What we are eating this week..

WhatsForDinner-MyOwnGreenGrassOne of our goals for this year is to have more dinners together as a family. We may not all sit at the same table, but at least we are all eating together. There were a number of reasons we wanted to start this, so the beginning of the year seemed a good a time as any. And no, it isn’t a resolution. ๐Ÿ˜› lol

I thought I would keep track of what we plan to eat each week, if anything, to help me plan further weeks and also to realize when a dish just doesn’t go over very well. I am hoping to try one new meal a week because as it sits right now, we just don’t eat much variety…

So, here is what we are eating this week..

Monday

I had some sweet apple chicken sausage that I got at Trader Joe’s and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with it. I looked online and found this recipe from Iowa Girl Eats. I left out the spinach because I know it would gross everyone out, and I didn’t have that much left anyway. I ended up cooking the onion/garlic a little bit too long because it took me a little longer to cut up the apple than I thought…so it had a sort of burnt smell to it.. That, and the flavor of the beans were a little new to me. Jeffy ate it up and had seconds, which was surprising because of the ‘chunks’….I liked it, but I think next time I will be more careful on the timing and maybe add less beans.

Sweet-Apple-Chicken-Sausage-Pasta-Tuesday

This is today… We are going to attempt to make BBQ Bruchetta. I have mentioned that we first tried it at a local restaurant and you can read about that here. So, I figure it should be pretty easy…bread, meat, cheese, sauce.. I know there is just something about getting it at the restaurant though.. If it turns out, I am sure it will be a regular addition to our menu! Here is a photo from the one we got at Dickie Do’s BBQ restaurant. Gotta love phone pics of food, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

BBQ BruchettaWednesday

For this day, we are making a beef dish. It was the one I talked about making last week, with the asparagus. It is Ginger Beef Stir-Fry. I got the recipe from Hello Fresh, a box ingredient delivery service. We usually make it with rice, but I think this time we may try some Asian noodles. I realized today that we only had 1/2 cup of rice left and that doesn’t help anyone. The rice we use is somewhat hard to find, so I didn’t feel like running all over town to get it. Our local co-op had the noodles when I went there today, so it just worked out.

Thursday

Thursdays are pretty much just whatever days. We have our church small group meetings and by the time Jeffy gets home and does bird chores and showers, there just isn’t much time for a big dinner. I usually have pb&j on toast or something small…especially since our small group usually has a bunch of goodies being served too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Friday

This day we will be having a pork meal that I don’t even know where I got the recipe. I have been making it for ages though. You take a pork tenderloin and cut it into one inch slices. Pound it out so that they are about the same thickness. Coat both sides with Laughing Cow cheese, we use a flavored kind, and then dip in bread crumbs. We alternate between bread crumbs and panko. Or sometimes mix both together. Then we bake it for 20-30 minutes. I can never remember. Everyone likes this meal, so I know it will be a good family meal.

SO, that is the plan for this week. I am hoping it all works out. I am not sure what our plans are for the weekend. We like to have bigger lunches on the weekends rather than dinners.

I love having ideas though! What are your favorite family dinners? We have sensory issues that we try and work around, but everyone has to at least try what is made. At least they are old enough to do that without too much fussing. Jeffy included. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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6 Responses to What we are eating this week..

  1. Cheryl P says:

    gosh, I cook all the time… I could on and on…. but let’s see….the skinnytaste crackpot chicken is a staple around here…I usually serve it with trader joes black bean chips… and put out sour cream, guac, etc. Budget Bytes has a good oven fajita recipe, that’s pretty popular here. Potato cheese soup with bread is a good cold night dinner or chili and corn bread. We also do turkey burgers pretty regularly…. Oh the skinnytaste spinach lasagna roll ups are easy and oh so yummy! Actually, everything on the skinnytaste.com site is awesome! Check out her chicken parm, chicken francese and chicken cordon bleu, all so good! We eat chicken more than any other meat.

    I also buy those chicken apple sausage…I make spaghetti, and then after I sautรฉ the sausage I toss them with some olive oil in the pasta, add in goat cheese and as well as grape tomatoes and broccoli that I’ve sautรฉ up a bit.

    Oh and this recipe, I don’t make it often but it’s quite yummy…http://www.kevinandamanda.com/recipes/dinner/shrimp-avocado-pasta.html

    I don’t eat pulled bbq pork but my family likes it, so I make that once in a while as well.

  2. Kathy S says:

    i do meal planning every week..trying to cut grocery costs…this week is…
    Monday-burgers with bacon n avocado ( mine is always on lettuce and not bread) baked tater tots
    Tuesday-crockpot roast with mashed potatoes
    Wednesday-grilled tilapia with shrimp, rice pilaf and salad
    Thursday -chicken and peppers pasta salad sliced veggies
    Friday – ribs and venison sausage with Mac cheese or leftovers…
    I try to do simple meals on my work days and more elaborate on my days off, I’ll also premake sides so I can throw things on the crockpot… Good luck!!

    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you!! I am thinking of trying more crockpot meals and am going to look for recipes for those!
      I need to make sure I take time on the weekend to do meal planning too as otherwise it just won’t get done and we will be back to where we started. ๐Ÿ˜› Thanks for the tips!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Liz says:

    I love the barbecue bruschetta! We always have extra when we do barbecue, and this is a nice variation. Thanks for sharing.
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