What’s For Dinner (No. 191) & Cooking Tips, Too!

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This week’s What’s For Dinner is a bit different since it includes the Thanksgiving meal. There are lots of things I want to share about some of the foods I made this year.  Plus I found a few really great recipes you might be interested in. So let’s get started. Continue reading “What’s For Dinner (No. 191) & Cooking Tips, Too!”

What’s For Dinner (No. 189) & Cooking Tips, Too!

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This week was a failure as far menu planning and cooking.  I wasn’t in the mood to menu plan so I only made a partial plan.  Our schedule was a little off so I didn’t cook much either.

Monday:  We had good leftovers from our big taco dinner on Sunday evening so we ate those.

Tuesday:  I took advantage of a block of time to put together a quilt top for my best friend’s granddaughter.  We ate leftovers again so I could spend my evening quilting.  Here’s the result:

Quilt

Wednesday:  We fended for ourselves.  I don’t remember why.

Thursday:  I thawed salmon to make for David’s dinner but before he left for the gym he told me he was sick of fish.  He didn’t really mean he was sick of fish –  he meant he was sick of eating gluten free and low fodmap.  He said he wanted lasagna and pizza and hamburgers.

So I decided to surprise him and threw together a make-shift version of lasagna.  I already had gluten free lasagna noodles.  I used two cans of tomato sauce and David’s grandma’s spaghetti sauce recipe to make sauce.  I thawed and cooked half a pound of hamburger.  I didn’t have ricotta cheese so I used mozzarella.  And I lightly steamed the vegetables I had on hand which included asparagus, carrots, yellow peppers, broccoli and zucchini.  Then I put it all together, baked it 45 minutes and surprised him with a batch of lasagna.  He was very pleased!

Friday:  I intended to cook dinner on Friday although I didn’t have a clue what I was going to make.  However, I watched my littlest granddaughter in the morning and then my daughter and granddaughter and I went shopping.  On the way home we stopped and picked up the other two grandkids and got home much later than I expected.  So instead of me cooking dinner, David and I just fended for ourselves.

Saturday:  Papa Johns.  I had the older two grandkids and the maniac puppy all day and I didn’t feel like trying to cook, too.  Danny and Ashley were coming for dinner (and to pick up the kids) so I ordered Papa Johns pizza.

Sunday:  I had leftover Papa Johns pizza and David made a stir fry of chicken, beets, sweet potato and spinach seasoned with salt and pepper.

See – I wasn’t exaggerating when I said the week was a big, fat fail.  It’s okay, though – some weeks are like that.  There was plenty of food in the refrigerator and pantry to work with and we made it work anyway.  However, I’m hoping things will be back to normal this week.


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  What’s For Dinner (No. 187) & Cooking Tips, Too!

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Busy, busy, busy – another crazy week! But I still managed to pull together a pretty decent menu for the week.

Monday
Leftovers

Tuesday
Beef Stir Fry

Beef Stir Fry

NOTES:  Stir fry is SO easy and quick to make and you can do just about anything you want to.  In this version I used round steak, carrots, asparagus and broccoli over brown rice with a touch of soy sauce.

Wednesday
Gluten Free Pizza

Gluten Free Pizza

NOTES:  I used a gluten free pizza mix and topped it with steak, chopped spinach, avocado and 2 fried eggs. Yum.

Thursday
Pork Medallions with Apricot Sauce (NEW)
over brown rice
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes (NEW)
Steamed Broccoli

Pork Medallions with Apricot Sauce

NOTESI’m not a big fan of fruit sauces over meat but this was actually really good.

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Onion Rings
Green Beans

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

NOTES:  I LOVE these simple sandwiches.  Cook the chicken, shred it, then toss it in the crock pot with a bottle of barbecue sauce.  Delicious and easy!

The onion rings were the Red Robin frozen onion rings and they were very good.

I tried a new recipe for gluten free buns.  They had good flavor but they didn’t end up very good as a bun.  They spread out too much and were really flat.  But I have an idea for how to solve that so I’m going to make them again and see if I can solve that problem.

Sunday
Tacos
Cheese Dip

Tacos

NOTES:  Sometimes taco dinners are as simple as meat, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.  But this taco dinner had everything: meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, homemade corn tortillas, cheese dip, refried beans and rice.


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What’s For Dinner (No. 186) & Cooking Tips, Too!

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It was another tough week at our house.  While we were recovering from the flu and having a puppy, illness hit again.  But it looks like we’re on the mend so hopefully this will be a better week.

Monday
Round Steak with
Carrots & Potatoes

186 - Roast, Carrots, Potatoes

NOTES:  I’ve been really ditzy lately and this meal was just another example.  I was sure I had a chuck roast in the freezer so I planned roast with carrots and potatoes.  I thawed the “roast” and then when I was putting everything in the crock pot, discovered it wasn’t a roast at all.  It was a package of round steak.  At that point it was too late to shift gears so I just put the steak in the crock pot the same way I would a roast.  It worked out just fine! Whew!

