Monday, December 14, 2015

Meal plan: pot roast, soup, veggie burgers

Monday: pot roast, pressure cooked in the instant pot while we were at the neighbor's cookie decorating party Sunday evening.
Tuesday: kale and cranberry bean soup (recipe from many moons ago!)
Wednesday: leftovers/freezer cleanout
Thursday: Dr. Praeger's veggie burgers on English muffins with balsamic-thyme roasted carrots
Friday: TBD/takeout. I've got a bao bao craving creeping up on me, but we'll see if there's room in the budget for takeout.

Weekend food recap, 2x toddler party edition!

Weekend recap! Saturday we had chicken wings, which Adam LOVED and Josie enjoyed and I thought were just ok. I overcooked them a bit, I think. Also Trader Joe's kale yogurt dip, which is their "reduced guilt" version of spinach artichoke that doesn't actually contain any spinach or artichoke. It's delicious.


Sunday we went to the neighbor's house for a cookie decorating party with a bunch of toddlers. It mostly turned into a cookie eating party, but not till we ate more delicious chicken wings and some Mexican lasagna casserole thingy that was really tasty.


Tonight we'll have pot roast that I pressure cooked in the instant pot yesterday, plus leftover hash from brunch. Oh! Right! We had friends over for brunch.


I made the cinnamon-toast French toast from the Smitten Kitchen cookbook (divine!) plus whipped cream, blueberries and maple syrup, and Adam made a hash of brussels sprouts, potatoes, and chicken sausage, which was really really excellent. Of course we also #putaneggonit. I didn't get any good photos of the food, but I couldn't believe how well the kids table thing actually worked. We put it in between the living and dining rooms, and the girls sat! and ate! long enough for the grownups to also sit and eat! Then they wandered around the room playing and there's some french toast in my rug but WHO CARES it was so fun.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Meal plan post: ragu, reubens, roasted tofu

Sunday: penne al ragu


Monday: rice and beans


Tuesday: Roasted tofu and delicata squash, sauteed spinach. That's what Adam and Josie had. I taught a class till 9, then got home and ate half of this, plus a large glass of wine: 


Wednesday: Reuben sandwiches - leftover stuff from the class I taught on Tuesday night, except on the anadama bread I made last week instead of rye, because #makeitwork. Also the end of the spinach, sauteed. Whoops, no picture!

Thursday: Leftover scrounge, rolled up into a burrito.

Friday: MIT Chemical Engineering Holiday Party! Catered by S&S deli, Josie ate a roll and gave Santa some serious side-eye.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

Meal plan: the week *after* Thanksgiving

So. much. turkey.

Sunday: gutton and turkey dumplings, cranberry soy dipping sauce

French Canadian meat spread with a hard-to-spell name (we pronounce it guh-tahn), plus chopped turkey, plus sauteed onion, garlic, ginger and mirin to deglaze the pan.

Monday: turkey soup! duh.

Tuesday: tex mex sweet potatoes with chopped turkey

Josie enjoys this meal, especially when I let her lick the sour cream spoon. Homegirl is DOWN with dairy.

Wednesday: I went out to a new Korean joint with some friends, Adam and Josie went next door and had chicken and sweet potatoes. Josie refused food due to excitement of neighbor's toys, ate a pouch and pounded some milk before a late bedtime. #winning

Thursday: MORE LEFTOVERS no I am not kidding. (But the last of them, I suspect)

I made these "potato puffs" based on a recipe on The Kitchn, but I veered wildly off script since... that's what I do. Mixed up the 2ish cups of leftover potatoes, the 1/2 cup of sweet potato and maybe 1 cup of stuffing with 3 beaten eggs and like 3/4 cup of cheddar, mini-muffined, and baked at 375 for about 25 minutes. We are still eating these, hoping to finish them tonight. Josie LOVES them, so that's a nice win.

Friday: Granny's bringing food for herself and the baby, Mommy and Papa are going out for dinner!