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What’s For Dinner – Feb 19-25, 2017

Busy week – but still time to get dinner on the table every night.  Saturday we’ll be out celebrating our 21st anniversary, so boy will be home with a delivery pizza on his own.  Treat for him/easy for me. 

Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 – Meatloaf with Italian Roasted Potatoes & Asparagus.  Hubby specifically requested meatloaf for Sunday – and I found this yummy roasted potatoes recipe on Pinterest and Saved it – the whole meal was excellent and we have enough for leftovers on Monday.

Monday Feb 20, 2017 – Leftovers!  I love me a Meatloaf Sammich!

Tuesday Feb 21, 2017 – Chopped Salad with Roasted Chicken Breast.  Gym tonight and making a meal after that is always awful – so I will roast some chicken in my Pressure Cooker and we can cut it up to put on our salads when we get home.  I’ll prep the salad before we leave so we just have to dish up & eat.

Wednesday Feb 22, 2017Mozzarella Chicken Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes– Another Pinterest recipe I’ve not tried before – but it looks so good and I’m CRAVING pasta lately.  So this will be a treat.  Have half a loaf of french bread in the freezer I’ll thaw and broil with butter and garlic powder…yum – and of course a salad!

Thursday Feb 23, 2017 – Leftovers.  HOPING there will be enough.  We have gym tonight and making food on gym nights is always hard.  If we don’t have enough leftovers I will probably put together some Lasagne Roll Ups and have them on timed bake in the oven – we can eat when we get home – and pasta after the gym sounds DIVINE.  We were supposed to have them last week but it just didnt fit in!

Friday Feb 24, 2017 – Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Salad.  It’s been in the mid-50’s here and I’m jonesing to use my grill – so we’ll grill some chops and have some yummy sweet potatoes with cinnamon butter.  

Saturday Feb 25, 2017  Our anniversary is actually Monday but we’ll celebrate Saturday night.  Pizza for boy, yummy grown up dinner for us.

Weekly Menu feb 12-18
Menu Planning, Recipes

Weekly Menu Feb 12 – 18, 2017

Dinner this week – yum.  I am trying out a few new recipes AND I’ve gotten a new kitchen tool – an INSTANT POT.  I’m pretty happy with it so far and have at least 2 recipes planned using it this week.

What are you having?

Sunday Feb 12, 2017 – Pulled Pork & Cole Slaw.  I’m having fun with my new Instant Pot and trying some pulled pork will be my next adventure.  I’ll be making coleslaw to go with it, using my mom’s recipe of course.  Probably some biscuits and a salad as well.  Yum.

Monday Feb 13, 2017 – Stuffed Peppers.  Brown rice, ground beef, some veggies and a yummy sauce means a quick healthful meal.  The Boy isnt too much of a fan, but he’ll live.

Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 – Chopped Salad.  Gym tonight – so something fast and tasty.  Might do some chicken on the salad if I’m not dying when we get home.

Wednesday Feb 15, 2017 – White Chicken Chili.  Another try with my Instant Pot.  The best thing about this tool is being able to make great soups, stews, roasts, etc in less than an HOUR.  

Thursday Feb 16, 2017 – Leftover Chili and Wraps.  We’ll have leftover soup and I’ll put some wraps together with ham, lettuce and other veggies and a few slices of cheese.

Friday Feb 17, 2017.  Lasagne Roll Ups.  I love these, fast, tasty, lower calorie than a regular lasagne.  

Saturday Feb 18, 2017.  Fish?  Shopping day, I’m going to pick up some sort of fish – so the recipe will have to wait until I pick it out.  Could be anything from baked cod or sole to Seafood Arrabbiata!

small cowboy caviar recipe
Entertaining, Light and Healthier, Recipes, Weeknight Favorites

Cowboy Caviar – Small Batch

I found a nice recipe for Cowboy Caviar but honestly – they make SO MUCH and I really didn’t need to have so much in my fridge.  I cut the recipe here and there and it still made quite a bit – great for a couple or small gathering.

Hubby hates cilantro – so I made it optional here.  Use whatever bell pepper you have on hand, I like yellow, orange & red better than green – but green would work okay as well.  I do think that red onion is a must, a regular yellow onion would be too strong.

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Oven Baked Tacos Recipe
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Oven Baked Tacos

I am a fan of the crispy taco.  The soft taco is good, too – but sometimes the crunch is just what you need.  But I needed a taco recipe that solved the dreaded crunchy taco disintegration issue – this Oven Baked Tacos Recipe does the job.

I thought the issue was just the way the taco crumbled UNTIL I found this oven baked taco recipe.  The one I found had chicken in it, which is good – but I had ground beef thawed out and no black beans…what’s a gal to do?

Well first, I had to solve the bean problem.  Instant Pot (or Cuisinart in my case) to the rescue!  I found a recipe for Slow Cooker Charro Beans that looked good – but I wanted to make some adjustments, and not have to cook them for 10 hours, so I adapted it for the Pressure Cooker an came up with these Instant Pot Pinto Beans.

Then I turned the beans and my ground beef into these AMAZING baked tacos.  I made a batch of my Cowboy Caviar to go on top (sans the beans, too many beans did not a happy home make).

SO – by baking the topping in the shells with a bit of cheese, the bottoms get a bit soft – still kinda crunchy though – and they don’t break into a million pieces.  PERFECTO!  

Give these a try, you won’t be disappointed.

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Instant Pot Pinto Beans Recipe (Charro Style)

I am a big fan of the whole pinto beans you get in a good Mexican Restaurant.  I like them more than the refried beans and they’re actually healthier, because refried beans are fried with FAT – which makes them tasty – but not necessarily healthy.

I got an Instant Pot (actually it’s a Cuisinart Pressure Cooker) and I was anxious to try to recreate my favorite beans.  These are excellent – and really flexible.  I put them in my Oven Baked Tacos Recipe, we eat them alone, you could “refry” them if you like – and for sure you can freeze them when you make too much!

I’m not exactly sure what makes these “Charro Style” but the recipe I adapted was a Slow Cooker Charro Beans recipe.  The only thing I left out was the tomatoes, which just didn’t go with what I wanted to accomplish.  Hopefully these tickle your tastebuds as well!

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Planning our Summer Wanderings

It’s a gorgeous spring day here in Colorado, even though it’s the first week in February. This winter has been almost disturbingly mild, not much snow at all here, while the mountains and other areas are seeing record amounts of snow.

Because the weather is pleasant, I’m dreaming of summer getaways, camping trips, etc to get out and see some more of this beautiful country.  We’re talking about taking a driving trip up through Yellowstone, to Kalispel/Glacier, over to Sandpoint/Coeur d’Alene and down through Boise and Pocatello then back home.

I used a handy site called Roadtripper to plan out a possible route.  It not only lets you place the towns you’ll stop on the map, it shows points of interest, camping, lodging, food, etc along the way.

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