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post #2241 of 2690

Gotta say - thank you for starting this thread. In between exhaustion, and extreme hunger I seem to reach for the worst things to eat - this is giving me the inspiration I need to get back to cooking and not hurling lol 

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Gotta say - thank you for starting this thread. In between exhaustion, and extreme hunger I seem to reach for the worst things to eat - this is giving me the inspiration I need to get back to cooking and not hurling lol 

 

I just like to eat. :-) You'll find some great idea here - we've got a lot of good cooks about!

 

Tonight I made shepherd's pie again - we are in full on casserole/stew mode now that the cold weather looks like its here to stay for awhile. 

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I'm actually sticking to my menu plan so far this week! We've had the roast beef sandwiches, chicken parmesan, and shrimp curry. Tonight is ground turkey tacos/tostadas and tomorrow is pizza friday and I already have the dough made :)

 

All week, I have been meaning to try out this recipe for almond poppy seed bread http://www.ourbestbites.com/2008/12/almond-poppy-seed-bread/  I think my kids will like it, I certainly do, but I want to do a trial run because I think mini loaves would make nice Christmas gifts this year. We really don't do adult presents in our families anymore, except for grandparents, but I would like to make something small to share.

 

I haven't made it yet because I caved and bought a Danish kringle from Trader Joe's, they are bringing them in from a bakery, and it is soooo good. Definitely meeting my scandinavian craving for almond.

post #2244 of 2690

colemom - I love almonds in baked goods. Almond croissant, princess torte, and those yummy Swedish Easter things with the whipped cream & marzipan mmmmmmmmmmm

 

I'm making a bean-vegetable stew right now. Throw in the crockpot: 1 onion chopped, 2 garlic cloves minced, some frozen corn, 1 sweet potato diced, 2 zucchini diced, 1 lg. (28 oz.) can pinto beans rinsed, 1 14 oz. can fire-roasted tomatoes & half a small can of chipotle peppers & sauce. I made chili like this with black beans & other veg last week & it was a hit.

post #2245 of 2690
I made chicken and rice casserole with green beans, carrots with chicken breasts on top of the rice and vegetables. Some butter and I boiled the broth snd veggies and added the rice. I didn't have my glasses on so I sprinkled garlic powder on top thinking it was dried onions. I don't like garlic powder. I hope it's not too garlicky. Then some biscuits and fruit to fill the plate.
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Well... we're trying the Campbell's Skillet Sauces tonight... but I can explain! They were giving the full size packets out for free outside my building at work, so I got a few of the Asian Sesame ones. I am totally the demographic they're trying to market to - the busy working mom who prefers to cook from scratch, but could use a little help in the kitchen...

 

So I served it with chicken and spaghetti noodles as noodle bowls. It's super easy - cook your chicken and noodles as normal, then combine both and pour the sauce over and heat through. But I'm happy to admit I didn't fall prey to the marketing - I wouldn't spend the money on it. It wasn't that much a time saver (it really only takes a few minutes to whip up a sauce like this) and the mouth feel wasn't that great. It was very, very gummy - it comes out of the package at the proper consistency, so it's just gummy, instead of reduced properly or thickened on heat. And being a prepackaged item, it was a bit high on the salt for our tastes. 

 

So, we'll eat them if we get them for free again - they're decent - but they haven't won a new customer in me. Oh, and I should say too - the portion size is skimpy against the proposed price point. It made enough for two good sized noodle bowls, with no leftovers. So if you were feeding a family or wanted lunch leftovers (though I can't imagine this reheats well since it starts off gummy) you're going to need probably four packets. And they're almost $2 each - so that's $8 for a sauce! Expensive. If you want a sauce like this, you'd be better off buying a bottle of stir fry or teriyaki sauce for $2 and getting many meals out of it. 

post #2247 of 2690

Thx for the review! I have found Frontera skillet sauces to be good, but that is the only product of this type I have tried. We occasionally cook up mashed tofu with them for tacos.

 

Speaking of being a busy mom, I was just at TJ's and picked up fish sticks and tater tots for a quick meal Mon. night when I have school, a bag of frozen shrimp for pasta & shrimp later in the week, a pkg. of cut-up chicken hoping that DH will make roasted chicken and vegetables Sunday, and various and sundry lunch stuff (applesauce, dried fruit, pita chips and black bean chips). Ordering out tonight because my cousin is coming over and going out tomorrow due to an event - peace out until Monday!

