14 Days of Dinner

I’m struggling this cycle for dinners.  I am really in need of new meal ideas even though I tried at least three new recipes in the last two weeks that were winners.

Unfortunately, I have a tendency to bring out winners too frequently which, of course, turns them into losers.

I asked for input on this menu, but no one offered a thing.

Well, that is not true. I had one request for chocolate chip cookie bars. (BORING)

I looked through an entire year’s worth of Everyday Food and a new cookbook from the library and still struggled to gather 11 recipes!

The hubby works on Monday nights, so the kids and I usually do something he doesn’t dig. This could be brinner (breakfast for dinner) or Jimmy John’s like tonight. YUM!

So, here is what we’ll I’ll be cooking over the course of the next 14 13 days:

  1. tacos and refried beans (for my birthday dinner with family)
  2. pork tenderloin (new, this got pushed from last time) (Mommy missing night)
  3. chicken and wild rice soup
  4. beef stroganoff (this got pushed too!)
  5. pork chops with pineapple (new, from Everyday Food June 2010, couldn’t find it on website)
  6. cheese steaks (new, from Everyday Food June 2010, couldn’t find it on the website)
  7. chicken with couscous and orange (new)
  8. one pot chicken with brown rice (new, Mommy missing night)
  9. loose meat sandwiches with homemade french fries
  10. lime steak fajitas (new last time and a REAL winner!)
  11. baked meatballs in au jus

A dessert on the try list includes lemon poppyseed cookies (Everyday Food, June 2010) which may make an end of the cycle appearance after the birthday cake highs wear off.

I have been thinking about the gooey, sweetness of my favorite coconut pecan frosting for days now in preparation of my birthday. I cannot wait!


14 Days of Dinner

I am a day late on my 14 Days of Dinner because I don’t have time to grocery shop on Mondays now that it is a teaching day for me.

Tonight, I threw together some of my yummy pancake crepes and served them with some of the apple pie filling I canned this fall.

Here’s what I’ll be making over the course of the next two weeks in no particular order (2 days are left out for restaurants):

White Chicken Chili from Annie’s Eats (If I called this white bean chicken chili, no one in my house would eat it but me.)

Lasagna (For one of the nights I’m teaching and the hubby must wrangle and feed our children alone all night.)

Pork Chop and Apple Grille

Homemade pizza with this fabulous crust

Beef Stroganoff (quick recipe)

Meatball Sandwiches from the Pioneer Woman

Hamburger Soup

Sloppy Jacks

Pork Tenderloin (for the other night I’m teaching) (NEW recipe)

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Green Beans from Everyday Food January/February 2011 (not online yet) (NEW recipe)

Parmesan Chicken from Everyday Food January/February 2011 (not online yet) (NEW recipe)

Lime Chicken Fajitas (made with steak) from Dana at MADE (NEW recipe)

I’m looking forward to sharing some yummy guacamole with my girl who eats it by the spoonful!

What are you cooking this week?

I need some new desserts that pack a little lighter caloric punch…anyone got ideas?



14 Days of Dinner

Along with revolutionizing my chore productivity this week, I started organizing my dinner entrées in a way which then drives my grocery list.

Duh, I know.

Sometimes the obvious eludes me.

This has greatly reduced my stress on at least 3 days of the week when I still have absolutely no idea what I am going to cook at 3:30 pm. This presents a problem when you don’t keep processed food in your house and don’t have a microwave.

Since we go out to eat about once a week, I made a list of 11 dinners so I had one “seat of my pants” dinners. (This turned out to be spaghetti.) Our dinner list was this:

  1. Swedish meatballs with egg noodles and peas
  2. sloppy jacks, corn and chips
  3. white chicken chili with cornbread
  4. San Francisco pork chops
  5. hamburger soup with ciabatta rolls
  6. pork chop and apple grille
  7. beef enchiladas
  8. sticky chicken, peas and rice
  9. taco pasta shells
  10. chicken corn chowder
  11. beef stew

Everyday, I simply look over the list and decide what I want to make. If I’m ambitious, I take out meat for a few days. Then, I cross whatever I made off the list!

So easy! I love it!

I used the list to grocery shop, only buying what I needed. How easy is that?! I loved that! Normally, I work off a list of staples and then see what is on sale or what I’m in the mood for. This was so easy!

I’m loving this new organization!

On a side note, I promised a scarf picture last time…here it is. I’m really happy how it turned out.