sauce (I use Franks) and a pack of ranch dressing mix (I use homemade) 4 hours on high 8 on low then shred the chicken (If you have a stand mixer throw the hot chicken in the bowl and use the paddle attachment on low for 30 seconds or so and you have perfectly shredded chicken. Soo much easier than using 2 forks.) Then toss the shredded chicken back in the crock pot with the sauce. The original recipe said to add butter, but I haven't found it to be needed.
post #1429 of 2711

I finally cooked a dinner I am not embarrassed to share lol.

With working full time I have to be more organized!

I was doing good in the beginning using the crock pot a lot...

 

Last night I made spaghetti with meat sauce for the kids and peas.

Tonight I made pork chops , onions mushrooms and asparagus saute, fries, and a desert or apple oh- I don't know- baked apples with dough on top with cinnamon and sugar and butter.

 

So not on my diet- but looks and smells really good

post #1430 of 2711
Thread Starter 

My husband made the most amazing crockpot chicken tonight. It rivals my slow-roasted chicken in the oven, which is great because we are in love with the crockpot. With an active toddler, it's nice to not have to hover over dinner as it cooks. He just browned up some chicken thighs for a few minutes in the oven broiler, then put them on top of carrots, onions and potatoes in the crockpot. Added a little white wine, some herbs and salt and pepper - and amazing roasted chicken! It was so good. 

post #1431 of 2711

That CP chicken does sound amazing. Will have to try both that and the buffalo chicken!

 

Weds ended up not being salads, but chickpea curry with rice instead. I don't have any leftover rice, like I thought, so tonight will be some sort of tofu with sauce (maybe BBQ), sweet potatoes and salad. Probably some black beans from a can for DD2.
 

post #1432 of 2711

             


Edited by PumaBearclan - 11/16/12 at 8:07am
post #1433 of 2711

Last night we had a noodle stir-fry, with onions, celery, cabbage, tamari, a splash of sugar syrup, whole wheat spaghetti noodles and smoked salmon.  Sprinkled the top with toasted sesame seeds.  

 

The salmon was a gift from DH's sister and was good, but a bit too sweet.  I like my smoked salmon saltier, smokier, fishier, with a more balanced sweetness.  Still, an excellent concoction.  I need to add more veggies, though, and fewer noodles, and time the addition of the cabbage better so the noodles have time to get in their without overcooking the cabbage.  I was incredibly thankful for all the fish they've gifted us.  Besides being delicious and harvested by BIL, it couldn't have come at a better time, financially.

post #1434 of 2711

Last night's dinner was hit or miss. Vegetarian kid didn't like the BBQ tofu - so I'll make an Asian-type sauce next time (she's not otherwise a picky eater). Also, to save time, I "baked" the potatoes in the crockpot, but I did sweet and white together. The sweet ended up in there too long & the skin was bitter. Next time I'll do those separately and take out the sweet potatoes earlier. I dressed the salad with Garlic Expressions dressing from Whole Foods - OMG so addictive (and so expensive...but so addictive!!) I could eat a salad with that dressing at every meal right now.
 

post #1435 of 2711
Thread Starter 

Friday night I made chicken marsala, but managed to burn the sauce. It was awful, but we ate it anyway because, you know - waste not, want not. It was yuck though. So disappointing because we love chicken marsala. Oh well. 

 

Last night we made spaghetti with (gasp!) jarred Newman's Own marinara sauce and the chicken and pork Italian sausage by Johnsonville. I never do jarred pasta sauce, but I've been tired lately. Not the end of the world, and it was pretty good. :-)

 

No idea what we're doing for dinner tonight. I'm thinking of something big and casserole like, but no idea what...

post #1436 of 2711
a trader joes opened up here in a couple of weeks ago... ds is with his dad for the week, so yesterday i went to look around so i could take my time... OMG, the parking was terrible.... theyre in a ginormous shopping center (the same one as the only whole foods, lol, but on the opposite side), and we ended up parking across the street. i cant imagine how youd actually get groceries to your car if you bought a whole cart full.

that said, i saw some stuff i'd like to try,. we didnt buy anything this time around, just looked and prices shopped. a lot of the prepared stuff, fresh and frozen, looked really yummy, and a lot of the non organic cheese and meat, ect compared price wise with the regular grocery store. im not sure how the quality compares to say, HEB or walmart brand.

i can definitely see myself going back , though probably not for a few months until its calmed down some. couldnt afford to shop there all the time, but it would be a fun place to go when i have some extra grocery money.... anyone know if they accept the food stamps card?

with ds gone we'll be eating all the stuff he doesnt like, this week, lol. need to red0 my plan, since i forgot to account for that
post #1437 of 2711
Chicken wings with blue chz celery & carrots, potato skins, Caesar salad & apple crisp for desert
post #1438 of 2711
Yes to ebt. :-)
post #1439 of 2711
Yes to ebt
post #1440 of 2711
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by ashleyhaugh View Post

a trader joes opened up here in a couple of weeks ago... ds is with his dad for the week, so yesterday i went to look around so i could take my time... OMG, the parking was terrible.... theyre in a ginormous shopping center (the same one as the only whole foods, lol, but on the opposite side), and we ended up parking across the street. i cant imagine how youd actually get groceries to your car if you bought a whole cart full.

 

Parking is notoriously bad at Trader Joes. I've never been to one that has decent parking. 

 

 

Tonight we ended up doing hamburgers, tater tots and creamed corn for dinner. We had half a package of hamburger buns left over and we needed to use them before they went stale. Has anyone tried to freeze hamburger buns with any success? It's kind of annoying to have to eat burgers twice in a week in order to not waste the buns. 

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