Weekly Menu Plan

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

It has certainly been a while since I posted one of these, so I decided since I have actually been cooking lately, I might as well.  My mom was here for 6 weeks (bless her!), and I did almost no cooking while she was here.  But now she is gone, so it is up to me.  I have done a lot of simple meals, and so far, I haven't felt too overwhelmed.

Honestly, it has been nice to be back in the kitchen, and making food for my family.  Well, until one or both of the twins starts crying.  So some days are better than others (and some days I want to call Adam to pick up food on his way home), but overall, the cooking is going okay!

Butternut Squash Soup - This had great reviews, but I was actually not a huge fan.  I have mixed feelings about butternut squash (I used to love it, and the last few years, my love has tapered off).  Overall, I didn't love it and will try a different recipe next time.  If you have a recipe you love, let me know.  I would love to try it.
Spring Pea and Quinoa Salad - This is one of my favorite salads.  We have been cutting back on meat again (after a pregnancy where meat seemed necessary to get the iron/protein for twins, plus having a freezer full of my in-laws meat to finish), so I splurged and bought some high quality bacon for us to put in it.  It was terrific.
Southwest Quinoa and Grilled Corn Salad - This was really good.  I would totally make this again.  Also, we really love bowls like this one, so it was right up our alley.  I also used frozen corn and cooked it in a skillet with cumin.
Lentil and French Onion Soup - I like the idea of onion soup, but it just had too many... onions... but really (Don't ask... mom brain/post pregnancy problems) Not sure if I will make this again. The flavor was great, but I just didn't love the texture and onions.  Lame, I know.
Black Bean Bowls - Fox requested these for his birthday this week.  I love that I can mix it all together for Adam and me, and Fox can eat all the things in little piles and dip them in ranch as he likes.  It is the perfect meal for us.  Cheap, vegetarian, delicious, customizable, and great for kids.
Leek, Bacon and Potato Quiche - I love quiche, and this one was delicious!  Good flavors, and somewhat easy. It was a liberal adaptation from this Smitten Kitchen tart.


  1. We make a roasted vegetable soup (with winter squash, onion, garlic, potato, sweet potato). Basically I roast the vegetables for dinner one night, then use the leftovers reheated in broth as the soup. I use an immersion blender to puree the soup when it is heated and dress with butter or cream and a little cayenne. Add a grilled cheese if you are feeling it.

  2. I'm totally going to try those black bean bowls! They sound amazing!

  3. These all look and sound delicious. I might even try one of the quinoa salads tonight!

  4. I like this apple-butternut squash soup: https://www.marthastewart.com/1151982/apple-butternut-squash-soup

  5. Nope, nevermind! This is actually the soup that I make (although the Martha Stewart recipe sounds good, too): http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/butternut-squash-and-apple-soup-recipe-1915002

  6. I'm amazed you can cook this many recipes in a week!!! Scrambled eggs level of difficulty is what goes on here most nights :)

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