What’s For Dinner (No. 178) & Cooking Tips, Too!

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I’ve been cooking based on the low FODMAP diet (for IBS) for a while now but we got a little sloppy in the last month or so and added some ingredients back in (onion and garlic to name a few) that have caused problems.  So this past week I tried to keep the menu as low FODMAP friendly as possible.  So here’s what we came up with:

Monday
Salmon
Sweet Potato
Quinoa

Tuesday
Leftovers

Wednesday
Ground Turkey Burgers
Sweet Potato
Corn

Ground Turkey Burgers

NOTES:  David actually made the turkey burgers.  He used ground turkey, oatmeal, an egg, chopped spinach, parmesan, salt and pepper.  He cooked them on the stove in a cast iron skillet.  You can cook the burgers any way you want but the cast iron skillet gives them a nice, crunchy coating on the outside.

We did accidentally set the meat thermometer on Celsius instead of Fahrenheit so it seemed to take forever for them to get the burgers to an internal temperature of 165.  Fortunately we figured it out soon enough so we only cooked them a little bit too long.

Thursday
Homemade Pizza on Gluten Free Crust

Homemade Pizza on Gluten-Free Crust
This pizza had smoked sausage, spinach, red pepper and goat cheese with a sprinkle of Italian seasoning.

NOTES:   Funny story.  My son and daughter-in-law usually come over on Thursdays to pick up the kids and have dinner with us (or me since David usually teaches a class at the gym).  Ashley and I had talked about it but then I promptly forgot.  Because the schedule had changed a little bit, due to school starting, it slipped my mind.  I was sitting at the table eating a bowl of cereal when they arrived.  It took a minute for me to realize that they had come for dinner.  “Oh, my gosh,” I said.  “You guys came for dinner!”  I was so embarrassed.  It never crossed my mind that this was family dinner night.  I still don’t know exactly what happened.  Menopause brain?

In case you were wondering, I did offer to whip something up for them but they had been trying to figure out a good time to take the kids to McDonalds so they decided this was it.

Friday
David & Danny (our son) went out
Pizza for me and the grandkids

Saturday
Grilled Burgers
Onion Rings
Corn on the Cob
Ice Cream

NOTES:  I invited Danny & Ashley to come on Saturday for dinner since I messed up Thursday.  They were picking the kids up so it seemed a good idea.  I usually serve fries or chips with burgers but I got onion rings instead.  The frozen ones are actually pretty good.

I don’t make much dessert anymore so I like to keep different kinds of ice cream on hand.  My family is perfectly content with ice cream for dessert.  We’ve had butterfinger, moose tracks and doughnuts and coffee ice cream lately.

Sunday
dinner at in-laws


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What’s For Dinner (No. 175) & Cooking Tips, Too!

What’s For Dinner (No. 175) & Cooking Tips, Too!

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It’s been a long week!  I did manage to cook some pretty decent meals, though. Here’s what we enjoyed for dinner each night:

Monday
Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage Stir Fry (NEW)

Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage

Chicken Sausage Stir Fry

Chicken Sausage Stir Fry

NOTES: This was something I made up using some Tomato Basil Chicken Sausage I picked up at Aldi.  I cut up the sausage, tomatoes, green onion, carrots, spinach and zucchini and served in over gluten free pasta.  David said it was a winner.

Tuesday
Glutten Free Pizza

Gluten Free Pizza

NOTES:  I sautéed chicken seasoned with salt and pepper.  I brushed the pizza crust with olive oil and sprinkled it with some Italian seasoning.  Then I added the chicken, spinach, tomato and mozzarella cheese.

In case you’re wondering, I didn’t make only three pieces.  David just ate one before I remembered to take a picture.

Wednesday
Moroccan Chicken & Chickenpea Stew (NEW)


Moroccan Chicken & Chickenpea Stew

NOTES:  This stew was really easy to make and could easily be cooked in the crockpot.  I’ll definitely be making it again.

Thursday
Cheese Enchiladas (family favorite)
Homemade Salsa
Mexican Rice

Cheese Enchiladas

NOTES:   No, I didn’t have a vegetable.  I normally would have served a salad but I ran out of time and energy.  Can we count the salsa as a vegetable?

