Mom….I’ll Make Dinner Tonight!

Apparently, many of you still would like to see this weekly posting about what I prepare for our meals so I will continue writing these. However, I cannot promise they will be as exciting come summer time since I would much rather be outside than in my kitchen cooking. That being said, with the way we now eat, I will still have to be in the kitchen somewhat everyday and would be happy to share what I come up with to eat with all of you.

Anyhow,  it’s been an exciting week for us all here. So much happened on all angles of life that the week flew by. Stressful but all good at the same time. Everyone in my family is finally happier and then I got my bonus for the week when my son announced to me that he wanted to prepare dinner one evening. I was all for it. I had mentioned to him I wanted to try making my own butter chicken and he took this suggestion and ran with it. It turned out really good and surprisingly enough even my husband liked it….since he is not a big fan of this type of food.

Here is what meals were at our house this week:

Saturday: homemade salmon patties…one on toast and one in a spinach wrap, with dill yogurt sauce, and potato leek soup (meatless technically, but it was fish)

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Sunday: grilled chicken brats, basil dill coleslaw, and perogies

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Monday: butter chicken, broccoli, and bulgar with a side of grilled naan

***You may ask why not on rice as its traditionally served. We have been doing our best not to eat rice since this is a high inflammatory food that seems to be a big trigger food for me. So we have been trying other grains and bulgar is one of our favorites.

***Also, I cannot take credit for this meal since our son prepared this for us for dinner tonight. He is quite the cook when he has the time which makes his mom pretty darn proud.

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Tuesday: cheese tortellini with veggie marinara sauce and grilled flat bread (meatless)

Wednesday: chicken and homemade mac and cheese

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Thursday: pepperoni pizza quesadillas
We changed plans quickly due to some family logistics and had to celebrate a birthday dinner a week early so our son could join us. Sushi is what my hubby (the birthday boy) chose for his birthday dinner. IMG_9812

Friday: out

Food prep for the upcoming week looked a bit like this. I finally made my own spicy black bean burgers. We have yet to eat them but if they taste good I will share my recipe with you all in an upcoming post. If they are a failure, then back to the lab (my kitchen) it is to try again.

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I also prepared some roasted veggies, quinoa, and an asian type sauce to drizzle over this for my lunches.

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And the usual pre chopped veggies and hard boiled eggs were also prepared in advance for the upcoming week.

 

What I Am Loving Lately

What a week it has been. It’s finally Friday which makes it the perfect time to tell you about a few things I have been loving lately.

Leaves on the trees are starting to emerge everywhere. It’s been so long since we have seen green grass and leaves that it makes me giddy just to image that soon we will be playing under our big shade tree.

Muffins in a cup. I came across these while grocery shopping recently and they were on sale for $1 each.

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You just add water, stir, and microwave for a minute or so. How cool is that? Perfect for a single serving dessert craving or in my case a youngster to do by themselves when they are dying to cook and you simply don’t have time.

Farm fresh eggs. We have been offered the opportunity to get farm fresh eggs on a weekly basis from one of my husbands co workers. When he told me this, I was excited. We regularly purchase 4 dozen eggs a week. To get them straight from the farm for less than store bought eggs is terrific.

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Lightweight option for camp towels. Did you know that a cheaper version of a fast drying, lightweight camp towel can be found at your local discount store? You can go to the automotive department and purchase a microfiber towel for under $10 that will do everything your bath towel does but takes up a lot less space in your backpack. IMG_0767

You can use these as your bath or beach towel. You can dry the dew off your tent in the morning before packing it up. You can also roll it up and stuff it in your boots/shoes for a few hours and it will suck up the moisture from a rainy hike. These are much cheaper than actual camp towels and so much more practical than a normal everyday bath towel.

Book: A Blistered Kind of Love by Angela and Duffy Ballard As you all know I have been sitting for quite awhile. To pass my time I have been reading a lot and found this book to be very humorous. It’s about a couple that has decided to test their relationship by hiking the PCT together. If you like hiking and are looking for a good laugh, I highly recommend reading this one.

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Dawn infused paper towels and hand wipes. It’s no secret I am a germaphobe. I am not obsessed to the point that I cannot function in society but I do need to feel clean. That being said, the thing I miss the most when we camp or hike is being able to wash my hands at certain times. It’s at this time of year we stock up on packaged wipes to have in our car/truck, my backpack, our camp supply box, and so on. This year we came across these new Dawn infused paper towels in a trial pack. There are 6 towels per pack and when I saw them for $1 each I grabbed a few. These will be perfect for wiping down dirty picnic tables, washing cooking pots/dishes at the campsite, and for wiping down things in hotel rooms. (In case you are laughing at me about wiping down a picnic table, let me explain. I once saw a parent change their child’s dirty diaper on a park picnic table and literally walk away for the next family to enjoy a picnic on. So yes, I do wipe down every picnic table I eat on!) All we will have to do is add a little water from our water bottles and cleanliness will be easily achieved.

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What have you been loving lately?