Weekley Menu 9/17 – 9/23

Check out the organization on Amy!  I have been in organization mode lately.  I rearranged my short/tank top drawer last week, put all of Kamryn’s school work from last year in a binder (yes, I keep everything – even the little pictures her friends made her), started new binders for this year, categorized my recipe binder and organized all of my PTA crap stuff.

When I am organized, I do my weekly menu.  When I’m not organized, we eat out.  I’m hitting up skinnytaste.com again – it treated me well last week.

Monday – Chicken Piccata – I don’t think I have had this before, but there was a comment on the recipe that said chicken piccata isn’t usually breaded.  Oh well – I like breaded stuff better and I have breadcrumbs so it’s going to be breaded.  I don’t, however have capers and I don’t know if I’ll make it to the store today.

Tuesday – Tacos/Tostadas – This was Kamryn’s choice.  That girl loves tacos and so do I.  I recently started buying tostadas and melting cheese on them.  I love it.  Anyway, I have a bag of tostadas already so I most likely won’t buy the shells.

Wednesday – Vietnamese Shaking Beef (Bo Luc Lac) – This sounds intriguing.  The recipe suggests serving it over a bed of greens and tomatoes.  I’ll probably do that for me and Ryan and let the kids have it over rice.

Thursday – It’s Ryan’s birthday.  He gets to choose where we go to eat.

Friday – Cheesy Zucchini Enchiladas – I’m really trying to get at least one vegetarian meal or more a week.  I know I could never go 100% vegetarian, but I don’t need to eat meat everyday either.  These looked pretty good and my kids like zucchini.

Saturday – Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Another Kamryn choice.  It’s football season and what better than some kind of wing related entrée?  Kamryn loves bleu cheese as well and when she saw the picture of a wrap with a pile of bleu cheese on it, she was sold.

Sunday – Pizza – I haven’t made pizza for awhile because it’s been so hot and I can always eat pizza.

Happy eating!


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!

Another Menu

This should be called Another Half Ass Menu, but I like to try and keep things clean around here.  Ha!

Ryan and I are heading to Chicago on Thursday sans children so I can’t be bothered with what my kids are going to be eating from Thursday to Sunday.

Monday – Italian Potato Torta and salad – I have never made this before and it is requiring me to turn the oven on.  It’s a little warm today and I do not want to turn the air on, but I also don’t want to figure out something else to make for dinner.

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff – Another “light” meal.  It’s going to be even warmer tomorrow so clearly I have really thought this through.

Wednesday – Souplantation – My parents are flying in to watch the kids and what better way to welcome them to California than a trip to one of the best buffets in the country?  Plus, I think they’ll both qualify for the senior discount.  Nothing says I love you like buying someone dinner on a discount.  We just have to get them there before 5:00pm.

Thursday – ????? – If you have any suggestions of where Ryan and I should go to dinner in Chicago, I’m all for it.  We have a few recommendations, but I like to keep my options open.  I’m open to any and all places as long as they don’t suck.  We are staying on W. Monroe.

Happy eating!

Weekly Menu

I am finally feeling a bit more organized, but at the cost of feeling rested.  I am exhausted.  I haven’t been home one night this week and barely for an hour during the day.  Tomorrow won’t be much different, but the weekend is upon us and then I can rest.

I’ll get you through the rest of the week for dinner, though.

Thursday – BLT’s and Fries – I wanted something fast, easy and with bacon.

Friday – Smothered Pork Chops – I don’t like pork chops.  That may be illegal since I am from Iowa, but I have never had a great pork chop.  These, however, come close with.  It’s probably just because they are covered in gravy.

Saturday – Chicken Cordon Bleu – This is turning into one of my tried and true recipes.  Every time I make it, it’s good.  I think it’s kind of hard to screw up.

Sunday – Zesty Lime Shrimp and Avocado Salad – I just discovered this website, skinnytaste.com and there are some damn good recipes on there.  I don’t like using fat free things like cheese, dressings, etc.  I may get low fat, but not fat free.  Anyway, I like this site because it uses herbs, vegetables and spices for flavor instead of a bottle of chemicals.

Happy eating!

Weekly Menu 7/23 – 7/29

I have fallen completely off the wagon in regards to my menus and after Ryan gave me an intervention, I decided to actually go to the store today.  I was able to keep the bill under $200, but by less than $3.  We were out of EVERYTHING!

Here is my proof that I only blog for myself.  The weekly menu posts get by far the most traffic (besides pictures of my son with his hand in his pants).  It’s an easy post too.  I don’t have to come up with clever wording or a story of any kind.  But yet, this is one of the first posts to go by the wayside.  Even my friends tell me that they love the menu posts – no love for my friends either, until today.

