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post #581 of 2722
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I ended up making the beef broccoli stirfry tonight because last night I had some kind of stomach bugginess. So last night my husband had two slices of leftover home made pizza, and when I finally got to the point where I could tolerate more than plain water I had a bowl of farina. Exciting! 

 

Tomorrow night is thin cut pork chops, though I have no idea what I'm doing with them yet. We have sweet corn in the freezer that we put up over the summer, so I'll likely be serving some of that with it. 

post #582 of 2722

I ended up making a quick Cold Peanut Butter noodle bowl w/sesame oil, crunchy pb, cukes, orange bell pepper, zucchini, yellow squash, red onion, carrots, green cabbage, sugar snap peas, tons of fresh ginger and garlic that I toasted before I made the pb sauce.  I used soy sauce and added some fish sauce at the end.  oh, and squeezed lime over it.  It was awesome.  I dished it up and for a treat dh and I watched Cowboys vs Aliens and the kids watched a movie in another room (and they got to eat in there).  I fell asleep before the end of the movie (I rarely can sit still to watch a movie and falling asleep was weird.  Dh woke me up, and I could have kicked him).

 

Welcome to all newcomers and I don't remember the last time I put wine in anything either. Other than my glass, lol.  I do share a beer w/some of my marinades, though. 

post #583 of 2722

My car is in the shop so I have to go to the store... going to really try to scrounge my cupboards tonight to scrape something together- store tomorrow!!!

 

post #584 of 2722

Had tomato-basil soup with grilled cheese on sour dough last night. It was yummy.  The soup recipe wasn't very good (the picture on the cook's blog was beautiful though). I ended up cooking it for much longer than the recipe said (like an hour vs 10 minutes), added more salt, some cayenne pepper and fresh basil, and used my emulsion blender to unify it a bit more. It turned out fantastic! I'm hankering for some more right now, but dh and I ate it all. It's definitely going on the dinner rotation.

 

Tonight I'm making  pork tenderloin with blackberry sauce with some blackberry jam we put up a little while back.  Also, mashed potatoes and a green vegetable of some sort.  

post #585 of 2722

 

shrimp tacos (shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic)

refried black beans (have a batch cooking in the CP)

corn tortillas

mixed greens

chopped tomato and avocado

fresh salsa, cheese, sour cream

post #586 of 2722

I want some colemom!!! that sounds great!

 

post #587 of 2722

Making cauliflower and potato curry with rice tonight using a rogan josh spice packet I picked up at the Asian store. Not being Indian, I use any spice packet that tastes good to me when I make curry & nominally follow the recipe on the back. Oh well, authenticity can be overrated! orngtongue.gif

post #588 of 2722
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Originally Posted by homemademom View Post

Had tomato-basil soup with grilled cheese on sour dough last night. It was yummy. 



I have disliked tomato soup my whole life, but recently tried it and LOVED it. Would love a good recipe! It's a nice surprise when tastes change like that.

post #589 of 2722
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Originally Posted by Jewels* View Post

I bought a pork shoulder today at the farmer's market... I've never cooked one before...

 

 


My DH recently fed an army of friends with a pork shoulder cooked in the crock pot using a Rick Bayless recipe (I think it's mainly salsa poured over). We made the most delicious tacos (with corn tortillas) out of it.

post #590 of 2722
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I have disliked tomato soup my whole life, but recently tried it and LOVED it. Would love a good recipe! It's a nice surprise when tastes change like that.



The recipe I used was really basic and didn't taste great as written (too short of cook time and not enough salt), but what made it really yummy was partially blending it and simmering it a LONG time.  I sautéed several cloves of garlic and a few tablespoons of onions, then added 2 cans diced tomatoes (I'm sure you could use fresh, too), a couple tablespoons of tomato paste, 2 cups of chicken stock, 2 tsp of sugar, and salt and pepper.  After it cooked a while, I added some fresh chopped basil and a pinch of cayenne. I took the emulsion blender to it for a minute. It was nice and thick, but not ketchup-y, if that makes sense. We garnished it with more fresh basil.  The original recipe called for a few tablespoons of cream, but I don't think it even need it.

 

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Originally Posted by Ragana View Post


My DH recently fed an army of friends with a pork shoulder cooked in the crock pot using a Rick Bayless recipe (I think it's mainly salsa poured over). We made the most delicious tacos (with corn tortillas) out of it.

I love Rick Bayless! I've used one of his pork recipes that had tomatillo salsa and a can of apple juice. It was good!  
 

 

post #591 of 2722
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Originally Posted by colemom View Post

 

shrimp tacos (shrimp sauteed in butter and garlic)

refried black beans (have a batch cooking in the CP)

corn tortillas

mixed greens

chopped tomato and avocado

fresh salsa, cheese, sour cream



colemom, do you use pre-cooked shrimp?  I've never used raw shrimp.  I don't know why it intimidates me. 

post #592 of 2722
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Tonight we did broiled pork chops, mashed potatoes and sweet corn that we froze from the farmer's market this summer. Pretty good. I've got a sweet tooth, so depending on how my energy level goes I might make a chocolate icebox pie. I've been thinking of it for a few days now. As well as apple hand pies and a shoofly pie - I might have to do up a bunch of proper pies this weekend. 

 

Tomorrow night husband is making his ground beef tacos. They were so good last time that I'm really excited to have them again. 

post #593 of 2722


 

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colemom, do you use pre-cooked shrimp?  I've never used raw shrimp.  I don't know why it intimidates me. 



Tonight I used thawed, pre cooked shrimp and did a quick saute with butter and garlic for flavor. Just a few stirs around so they don't get rubbery, just long enough to make the garlic fragrant.  

