Monday, August 30, 2010

Super Duper Easy Guac....

I have a love affair with guacamole. No seriously, I could eat it everyday. At any rate I found the easiest and least expensive way to make guac is....

1 ripe avocado, mashed and smushed
a few shakes "garlic plus"
a few shakes cumin
a few shakes garlic powder
a squeeze of lime juice
and if I feel like it a splash of salsa

Yup. That's it. See told ya, super duper easy!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The one where I don't plan....

So this week we are moving. I plan to use the next few days to clean out the fridge and freezer with whatever is left so I don't have to move a bunch of perishables 8 hours away. But since I'm kinda a big deal and people rely on me to provide them with ideas for eats this week I will link you to some other amazing meal planners!
And to all my friends here in the Elk Valley, you will be missed!

This Week for Dinner
(Meal plan up today)
The Double Dipped Life (up Monday)
I'm an Organizing Junkie (Meal Plan up Monday)

Betty Crapper

Can I Get The Recipe?

Domestic Dame

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The one where I wing it....

Wow, what a week. Our house is officially sold and MPM, Mr. M, Lu and Lex are on the move! That said I sold our table, so dinner time will be interesting for the next 2 weeks, well until move day :)

Yesterday Mr. M and I celebrated our anniversary. We had a gift certificate to an AMAZING Italian restaurant in Fernie! For those of you from the Elk Valley, you MUST try Mezzuluna!!!! The food was great, and with the exception of the cafeteria bell to let the servers know food is up, the ambiance was pretty cool too. We ate like kings!

At any rate, I don`t know how good I will be at following my own meal plan this week, but I couldn't leave you hanging so without any further ado.....Photobucket

Monday - Tacos Supreme Courtesy of My Kitchen Cafe

Tuesday - Lemon & Garlic grilled chicken & corn on the cob

Wednesday - Asian lettuce wraps from Our Best Bites

Thursday -Kickass Sirloin Steak Sandwiches These are seriously YUMMY

Friday - Over to the Kerk's for a Bye-Bye BBQ...yes, we are the ones leaving :(

Saturday - Munchies....cheese, crackers, meats, hummus, maybe shrimp

Sunday - Homemade Pizzas...I might even try Jane's secret ingredient

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Week 1 - clean it out!

So using my list, I think I did pretty well. My goal is to have NOTHING in my freezer and very few things in my pantry. I hope you can help me by sending me some recipes!
Have a wonderful week, and keep enjoying summer!!!Photobucket

Monday- Sweet & Spicy cashew chicken stir-fry (use frozen veggies, cashews, stir fry noodles, and chicken breasts)

Tuesday - Tuna Tortas with Pico de Gallo (from Cooking Light)


2 can (6 oz.) solid white tuna packed in water
8 ounces Roma tomates, rinsed, seeded, cured, and chopped (see notes)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
6 tablespoons lime juice
2/3 cup minced red onion
4 fresh serrano chilies or other small hot chilies, rinsed, stemmed, seeded, and minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 sandwich rolls (3 oz. each), split in half horizontally

Drain tuna well; flake into a bowl with a fork. Stir in tomatoes, cilantro, lime juice, onion, chilies, and salt.
Mound tuna equally on sandwich roll bottoms and set tops in place.

Wednesday- BBQ Italian sausage, salad

Thursday- Tuna Vegetable Couscous Salad courtesy of My Cooking Hut

Couscous, 200g
Water, 1 litre
Cherry tomatoes, 200-250g
Parsley (finely chopped), handful
Mint (finely chopped), handful
Sweet corns, 1 small can
Tuna in brine, 1 can
Cucumber, half
Lemon, 1 or 1.5
Black Olives (chopped and some keep whole), 50g
Feta cheese, 70 – 80g
Extra Virgin Olive oil, 4 tbsp (or more if needed)
Salt and black pepper, to taste

Boil 1 litre of water in a saucepan and put in couscous and cook it according to the instruction on the packet. Once cook, strain and let it cool.
Chop parsley, mint, black olives. Halves cherry tomatoes. Cut cucumber and feta cheese into cubes.
In a large bowl, put in the cooked couscous. Mix in cherry tomatoes, black olives, parsley, mint, feta cheese, sweet corns, tuna, and cucumber.
Squeeze juice of 1 (or 1.5) lemon and mix with the rest of the ingredients in the bowl.
Then, drizzle in about 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil. Give it a good mix.
Season with salt and black pepper.
Garnish with a few black olives.

