Monday, February 13, 2012

Menu Monday {Week 6-February-12}

I'm coming back. I'm starting slow. With our weekly menu. I love to cook, but am just getting back into cooking regular meals.

I had a lot of problems with food while I was pregnant and breastfeeding. I couldn't stomach most foods cooked, let alone raw. Poor Husband survived mostly on what he could make for himself and protein shakes.

Now Husband is in this kick of trying to eat protein and a lot of it because of his weight lifting 'hobby'. Only he doesn't want ground beef, he'd prefer to avoid pork and I still have issues with chicken. Were trying to make compromises. At least I don't feeling like vomiting every time I cook ground turkey any more! {damn hormones}

Husband is also trying to avoid to many carbs because they're just filler and won't help him build muscle.

Plus i'm trying to make a 1 year old happy. Luckily he'll eat almost anything right now! {and can tolerate more spicy foods then his momma}

So here's what I served up this week...

I will warn you, I suck at following a recipe. Its a hazard of my profession, but that's a topic for another post.

Beef and Barely Stew

This is a throw together meal that I actually have no recipe for. I put stew beef {cubed by the butcher} in the bottom of the crockpot, then throw some carrots, onion and potatoes on top of it until the crockpot is full. Add 1 container of beef stock and fill with water until all the veggies are mostly under water. I add salt, pepper and a few spices {whatever i feel like that day} to taste and add a bay leaf. Cook on low until i get home in the evening. I add 1 cup of barley about an hour before dinner and that's that!

Parmesan Garlic Chicken with Orzo
adapted from How Sweet It Is

This one seemed like a good compromise for the entire household, but there was to much chicken in it for me. Modifications: I will admit it. I use canned chicken. A lot. When you can go through an entire 10 lbs of chicken in just a few days you start to think of cheaper alternatives. Husband just eats A LOT! So instead of marinating and cooking the chicken in a crockpot, I used 2 cans of chicken and cooked/heated them in garlic and white wine vinegar plus some sugar to balance the acidity of the vinegar {because we don't drink alcohol in our house}. 

Enchiladas with Ground Turkey or Zucchini 
Adapted from  Simply Recipes and Skinny Taste

I kind of mashed these two recipes together because I really didn't feel like eating ground turkey and I had made the zucchini recipe for a vegetarian before. And of course I can't follow a recipe to save my life. Modifications: I mostly followed the concept for the Simply Recipes meat enchiladas and did the same prep to the zucchinis instead of meat. I substituted the ground beef for turkey. I also used vegetable oil because that's what I had on hand.

With the enchiladas I added...

A Quinoa and Corn Hash {of sorts}
A recipe that I just made up on the fly 

I had family ask me if I had any good recipes for quinoa, which I didn't so I made this one up on the spot. I have no idea the amounts of any ingredients I added, save the quinoa, because I added them until it tasted right. I cooked 1 cup of quinoa in chicken stock according to the package. Saute together 1/2 of an onion with garlic and corn kernels and add to the cooked quinoa. Add lime juice, cumin, salt, pepper and fresh cilantro. It is delish. Perhaps next time I'll try to measure what I added...

I also made an asian crockpot stirfry concoction, but alas accidentally set the crockpot to cook on high. Needless to say, NOT so yummy!  

Happy Eating!

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