I usually make this recipe for Mexican Rice on the stove because it calls for minute rice.  But this time I used regular rice and cooked it in the rice cooker.  It worked great and I’ll be doing it that way from now on.

And whatever I did to the salsa (I had to improvise a little), it had more a kick to it than usual.  It was amazingly delicious.

Friday
Leftovers

Saturday
Chicken & Potatoes (NEW)

Chicken & Potatoes

NOTES:  I can’t remember the actual recipe name for this and the recipe isn’t handy so this will have to do for now.  It was chicken thighs and red potatoes in an oil/Dijon mustard/rosemary dressing.  It was one of those recipes that’s not awesome but not bad – just okay.

Sunday
Roasted Salmon & Succotash (NEW)


Roasted Salmon & Succotash

NOTES: Yum.  This was a good one and I’ll be definitely be making it again.  It was also extremely easy to make.

As always, if any of these recipes sound good and they’re not on the blog yet, email me and let me know and I’ll send them to you ASAP.


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What’s For Dinner (No. 167) & Cooking Tips, Too

What’s For Dinner (No. 167) & Cooking Tips, Too.

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It was a pretty normal week for menu planning and cooking.  I was back in my normal rhythm of menu planning and shopping from a list.  It works much better for me that way!  I envy those of you who can wing it but that is not my gift!

Monday
Leftovers

NOTES:  I planned to make Crock Pot Rotisserie Style Chicken but the chicken wasn’t thawed.  Apparently it takes about three days to thaw a frozen chicken in my refrigerator.  Now I know and I’ll be able to plan better.  Fortunately we had plenty of leftovers.

Tuesday
Leftovers again

NOTES:  My daughter needed a break from baby so she and I went out to dinner (Subway) and did a little shopping and David went to the gym and then had leftovers.  Don’t feel sorry for him – he LOVES leftovers.

Wednesday
Simply Grilled Salmon (NEW)
Quinoa
Sautéed Zucchini & Broccoli

Simply Grilled Salmon

NOTES:  This new recipe really was simple and delicious.  I cooked it on the George Foreman instead of the gas grill.

Thursday
Crock Pot Rotisserie Style Chicken (finally)
Sweet Potato
Sautéed Zucchini & Yellow Pepper

Crock Pot Rotisserie Style Chicken

NOTES:  This chicken is so good and so easy I’ll probably be making it a lot.

Friday
Tacos
Cheese Dip

tacos

NOTES:  I got a tortilla press so I was able to make homemade corn tortillas a LOT easier!  My previous method was using a cast iron skillet and rolling pin.  The press worked great and made it really simple.  The homemade corn tortillas are so good!

Saturday
Kale Cobb Salad (NEW)

Kale Cobb Salad

NOTES:  This hearty salad has kale, hard-boiled eggs, bacon, avocado, chicken and cheese (I omitted).  It calls for smoked turkey but I used the leftover rotisserie chicken.  David loved it!

Sunday
Out to dinner at our favorite place
Waldo Pizza

And as always, if any of these recipes sound good and they’re not on the blog yet, email me and let me know and I’ll send them to you ASAP.


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What’s For Dinner (No. 161) & Cooking Tips, Too

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This week’s menu was a win-win.  We had a combination of old and new and everything was a success.  I don’t have many weeks like that!

Monday
Leftovers

Tuesday
Potato, Spinach & Cheese Frittata (NEW)
Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (NEW)

Notes:  My mom and step dad were stopping by around dinnertime and bringing Mr. Goodcents for them and me.  David was at the gym and would be eating when he got home.  I knew I wouldn’t have time to cook his dinner while my mom and Roy were here so I cooked it before they got here and put it in the refrigerator for David to heat up later.

This Frittata re-heated very well and worked great for dinner as well as David’s breakfast the next day.

And the Chocolate Zucchini Muffins were great!  I’ll definitely be making these regularly.  My mom and Roy even liked them and they don’t have to eat gluten free.

