Posts Tagged ‘dinner ideas’

A Week in the Life…

Hey-O! I’m kind of copying this off of another blog that I frequent and it’s something that I find inspiring and useful, so I thought you might as well. I actually, and honestly, don’t have many original ideas. *gasp* Don’t stop reading! Are there ever anymore truly original ideas? Things like that keep me up at night so I choose to ignore them :) Here’s a mind-bender: GOD has NEVER been surprised by ANYTHING! Maybe that only bends my mind. And it wasn’t even actually that exact phrase. Our pastor said something about God not having an original thought? But thinking about that definitely doesn’t seem right, so I went with surprise. On with the show. Money Saving Mom’s weekly menus have been inspiring to me. I plan dinners two weeks in advance, but this amazing mom includes breakfast AND lunch too. Now, I’m only baby steps into incorporating breakfast and lunch because well, life is hectic. I work nights so lots of times by the time I get home everyone is starving and we have cereal or frozen (homemade) pancakes (Money Saving Mom inspiration) and a protein (cottage cheese or yogurt, sometimes fruit). And lunch is a free-for-all, but I’ll get to that. So, here is what my one week dinner plan looked (I’m late writing this, imagine that!) like.

  • MONDAY Shepherd’s Pie Not anyone’s fav, but the casserole dish is empty y’all! (It was Paula Deen’s recipe). My favorite recipe I already blogged about here.
  • TUESDAY Pretzel Dogs SLAMMIN’
  • WEDNESDAY Poor Man’s Chili  There was a glitch in the system and this didn’t get made. OH! We had a birthday party and ate there :)
  • THURSDAY Nothing happens here because Abby went to daddy’s and me and mom fought over leftovers. And my sweet neighbors let me have some of their pizza too!
  • FRIDAY Buffalo Chicken Pasta This is…there are no words to describe its deliciousness. I leave out the gorgonzola and green onions.
  • SATURDAY Beef and Broccoli New to my repertoire. I might even blog about it in the next six months.
  • SUNDAY I work and the childrens go to daddy’s so mom is on her own (sorry).
  • MONDAY Classic and easy, breakfast for dinner :) Pancakes and bacon anyone?
So that’s kind of how I do life. There is no rhyme or reason, other than the budget. Chicken is expensive. Especially if you buy the organic, hormone-free chicken. And I happen to just really love beef. Even ground beef. Sure, that’s probably not healthy either, but it works for us. The fun part that a lot of my real life friends seem to get a kick out of are the lunches I make occasionally. And those aren’t original either. They’re all from my Pinterest board, Play With Your Food. Go forth, and make lunch fun! And PS-when presented in this manner, Abby eats all of the fruit and veg. With the house lunch, she ate all the peppers and celery and skipped the sandwich! :)
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Spicy Macaroni & Cheese

I debated titling the post “The Best Meal You’ll Ever Have,” but decided against that because odds are, spicy macaroni and cheese gets Googled more than the other one (yes Google brings people to my blog sometimes!); although it would be interesting to see what Google brought up for the best meal ever. I’m not sponsored by Google, btw.

Spicy macaroni & cheese is half my own and half Sunny Anderson’s. I think my way is better because it makes it a whole meal instead of just a side dish. I hate making a protein AND a side dish. I usually make meat and either microwave vegetables, make boxed macaroni and cheese, or make a one pot meal. That’s how I roll. Side dishes are so yummy, I know, but honestly, who has the time to make a healthy protein and whip up an amazing side dish? Certainly not me.

I will warn you. This is in no way healthy. At all. There’s not even an onion pretending to be a vegetable in there. I suppose you could add one though, or any other veggies you think might go well. I usually add very finely chopped carrots and celery to almost everything, time permitting.

Sunny’s Spicy Mac and Cheese

  • 2 cups elbow pasta, cooked until almost al dente
  • 16 ounces Cheddar cheese, 1/2 cubed, 1/2 shredded
  • 8 ounces Monterey pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • Note: I add red pepper flakes
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 4 slices bread Note: omitted
  • 1 tablespoon butter Note: omitted
  • Note: 1lb browned ground beef

I brown my meat, cube and shred my cheese while the noodles are cooking. I also get the spices and liquids together. I put the browned meat into the bottom of a deep casserole dish (I’m not sure a normal 8×8 will hold it all) and then half of the cubed cheese on top of that. Then the noodles, then the rest of the cubed cheese, then the liquid/spice mixture, then shredded cheese. I add red pepper flakes because I like it nice and spicy. It’s divine. So delicious.

pre-bake

shredded cheddar goodness

you want to dive in, don't you?!

Actually, with that picture, you probably don’t want to dive in. My food photography skills are very UNwow and don’t do the deliciousness justice. One day when my kids have moved out maybe I’ll take a class or something. You ever get in those sarcastic states of mind or like, when you’re trying to be witty? That’s me right now. That equals not good blogging.

But for real. Eat this. It’s great.

Daddy Dearest Rating: 9

I would absolute make this for someone else. Less spicy though. Maybe.