Monday, December 9, 2013

Some Meals to Add to Your Weekly Menu

 My brother and sister-in-law should write a book on how to be awesome hosts. They're the same people who always fed us so well in Monterey and spending Thanksgiving with them in Indiana was just as blissful. There was so much good food, I rolled out of South Bend with a happy heart and a vow to never eat again.

I love visiting family because I always get ideas of new foods to add to my weekly menu. I'm hoping to make these dishes a part of my daily life.

Because I'm super lazy, I asked Steph for the recipes and I just copied and pasted whatever she wrote, emoticons and all (love ya, Steph!) I figured that way you'd get the true essence of how we roll in our family. So, in her own words...

Oatmeal and Quinoa Breakfast Bowl
Breakfast was just oatmeal, quinoa with milk, cinnamon, and a little maple syrup. Bananas and walnuts.

Chicken Curry Over Brown Basmati Rice
The curry was made with a simmering sauce I got at the supermarket. Because I'm fancy like that. I baked and then chopped up some chicken, boiled some carrots, chopped up a ton of cilantro, and then mixed it all together with the simmer sauce until I couldn't stand it anymore. I like it with rice ... because I couldn't get my hands on any naan :)

Apple and Bacon Belgian Waffles
From the Williams-Sonoma Baby Food Cookbook
(can't post it on here for copyright reasons)

Stuffed Acorn Squash
I halved two acorn squash, scooped out the guts, rubbed them with some olive oil and salt and pepper and then roasted them, flesh side down, for about 30 minutes at 400.  For the filling I cooked some tuscan pork sausage, and then sautéed onion and garlic.  Red pepper flakes, lots of parsley.  I combined that with some wild rice.

Spinach and Bacon Quiche
 I whisked up seven eggs and put in a splash of milk and a little bit of salt/pepper.  Caramelized some yellow onion, cooked up and chopped some bacon, and chopped a whole lot of spinach, and then combined them in the pan for a little bit. Spread the mixture in a baking dish (one with a crust and one without) then pour the egg mixture over.  Oh, and there was cheese.  Swiss, I think :) 

Pioneer Woman's Loaded Nachos 
Sean made them and they were the best nachos I've ever had. Again, can't post the recipe on here because of copyright reasons, but I promise you they will not disappoint.

What's on your weekly menu?

photos by moi


  1. Yum! I want to make that last one tonight!

  2. I'd love a spot of chicken curry now, please;-)

  3. YUM–these look delicious! We have pesto on Monday night, potato tacos come Tuesday, and then throw in two more of our favorite veggie dinner in on Wednesday and Thursday–butternut squash risotto, gnocchi, Spanish tortilla, curried chickpeas, stewed sweet potatoes–before our Friday night feast, but I can't wait to incorporate a few of these into our Wednesday/Thursday rotation!

  4. i did to try those PW nachos! i spy avacados and love anything with avacados!

  5. mmm i want it all! i made a crust-less quiche for later this week that im excited to eat.

  6. Yes! I needed this. I have been plum out of ideas lately. I am not a big recipe person (I like to experiment with what I have), so I appreciate your recipe-sharing method. :)

  7. What sauce did you use? That looks delicious!

  8. I'm so hungry looking at all of this awesomeness.

  9. That food looks amazing! Those photos are great.


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