Saturday, October 30, 2010

Day Forty-nine

Dinner: Spinach salad (hard-boiled eggs; croutons made from the whole wheat bread I made a few days ago; steamed carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower; red pepper; chinese noodles, and avocado. Afterwards: grapes and prunes.

Day Forty-eight

Dinner: Turkey cheeseburgers (with green puree; recipe: Sneaky Chef) on whole wheat buns, steak fries, steamed carrots, and grapes.

Appetizer: Bean dip. This was for a party I was going to that night, and I served it with tortilla chips. The recipe made extra, so I kept that aside, and used it as a filling for quesadillas the next day, on whole wheat tortillas.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Day Forty-seven

Pumpkin muffins (recipe: Fix, Freeze, Feast). I ended up making four dozen, b/c I have to bring one and a half dozen to my daughter's school tomorrow, and also wanted to make some for a friend who just had a baby, and to bring to the Halloween party we went to this afternoon.

Dinner: I assembled turkey burgers this afternoon with the intention of cooking them when we got home from our afternoon out, but we ended up eating at the Halloween party, so they'll stay in the fridge for tomorrow's dinner. Score!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Day Forty-six

Sandwich bread: Whole wheat (bread machine). Another recipe from Sarah H., fellow domestic goddess.

Dinner: Teriyaki stir-fry over lo-mein noodles (chicken, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, and water chestnuts) and sliced pear.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day Forty-five

Dinner: Falafel in a whole wheat pita with baby spinach (thanks to Sarah H. for teaching me the tofu-in-falafel trick!), potato latkes with sour cream and homemade apple-pear sauce, and fresh cantaloupe. Somehow, vegetarian night became Middle-eastern night.

Day Forty-four

Dinner: White wine and cheese bread (recipe: Cooking Light). This bread smelled SO good while I was photographing it that I almost bit it. Technically the recipe calls for beer, which is how I usually make it, but someone (ahem, husband) drank the last beer the last time he BBQed, and I did not know this.

Dinner: Salsa chicken and black bean soup garnished with avocado, sour cream, and shredded cheddar (recipe: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow), grapes, and steamed carrots. This soup was incredible. Highly recommend it!

Vanilla yogurt

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Day Forty-three

No cooking today... leftovers for breakfast and lunch, and dinner at a friend's bday party. I'm planning the week's meals, though, so hopefully something interesting will be on the menu for tomorrow!

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day Forty-two

Dinner: Orzo salad, as assembled by my husband, and brought to a friend's Halloween party.

Day Forty-one

Dinner: Movie night, which means Pizza (from Sam's club- I cheated!) but we topped it with broccoli and turkey meatballs. This was supposed to be a vegetarian night, but someone (ahem, husband) "needed" meat.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Day Forty

Dinner: Vegetarian chili (red and white beans, spices, diced tomatoes, butternut squash puree, corn, some leftover rice, a splash of maple syrup) with sour cream and shredded cheddar cheese, whole wheat cornbread (cauliflower, zucchini, and corn purees; recipe: Sneaky Chef), spinach salad, and bananas.

Day Thirty-nine

Purees for the freezer: Butternut squash. This typically goes into pasta dishes, chili, etc.

Lunch: Annie's mac & cheese, baby spinach with ranch dip, and sliced apples. My girls were home sick w/colds, so I treated them to "boxed" mac & cheese. Sadly, they love it as much as the homemade kind. For it's ease, I do, too, but don't tell anyone. ;) Oh, and I had to make peas for my little one, b/c her spinach was "yuck."

Dinner: Hashbrown Casserole (crockpot; recipe: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow). This came out so well! I used spinach instead of the red peppers it called for, b/c I don't care for peppers in breakfast food, and steak fries instead of hash browns, b/c they are healthier, and it's what I had in my freezer, and Trader Joe's chicken apple sausage, b/c they are just about the only ones to make a poultry sausage and not put it in a pork casing).

Using up my basil plants before the next freeze: Pesto sauce. I think my recipe is from Cooking Light. I add everything but the cheese, then freeze in jars. Each jar is enough for one lb. of pasta.

Day Thirty-eight

Dinner: Chicken souvlaki (chicken and zucchini; recipe: Cooking Light), whole wheat parmesan couscous, and sliced pears.

Baking project with my younger daughter: Munchy oat bars (recipe: Annabel Karmel, from one of her kids' cooking books). These were supposed to come out as "bars," but we found them to be really sticky, so it was more like clumpy trail mix. But, really yummy. Next time we'll use a little less butter and sugar, and see how they do.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day Thirty-seven

Diner: Mushroom linguine (my mom got this for me somewhere) with alfredo sauce, turkey meatballs, green beans, and sliced pears.

