Weekly Menu 12/9–12/13

It’s that time of year…. time to cook like crazy.  The weather is chilly, the house is decorated, people are coming and going.  The best thing to do is put your kitchen to work with some meals to cozy up to.

Monday – Boursin Mac and Cheese with Chopped Kale (I’m making this one up as I go.  I’ll post the recipe if it comes out OK.)

Boursin® Cheese - Garlic & Fine Herbs

Tuesday – Roasted Chicken with Smashed Potatoes and Roasted Beets

Perfect Roast Chicken Recipe

Wednesday – Crock Pot Cheeseburger Soup (I WILL NOT use Velveeta!  Shredded Cheddar only!)

It's a cheeseburger in a bowl!  This slow cooker cheeseburger soup is sure to please the entire family! #recipe #soup

Thursday – Pork Milanese with Lemon Caper Sauce and Risotto

Picture of Pork Milanese Recipe

Friday – Shrimp n Grits (The Deen Brothers have the best recipe!)

Shrimp ’n’ Grits recipe

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Weekly Menu 12/2–12/6

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Time to gear up for Christmas!  Here is a hearty and satisfying menu for a week full of decorating and shopping!

Monday – Grilled Cheese and Tomato Basil Soup

(Image from Food Network)

Tuesday – Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish

Picture of Classic Chicken and Wild Rice Hotdish Recipe

Wednesday – Turkey Meatball Stroganoff in the Slow Cooker

Turkey Meatball Stroganoff

Thursday – Pulled Pork Nachos

Pulled Pork Nachos

Friday – Fig and Prosciutto Pizza

Weekly Menu 11/18–11/22

This week, I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest.  There are so many talented cooks out there and so many creative recipes.  Several inspired me and with some tweaks, I will be giving them a try this week.

Monday – Pumpkin Alfredo with Bacon (I don’t really like Mac n Cheese so I’m making an Alfredo sauce with pumpkin, but this photo inspired me.  I’ll post my recipe after it is family approved!)

Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese with Bacon

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Apple and Brussel Sprout Salad (I plan to cook my Brussel sprouts first.)

Wednesday – Root Beer Pulled Pork and Southern Green Beans (pork in the Crock Pot!)

Quick Southern Green Beans

Thursday – Taco Pockets (My kids like tacos so much, I feel like I serve them once a week!  I have got to come up with some inventive ways to eat tacos!)

(image from Pillsbury)

Friday – Shrimp Wonton Cups

Weekly Menu 11/18–11/22

This week, I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest.  There are so many talented cooks out there and so many creative recipes.  Several inspired me and with some tweaks, I will be giving them a try this week.

Monday – Pumpkin Alfredo with Bacon (I don’t really like Mac n Cheese so I’m making an Alfredo sauce with pumpkin, but this photo inspired me.  I’ll post my recipe after it is family approved!)

Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese with Bacon

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Apple and Brussel Sprout Salad (I plan to cook my Brussel sprouts first.)

Wednesday – Root Beer Pulled Pork and Southern Green Beans (pork in the Crock Pot!)

Quick Southern Green Beans

Thursday – Taco Pockets (My kids like tacos so much, I feel like I serve them once a week!  I have got to come up with some inventive ways to eat tacos!)

(image from Pillsbury)

Friday – Shrimp Wonton Cups

Weekly Menu 11/18–11/22

This week, I found lots of inspiration on Pinterest.  There are so many talented cooks out there and so many creative recipes.  Several inspired me and with some tweaks, I will be giving them a try this week.

Monday – Pumpkin Alfredo with Bacon (I don’t really like Mac n Cheese so I’m making an Alfredo sauce with pumpkin, but this photo inspired me.  I’ll post my recipe after it is family approved!)

Pumpkin Mac n' Cheese with Bacon

Tuesday – Baked Chicken with Apple and Brussel Sprout Salad (I plan to cook my Brussel sprouts first.)

Wednesday – Root Beer Pulled Pork and Southern Green Beans (pork in the Crock Pot!)

