Planning Life- One Week at a Time

Archive for November, 2011

Cheese Please!

Grilled Cheese for dinner, yes please!

But a grown up version made in the panini press. I bought a nice loaf of Italian bread in the bakery department. Some ham at the deli counter. A few plum tomatoes, apples, and soup fixings. Plenty of cheese at home.

When I got home from work I chopped up the veggies for a quick soup. Onion, carrot, and green pepper in the pot to sweat with in some olive oil. Peeled a russet potato, washed and chopped a broccoli crown. Once the onion was soft I threw the rest of the veggies. A sprinkle of salt and stirred. Add about 3 cups of chicken broth. I brought the soup to a boil and simmered about 30 minutes. Added some favorite herbs, pepper, more salt to taste, a splash of milk. I puree the soup right the pot with a stick blender leaving it a bit chunky. Stirred in a handful of shredded cheese.

For the paninis I heated up the press. In the meantime I sliced tomatoes and apples. I sliced the bread in wide pieces. Lastly I prepped two kinds of sandwiches. Tomato, mozzarella, and basil. And ham, apple, and cheddar. Brushed the press with a little butter and put the sandwiches in. Carefully removed them to a cutting board and sliced them into wedges. Served with a balsamic dressing on the side and a bowl of the soup.



This week I thought I would would list each night’s meal and a brief description of how it was made along with some short cuts and tips. Instead of writing out a whole recipe step by step.

Monday- Pesto Stuffed Shells, recipe from last year, I made a huge tray for a friend who had a baby. I made a second smaller one for my family. We had it with frozen garlic bread.

Tuesday- DH and I went out with friends. Kids ate leftovers.

Wednesday- Chicken, Ham, & Cheese Roll ups, Mac and Cheese, Broccoli. I bought cutlets in a big family pack. I then trimmed them and removed the tender from each one. Those will be dinner Thursday. I cut 3 cutlet in half and pounded them flat coated one side in bread crumbs. I placed a slice of honey ham on the other side and filled with mozzarella cheese. Rolled them up. I covered the bottom of a glass backing dish with cream of chicken soup and placed the rolls in it. Then baked at 350 cover about 40 minutes and uncovered for 10. While they baked I steamed fresh broccoli in the microwave and made a package home style mac & cheese. Enough leftovers for two lunches.

Thursday- Chicken Stir Fry, chicken was cut up the night before. Vegetable prep takes a lot of time but it is worth it for a health stir fry. I will chop double the peppers and onions for Fridays dinner. They will go in a zip top bag. And all good stir fries start with GGG, garlic, ginger, green onion. I’ll start those in some oil in a large frying pan. Then throw in onion, peppers, broccoli, snow peas, water chestnuts, and carrot. I’ll coat the chicken pieces in corn starch. Move the veggies to the sides and stir fry the chicken. Last I’ll throw in sauces like soy, teriyaki, orange ginger. A bit if water. And thicken with corn starch slurry. Serve with rice.

Friday- Cheese Steaks, I sauté veggies and mushrooms prepped the night before. Steak meat is frozen in thin pieces. I cook it up on a flat griddle with season salt then I place slices of cheese on at the end. I load up the veggies and meat on hero rolls and serve with a side salad.

Saturday- too busy to cook take out it is.

Candy Hangover

Snow for Halloween!?!? This is a first for the northeast in my memory. After battling power outages, sick kids, and a foot of snow we dressed the twins up for some trick or treating. The sugar high has settled and I feel some what back to normal. But I fear this we be a long, long winter. This week I am food shopping on a Wednesday so the start of the week was make do with what was around. And the end will be back to fresh produce and more thoughtful meals. It’s pretty busy, but isn’t every week busy when you are a working mom?

Monday- After a cold damp outing to Trick or Treat I threw together an dinner of ready made stuff. A slab of heat and eat ribs and broccoli cheddar pasta steam in the bag out of the freezer. Dinner was ready in 10 minutes.

Tuesday- I had to go to Sam’s Club to pick up something for work. Grabbed a roasted chicken, DH made boxed mac and cheese while I was on my way home, and I threw stem in the bag green beans in the microwave. Another slap together meal.

Wednesday- Food shop and a school event. DH is on his own with the kids, he is making pasta with red sauce and garlic bread.

Thursday- Moms group at 4pm, Chicken Thighs braised in the slow cooker over apples, squash, and potato. The veg and apples will be turned into a mash with a little butter and nutmeg. The liquid will be drained off and reduced into a sauce. I’ll do salad on the side. Normally I don’t do one large tossed salad but line up the bowls next to the cutting board and make individual ones.

Friday- Nothing going on!!! Taco Night!! I don’t buy the taco kits or seasoning. I buy the shells or tortillas on their own and make up my own taco meat with chili powder, cumin, and other stuff I have around. I find the seasoning packets too salty. And I love lots of toppings, avocado, tomato, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, yum!! Spanish rice on the side.

Saturday- Roasted chicken, mashed potatoes, and a green veg TBA, the leftover chicken meat will go into a pot pie for the next snow storm.

Sunday- Cheese burger and oven baked sweet potato fries. And I *hope* to have some time during naps to make a big batch of soup for the freezer too.

Update: the rice on Friday was one you microwave for 90 seconds. We had asparagus on Saturday with the roast chicken. I had enough time on Saturday during nap to make a tray of stuffed shells for a friend who had a baby last week. Tomorrow I have the stuff to make Spilt Pea Bacon soup. I never made it before. I’m going to wing it.