Friday- BBQ Burgs. 'nuff said :)

- Beer Bum chicken (yes I will ACTUALLY make it I promise)& beans

Sunday- Use left over chicken for either bbq chicken pizza or chicken salad sandwiches

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Kitchen Inventory....

So I have challenged myself to clean out the cupboards and freezer as we may be relocating verrrrryyyyyy soon ;)

So to start the inventory....

1 roasting chicken
(that I have been intending to cook FOREVER)
2 1 package mild Italian sausage
2 1lb packages ground beef
1 package bratwurst sausage
8 chicken wings
1/2 bag of frozen chicken breasts (4-6 left)(2-3)
1/2 bag of fries
1 bag frozen blueberries
1 bag frozen raspberries
1 box containing 6 packs of Edamame
1 bag chopped stir-fry veggies
some freezies.....

1/2 bag shells pasta
1/2 box cannelloini
1/2 bag basmati rice (that keeps not cooking properly)
2 1 box couscous (1 parm and garlic)
3 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans chunky clam chowder
6 3 cans of tuna
1 bag chow mein noodles
1/2 bag cashews (hmmmm :) )
3 2 cans baked beans
1 bag croutons

Now, what to make......


Monday, August 9, 2010

Bad, bad, Meal Planning Mama....

I know. I am bad. But I'm real real sorry, I promise. You see we kinda went away for 4 days and stayed for 8....It was super cool. Kinda like me. :)

When we got home my BFF, her practice hubby (aka the roomie) and the mini were on our door step and starving. So MPM apologized, and made food....(actually Practice Hubby bought lunch but meh, who's counting :)

So this week will bring you the first of many clean out the cupboards/freezer/fridge meals until we hit the lovely month of September, I'll explain more later....wish me luck! Photobucket

Monday - Lemon chicken, broccoli/carrot/celery/grape tomato salad, pita and hummus


1 tablespoon butter
1/3 cup Italian salad dressing
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
8 chicken tenderloins
lemon pepper to taste
garlic salt to taste
onion powder to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place the butter in a 9x9 inch baking dish, and melt in the oven. Remove from heat, and mix in Italian salad dressing, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.
Arrange the chicken tenderloins in the baking dish, coating with the melted butter mixture. Season both sides of chicken with lemon pepper, garlic salt, and onion powder. Sprinkle with lemon zest.
Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken juices run clear.

Tuesday - BBQ pork chops, corn on the cob and rice

Wednesday- Beer bum chicken, salad and rolls Chinese food from the Arrowana

Thursday- BBQ chicken pizza Linguini chicken alfredo with spinach

Friday- Burgs on the BBQ, served with guac and salsa mmmmmmmmm "tiki" shrimp w/ sweet thai chili and veggies

Saturday- Out for a friends 30th!

Sunday- Taco salad


We were away, just got back, meal plan up later today I PROMISE!!!!!Photobucket

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I must apologize today. First for not posting about sushi last week and second for the rather uninspiring meal plan this week. Although Thursday is really cool...Thanks Dine and Dish for the idea! Happy planning my friends!

Monday- away

Tuesday- away

Wednesday- driving home....

Thursday- "Walking Tacos"

Friday- Red Thai Curry

Saturday- BBQ chicken, corn on the cob & couscous

Sunday- Beer bum chicken on the BBQ, side salad and rolls!