Monday – Vegetable Tian – This is basically vegetables that are sauteed and then baked with cheese.  I’ll post the recipe at the end of this email.  I got it from a local magazine when we lived in Iowa.  The recipe is from Chef Kim Zesiger from the Redhead Restaurant in Solon, IA.  I made this and served it over a bed of brown rice.

Tuesday – Chicken and Cashews in Lettuce Cups – It’s been in the upper 80’s for the last few weeks and I can’t handle eating heavy meals when it’s hot outside – I apologize for all of you in the rest of the country where it is in the triple digits.  Living in San Diego has made me a wimp when it comes to extreme temperatures.  This is a really good light meal and the kids like it too.  I have to leave the cashews out for Rory’s portion since he is allergic, but it’s good with or without the nuts.

Wednesday – Foil Packet Fish Crockpot Recipe – The recipe calls for Tilapia, but I had a bad run with Tilapia and it started tasting like dirt so I pick up any other white fish at the store – cod, sea bass, flounder, halibut, etc.  This time I got rock fish.  I was really skeptical of this recipe because warm mayonnaise makes me want to vomit, but it’s actually very good.

Thursday – Tortilla-Black Been Casserole – I don’t know if I have ever made this or not, but it sounds good enough to eat.  It’s also vegetarian (that’s two meatless meals this week!)

Friday – Beef Fajitas – I subscribed to e-diets after I had Kamryn to lose the baby weight.  If you need to loose some lb’s, this works well, but I quit doing it because I had to buy too much stuff and wouldn’t get a chance to use up the entire amount before it went bad.  For example, I would need 1/2 an onion for something and the other 1/2 wouldn’t get used that week and thus would end up in the trash.  Anyway, the recipe is at the end of the post.

Saturday – Turkey Burgers or ribs – Ryan has some ribs that he is going to smoke and he wasn’t up for it last weekend so maybe we’ll have those next weekend.  If he’s still not up for it, we’ll have turkey burgers.

Sunday – It’s My Birthday! – I’m sure my husband has a glorious meal to make for me or is already planning an extravagant dinner out somewhere (with a 5 year old and a 3 year old of course).

I’m also going to make a Midwest Summer Staple:  Creamy Cucumbers!  I ate these every summer and it’s been awhile since I have had them.  They are a perfect side to any dinner or I’ll probably end up eating them for lunch too.


Vegetable Tian

4 to 6 medium zucchini, chopped or sliced

1 medium onion chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

2 large tomatoes, seeded and diced

1/2 cup white wine

1 cup Gruyere cheese, or any firm, rich cheese will do

Fresh choped parsley

Olive oil for sauteing

Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Sautee the onion for about 4 minutes, then add the zucchini.  Continue sauteing zucchini for about 6 more minutes, or until zucchini is slightly brown, adding the minced garlic about halfway through.  Add enough wine to deglaze the pan, but do not drown the zucchini.  Then add the chopped tomatoes and parsley and cook for 2 more minutes.  Spread the mixture into a casserole dish and stir in the shredded cheese, sprinkling the last of the cheese on top of the casserole.  Bake at 325 degrees covered for 15 minutes, then uncovered and brown the cheese on top.


Steak Fajitas (From e-diets)

Flour tortillas

1lb steak, cut in strips

1 Green pepper

1 small onion

Cheddar cheese

Chili powder

sour cream


olive oil


Slice all meat and vegetables into strips.  In a skillet, heat oil on medium and stir-fry steak until slightly golden, about 4 – 6 minutes.  Increase heat to medium-high and add vegetables and chili powder to skillet.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently until vegetable are tender but still firm, about another 2 – 3 minutes.  Chop tomato and add to the mixture.  Spread mixture over tortillas, sprinkle with cheese, top with sour cream and serve.


Creamy Cucumbers

1 1/2 c miracle whip

1/2 c sugar

1 t salt

1/2 t pepper

1/3 c vinegar

Peal and slice 3 or 4 large cucumbers and 1 large onion – mix and sit overnight.


Happy eating!



Weekly Menu 6/25 – 7/1

After my run to the store for pizza supplies yesterday, I made sure to grab the stuff for tonight’s dinner.  I also went to Costco this morning to get some other supplies and decided to rearrange my whole scheduled week of meals with what I had on hand and what I picked up the last couple of days.

Monday – Tacos – Regular, run of the mill tacos with the mix and ground turkey.  Nothing special.

Tuesday – We’re going to the fair!  I’ll be sure to post about all the crap that we eat.

Wednesday – We have a playdate with friends.

Thursday – Patty Sandwiches – These are named after my friend, Patty who introduced me to these a few months ago.  Take some good crusty bread and toast it, top it with a layer of pesto, mozzarella, tomato and then drizzle some balsamic vinegar over the top and top with the other slice of bread.  It’s very simple, but REALLY good.

Friday – Costco Chinese Chicken Salad – If you have not had this yet, you have to try it.  It will easily feed two adults and 2 kids.  All you have to do is get the lettuce (one bag of the pre-washed stuff or cut up your own).

