Well I got my first cold of the school year this week. I have been doing quite a bit of sleeping the last few days…and not a lot of cooking.
I’m hoping the weekend will bring a quick recovery because next week is going to be crazy. I coach girls’ volleyball with a colleague of mine and we are starting our practices next week. Now those of you who know me may laugh at this idea….Melissa coaching a sport? Impossible! But I remind you of the old adage…those who can’t, teach. This is a prime example of that.
So this week’s plan has a few holes in it because we know we won’t be home some nights for dinner. It makes the planning and grocery shopping even easier.
This is what our week looks like:
Butternut squash Mac and Cheese
Birthday Dinner for Mike (Happy Birthday Friend!)
Chicken Noodle Soup
Frozen Pizza a la Andrew
- 3 cups cubed peeled butternut squash
- 3 boxes of chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups fat-free milk
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbsp plain fat-free Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 cup shredded cheese (the recipe calls for Guyrere, but I will most likely use whatever I have on hand)
- 1 cup grated pecorino Romano cheese
- 1 box (1 lb) uncooked elbow noodles
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- Fresh parsley
- 1 large onion
- 5 carrots
- 3 ribs celery
- sliced mushrooms (I am going to use canned mushrooms)
- bay leaf
- egg noodles
- chicken breasts of thighs
- 1 lb. ground pork
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- soy sauce
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ Tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
- fresh ginger
- 2 Tbsp corn starch
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 2½ cups dry jasmine rice
- green onions
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
Kathy and I spent some time last weekend picking the garden clean. There were so many veggies! And I am sure there are still some more that we could get this weekend…as long as they didn’t freeze. If I have time, I may go check it out.
The garden was overflowing this year, but the one thing that did not grow well was butternut squash. The plant looked so promising…it had spread across most of the back garden and there were quite a few blossoms on the plant. But last weekend we only found 5 butternut squash on the vine. Next year that plant needs to be in the front garden where there is more sun and heat.
But I will work with what I have. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it looked delicious. So I am going to give it a whirl.
Maybe because I am feeling sick or maybe because fall is creeping in….I just wanted soup this week. Who does not love chicken noodle soup? I hope this one is a keeper recipe! I have other chicken noodle soup recipes that I have used in the past, but this one just looked so warm and yummy and easy. Seems like a good combination.
I’m going to be at school late on Thursday, so I figure I will let Andrew do what he does best: frozen pizza.
Friday after volleyball practice and groceries I am going to attempt to make this recipe. Don’t be shocked if it doesn’t happen….
My friend Colin introduced me to Budget Bytes in the last few weeks and I have been trolling the site for recipes that I could try. He also gave me a recipe for lentil tacos….which I want to try but am worried about Andrew’s reaction. How can I sneak that into our rotation? Colin assures me that it is a big hit with his family…some of who are big meat and potatoes people. So that gives me hope. Watch for that recipe in the coming weeks.