Weekly Menu 9/9 – 9/15

I kind of fell off the semi-good for you diet that I try to maintain.  I also only ran once last week so now I have to get back to planning a menu and make sure I’m running.  Surprisingly, the scale was good to me, but I just didn’t feel that great.  Almost all of the meals from this week are from skinnytaste.com.  I am kind of in love with this site.  The food is soooo good!

Sunday – Big Salad – Lettuce, lots of veggies, beans, etc.  I still top mine with Ranch, but I tried not to put 1/2 the bottle on it.

Monday – Chicken and Mushrooms in a Garlic White Wine Sauce – this actually made mushroom eaters out of Kamryn and Rory.  The parsley makes it taste very similar to lemon chicken.  I served it on a bed of brown rice.

Tuesday – Skinny Baked Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese – I noticed that there have been quite a few people commenting about the weather cooling off in their neck of the woods.  It’s hot here – like really hot.  This probably isn’t the best thing to make tomorrow, but the air is on so I can pretend it’s in the 70’s.

Wednesday – Ground Turkey with Potatoes and Spring Peas – I’m not sure what drew me to this recipe, but I’m guessing it was the potatoes.  It’s served over rice and my kids love rice, although I hate cleaning up after they eat it.  I just realized I forgot to get peas so I may use corn instead.

Thursday – Greek Lamb Burgers With Cucumber Sauce – This was Ryan’s choice.  I love lamb, but it’s kind of expensive so we don’t get it very often.  If we do get it, I like it to be the focus of the meal.  I’m making a different cucumber sauce than in the recipe because I have made it before and I know it’s good.  I’m going to serve this with my B.F.S.E.

Friday – Slow Cooker Filipino Adobo Pulled Pork – Whenever I put pork in the slow cooker it always turns out delicious.  There was another recipe I was going do instead, the Kalua pork, but that cooked for 16 hours!  No way.  My slow cooker kicks off some heat and if it’s still hot on Friday, we’re going to melt.  I’ll save that for the winter when I don’t want to turn the heat on.

Saturday – Roasted Snapper Fillet – I don’t know if I’m going to make this or not.  They didn’t have any red snapper at the store and I hate going to multiple stores to get my things.  If I find myself back at the grocery store this week, I’ll check for it again.  If not, we’ll probably eat leftovers.

Happy eating!

Mac ‘n Cheese

As a mother of two small children, I have an obligation to perfect certain meals, one of which is macaroni and cheese.  I have been trying to make a homemade version for years and it never comes out right.

I have nothing against Kraft Macaroni and Cheese – that is what I grew up on and that is what I make for my kids on any given day.  However, there are times when I want something a little more exotic when it comes to my cheese and pasta.

My first real attempt at making homemade macaroni and cheese was with a Martha Stewart recipe.  It was a 5 cheese recipe that probably cost me about $40 in ingredients because of Martha’s snooty cheese choices.  After all the work and expense, it was just OK.  Nothing that I ever intend on making again.  In fact, it was kind of dry and the flavor wasn’t great.

The last time I tried to make it, I used a Paula Deen recipe.  It was a crock pot recipe so those always score well with me, unfortunately, my crock pot cooks at a pretty high temperature even when it’s on low and I ended up with scrambled eggs and pasta.  It was not good, but I knew the potential was there.

Today I tried the recipe again, but instead of putting it in the crock pot to cook, I heated it on the stove so I could monitor it a little better.  Winner, winner, mac ‘n cheese dinner!  It was creamy goodness in a bowl and at Kamryn’s suggestion, we topped it with bacon.

I don’t think my mac ‘n cheese falls into a very St. Patrick’s Day theme so we’re going to make some Shamrock Shakes and watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles…’cause they’re green.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to everyone and just a reminder that your poop will be green tomorrow if you drink green beer tonight.