 

I have used raw shrimp before, but I have to buy the kind that is already de-veined. That little line totally grosses me out. When I cook raw shrimp, I basically do the same thing but saute them longer until they pink up.

post #594 of 2722

Tonight we had roasted chicken thighs marinated in sriracha. garlic and lemon juice, topped with salt and pepper. On the side we had leftover beets with grapefruit glaze, and brocolli-apple-onion salad with honey mustard dressing.

 

Tomorrow, black bean tortilla soup and mexican cornbread. 

 

post #595 of 2722

Last night we ended up having tilapia baked w/lemon, butter, basil, cayenne, and garlic.  We had a caramelized onion tart w/ricotta, thyme, and parmesan in a coconut flour crust.  First time to try a coconut flour crust (trying to avoid grains for supper because of my dd's protocol) and while it was good, it could be better, so I'll have to experiment some.  I think it should be a bit thinner and parbaked a bit longer first.  Would be fantastic for a coconut creme pie, lol.  We also had carrot sticks, orange slices, pickled beets, bread and butter pickles, and pickled okra.

 

I'm in the mood for soup tonight.  Not sure what kind, but probably a clean-out-the-fridge type.  We had bought $400 of groceries the first weekend of the month and then one of our fridges pooped out on us.  (waiting for the part so dh can fix it--hopefully!)  I had to really cram stuff into my other fridge (thankfully most of the expensive stuff was already in there). 

 

BTW, I think that $400 of groceries is actually going to last a month, and I was only aiming for 3 wks!  I may have to buy just a bit of produce this weekend, but wow, I'm impressed w/myself, lol!

post #596 of 2722
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post

Tonight we did broiled pork chops, mashed potatoes and sweet corn that we froze from the farmer's market this summer. Pretty good. I've got a sweet tooth, so depending on how my energy level goes I might make a chocolate icebox pie. I've been thinking of it for a few days now. As well as apple hand pies and a shoofly pie - I might have to do up a bunch of proper pies this weekend. 

 

Tomorrow night husband is making his ground beef tacos. They were so good last time that I'm really excited to have them again. 




If I baked as many sweets as you, KQ, we'd weigh 5 tons each!  We still have bday cake sitting on the counter from Sunday and it will get tossed to the chickens and ducks later.  Good cake, but so dang sweet it is just too much, and I held back 1 whole cup of sugar from the recipe!  The hand pies sound good, though.  I can do that way easier than cake.  Care to share your recipe for that?  Are they like Amish half moon pies?  I do still want to try a shoofly pie.  Never did make one yet.  I could make one and send it to dh's work after I try a small piece, lol.

post #597 of 2722
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post


Yeah, you could do it without chicken, but then it will be just a white bean soup. The jury's still out on the recipe though. I didn't really like it - it was edible, but it wasn't all that good. It just wasn't right for my tastes I guess. My sister has a pretty good recipe - I'm going to work on converting that one to the crockpot and when I get it right, I'll post it. 

 

 



This is how we do White Chicken Chili in the crockpot. This is one of those recipes where you can use expensive convenience food (canned beans and broth) or the cheaper homemade versions (cooked dry beans and homemade stock).

 

Cook 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 1.25 pounds works for us) in the crockpot with 2 cups broth. Shred the meat and return to the pot with the broth.

Add 1 (48 oz) jar Northern beans with liquid. We use 1 lb. cooked dry beans and some of the cooking liquid.

1 large jar (24 oz) medium salsa

8 oz cream cheese, cubed.

Cook on low 4 hours or more.

 

I cook the chicken all morning, then shred it after lunch and add everything else. This is a crockpot recipe, but not an all day recipe. If is really easy and tasty. This probably serves 8-it makes a lot.

 

 

Tonight we are having Tuna Noodle. I never turn it into a casserole, but just make it on the stove top. I'll use my dry cream soup mix and add some celery cooked in butter. Peas and fruit on the side.

 

post #598 of 2722

Artichoke chicken w/ a quinoa / wild rice mix and either roasted asparagus or brussel sprouts

post #599 of 2722
Shopping and meal planning today.
Tonight is trout fillets - need to come up with sides.
Thursday is pot roast with a soffrito base, tomatoes and red wine served over polenta with broccoli. I'll serve the broccoli with lemon and capers so DS1 will eat it. I'll freeze the leftovers in some easy-to-reheat packs.
Friday is grainy mustard chicken roasted with carrots, parsnips and potatoes with more broccoli on the side.
Saturday we'll have ham and pea soup for lunch and pasta Bolognese - need to feed the freezer! - with a fennel and spinach salad for dinner.
We're having friends over to toboggan on Sunday so I'll make chili and serve it with guacamole and chips and something simple - maybe brownies and fruit salad? - for dessert. We probably won't need much dinner so I'll make hummus and serve it with pita, cut up veggies and some (canned) dolmades.
It's funny - I try to mix it up at dinner but I have almost exactly the same thing EVERY SINGLE DAY for breakfast - steel cut oats - and lunch - a salmon salad sandwich and an apple.
post #600 of 2722

 

I am tired today. I ran around to ds's appts all morning and both kids have colds (and I'm def coming down with it, too. blah). Dh gets home late tonight, so early to bed for us and he can eat when he gets home.

 

CP chicken cacciatore (with added zucchini, red peppers and mushrooms)

wheat rotini

pears for kids
 
ETA: I decided to also make baked polenta and sauteed spinach for dh and I. Helps me avoid eating too many carbs if I avoid a pile of pasta wink.gif

Edited by colemom - 1/18/12 at 4:47pm
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