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Thx for the review! I have found Frontera skillet sauces to be good, but that is the only product of this type I have tried. We occasionally cook up mashed tofu with them for tacos.

 

Speaking of being a busy mom, I was just at TJ's and picked up fish sticks and tater tots for a quick meal Mon. night when I have school, a bag of frozen shrimp for pasta & shrimp later in the week, a pkg. of cut-up chicken hoping that DH will make roasted chicken and vegetables Sunday, and various and sundry lunch stuff (applesauce, dried fruit, pita chips and black bean chips). Ordering out tonight because my cousin is coming over and going out tomorrow due to an event - peace out until Monday!

 No problem - have a good weekend!

 

Tonight husband and I going out on a kid-free date! We have having Panera with a gift card we have, and seeing a movie with a Groupon I got for $3 for both of us. A $3 night on the town! We're so excited! 

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Last night we did pasta and home canned pasta sauce with olives and mozzarella. Oh, and garlic toast. Tonight we will have something fast. Either left overs or probably sandwiches. Something fast because I'm leaving for a hair appointment with my MIL right before he gets home, so we won't eat till I get back. I'd just pick something up, but my suggestion has been of this week so that's probably not the best idea ever. Lol Tomorrow either spaghetti or steak and potatoes. The other the next day. Then left overs.
post #2250 of 2690
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Last night we did pasta and home canned pasta sauce with olives and mozzarella. 

 

Now that is the way to go for a quick meal. Next summer, I'm canning my own pasta sauce. I always just can plain tomatoes since they're more versatile, but then I end up buying jarred pasta sauce from the store for "emergency" dinners. That's silly.

 

I'm really on the fence about what to have for dinner tonight. I can't decide between chicken noodle soup and bolognese. Maybe I'll do the soup tonight, and the bolognese tomorrow, since the bologese is better for lunch leftovers...

post #2251 of 2690

Trying to get back to making soup on Sunday, it's nice to start the week off with healthy leftovers. 

 

Tonight is some kind of Italian soup, with stuff I need to use: turkey stock, some crushed tomatoes and spices, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, mushrooms, olives, some dried pesto tortellini and meatballs I got at Costco yesterday. Topped with parm cheese and we'll have garlic bread and fruit too.

 

What I have so far for this week:

Ground beef tacos/tostadas, salad, carrots, fruit

Salmon, parmesan risotto, asparagus, broccoli, fruit

Chicken cacciatore, pasta, zucchini noodles, fruit

Asian glazed chicken, broccoli, quinoa/waffles, eggs, sausages, fruit for kids

Grilled pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts, broccoli, fruit

post #2252 of 2690

So, true to form, things got mixed around again due to various engagements on Sunday.

 

Tonight - Brown rice vermicelli (first time using, really good) + grilled chicken/fried tofu + steamed broccoli + peanut sauce

Rest of week -

* Fish sticks and tater tots - total school lunch meal LOL Will have to get some vegetables in there.

* Pasta - probably baked with vegetables and a butternut squash pasta sauce I bought at Aldi

 

* Errr, after that not sure - have to do a pantry inventory. I don't have a large pantry, but I am sure I can make a dozen meals out of that stuff (frozen mixed veg, coconut milk and Thai curry paste, some potatoes, canned tuna, canned tomatoes, more whole wheat pasta, some white rice, 2 containers of tofu, etc.)

post #2253 of 2690
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We didn't have anything planned out and I'm not feeling very inventive lately, so I decided to make white bean and Italian sausage pasta. Why I decided to make a dish - on a weeknight - that requires beans when all I keep in the house is dried and I didn't pre-soak any, is beyond me. The quick soak method still takes a good two hours. So you know, maybe we'll eat by nine o'clock tonight. Food fail. It better taste good by the time we get to eat it! 

post #2254 of 2690
I hope it did taste good by then! Food fails are no fun. I had a minor one yesterday. I was trying to make a Mom-vita recipe to use in tonight's chicken spaghetti.... I apparently read too many recipes because I bought the wrong cheese. Shoot man! So it was lumpy and a tad stringy. It'll work, but not how I planned.

