Monday, November 26, 2012

Meal Plan Monday #25

Thanksgiving is over and the turkey is eaten, and we are back to our regular schedule. Winter sports kick off at school this week, with soccer and basketball home games on Monday and Tuesday, so Darren will be cooking on his own on Tuesday.

Sunday: Broiled Salmon and Rice

Monday: Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

Tuesday: Ham Fried Rice

Wednesday: Baked Beans with Pulled Pork and Cornbread

Thursday: Chicken Quesadillas with Refried Beans

Friday: Date Night! Darren's Pick

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Sweet Potato Muffins

We had leftover sweet potatoes from Thanksgiving, so I made muffins with leftover sweet potato casserole for breakfast this morning. The muffins were excellent!

Here is the delicious sweet potato batter.
Here are the muffins!

YUM! Enjoy some muffins with your Thanksgiving leftovers!

Snap Shot Saturday


Monday, November 19, 2012

Meal Plan Monday #24

It's Thanksgiving Week! We are celebrating Thanksgiving with Darren's family. Everyone is assigned a dish. We are bringing sweet potato souffle, pecan pie, and pineapple upside down cake.

Sunday: Going to a play and out to dinner.

Monday: Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Guacamole

Tuesday: Ham Steak with Lima Beans and Cornbread

Wednesday: Black-eyed Peas and Cornbread


Friday: Leftovers

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope yours is wonderful!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Sangria Saturday: Open House

We are finally settled in our new house, and we are having friends over to enjoy the fabulous fall here in AZ. The weather is perfect most days! We are planning to have music, games, conversation, and good snacks!

On the savory side:
Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Meat and Cheese Plate
Crackers, Toast Points, Chips, etc.

On the sweet side:
Dipped Pretzels

On the refreshing side:
Pumpkin Ale
Iced Tea

Snap Shot Saturday

Baa, baa, black sheep...

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cheese Ravioli with Pancetta and Broccoli Cream Sauce

We made this pasta dish after making our version of the spicy sausage and chicken pasta over at Beyer Beware. Instead of sausage and chicken, we used pancetta and broccoli with cheese raviolis. It was great, and reheated very well.
Cook the pancetta to render the fat, then add the peppers and onions. A little butter or olive oil (or a mix) can be added if the pancetta is not rendering enough fat.

Cook the ravioli according to the package directions.
Once the onions and peppers are done, remove them from the pan and drain off most of the remaining grease. Deglaze the pan with broth and cook the broccoli in the broth.

When the broccoli is tender and bright green, add the half and half and spices and let the sauce thicken.
When the sauce is done, return the pancetta and pepper/onion mixture to the pan.
Stir it around to warm everything and them mix with the cooked pasta.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Meal Plan Monday #23

Sunday was Veterans Day. I am proud that my father and grandfather served our country. For all of the troubles we do have, our country is filled with brave men and women who work and have worked to keep us safe. Thanks to all of our Veterans!

Darren is lucky enough to observe the Veterans Day holiday with a day off work. He is going to make us some ribs on our new grill/smoker using our standard rib rub! We are super excited about it!

Sunday: Grilled Fish Tacos with Cabbage and Avocado

Monday: Smoked Ribs with Salad

Tuesday: Baked Beans with Hamburger and Sweet Potato Fries

Wednesday: Spinach Ricotta Pasta

Thursday: Ham Steak, Black-eyed Peas, and Cornbread

Friday: Date Night! Darren's Pick

Saturday: Sangria Saturday!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Spicy Chicken and Sausage Pasta

We very slightly modified this recipe from Beyer Beware. The only real change I made for my version was to use a mixture of ground spices instead of a store-bought cajun blend. This pasta was delicious!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Meal Plan Monday #22

As far as I know, neither of us has any after work commitments this week, so we can eat whatever we choose every night without worrying about time as much.

Sunday: Chipotle-Lime Glazed Salmon with Roasted Potatoes

Monday: Seared Steaks and Broccoli Cheese Casserole

Tuesday: Three Cheese Chicken Alfredo Bake

Wednesday: Oven Sandwiches and Salad

Thursday: Chicken Quesadillas with Black Beans and Guacamole

Friday: Date Night! Lib's Pick!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Broiled Sandwiches

I have been eating some variation of these sandwiches for as long as I can remember, but last spring I had them at a friend's house, and her family uses pepperoni and salami in them and tops them with sliced avocado, which makes them extra delicious.