Sunday, January 30, 2011

The stuff I would cook this week, if only......

I had some difficulty with this post because truthfully, I probably won't cook once this week. I have to travel for work for the first half of the week which means restaurant food, then Mr M is gone for a guys weekend so I will pack up the kidlets and head to one of the other abandoned wives homes for the weekend :)I have to admit I am looking forward to it!
But I couldn't leave you all hanging for another week so here are some ideas to keep you going, and they have left my mouth watering!!!
So my friends, have a great week and enjoy!

Monday - The PW's Simple Sesame Noodles with peppers, snow peas, and baby bok choy
Tuesday - Buffalo Chicken Clubhouse Wraps (not buffalo'ed for the kids)
Wednesday- Jenny Mac's Cream of Mushroom Soup
Thursday - Tacos...
Friday - Chicken and Asparagus in white wine sauce
Saturday - Clean out the fridge or go out!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I hit 70!

I know it may not be a *special*number but it was the reassurance I needed to keep blogging. Thanks #70 :)I'llput up a plan tomorrow!!!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

My Get up and Go, got up and went!

I was having a horrible time focusing on writing this post today. I had zip for motivation, like ZERO. Could be the late night and the wine party, could be the snuggling with my minis and watching Ramona and Beezus, could be the fact that I don't seem to be sticking to my plans lately, you know with working and all......damn work ;)
So I came up with this one, to give all 6 of you that actually read my blog some meal inspiration! So my friends, ENJOY!

Monday - Steak Sandwiches with onions & mushrooms
Tuesday - Thai Chicken Wraps with spicy peanut sauce
Wednesday - Perfect Winter Beef Stew
Thursday - Leftover stew
Friday - Chicken Nacho Bake
Saturday-Honey Ginger Chicken Bites
Sunday-BBQ Beef Soft Tacos

Sunday, January 9, 2011

You mean I have to work for 5 days in a row?!?!?!

It's true folks. It is a full work week for the first one in 3 weeks? It's going to be a strange one. I'm not feeling very wordy this morning but the plan is ready to roll!

Monday - Taco Soup
Tuesday - Whole wheat pasta with chicken, feta, sundried tomato, and spinach
Wednesday - Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
Thursday- Panko crusted chicken fingers and home fries
Friday- Take out sushi
Saturday- Better than ever beef enchiladas
Sunday- Wings and taco salad

Sunday, January 2, 2011

So, somedays I get ready in the dark.....

As many of you know I recently returned to the world of the working. It's a really cool place to be and I do honestly enjoy the challenge of working outside of the home. I thought I would share with all of you one of my BIGGEST ANNOYANCES challenges of the whole return to the land of the adults thing and I bet it's not AT ALL what you would think.
Each morning as I drag my sweet sweet ate too much xmas goodies butt out of bed and sneak over our creaky floors to the shower in the dark, all I can think is pleasedon'twakethekidsordogpleasedon'twakethekidsordogpleasedon'twakethekidsordog. If I successfully make it into the bathroom, shower, put my face on and dress, my next challenge is using the light from the screen of my blackberry to navigate my way into the kitchen and get the coffee poured, a slice of toast or cup of yogurt and my lunch. *If* I make it to this stage without waking the kids, I continue to use my flashlight blackberry screen to find my coat, shoes, sales bag, purse and keys. I successfully accomplished this the other day. It felt great. Then I set off my car alarm. *sigh* Yep. I woke the kids.

Happy New Year!!!

Welcome to 2011 my friends! We rang it in in style with some great friends and a wee bit too much bubbly ;)I hope you all had a great evening too!

So cheers to you all for a great New Year, enjoy the menu and as always please feel free to share yours!

Monday - Pork tenderloin with cous cous and garlic baby bok choy

Tuesday - Thai Chicken Soup from Just Slow Cooking

Wednesday - Sweet & spicy cashew chicken stirfry

Thursday - Pork chops marinated soy sauce, olive oil, vinegar, garlic powder, minced onion, cumin, basil, oregano (Thanks Jane! )served with potatoes and salad

Friday - Guiltless Alfredo Sauce with chicken and noodles....I may make it pesto for the adults...

Saturday - Chicken Nacho Bake

Sunday - Taco Salad using any leftover chicken from Saturday

Thai Chicken Soup

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast or thighs, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
2 cans (16 ounces each) chicken broth
8 carrots, diagonally sliced
1 large onion, chopped
1 piece (2 inches) ginger root, grated
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 stalks lemon grass, cut into 1-inch pieces, or 1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 can (15 ounces) unsweetened coconut milk
1 medium red or yellow bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 cans (4 ounces each) straw or button mushrooms, drained
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped roasted peanuts

Combine chicken, broth, carrots, onion, ginger root, garlic, lemon grass and crushed red pepper in a slow cooker. Cover; cook on low-heat setting 6-7 hours or high-heat setting 3 to 3 1/2 hours. If necessary, skim off fat.

Stir in coconut milk, bell pepper, mushrooms and cilantro. Cover; let stand 5-10 minutes. Discard lemon grass. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle peanuts over each serving.

Chicken Nacho Bake

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)
1/2 cup Thick 'N Chunky Salsa
1/2 cup crushed baked tortilla chips
1/2 cup 2% Milk Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 slices Bacon, chopped ( I will most likely use bacon bits I already have)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups grape tomatoes
2 cups cooked long-grain brown rice
1/4 cup low fat Sour Cream
Make It

HEAT oven to 400ºF.

PLACE chicken on foil-covered baking sheet; top with salsa. Bake 20 min. or until chicken is done (165ºF), topping with crushed chips and cheese the last 5 min.

MEANWHILE, cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from skillet; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings from skillet. Add onions to skillet; cook and stir 5 min. Stir in tomatoes; cook 4 to 5 min. or until tomatoes begin to pop, stirring occasionally. Add rice; cook until heated through, stirring occasionally. Stir in bacon.

TOP chicken with sour cream. Serve with rice mixture.