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

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 11/11–11/15

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!)

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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

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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 7/29–8/2

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!!

Williams-Sonoma Braising Sauce, Artichoke & Roasted Garlic

Friday – Grilled Tuna with mango salsa – I’ll make it into a taco for the kiddos.