Potato, Spinach and Cheese Frittata

Chocolate Zucchini Muffins 2

Wednesday
(family birthday)
Papa Johns Pizza
Salad
Apple Pie

Notes:  We were celebrating my son-in-law’s birthday.  Normally we would do it at my house but Andy and Rachel just had a baby on March 29th so we decided to take the celebration to them.  I ordered pizza to be delivered right before we left for their house.  Earlier in the day I made a salad and the apple pie.  I had a lot of stuff to take so I made a list earlier in the day of everything I needed and started gathering it early in the day.  I actually think we got there with everything on the list.

Thursday
Tilapia & Roasted Vegetables

Notes:  This dish is SO easy!  It also tastes great and looks pretty.

Tilapia and Roasted Vegetables

Friday
Pancakes
Sausage
Bacon
Baked Eggs (NEW)

Notes:  I like to serve orange juice with this meal but I forgot to buy any.  However, I had a bag of oranges so I did a little research to see how hard it would be to make homemade orange juice.  I decided to pass.

I also tried something new.  I normally make the pancakes on the griddle and then make the eggs on the griddle.  This time I baked the eggs instead of cooking them on the griddle.  I’ll definitely be doing that again.  It worked great!

Breakfast for Dinner

Baked Eggs

Saturday
Out

Sunday:
Chicken & Rice Casserole

Notes:  This is a really healthy dish but it tastes great, too.  I’m pretty picky but I even like it.

Chicken and Rice Casserole

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What’s For Dinner (154) & Cooking Tips, Too!

What's For Dinner

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We played around with some recipes that were NOT low FODMAP or gluten free this week and the results on David’s stomach were less than ideal.  So this week’s menu/experiment will NOT be repeated.

Monday
Farmer’s Casserole

NOTE:   I love, love, love this casserole.  It is SO good.  You could easily make it ahead and it would freeze well.

Farmer's Casserole

Tuesday
Chicken
Baked Sweet Potato
Sautéed Broccoli & Carrot

NOTE:  I cooked the chicken breasts on the George Foreman grill seasoned only with salt & pepper.  Never underestimate the good taste of salt & pepper.

I wrapped the sweet potato in foil and baked it in a 400 degree oven for about 1-1/2 hours.  WARNING:  Even if you wrap the sweet potato in foil, be sure to put it on a dish of some kind.  It will leak and make a mess in your oven.

I cup up some fresh broccoli and sliced baby carrots in half and swished them around in hot olive oil for a few minutes.  I also added some Italian seasoning.  Simple and delicious.

Wednesday
Swiss Steak Mozzarella
Mashed Potatoes
Garlic Bread

NOTE:  If you make this swiss steak recipe, allow for a little extra cooking time just in case.  The meat was ready after 1-1/2 hours but the onions and peppers were still a little crunchy.

swiss steak mozzarella

Thursday
Baked Salmon
Quinoa w/chopped spinach

NOTE:  I always cook quinoa in the rice cooker.  It makes it really, really easy!  Sometimes I add chopped vegetables and sometimes I cook it in chicken broth instead of water.

I brushed the salmon with olive oil and sprinkled it with garlic pepper.

Friday
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Salad
Mom’s Italian Bread

NOTE:  This time I made bite-sized meatballs so they would be easier to eat.  If I do this again, I’ll add a little more sauce.

Also, I make the meatballs earlier in the day.  I mix them in my Kitchen-Aid, shape them, bake them in the oven for about 15 minutes, and then toss them in the crock pot with the spaghetti sauce.  Then at dinner time all I have to do is cook the pasta.

My family’s favorite way to eat Italian Bread is when I slice it, butter it, sprinkle it with garlic salt, put it back in a loaf shape, wrap it in foil and heat it in the oven for about 15 minutes.

spaghetti and meatballs

Italian Bread

Saturday
Papa Johns with the family

Sunday
Asian Chicken & Vegetables in Foil Packets (NEW)

And that was our week.  Did you try any new recipes this week?