So tonight is chicken spaghetti, tomorrow I plan on beef (probably actually venison) stew and cornbread. Then left overs. Then I go into hiding for a while for the holiday.
post #2255 of 2690
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I hope it did taste good by then! 

 

It actually did! 

 

Tonight... same thing all over again. No idea whatsoever what to cook.... what is my problem lately?

post #2256 of 2690
Glad it was at least good after the wait!

I have gone through the same burnt out, tired rut. In the back of a planner, I have lists of tried and true favorites, page numbers of recipe books when applicable. They're listed by type of meat or meatless. It helps, but even then, sometimes, nothing sounds good. Or what does sound good takes entirely too much energy. I like new recipes, I was using a big cookbook I got for our wedding and making one new one a week. Now, with the baby, whatever looks too good to wait on Pinterest gets tested as I go.

I also write in my planner an entire month's menu. Since I shop every two weeks, it is a huge help. When I'm on a roll, I try to fill out at least part of the next month too. I found pencil is a must so I can change it up, but it really is a huge help.

Hope you end up with something that makes you feel good, Mama.
post #2257 of 2690
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Husband went out and got Portillos! So he had a burger and fries and I had a chicken sandwich and fries. It was so good not to cook tonight.

 

I only grocery shop twice a month too and I keep a very well-stocked pantry, so I can generally make just about anything. I am just seriously lacking in the inspiration and motivation department. What I really want to do at night is just curl up with a good book and a cup of tea, not do what needs to be done. But we all know that is crazy talk! 

post #2258 of 2690

I go through phases like that, too. Then I just make the simplest stuff. It's weird not even being motivated to browse recipes! Luckily it usually passes within a week or so.

 

Speaking of being unmotivated, I am in a work crunch, so I made fish sticks, tater tots, and salad tonight. At least last night was whole wheat pasta with shrimp (cooked with butter/olive oil, garlic, Herbamare seasoned salt, parsley & lemon juice). Yum.

 

Tomorrow stir fry with the week's slowly wilting vegetables from the crisper, rice & tofu. Need to think of a sauce. I would love peanut again (I make it tangy with fish sauce & lime, garlic or chili-garlic sauce, a little sugar & peanut butter mixed with hot water until smooth - I could eat this on everything every day), but not sure the fam will like that.

post #2259 of 2690

I go through major cooking lulls, where I don't feel like anything I normally make. I usually try to find some new recipes or make super simple dinners like BLT's and fries. Normally that kind of dinner only happens once a week, but sometimes I default to it for days. And sometimes that means the kids eat mac n cheese and we get taco bell after they go to bed. Whatever it takes to get through.

 

Tonight is grilled pork chops (not my favorite, but they've been in the freezer for awhile) and asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes, broccoli and pears.

 

Tomorrow is one pot pasta with meatballs and lots of different veggies.

 

On the menu this week, beside Thanksgiving of course:

Ground beef tacos/tostadas, salad, carrots, fruit

Salmon, parmesan risotto, sauteed brussels sprouts, broccoli, fruit

Chicken legs and thighs (spicy asian glaze for adults, bbq sauce for kids), brown rice, broccoli, fruit

 

I'll make turkey stock and soup next weekend, probably with egg noodles and corn.

post #2260 of 2690
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Originally Posted by Ragana View Post
 

I go through phases like that, too. Then I just make the simplest stuff. It's weird not even being motivated to browse recipes! Luckily it usually passes within a week or so.

 

I hope it passes soon - I don't even really feel like browsing my Pinterest boards. I'm just completely meh about food lately. 

 

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Originally Posted by colemom View Post
 

I go through major cooking lulls, where I don't feel like anything I normally make. I usually try to find some new recipes or make super simple dinners like BLT's and fries. Normally that kind of dinner only happens once a week, but sometimes I default to it for days. And sometimes that means the kids eat mac n cheese and we get taco bell after they go to bed. Whatever it takes to get through.

 

We have been defaulting to take out too much lately... and the worst part is, not knowing what to make and feeling like thinking about it actually makes the whole situation worse, because then I feel junky because we've eaten junk. Just way to much grease in a week when we hit up Portillos multiple times! Oh well. 

 

Tonight we did sort-of better - home made marinara sauce that I had stashed in the freezer, that we're adding ground beef to, over spaghetti. So better, but I'm still meh about it. 

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