Here are our dinners from a couple weeks ago:
Tuesday 5/17: Homemade pizza! I used the dough and sauce recipe that I got from the pizza-cooking class I attended last month. I followed it exactly but subbed in some whole wheat flour. It turned out delicious! The recipe made a ton, so I now have 4 frozen balls of pizza dough, plus 3 par-baked cheese pizzas in the freezer. Nice! For this dinner I made a large cheese pizza and a smaller one with bell peppers. I also served steamed broccoli and raw tomatoes, which were surprisingly yummy together.
Wednesday 5/18: I was so excited about this dinner but it ended up being a total dud. I loosely followed a Pioneer Woman recipe for Beef and Snow Peas, but for the veggies I used broccoli and bell peppers. The sauce burned a bit in the pan and just tasted strange. I also made an Asian slaw on the side but put way too much sesame oil in it, and ended up tossing it. I never throw away perfectly good food, so that tells you this was really bad!
Thursday 5/19: In order to earn back the love of my family, I made tacos this night. I used ground turkey, but for some reason the actual taco meat is missing from the picture below. In addition to cheese, salsa, guacamole, black beans, cilantro and green onions, I also served the tacos with kale chips and raspberries.
Friday and Saturday: Out of town at my parents' house.
Sunday 5/22: I was home from the Bay Area with the kids but Adam was still visiting with his brother. Our fridge was pretty bare, so I had to get really creative. I cooked some brown rice pasta and added cannellini beans, pecorino romano cheese, green onions and pesto. Eaten with a small glass of wine, and it filled me up! (The kids ate mac n cheese and cereal. Ha)
Monday 5/23: I managed to make dinner early in the day before Lucas developed a fever. I made traditional stuffed bell peppers with ground beef, rice, cheese, tomatoes, etc. It was delicious! (Sorry, one of the kids deleted the photo)
Tuesday: Pizza party with Ryan's baseball team at Round Table. I had a salad from the salad bar and half a personal cheese pizza.
Wednesday 5/25: Oven baked crispy chicken thighs, homemade mac and cheese, and steamed broccoli. This chicken was a new recipe. While I liked the method and the crispiness, we weren't crazy about the seasoning. It was Cajun seasoning and paprika and I think next time I make it I'll use garlic powder, onion poweder and cayenne, just like I do when I pan fry chicken. However, Ryan adored this chicken! For the macaroni and cheese I had half a box of leftover white noodles and half a box of whole wheat, so I combined them. I didn't really follow a recipe, but just made a basic roux and added medium cheddar cheese and a little pecorino romano cheese. Yum!
Thursday 5/26: I just wanted something simple on this night, since I had been dealing with sick kids most of the week. I cooked bacon on a sheet pan in the oven. I cooked a huge batch of diced potatoes on the stove (I wanted extras for breakfast....I made twice as much as you see here), and then made a big salad on the side with red butter lettuce, cucumber, carrots, tomatoes and green onions. I also had a tiny bit of ground beef leftover that I loose cooked for the kids.
Friday 5/27: I used a pork roast I got from Costco (came in a pack of 4 for a very good price!) and put it in my crockpot with BBQ sauce. I used this new Sriracha BBQ sauce from Trader Joe's and it was really good! Just a little bit spicy. I got ambitious and made my own hamburger buns. The process was actually quite easy and they turned out so good! Next time I will probably use half white, half whole wheat flour. On the side we just had steamed cauliflower and strawberries.