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What’s For Dinner (No. 151)

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I didn’t end up cooking quite as much as usual this week.  We went out a couple of times which was really nice.

Monday
Dinner @ Danny & Ashley’s
Grilled Hamburgers
Grilled Hotdogs
Tator Tots
Broccoli

Note:  I had already thawed salmon for dinner and didn’t want to leave it until the next day so I seasoned it with olive oil and season salt and baked it.  David took it in his lunch the next couple of days.

Salmon

Tuesday
Homemade Gluten Free Pizza (for David)
Jack’s Pepperoni Pizza (for me)

Gluten Free Pizza

Jack's Pepperoni Pizza

Wednesday
Rita’s Spinach Casserole (NEW)

Note:  David said this was really good (no, I did not eat it) but because of the sour cream and cheese in it, it didn’t agree with him.  So I won’t be making it again but I will share it on the blog eventually.  In case you were wondering, it actually consisted of chicken, pasta and spinach as the main ingredients.

Rita's Spinach Casserole

Thursday
Leftovers

Friday
Pancakes
Bacon
Sausage
Orange Juice
Apple Pie

Note:  I meant to also make fried eggs but things were a bit crazy and I forgot!

Pancakes
The pancakes were staying warm under the foil.

apple pie

Saturday
Dinner @ El Maguey’s
(one of our favorite restaurants)

Sunday
Herb Roasted Chicken & Vegetables
Garlic Bread

Herb Roasted Chicken & Vegetables


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What’s For Dinner (No. 149)

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I actually went to the store with a decent grocery list last week.  Yay for me!  It’s been a little while.  It was a good food week, well except for one recipe that was iffy.  All the rest were winners, though. Here’s what we had:

Monday
Christmas Party at The Fish Company

Tuesday
Baked Salmon
Baked Sweet Potato
Brussels Sprouts w/Cranberries & Walnuts (NEW)

Salmon & Brussels sprouts

Note:  I drizzled the salmon with olive oil and then sprinkled it with garlic pepper.  I baked the sweet potato in the microwave for about 4 minutes.  The Brussels sprouts were cooked on the stovetop.  That recipe was a winner, by the way, and will be on the blog in the near future.

Wednesday
Pancakes
Bacon
Eggs

pancakes, bacon & eggs

Thursday
Spicy Tilapia (NEW)
Green Rice (NEW)

spicy tilapia & green rice

Note:  This was the meal that was a flop.  The Spicy Tilapia was made with Creole seasoning.  David thought it had a great flavor but it was too spicy and upset his stomach.  The Green Rice was made with instant brown rice and lots of parsley.  It was okay if eaten with the fish but without the fish, it wasn’t as good.  So even though the creole seasoning on the fish was good, this recipe won’t work for us.

Friday
Best Ever Meatloaf
Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes
Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower

Best Ever Meatloaf

Note:  For some reason I thought my Best Ever Meatloaf recipe and Refrigerator Mashed Potatoes would work for David’s diet.  But they didn’t – not without modifications.  For the meatloaf, I substituted oatmeal for the three slices of bread.  I used rice milk instead of milk.  I omitted the onions.  And I had to omit the tomato sauce topping.  So David ate his meatloaf with his mashed potatoes and I ate mine with catsup.  It worked.

For the mashed potatoes, I had to leave out the onion salt which made me very sad.  They were still good but not as good as usual.

Saturday
Papa John’s Pizza with the family

Papa John's Pizza

Sunday
Basil Tomato Soup
Basil Tomato Soup

Basil Tomato Soup

Note:  I wanted to make the Basil Tomato Soup heartier so I made some changes.  I cooked 1-1/2 ounces of chicken tenders in a skillet with olive oil, cut the tenders into small pieces, and added to the soup.  I cooked about 8 ounces of gluten free fusilli pasta, drained and added it to the soup.  I tossed in a handful of baby spinach.  I used ½ tablespoons of Italian seasoning, ½ tablespoon of oregano and ½ tablespoons of basil.  I skipped the cream but added the butter.  I sprinkled the top of the soup with Parmesan cheese.  David said it was a winner.

And that’s it for this week!

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