What’s For Dinner (No. 181) & Cooking Tips, Too!

Another week of successful menu planning and cooking!  Yeah! Monday Gluten Free Pizza (David) Totinos Combination Pizza (Patty) NOTES:  I tried a new crust mix for David’s gluten free pizza.  I think it’s his favorite so far. TIP:  This pizza mix made two pizza crusts but I only wanted one.  So I measured the amount of mix and divided it in half.  I cut all the add-in … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 180) & Cooking Tips, Too!

I tried lots of new recipes this week and all of them were successes.  I love when that happens! Monday Salmon & Veggie Skillet (NEW) NOTES:  Usually when we’re cleaning up from dinner, David goes ahead and puts any leftovers in individual serving portions so he can grab them for his lunch.  It saves a lot of time in the morning and keeps from dirtying as many … [Read more...]

Why “Wing It” Menu Planning Doesn’t Work for Me

Winging it seems to be a commonly used menu planning strategy.  I, myself, have been doing it a lot more than I used to.  In the past, I “winged it” about once a year and it didn’t turn out well. Lately, though, I’ve been doing it a lot.  I have several good reasons for this change in strategy: Frequently I don’t have time to make a menu. We’re pretty much eating the same things all the … [Read more...]

Grocery IQ App: A New Way to Make a Grocery List

I’ve joined the electronic planning bandwagon – at least as far as my grocery list.  My daughter told me about this great app called Grocery IQ and I decided to try it.  I was sure I would hate it and that my first grocery store trip using it would be a disaster but it worked perfectly and I didn’t have any trouble at all. In case you’re wondering why I decided to mess with perfection (my old … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

Groceries are expensive!  Really expensive!!!  So anything we can do to save money is a good thing. Besides the normal techniques of shopping sales, using coupons, buying generics – there are a few other things that can make a big difference, too. Shop alone. We all know we spend more money when we take kids or spouses. Shop with someone. I know this is in direct contradiction to what … [Read more...]

Cooking for Two – Two Separate Meals, That Is!

  I've never been one to cook different foods for different members of my family.  Until now.  David was diagnosed with IBS this winter and he's been following a low FODMAP diet.  It's a tough diet to follow because it eliminates a LOT of foods.  So for the first time ever, I've found myself cooking one meal for him and a different meal for me. From reading your comments and talking to … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 147)

We’re in full swing with the elimination diet for David.  We’re trying to follow the low fodmap diet as closely as possible so we can figure out which foods are a problem and which foods aren’t.  It’s VERY challenging but I’m managing to find recipes that work. Here’s what I came up with this week: Monday Roasted Sweet Potatoes Huevas Rancheros (NEW) NOTE:  David loved this but it broke the … [Read more...]