Sunday, March 27, 2011

What's Cookin' This Week (Mar 28 - Apr 3, 2011)?

Where did the week go?  The days passed by so fast and I spent time away from my computer.  I visited a few preschools that I'm considering for the fall for my daughter Vivian.  We also spent a lot of time outside playing at the park and walking in our neighborhood.  I love, love all this spring weather we're having!   I'm also reading a ton of books lately too. I discovered the "Good Reads" site and I can track what I'm reading and review them in addition to seeing what my friends are readig too.  

As far as cooking - I had a few flops in the kitchen last week - two disappointments that aren't even worth sharing here.  Not total failures but not great tasting either!  I finally tried cooking with quinoa and I must be honest - I did NOT like it!  The texture was different than I expected and I didn't much care for it.  Perhaps it's an acquired taste?  I did make two great desserts though so I will post those recipes later this week along with my family's favorite pizza too.  I also have some tips for stretching barbecue foods too for your upcoming grilling this spring and summer.  Stay tuned for those! 

Here's what I have lined up for our meal plan this week - two comfortable stand-by favorites and a few new ones too:

Monday, Mar. 28 - Better for You Baked Spaghetti and Meatballs with green beans and bread - I'm going to make a double batch of this and freeze half for later.  I portion these out into small sizes for my daughter to eat for lunches and dinners too~!

Tuesday, Mar. 29 - White beans and turkey sausage over rice with side salad and bread - I use a can of Blue Runner beans for this.  We love this brand.  And since I'm taking a day trip to Alabama, this will be an easy meal I can throw together!

Wednesday, Mar. 30 - Vegetable Tamale Pies - a new vegetarian meal that I'm trying!

Thursday, Mar. 31 - Leftovers

Friday, Apr. 1 - Crustless Sausage and Spinach Quiche with grilled hashbrowns - Looks good!

Saturday, Apr. 2 - Glazed Balsamic Chicken with steamed veggies over rice - This sounds tasty

Sunday, Apr. 3 - Tangy Slow Cooked Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes - I will make several leftover meals out of this and freeze some for later too!

Here are the snacks and desserts that I may try this week:

(1)  Lemon Nut Cakes - These look easy and light!

(2) Power Muffins - recipe is listed in an old newspaper clipping I found

(3) Quick Fudge

(4) Easy Strawberry Pie - recipe is from my cookbook

What is on your meal plan this week?  What are you looking forward to making or sampling the most?


  1. You have a great week planned! I'm interested in trying a new Mexican dish this week. I'm not sure how it will turn out...salmon+mexican in a wrap? I'll let you know!

  2. Ugh...been so busy with a cookout and a baby shower this weekend, not to mention working, that I'm just now trying to figure out what I'm going to cook this week. Your menu looks good!