Friday, April 6, 2012

Menu Friday

Happy Friday! 

I took the day off today, and I'm loving getting to lounge around in my jammies and sipping coffee. My client's office is closed today in observance of Good Friday, and tomorrow is my birthday, so I thought, "Eh, why not use one of those PTO days?" 

And even though I was up at 7:45 a.m. because Brandon had to work, I can't complain because as part of my birthday gift, I'm getting an hour and a half massage today! I love my husband. 

Anyway, moving on to Menu Friday. 


This was my favorite meal of the week. Shrimp and grits is such a Southern staple, but I like mine loaded with butter and cheese. {The bad-for-you way, obviously.}

A little side story here: before my Dad remarried my Mom, he would make my breakfast, sit me at the kitchen table, and go take a shower. Usually I'd eat Lucky Charms {and if I was lucky he'd let me only eat the marshmallows...ha!} and a box of Hershey's chocolate milk. But one morning, he decided to make me instant grits. He doctored them with butter, sugar and brown sugar and sat it down in front of me. And being the little brat I was, I refused to eat it. I remember crying and absolutely refusing to eat. And I'm 99 percent certain I got a spanking. So, that's what I used to think of when I thought of grits. 

But then my tastes changed and I could honestly eat shrimp and grits every. single. day. 

Modifications: I added a bit of sour cream to mine {because I like mine loaded} and I grated my own cheddar cheese. Trust me, take the extra few minutes to grate your own cheese. It's worth it. 


This was very easy and yummy! I actually thought it would take a while, but it was honestly just mixing and baking. 

Modifications: I used the cheese it called for, but added in a bit of Provolone cheese {it was a "clean out the cheese drawer" dish}. 


I know it's awful, but I couldn't decide if I liked this or not. Brandon, on the other hand? Loved it. And it made me sad because I love goat cheese. 

It was not a difficult dish, but it did take a long time. I would save this for a Sunday night because there were so many steps; we didn't eat until almost 8 p.m. 

We actually switched it up and ate leftovers! Daring...

Creamy Caprese Pasta and a salad 

This is a staple in our house and really is easy. The Mozzarella cheese makes it so creamy, and I love anything with basil and tomatoes. 

Modifications: I use whole-wheat pasta, and I also halve all of the grape tomatoes. 


Crock Pot meals -- especially this time of the year as it gets warmer -- are my favorite. You literally throw a jar of salsa, a packet of taco seasoning and three chicken breasts in the Crock Pot and let them sit on low all day. Come home, mix together and you're ready to eat your tacos! 

Modifications: I use La Tortilla Factory's Fiber & Flax corn tortillas, and because it's cheap, Pace Salsa. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Good Friday and take the time to reflect on what happened today so many years ago. 


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