Saturday – Pizza is on the menu, but I may end up switching that up since we had it last night and I just ate the leftovers for lunch.

Sunday – We are going to a pool party at our friend’s house.

This week is a little thrown together because of the activities we have going on, but if I didn’t plan something on the days we didn’t have anything scheduled, I can almost guarantee that we would be going out to eat on those days and that would make it a really bad dinner week.


Weekly Menu 6/18 – 6/24

I have slacked on the last two weeks of menus because we have been busy with school ending and overcoming illnesses in our house.  Now that we are all healthy again, it’s time to get back in the swing of dinner planning.  I hope never to take a break from doing this again because I have already changed the meal for tonight.

Also, this morning when I was trying to plan the menu, I had just finished eating left over pizza and was kind of stuffed so nothing sounded good.  So they say not to go to the store on an empty stomach, don’t try and plan 3 weeks of meals on a full stomach.  It’s really hard.

Monday – Crab Cakes w/ Salad – They usually have some snow crab legs in the meat department for about $10 a pound and I was going to splurge a bit and make the crab cakes with fresh crab instead of the canned stuff.  Well, for one, they didn’t have any in the display and the canned stuff was $4.50/can and I needed 4 cans.  So, I’m replacing the crab in the recipe with tuna.  I’m not too excited about the swap, but it’s $20 cheaper this way.

Tuesday – Skirt Steak W/ Lemon & Chili Roasted Potatoes – I bought a flank steak instead of skirt steak, but I think they are the same thing.

Wednesday – Curried Chicken Salad – I love chicken salad, but until now, I was never satisfied with making it at home.  This recipe changed that.  This is an excellent chicken salad.  I intend on serving it over a bed of lettuce instead of on bread.

Thursday – Peanut Butter & Banana Sandwiches – We’re going to go see an Elvis Tribute band on Thursday and what better way to celebrate The King than with his favorite sandwich?

Friday – I’m heading out of town for the night so Ryan will have to come up with something.

Saturday – Parmesan Pasta w/ Chicken & Rosemary – This looks really easy to make and I doubt I’ll be too excited about making something, I’m hoping this prevents me from ordering something or going out.

Sunday – Salmon w/ Lemon Cilantro Vinaigrette – They had sockeye salmon on sale at the store so I had to get it.

Happy eating!

Weekly Menu 5/21 – 5/27

The weather is definitely heating up so I’m trying to avoid using the oven too much.  That ends up being one of my biggest obstacles as the summer wears on.  I hate eating a heavy meal when it’s hot outside – it makes me feel gross.

Monday – Carnitas – This is from the left over pork shoulder that I made on Saturday.  The recipe is for carnitas, but it’s good for any kind of pork meal you want.  There isn’t a distinct Mexican flavor to it so it’s really versatile.

Tuesday – Marinated Grilled Shrimp w/ Quinoa Tabbouleh – I don’t believe that you necessarily have to have a themed night.  I’m mixing Thai tasting shrimp with an Arabian (I had to look up where it’s from) salad.

Wednesday – Crab Cakes – I have tried making crab cakes numerous times and they have been hit or miss – mostly miss.  I think this is one of the “hits”.  I normally used the cheap crab meat in the can, but the last time I was at Costco I saw they had packages of lump crab meat for about $12 so I’m going to use that this time.

Thursday – BLT’s – We really like bacon at our house.  I make all of my bacon in the microwave (A little tip I learned from Sara).  I lay two paper towels on a microwave safe plate, place a layer of bacon on top and then cover with another paper towel.  Depending on the thickness of your bacon, microwave it for 5 to 7 minutes.  The plate will be hotter than hell when you take it out, but the bacon is always crispy and not greasy.  I’m convinced I can eat as much bacon as I want when I make it this way because all the fat is sucked up in the paper towels.

Friday – Chicken Cordon Bleu – This is a family favorite and easy to make.  Friday is supposed to be the coolest day of the week and the only day I’ll be using the oven.

Saturday – We have a party to go to.

Sunday – We have another party to go to.

I had another $75 trip to the grocery store today!  I don’t have my lump crab meat yet so tack on another $12, but under $100 for a family of 4 isn’t too shabby!

Weekly Menu

As promised, here is the menu for the week.  I just realized that I haven’t tried a lot of these recipes, but they were given rave reviews online.

Monday – Chicken Corn Chowder – I made this last night and it was really good.  I had picked up some of the cooked, grilled chicken at Costco over the weekend so I used that and it made this one of the fastest soups I have ever made.  The good thing about this was that it was fairly light so I could see eating this in the summer.  You don’t actually add cream to it, but blend the milk and some of the corn together so it’s not a heavy, cream-based soup.