Dessert: Chocolate pasta (also provided by my mom) with a white chocolate sauce that my husband made. This one was definitely an indulgence!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Day Thirty-six

Baking: Pumpkin muffins (whole wheat), mini-muffins, and "donuts" (mini bundt pan). Recipe: Fix, Freeze, Feast. Mini muffins go in the freezer for my daughter's school snack for during the week, and most of the larger muffins go in the freezer for weekday breakfasts.

Breakfast: Pumpkin muffin and sliced pear.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day Thirty-five

Breakfast: Breakfast risotto (crockpot; recipe: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow). Arborio rice, chopped apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and cranberries.

Dinner: Orzo salad, brought to a friend's house. Orzo, olive oil, sun dried tomatoes, fresh basil, Parmesan cheese.

Lunch: Scrambled eggs with cheese, toast, and watermelon.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Day Thirty-four

Dessert (I'm putting this first, b/c it's my favorite): Creme brule (crockpot; recipe: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow). This was SO easy and SO delicious. This woman who wrote this crockpot cookbook is a genius!!

Breakfast: Oatmeal with diced apples and cinnamon.

Dinner: Cheesy rice, bean, and zucchini burritos (whole grain wraps, jasmine rice, red and white kidney beans, shredded low-fat cheddar, and shredded zucchini. I intended to use black beans, but oddly we didn't have any), and watermelon.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Day Thirty-three

Dinner: Brown sugar chicken (crockpot; recipe: Make it Fast, Cook it Slow), over brown rice, with peas, and fresh watermelon. I'm sad to say that watermelon is officially out of season... this one was terrible, and will be the last one I buy until next year!

Day Thirty-two

Leftovers from the weekend. Woo hoo!

Day Thirty-one

Dinner: Turkey hot dogs, whole wheat rotini made into mac and cheese (with pureed cauliflower; recipe: Sneaky Chef), steamed edamame, and sliced apples. I will admit that this is the turkey hot dog that caused an adult tantrum. 'Nuff said.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Day Thirty

Breakfast: Blueberry oatmeal with a hint of maple syrup.

Dinner: London broil stew. I supplied the recipe to my husband, but don't eat meat, so my dinner was leftover chicken stroganoff from the other night.

The full dinner: The beef stew, asparagus, potatoes, carrots, onions, a ciabatta roll, and honeydew.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Day Twenty-nine

Breakfast: (whole wheat) Pumpkin cranberry scones
Breakfast: Pumpkin cranberry scones along w/cantaloupe.

Day Twenty-eight

Dinner: Chicken Stroganoff over egg noodles (crockpot), kale, and sliced pears. Kale was made by my mom, as we were at her house, and I only brought my crockpot. :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Day Twenty-seven

Leftovers from the week: YAHOO!!!

Day Twenty-six

Brinner (aka Breakfast for dinner): Whole wheat apple pancakes, spinach and cheese omelets, turkey sausage, cantaloupe, strawberry yogurt smoothies.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Day Twenty-five

Dinner: Quesadillas (whole wheat wraps, grilled chicken, shredded zucchini, black beans, and melted mozzarella), sliced strawberries, and steamed carrots.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Day Twenty-four

Five jars of yogurt, sitting in a water bath until they reach their desired firmness.

Pumpkin bread... one loaf for after dinner and tomorrow's breakfast, and the other for the freezer. (Recipe: Family Circle; modifications were whole wheat pastry flour substituted for white flour, and oats instead of nuts).

Dinner: Spaghetti squash parm. I'll be forever indebted to Danielle B. for introducing me to this meal. It's my older daughter's favorite.

Dinner: Spaghetti squash parm, salad, ciabatta rolls (leftover from yesterday), and an eggplant spread for the rolls. Thanks to Karen S. for the white eggplants!
After dinner: Sliced apples and pumpkin bread

Day Twenty-three

Dinner: Potato-Leek soup, melted cheese and roasted chicken on ciabatta rolls, green beans, strawberries, and grapes. I did not make the rolls. ;)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Day Twenty-two

Breakfast: Challah french toast, turkey sausage, and fruit salad.

Dinner: Orzo salad (orzo, fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, parm cheese).

Dinner: Orzo salad, BBQ chicken, steamed broccoli, sliced pears.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Day Twenty-one

Dinner: Roasted turkey with brown gravy, mashed potatoes, challah bread, and green beans. We threw this together quickly after an afternoon out... I can't take credit for roasted the turkey or anything!


Friday, October 1, 2010

Day Twenty

Dinner: Turkey sloppy joes (with pureed sweet potato; similar to a recipe from the Sneaky Chef), Whole wheat rolls (made these last wk for another meal, and froze the unbaked extras); Asian salad, corn on the cob, and honeydew.  Here's my version of the recipe.