Tuesday
Leftovers

Wednesday
Ground Turkey Burgers
Parmesan Fries
(What’s For Dinner, Monday, for recipe)
Steamed Broccoli
Dump Cake (GF Version)

186 - Ground Turkey Burgers, Broccoli, Parmesan Fries

Dump Cake

NOTES:  I do have several recipes for ground turkey burgers but most of the time I just throw in whatever’s handy and sounds good.  This batch included chopped red peppers, bread crumbs, egg, chopped spinach and Italian seasoning.   I cooked the burgers in the cast iron skillet.

To make the dump cake gluten free, I use a gluten free white cake.

Thursday
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Garlic Bread
Salad

Baked Tilapia
Quinoa
Sweet Potato

186 - Spaghetti & Meatballs

186 - Tilapia, Quinoa, Sweet Potato

NOTESI didn’t make a mistake and list two meals instead of one.  I actually made two meals that night.  My son and daughter-in-law were coming for dinner (and to pick up the kids) and my granddaughter had been begging for spaghetti and meatballs.  David was teaching a class at the gym and by the time he got home and was able to eat, I was afraid spaghetti and meatballs would be too heavy for that late at night.  So I made a separate meal for him and he had spaghetti and meatball leftovers the next night.

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
Dinner at Friends

Sunday
Leftovers


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What’s For Dinner (No. 185) & Cooking Tips, Too!

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I just don’t know what to say about the last week or so.  It was tough.  In case you hadn’t heard, my black lab, Shelby, died about a week and a half ago. She was 13-1/2 and had lived a long, happy life.  Then the flu went through our family.  That was fun.  NOT.  And then we topped it all off by getting a chocolate lab puppy on Sunday.

Monday
Baked Fish
Sweet Potato
Sautéed Vegetables

Fish, Steamed Vegetables, Sweet Potato

NOTES:  Okay – so funny story.  I usually buy 2 pound packages of frozen fish and use half at a time.  I mostly buy salmon, tilapia and once in a while something specific for a recipe – like flounder.  I didn’t make a menu when I went grocery shopping this week and was trying to use up things I had available.  When I pulled out the open fish bag, I ended up with three pieces of fish that were all different!  I didn’t realize it until after I had thawed them and was ready to cook.  David got to choose from salmon, tilapia or flounder all in the same meal!

Fish

Tuesday
Baked Eggs in Tomato Sauce-Parmesan Sauce (NEW)

Baked Eggs & Tomatoes

NOTES:  David loves eggs in any form and I was scrambling to figure out what to make.  I found this recipe from Martha Stewart and it was a winner.  I’ll be sharing it soon.  It’s easy to make and easy to modify to suit your tastes.

Wednesday
Leftovers

NOTES:  This was the day after I had the flu.  There was no way I was cooking or eating.  Fortunately David was looking at a couple of houses with our friend/realtor so they got something to eat while they were out.

Thursday
Baked Chicken Tenders
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans

Chicken tenders, green beans, sweet potatoes

NOTESThe baked chicken tenders were made with a gluten free coating of rice flour, unsweetened coconut and paprika.  They were simple to make and very good.  If you aren’t gluten free, you could use regular flour instead (I’ll be sharing that recipe later – if I can find it!  It’s currently AWOL).

One of my favorite ways to cook vegetables is by roasting.  It’s such a simple technique and it makes any vegetable taste great.  In this case, I was roasting sweet potatoes (something different from the usual baked sweet potato) and threw on a can of green beans (drained) during the last 15 minutes.  Yum.

Roasted Vegetables

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
Tacos

Tacos

NOTES:  This one was of those taco meals where I went super easy.  I served seasoned beef, shredded cheddar, chopped tomatoes and chopped lettuce with store bought taco shells.  No matter how you serve tacos, they’re a winner.  It’s one of my go-to meals.

I also browned the beef in my crock pot.  You might wonder why I would bother since it’s faster and perhaps just as easy to do it in the skillet.  I had two reasons.  I hate skillet cooking of any kind (although I’m doing a lot of it these days) and I was entertaining three grandchildren 6 and under and didn’t want to mess with browning meat while dealing with little kids.  Browning the beef in the crock pot was just easier.

Sunday
GF Pizza
Leftovers

Pizza

NOTES:  We got the new puppy on Sunday so it was a pretty crazy day.  David made himself a gluten free pizza using one of the frozen Udi crusts and the rest of us had leftovers.  I love having those crusts on hand in the freezer.  You can also throw together a pizza using whatever ingredients you have on hand.


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