My goodness. 52 weeks! A whole year’s worth of menus. What began as a little experiment I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to keep going, has rolled on for over a year now. I’ve been jotting down lots of ideas the past few weeks as my work schedule has started to slow down for some posts I want to share here in the weeks to come… stay tuned; but for now, here’s what we ate last week :
BBQ Chicken & Roasted Sweet Potato Bowls w/ Broccoli
notes: This is one of those super simple dinners to throw together on a busy weeknight that is just so satisfying. I love that it’s a complete meal on a pan. I like to omit the garlic + chili powder and just do olive oil, s+p. Also, I cook the chicken on one sheet at the veggies on another just because I don’t like the juices making things soggy.
Date Night | Kids had Spaghetti & Meatballs, Peas
notes: I am not personally a fan of Lamb, so I like to make this recipe with stew beef. This is seriously the best shepherds pie I’ve ever had. The flavors are SO GOOD. If you happen to have leftover mashed potatoes, it makes it all the simpler. Allow plenty of time for everything to cook. I left my beef/veggies in the oven for a good 2 hours before topping with the mashed potatoes and cooking a bit more. You can’t go wrong with that meat sitting in the gravy. So tender. Also, if you make this in a dutch oven, it’s a one pot meal and you don’t have to dirty any more dishes. Win.
On the Side : Applesauce, Biscuits
Easy Coq au Vin w/ Egg Noodles
notes: this is from Halfbaked Harvest’s new cookbook and was such a good hearty meal on a cold night. She has another recipe on her website that is very similar, but served over mashed potatoes, and I think I might like that one better. All in all, a great recipe, though.
On the Side : TJ’s Kale Slaw Salad, Sourdough Bread
White Bean + Turkey Chili w/ Tortilla Chips
notes: found and have been making this recipe for a few years now. In the comments, there is a recipe for making your own “cream of chicken” soup and that is what I do. It’s a nice alternative to a tomato based chili. We like to serve over salad (arugula is especially good).
Buttermilk Blueberry Puff
notes: this was from the latest Magnolia magazine which had an amazing brunch feature, and received rave reviews from the kids. Two thumbs up.
On the Side : TJ’s Chicken Breakfast Sausage, Hashbrowns, Scrambled Eggs