Friday, March 30, 2012

Menu Friday

Whew, it's been a very busy week, so I'm glad it's Friday.

Before I begin, a special shoutout to my cousin, LeAnn, who is getting married in Shreveport this weekend! I'm so sad we can't make it, but I'm excited to see pictures! You're going to be a beautiful bride.

Brandon got home and was so tired {as I knew he would be} and he needed a good, home-cooked, feel-good meal. So, Baked Ziti, a salad and sourdough bread it was.

Unfortunately, neither Wal-Mart nor Tom Thumb sold whole-wheat Ziti pasta, so I opted for whole-wheat penne, instead. I refuse to buy non-wheat pasta. Gross.

This was very yummy and really made a lot. I think we'll be eating on this tonight, actually!


This did take a while {just a lot of different steps and I most likely will not make this on a weeknight it for the weekends}, but it was well worth it. It was very creamy and was hard to believe that it was a "skinny" meal! Again, this did make a lot. I ate it at lunch for two days.

Modifications: I used whole-wheat Ronzoni Smart Taste egg noodles, and I skipped the step of sauteeing the broccoli. I just bought the steam-in-bag broccoli florets, zapped them in the microwave and mixed them in. It tasted just fine.

Mexican Bowls

I used this recipe as a "guide," but really, this was kind of a throw-together, use-what-you-have meal.

Modifications: I used ground turkey {I always try to substitute it where I can} and brown rice. I also added in a bit of lime juice and ground cumin to the black beans for a tasty kick. On our bowls, we used: ground turkey, black beans, brown rice, pico de gallo, salsa, sour cream and cheese.

Leftovers, per usual.

This is one of our favorite meals: The Pioneer Woman's Pasta with Tomato-Blue Cheese Sauce and a salad.

It is so easy and very yummy. I used to hate spinach as a little girl, and I now love it. Same goes for blue cheese. I could eat it right out of the carton, if my husband let me. I don't make any modifications to this recipe.

We're going to have a "free-for-all" tonight where I'll open the fridge and we just mix and match and eat what we want. Then, we're going over to our little area's country club for a drink and some much-needed conversation after this long week.

My house is an absolute wreck, or "lived in," I guess you could say, so my plans this weeked are to clean up, do some laundry, go on my usual walk with Jessica and perhaps see The Hunger Games with Brandon. And of course, church.

I'm ready for a relaxing weekend. We both need it!!!

Happy Friday.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the shout-out, lady! We missed you! Many pics to come...


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