It’s the first day of school! My house is quiet (and messy)! I’ll be able to get a few things done! Yippee! But I’m also a bit sad – my youngest started Kindergarten today. She’s so grown up! And my other one barely said goodbye this morning. He just jumped out of the car and headed to class. They don’t seem to need me as much anymore. Boo hoo! So I always remind them that if I wasn’t around there just wouldn’t be any good food to eat! And the house would be a mess. And there wouldn’t be fantastic decorating. And no clean clothes. Or shopping. I could go on. But they seem to get the point…. sometimes.
This week is meant for yummy suppers with a hint of fall comfort. I loooove fall and nothing signals fall like the first day of school!
Monday – Spinach Grilled Cheese with Tomato Basil Soup (there’s that Meatless Monday again!)
I have decided that my family needs more vegetables. This is not a new realization, its just the first time I’m going to do something about it. I am prepared for the meltdowns at the dinner table and the whining about how disgusting green foods are. But I will be strong!
Monday – Meatless Monday with Vegetable Lasagne – layers of veggies create the noodles and lots of gooey cheese!
Tuesday – Broiled Fish with Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce – I had dinner at a fancy pants restaurant on Friday and got something similar. This will be my attempt to recreate it. The kids will have homemade fish sticks.
Wednesday – Italian Pasta Salad with Sopressata
Thursday – Pretzel Crusted Chicken with Apple Spinach Salad
Friday – My son has a book club meeting so we will all go out to dinner after. My guess I pizza. Ugh! I swear that I need a pizza oven in my kitchen!!
I am still being sneaky with my kiddos this week. Yummy foods but healthier and good for the whole family, not just the children. We are broadening our horizons and trying new things! Good bye, chicken nuggets! Good bye, hotdogs for dinner! I’m one happy momma!
Monday – Chicken Caesar Sandwiches – Ciabbata bread spread with Caesar dressing and topped with roasted chicken and lettuce.
Tuesday – Herbed Honey Chicken with garlicky green beans – a twist on this recipe.
Wednesday – Grilled Cheese with Spinach – I watched Giada make this one and thought that it was brilliant!! I will serve it with gazpacho.
Thursday – Slow Cooker Beef and Mashed Potatoes – while in Williams-Sonoma yesterday I saw their new braising sauces and had to pick one up. I grabbed the caramelized onion and balsamic sauce. Yum!!
Friday – Grilled Tuna with mango salsa – I’ll make it into a taco for the kiddos.
It is the last full week of July. Time flies while you are having fun! And the kiddos and I are on a quest to broaden their palate, so to speak. Well, its really my quest, but they are the target. So, these are all pretty kid friendly. I’m hoping they actually eat this week and don’t starve themselves! I have some pretty picky eaters.
Monday – Tuna Noodle Casserole – based on the Campbell’s version, but healthier and made creamy with Greek yogurt and “healthified” with cauliflower puree instead of so much condensed soup.
Tuesday – Chicken Fajitas – since we love tacos so much I thought I’d try this!
Wednesday – Pasta Bolognese – This one is a favorite so I know they’ll eat at least once!
Wow, it feels good to be back! We are getting settled in at Chateau Charmant and it feels like home!!! I am getting back in the kitchen and doing some real cooking. I have all of my kitchen gadgets and utensils back. It feels so wonderful!
Monday – Herb Crusted Sirloin with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus
Tuesday – Italian Meatballs with Marinara Sauce
Wednesday – Tacos! (It is the princess’s birthday and tacos are her favorite.)