One 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. 😛 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..
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.
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? 🙂
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.
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. 😉
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. 😉