When Life Messes up your Menu Plan

What's For Dinner (195)
We’ve been experimenting with a paleo diet lately so I haven’t bothered making detailed menu plans.  I’ve pretty much just been shopping the perimeter of the store for meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts. But cooking without recipes and menus and making dishes that are really, really plain gets old and boring.  So last week I actually looked through a bunch of paleo websites and found some recipes that looked good. Unfortunately, most of them were the type of recipes I hate – the ones that can’t be made ahead.  My preference is to throw something in the crockpot or in the oven. I don’t like making things I have to babysit. Anyway, I came up with a great menu of paleo meals for David. Continue reading “When Life Messes up your Menu Plan”

What’s For Dinner (195) & Cooking Tips, Too

What's For Dinner (195)

This week was another experimental week. David took a break from the Low FODMAP diet and tried Paleo – starting Tuesday.  It was actually quite a bit different than Low FODMAP because it included more fruits and vegetables but none of the gluten free grains.  I don’t think this will be a permanent change but he wanted to try it.  Anybody out there do paleo? I’d love to hear your experience with it. Continue reading “What’s For Dinner (195) & Cooking Tips, Too”

Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken

Homemade Shake and Bake ChickenWe are chicken lovers at our house. Well most of us anyway. Our 14-year-old, nicknamed Little Floating Feather by my mother in law, is a vegetarian. So she doesn’t get to enjoy it, but for the rest of us this is one of our favorite meals. One reason we began eating more chicken is because of the high price of ground beef.

I like this recipe because I can put it in the fridge in a container and use it up to 5 times. I am able to use my batches for about 6-8 weeks. Continue reading “Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken”

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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