Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Grilled marinated flank steak with mac n cheese and (garden grown) salad

MONDAY
Andouille Sausage, red beans, and rice

TUESDAY
CINCO DE MAYO
Tacos... of course! with some black bean hummus

WEDNESDAY
Late soccer night
Ground Beef Casserole

THURSDAY
Crockpot Mexican Stuffed bell peppers (from our garden!)

FRIDAY
Garlic Parmesean Crusted Chicken

SATURDAY
Homemade pizza night

Grilled Chicken, green beans, and mac n cheese

Grilled Flank Steak with black beans, corn, and tomatoes

Chicken and spinach stuffed shells

Roasted Garlic, Pesto, and Chicken Pizza

Corned Beef, potatoes, and cabbage

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Spaghetti with grilled italian sausage

MONDAY was...
Grilled Chicken, green beans, and mac n cheese

TUESDAY
Corned Beef, potatoes, and cabbage

WEDNESDAY
Grilled Flank Steak with black beans, corn, and tomatoes

THURSDAY
Chicken and spinach stuffed shells

FRIDAY
Roasted Garlic, Pesto, and Chicken Pizza

SATURDAY
Friends Birthday party!


Last weeks recap

Ranch Chicken

Corned Beef, potatoes, and carrots

Corned Beef Melts

Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

Tuscan Sausage Soup
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Sunday, April 19, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY
hold over from last week...
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

MONDAY
Smothered Pork Chops (sale)
We made this a while ago and gave it good reviews, since pork chops are on sale I'll give it another go

TUESDAY
Gymnastics Night
Crockpot Corned Beef, potatoes, and cabbage

WEDNESDAY
Late soccer night
Corned Beef Melts (if we have any leftovers from Tuesday)
OR Skinny Tuna Melts

THURSDAY
Crockpot White Bean Chicken Chili

FRIDAY
Tuscan Sausage Soup

SATURDAY
Chicken and Spinach stuffed shells

Last weeks recap
Pan seared chicken (freezer), green beans (garden), and wild rice

Ground Beef Casserole

Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits

Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos

Eye of Round Roast

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

March's Cookie Trial ::. Magic Cake

For the month of March, I didn't come across a cookie that I particularly wanted to make... but I DID find the Magic Cake that looked pretty cool.... so I gave that a shot instead.



The gist of the Magic Cake  is that it is one batter that magically creates 3 layers when baked. I think I got 2 layers pretty solidly... but only like a millimeter of a 3rd layer; but the flavor was great!! Also, the recipe I followed said to bake it until the top was golden brown for 40-70 minutes (which, by the way... is QUITE a difference in time). So I baked mine until golden brown (just over 40 min) and took it out. It was a little jiggly in the middle, but I figured that since this was sort of custard-ish that it might firm up when cooled....
Looking golden on top... in my opinion
...  it didn't. So I lost the middle of my cake. But oh well.

In doing further research, after the fact, I saw that many recipes said to make sure your melted butter had cooled before adding it in... I did not, so maybe that was one issue I had.

MAGIC CAKE
src: Jo Cooks
INGREDIENTS4 eggs (separate yolks from whites) at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla extract
150 g (3/4 cup) sugar
125 g (1 stick or ½ cup) butter, melted
115 g (4 oz or ¾ cup) of all purpose flour
500 ml (2 cups) milk lukewarm
powdered sugar for dusting cake
INSTRUCTIONS1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Grease a 8 inch x 8 inch baking dish.
Separate eggs and add the egg whites to a mixer and mix until egg whites are stiff. Place egg whites in a bowl and set aside.
2. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar until light. Add butter and vanilla extract and continue beating for another minute or two after which you can add the flour and mix it in until fully incorporated.
3. Slowly start adding the milk and beat until everything is well mixed together. Add the egg whites, a third at a time and gently fold them in using a spatula, repeat until all egg whites are folded in. Another variation to folding in the egg whites would be to add a third of the egg whites and gently whisk them in to the cake batter, then reverse the process and add a bit of the cake mixture to the egg whites and gently whisk in, repeat until all cake batter has been whisked in.
4. Pour batter into baking dish and bake for 40 to 70 minutes or until the top is lightly golden. The baking time could vary greatly depending on the oven, so take a peek at around 40 minutes and see how it looks.
5. Sprinkle some powdered sugar after cake has cooled.
RESULTS
Great flavor, but too soft in the middle. I may try the lemon one to give that a shot, put foil over it to keep it from browning and leaving it in longer.

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY
Pan seared chicken (freezer), green beans (garden), and wild rice

MONDAY
Lemon Garlic Shrimp and Grits

TUESDAY
Gymnastics
Crockpot Flank Steak

WEDNESDAY
Soccer practice
Pesto Ranch Crockpot Chicken

THURSDAY
Eye of Round Roast

FRIDAY
*new* Crockpot Cheddar Beer Chicken Tacos

SATURDAY
Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Last weeks recap
French Bread Pizza
Salmon with Champagne Sauce
Chef Salad


Breakfast for dinner, YAY!

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

This week starts all of our spring activities... soccer, gymnastics (not new), and swim lessons... back to the busy busy schedule! I need my meal plans more than ever with less time for grocery shopping on a daily basis (which I hate!!!) and less time to prep meals at night.

SUNDAY was...
Easter! Ham,  green beans, loaded mashed potatoes, and crescent rolls

MONDAY
Salmon (sale) with Champagne Sauce
a favorite of the hubs!

TUESDAY
Gymnastics day
Chef Salad using leftover Easter ham and hard boiled eggs

WEDNESDAY
late late soccer day
French bread pizza with salad and apple sauce

THURSDAY
Taco (frozen beef) Night

FRIDAY
Tortellini Au Gratin (half now, half to freeze)

SATURDAY
Busy busy day of soccer, birthday party, rock climbing (if the kids aren't exhausted!)

Recap from last week



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Monday, March 30, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Leftovers

MONDAY was...
Chicken Parm courtesy of the hubs

TUESDAY
Date night

WEDNESDAY
Boursin Bundles... again - request of the kids

THURSDAY
Skinny Tuna Melts with soup

FRIDAY
Taco Night

SATURDAY
We have house guests... so maybe pizza... OR homemade pizza kind of night!

Recap
Oven Baked Tilapia

*New* Avocado Mozzarella Bruschetta Chicken (pin)

Boursin Bundles

Taco Night

Finally made... Ground Beef Tater Tot Casserole
And I realized after the fact that this particular recipe I followed was missing a key ingredient :(

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