Quick Southern Green Beans

Thursday – Taco Pockets (My kids like tacos so much, I feel like I serve them once a week!  I have got to come up with some inventive ways to eat tacos!)

(image from Pillsbury)

Friday – Shrimp Wonton Cups

Weekly Menu 11/11–11/15

Happy Veterans Day and thank you to all who have served!

It is cooling down in the Carolinas!  The high is 45 this week.  Eeeek!  But the menu is sure to warm even the coldest fingers and toes!

Monday – Broccoli and Bacon Quiche (recipe coming soon!)

image via Google search

Tuesday – Stuffed Acorn Squash (I’m going to add a little chopped kale to this.)

Wednesday – Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken

Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken with Couscous

Thursday – Meaty Lasagna and Tossed Salad

image via Google search

Friday – Braised Short Ribs and Sautéed Kale

Slow Cooker Chicken with Apples

There is absolutely no way to make slow cooked meals look good in pictures so I’m sorry for the lack of good pictures.  I tried.  Really, I did.

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This is a wonderful fall meal.  It has all the flavors of the season.  It has been kid tested and approved, too.  My neighbors made it the other night and I got a thumbs up from the whole family.  (Thanks, Bob and Melora!)

1 pkg. chicken thighs with skinIMG_5926

1 C apple juice

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

 

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1 Tbsp Dijon mustard

1/3 C packed brown sugar

1 onion, sliced

2 apples, cut into slices or IMG_5923chunks

 

 

 

Season chicken with salt and pepper.  Brown them on both sides.  Place in slow cooker with skin side up.  Sprinkle each thigh with a little of the brown sugar.  IMG_5920

Mix together the apple juice, cider vinegar and mustard.  Pour around the chicken.

Arrange the onion and apples around the chicken.  Sprinkle the rest of the brown sugar over the entire dish.

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Cook on low for 6 hours.

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I suggest serving over brown rice or quinoa just for a little nutty flavor.  Also, a couple sprigs of thyme arranged on top of the whole mixture in the crockpot would add a hint of flavor.  I didn’t do it this time but I will next time.

Weekly Menu 9/16–9/20

As you are reading this I am on my way home from a wonderful visit with my family.  We all flew up to Maine to celebrate my mother’s birthday which is actually today!  Happy Birthday, Mom!

 

Monday – Pizza!  We will go out for this.  I haven’t been home to do any shopping so the fridge is bare!

Tuesday – Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

 

Wednesday – Pasta with Proscuitto, Tomato and Olive

// Prosciutto, tomato, and olive spaghetti

Thursday – Stuffed Peppers (a DC original!)

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Friday – Shrimp Pad Thai

pad thai noodles with shrimp

Weekly Menu 9/9–9/13

I feel like Fall is in full swing.  Football is on, evenings are cool(er), and leaves are beginning to change.  I am pulling out the fall decorations and giving the house a little lift.  I want my menu to reflect that, too. 

Monday – Pasta Primavera – this version is full of squash – zucchini, yellow and butternut all make an appearance.

Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff

Wednesday – Brown Sugar Chicken with Apples in the Crock Pot – chicken thighs with a brown sugar and Dijon mustard rub slow cooked with apples in apple juice.

Thursday – Cheese Ravioli in Sage Butter – so easy it hurts.  Make Buitoni cheese raviolis according to the package.  Melt butter in a pan then add 10 fresh sage leaves that have been chopped.  Pour the butter over the cooked ravioli and sprinkle with parmesan.

Friday – It’s another baseball day so there will be dinner on the go.  Probably sandwiches. 

Weekly Menu 8/26–8/30

Today is the most gorgeous Carolina day!  Clear blue sky, perfect temperature, no humidity!  I am so content.  I’m cooking up some of my favorites to celebrate the weather.

Monday – Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells

Tuesday – White Chicken Chili Tacos (chicken tacos with white beans and cilantro)

Wednesday – Pasta Bolognese

Thursday – Corn Flake Chicken with Sugar Snap Peas

Friday – Grilled Shrimp and Corn with Cucumber Salad