Friday, September 20, 2013

Kitchen Comfort & Menu

   How long does it take to get settled into a new house? We've been here a month, painted 3 rooms, and there are still boxes everywhere that need to be unpacked. Half of my shoes are STILL in boxes! I understand that it's going to take a while, especially with having a newborn, but can someone just come and do it for me? One thing that is very homey to me though, is my kitchen. With it being completely unpacked, I'm able to get back in my comfort zone of cooking our meals instead of having to eat out.

   I'm a meal planner, if I wasn't it would be a hectic mess around here. This helps me to be organized and makes my life more simple. Not only that, but it ensures that my family is fed proper nutritious meals. I typically plan out 1-2 weeks worth of dinner meals at a time. I get most of the ingredients needed at my first grocery trip, but I don't like risking my fresh fruits & veggies going bad before I make a recipe.

   Below is our dinner menu for the next week and a half, not in order.

Thai Honey Peanut Chicken, Lo Mein
Crockpot Chicken Tacos
My Complete Pot Roast
Pork Mango Picadillo, White Rice & Homemade Tortillas
Pesce in Acqua Pezza, Broiled Cabbage & Cheesy Garlic Biscuits
Tripolini Amatricina & Bruschetta
Crab Cakes, Parmesan Zucchini & Salad
**Shrimp Enchiladas with Jalapeno Cream Sauce, Mexican Rice**- Recipe coming!
Spaghetti Bolognese
(Hubby's Grilling) Steak, Corn on the Cob, Sweet Potatoes
Hubby is also cooking something with his new smoker...perhaps ribs?


   I also took a day to make some breakfast items to store in the freezer for quick & easy access. It has made our weekday mornings much easier! Next I'm going to try out some freezer friendly lunch ideas for myself since I'm now back to being a stay at home mom.

Waffles
Pumpkin Muffins
Breakfast Burritos
Smoothie Packs
Banana Bread

The freezer cooking has proved to be well worth. I'm already making my list of freezer items to make next as well as new ideas for packing my daughter's school lunch. She's hooked to pizza lunchables but I'm so over them.   

If you've never tried freezer cooking & would like to, check out www.onceamonthmom.com. She has a ton of recipes and ideas. You can seriously freeze just about anything...lol!

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