Monday, January 28, 2013

Meal Plan Monday #34

Regular. Routine. Uneventful. Relaxing. Hopefully, that's what this week will be; although, I suspect that last one is too much to hope for!

Sunday: Chipotle Lime Salmon with Rice and Salad

Monday: Cornbread Dressing and Green Beans

Tuesday: Chef Salad

Wednesday: Pork and Sausage Jambalaya and Spinach Salad

Thursday: Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Friday: Date Night! Lib's Pick!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cajun-Style Jambalaya

I brought 6 pounds of smoked sausage back with me after Christmas. I have used two pounds so far. I made jambalaya for the first time in years. Darren and I both really enjoyed this. I used Conecuh sausage and boneless chicken breasts for the meat, but any smoked sausage, dark meat chicken, pork, duck, or crawfish could all be used.

I did all the prep work first, dicing vegetables, slicing sausage, and cutting chicken. I tossed the chicken in a mixture of salt, pepper, cayenne, and chipotle pepper to give it some kick. Then browned it in a mixture of butter and olive oil.
Then I browned the sausage and removed it from the pan.
Then I did the same with the vegetables. After cooking the veggies, I deglazed the pan with some chicken broth, brought it to a boil and added the rice. Then I stirred in the vegetables, layered the meats over the top, put on the lid, and placed the Dutch oven in the oven to bake for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, I removed it from the oven, stirred in the meats, recovered it, and returned it to the oven for an additional 10 minutes.
Then I removed it from the oven and let it stand for about 10 minutes, then fluffed it up and served it with a green salad.

This was also excellent reheated for lunch. We'll definitely be eating this again soon!

Snap Shot Saturday

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013

Meal Plan Monday #33

Hooray for 3 day weekends! Both Darren and I have the Monday holiday!

Sunday: Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya with Salad

Monday: Ribs with Broccoli Salad

Tuesday: Seared Tuna with Rice and Fruit Salad

Wednesday: Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Green Beans

Thursday: Fried Rice with Stir Fried Vegetables

Friday: Date Night! Dinner and a Show!

On Friday, we're going to see Hamlet at the Southwest Shakespeare Company.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Meal Plan Monday #32

Last week was exhausting for me, and I am looking forward to some more regularity in our schedules.

Sunday: Fish Tacos with Corn and Black Beans

Monday: Green Curry with Chicken and Rice Noodles

Tuesday: Baked Beans with Sweet Potato Fries and Cornbread

Wednesday: Spicy Chicken and Sausage Pasta

Thursday: Caesar Salad and TJ's Tarte

Friday: Date Night! Lib's Pick.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Meal Plan Monday #31

Things are very busy at school this week. We have parent conferences, and I have them starting at 7:35 each morning and lasting until 7:00 or after each evening. Dinners will be up to Darren or the crock pot.

Sunday: Grilled Pork Chops, Sweet Potatoes, and Creamy Broccoli Pasta (reduce the bacon to two slices and add chopped, cooked broccoli)

Monday: Tamales from La Tolteca

Tuesday: Red Beans and Rice with Conecuh Sausage

Wednesday: Darren's Fried Rice

Thursday: Chicken Quesadillas

Friday: Date Night! Darren's Pick!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013