Tuesday – Fish with Sautéed Spinach and Tomatoes – This was a recipe that I made up.  I saute fresh spinach with garlic and throw either fresh or canned tomatoes in with it.  As far as the fish goes, any kind of fish will do, but I usually use some kind of white fish.  I have baked it, fried it in a pan with a little cooking spray and cooked it in a foil pack – it doesn’t really matter.  This is probably the healthiest meal I make.  The only other thing I may do is make some quinoa and mix all the spinach, tomatoes and quinoa together and throw the fish on top.

Wednesday – Pizza – I have some left over pepperoni from the last time I made pizza so I’ll use that and I’ll probably make my mashed potato pizza again.  The pizza link will take you to the dough recipe I use.  One suggestion if you make your own pizza – use real mozzarella.  I think cheese makes the pizza.

Thursday – Turkey-Veggie Meatballs – I have not tried these yet, but they seem like a good way to get some extra vegetables in our meals.  I don’t find ground turkey to be full of flavor, but unless I used 80/20 ground beef, the lower fat beef isn’t that great either so I might as well eat something a bit leaner and healthier, right?

Friday – Curried Chicken Salad – I always confuse curry and cumin and I while I like them both, I think cumin smells like B.O. so when I saw this I hesitated because I couldn’t remember what one made me gag when I smelled it.  Luckily, it’s not the curry.  I’m a little curious to see how the kids like this.  I’ll be using more of that cooked, grilled chicken for this so I don’t have to actually cook a chicken breast.

Saturday – Potstickers with Edamame and Springrolls – This is kind of a tapas dinner.  I love appetizers.  I don’t know what it is, but I have been known to order 2 or 3 or 4 appetizers for dinner at a restaurant.  The potstickers are another purchase from the Costco trip.

Sunday – Pork Tenderloin w/ Gorgonzola Sauce – I am not a fan of most kinds of pork unless it’s cured and smoked; AKA, bacon.  It always comes out dry and and bland.  Yuck.  I’m usually good with a tenderloin, but throw some Gorgonzola cheese on it??  Yeah, I’m pretty sure I’m going to like that.  My kids love blue cheese too.

I’m looking forward to eating all my dinners this week!  It also helps that 2 of the 5 pounds that crept on over the last couple of months magically disappeared after my run.  I know, it’s only water weight, but humor me.


Filler Menu Post

I was going to post about how awesome I am at potty training my kids, but Rory peed in his pants 3 times today after being accident free for almost a week.  Hopefully you’ll be reading that post soon.

Instead, I’ll give you my weekly menu from last week.
Sunday:  Beef Tips with Rice – I kind of made this up as I went along.  I coated about 2lbs of beef tips in flour, salt and pepper.  I cooked them until they were slightly less than medium in a pan in a couple tablespoons of olive oil.  Once I got it to that point, I added a can of beef stock and about a cup of red wine.  While that was cooking, I had the rice going on another burner.  I then sauteed some green peppers and mushrooms in another little pan.  When those were done, I threw it all together, then added a little milk and cornstarch mixture to thicken up the sauce.  It was pretty good – the kids liked it too.

Monday:  Fish with Quinoa, Spinach and Tomatoes – This is another one I kind of made up.  I make the quinoa with chicken stock.  While that is cooking, I prepare the fish.  I didn’t feel like turning on the oven because it was hot so I just cooked the fish in a pan.  I used pollack, I think – it was really cheap.  I salt and peppered it and cooked it in a couple of tsps of olive oil.  In another pan, I cook a can of diced tomatoes and once they are bubbling, I add a bag of baby spinach.  Throw in some garlic, salt and pepper and cook until the spinach is all wilted.  I layer the quinoa, then the fish and top it with the spinach and tomatoes.  The kids are not big fans of this one, but I really like it and it’s pretty healthy.  I also made some Caprise Salad.

Tuesday:  Turkey Burgers and fries – nothing fancy, just exactly what it sounds like.  The fries were frozen.  I just add random things to my turkey when I make burgers.  This time I threw in some poultry seasoning and it kind of made them taste like stuffing.  I liked it.

Wednesday:  Big Salad – Again, it’s exactly what it sounds like.  It’s a big ass salad.

Thursday:  Chicken Cordon Bleu – This is so easy and I think it’s really good.  I don’t think we will ever eat plain chicken breasts again.  At the very least I can throw a piece of cheese and a piece of ham in the middle.

This is my personal stock photo of my chicken cordon bleu.  I did finally get around to spending the $.99 for some toothpicks so I’m not using drink skewers.

Friday:  Tacos – I decided tacos are one of my favorite foods.  I like them from almost everywhere.  They can be authentic street tacos, homemade with the seasoning packet or from Taco Bell.  I have a special place in my heart for all of them.  These were the seasoning packet ones.

Saturday:  Sushi– I did not make this, but I wish I could.  Oh, I love sushi!