Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Week's Menu: 12/15 - 12/21

Monday: Flatbread Pizzas
Tuesday: {Church Party} Bring 2 pans of Funeral Potatoes
Wednesday: Fried Eggs + Sweet Potatoes + Sliced Avocado + Green Smoothies
Thursday: Pasta Bake (shells or bowties + marinara + sauteed veggies + cheese  baked at 350 for about 20 min)
Friday: Pumpkin Oat Pancakes + Scrambled Eggs
Saturday: [Annie's White Cheddar] Mac & Cheese with diced deli ham + Peas + Fruit
Sunday: Leek & Potato Soup

Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Heber's Magical Chocolate Chip Cookies

I tried the best chocolate chip cookie of my life tonight. And I got the recipe from my bro-in-law.

1 c. butter
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
2 1/2 - 2 3/4 c. flour (start with 2 1/2 cups then add another 1/4 cup at the end if it seems too thin)
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp salt
chocolate chips

Cream wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients. Add more flour as needed.

Bake at 325 degrees for 13 minutes and 30 seconds (or adjust time based on your own oven -- take them out when they're slightly underdone and let them finish baking on the pan as they are cooling).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

This Week's Menu: 12/1 - 12/7

Photo and recipe of Tomato Soup from Jamie Oliver
Monday: Pancakes
Tuesday: *Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (*Note: Soup recipe from Jamie Oliver. I didn't worry too much about exact measurements -- especially on the fresh tomatoes. Soup was thinner than I expected but tasted so "clean" and fresh. I loved it -- even more than the grilled cheese!) 
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup + Fruit
Thursday: Spaghetti with Veggie Marinara Sauce + Spinach Salad
Friday: Fried Eggs + Veggie Hash + Green Smoothies
Saturday: Easy Flatbread Pizzas + Fruit
Sunday: Creamy Corn Chowder 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Week's Menu: 11/17 - 11/24

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes from Skinnytaste
Monday: Pumpkin Oat Pancakes (these were so yummy!)
Tuesday: Pizza
Wednesday: Lentil Soup + Fruit
Thursday: Leek & Potato Soup + Fruit
Friday: Eggs, Toast & Green Smoothies
Saturday: Crock Pot Baked Potatoes w/ toppings (chili, onions, sour cream, cheddar) + Spinach Salad + Fruit
Sunday: Slow Cooker White Bean Chili (leave out chicken -- add quinoa?) + Chips + Fruit
Monday: Quesadillas or Black Beans & Quinoa

No-Bake Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Granola Bars

Monday, November 17, 2014

Leek and Potato Soup

Photo and original recipe from Jamie Oliver

Recipe from my sister Chenae (who got it from Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution cookbook -- I'm posting the recipe because the only one I can find online uses UK measurements.) So simple and so good!

2 carrots
2 celery stalks
2 medium onions
1 lb leeks
2 cloves of garlic
1 3/4 quarts chicken or vegetable broth, preferably organic
1 lb potatoes
olive oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Peel and roughly slices the carrots. Slice the celery. Peel and roughly chop the onions. Cut the ends off the leeks, quarter them lengthways, wash them under running water and cut them in 1/4-inch slices. Peel and slice the garlic. Put the broth in a saucepan and heat until boiling.

Place a large saucepan on a high heat and add 2 Tablespoons of olive oil. Add all your chopped and sliced ingredients and mix together with a wooden spoon. Cook for around 10 minutes with the lid askew, until the carrots have softened, but are still holding their shape, and the onion and leeks are lightly golden. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/4-inch dice. Add the boiling broth to the vegetables. Add your potatoes. Give the soup a good stir and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes with the lid on.

To serve:
Season with salt and pepper. Serve as is, or pulse until smooth using an immersion blender. Divide into serving bowls. "Usually eaten hot, it's also surprisingly delicious eaten refrigerator-cold on a summer's day with a  squeeze of lemon juice and a dollop of natural yogurt."

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

This Week's Menu: 11/10 - 11/16

Quinoa & Brown Rice packets from Costco.
Photo and a detailed review found at Melanie Cooks
Monday: Creamy Corn Chowder
Tuesday: Fried Eggs + Sweet Potato Hash + Green Smoothies
Wednesday: [Work Dinner]
Thursday: Black Beans & Quinoa/Rice (this was just too easy and yummy last week...couldn't resist adding it to the menu again. We served the black beans over Seeds of Change Quinoa & Brown Rice microwavable packets I found at Costco) topped with shredded cheese, greek yogurt, and diced avocado + Fruit
Friday: Pumpkin Oat Pancakes
Saturday: Veggie Quesadillas + Fruit
Sunday: Crock Pot Minestrone Soup + Fruit

Monday, November 3, 2014

This Week's Menu: 11/3 - 11/9

Slow Cooker Chili from - photo and recipe from Gimme Some Oven
Monday: Pumpkin French Toast 
Tuesday: Leek & Potato Soup
Wednesday: Beef Soft Tacos + Fruit
Thursday: Black Beans over Quinoa/Rice + Apple Slices
Friday: Pancakes + Eggs + Smoothies
Saturday: Flatbread Pizzas
Sunday: Slow Cooker Chili + Fruit