Sunday, June 19, 2011

What's Cookin' This Week (June 20-26, 2011)?

We've had a wonderful weekend!  How about you? 

Our family enjoyed dinner with good friends on Saturday night - Mexican food, my favorite!  Then today for Father's day, we enjoyed blueberry pancakes, cupcakes and even ice cream later in the day~!   I better exercise extra hard this coming week, let me tell you!  

We took our daughter to the pet store and then to a hard store where she proceeded to have a "treasure hunt" by looking inside washing machines, lifting up toilets and all other sorts of things.  I let my husband decide the fate of the day since it is his special "dad's" day but he just wanted to spend time with us, his two girls.  So it's been a really nice, family and friend-fun kind of weekend around here.  We'll be visiting our own fathers and relatives in about two weeks.  So all in all, what more could I ask for?  How about great food?  I'm glad you asked....

Here's my meal plan for the coming days.  Simple works best for me during the week since I don't get home from work until around 5:30 p.m. most evenings.  However, having a plan and sticking to it (most of the time) sure does make my life easier during the hectic weekdays. 

Monday, June 20, 2011 - Leftover Man's Meat Pie ~ We didn't eat that much of this on Sunday since we stuffed ourselves with dessert all day long.  But hey, we can enjoy the break to start the workweek off right~! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - Spinach and Cheese Gnocchi with homemade butter bread

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 - Crabmeat Pasta Salad with sesame green beans

Thursday, June 23, 2011 - Leftovers or Breakfast for Dinner

Friday, June 24, 2011 - Barbecue Ham and Pineapple Pizza

Saturday, June 25, 2011 - Smoked Apple-BBQ Chicken - using the brand new smoker we purchased on Father's Day over the weekend!  Serve with baked beans and salad

Sunday, June 26, 2011 - Unstuffed Peppers Casserole with a side of corn and homemade butter bread.

This week I will try out this dessert that I meant to make weeks ago but never did.  It's a healthier alternative to traditional brownies and uses black beans in the recipe.  After all the sweets I've indulged in this past week, I need a better suggestion for the coming days.  Hopefully we'll like this one:

(1)  Black bean brownies with mint frosting

(2)  And I think perhaps, I'll make an easy fruit dip too for dipping our watermelon and grapes~ I'm going to use the healthy ricemellow in the place of marshmallow creme though! 

Yummy, I can't wait to eat dinner this week!  What will you be serving?


  1. Looks like a great week! I love mint and chocolate, so the brownie sounds great!

  2. Hey Mandy! I'm intrigued by the spinach gnocchi - recently learned the method using potatoes but the ricotta seems much less labor intensive. Thanks for sharing!

  3. ricemallow? eww! ;) kidding, but marshmallow can't be that bad - isn't it no fat?! :)