Light and Healthier, Recipes, Veggies and Fruit

Carciofi Ripieni – Stuffed Artichokes Recipe

I love Food Network – its an addiction, almost as strong as my addition to recipe & food magazines.  Yes, I know I can find all of the recipes online, but holding that color photo of yummy food in my hand and curling up on the couch with my notepad and endless possibilities is so comforting.  Heck,I could be addicted to something more expensive, like Prada or Hermes….

Maddie and I were in the grocery today and they had some nice artichokes.  Maddie said “Lets make artichokes like Mario Batali.”  Challenge Accepted.

2 things – 1) I wasnt turning the oven on today – it was hot and 2) I had no fresh parsley….its okay – we improvised with the grill and some dried herbs – they were amazing!

Here’s the Recipe:

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Menu Planning, Recipes

Weekly Menu – May 19 through 25

We’re out of town for Memorial Weekend, so we’ll have meals through Thursday planned.  We’re going to our cabin and I might precook and plan meals for that, so will post another set of “transportable” foods for the weekend.

Saturday – Grilled Pork Chops, roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts, blackberry or peach cobbler with homemade cinnamon ice cream for dessert

Sunday – Grilled Shrimp, Roasted Corn Salad, Baked Beans.  I found a crock pot beans recipe I want to try and freeze the rest.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

Monday – Breakfast casserole – this is really different from anything I’ve done before but it looks yummy!

Tuesday – Bacon Cheeseburgers

Wednesday – Spaghetti & Meatballs, Fresh Salad & French Bread

Thursday – Pizza – white for me and pepperoni for the kids & Todd.  I LOVE pesto pizza with mozzarella, artichokes, and spinach – yummo!

Menu Planning, Recipes

Weekly Menu May 14 to May 20, 2012

We’ve been crazy busy, and I haven’t been helping myself out and creating menus.  Time to get back on the wagon!  Here’s what we have planned for this week:

Monday – Got some nice Ribeye at the market – will pair those from the grill with brown rice and quinoa stuff I found at Costco (easy and tastes pretty good) and salad and corn.

Tuesday – Grilled pork chops, leftover quinoa, salad and assorted veggies

Wednesday – OMG Chicken.  My good friend Danielle pinned this recipe to my shared wall on Pinterest.  I have some leftover greek yogurt and a big pile of grated parmesan, so I’ll give this one a try tonight.  I have a head of green leaf lettuce from my Bountiful Basket and some tomatoes and peppers, I’ll make a salad and maybe bake or roast some potatoes on the grill.

Thursday – Sloppy Joes – Believe it or not, we love Manwich here.  I’ve made them from scratch, but the kids really only like Manwich, and its cheap, so I’ll give in on that convenience food.  I have some Alexa Sweet Potato fries in the freezer to pair with this.  Will make a salad or steam up some frozen veggies, too.

Friday – Breakfast night!  Pancakes, bacon and eggs – easy peasy.  I usually buy pancake mix, but I doctor mine up with a splash of vanilla extract and some cinnamon.  I have strawberries in the freezer so might make some strawberry syrup for these.

Saturday – We MIGHT play poker Saturday, if so I generally just make a few appetizers.  I want to try something new, so I might try these spicy shrimp and avocado bites that my friend Erin pinned to my board.  They look yummy!

Sunday – Lazy day I think, will be warm so grilled Nathan’s Famous with mac and cheese sounds awesome.  We’ll see if that mac and cheese is homemade, or not…..sometimes you want the neon orange stuff, its comfort food 🙂

Menu Planning, Recipes

Weekly Menu 4/21 to 4/27

This week we’ll have to see how it goes – I have a lot of work to get done and Maddie has a late band practice one night.  Last week we had to improvise Thursday night – Maddie went to a Soccer game and I got home later than usual.  Todd started breakfast for dinner before we got home and had the bacon all done – so we didnt get to try Alton Brown’s Gyros.  We’re going to do those Monday night this week.  Here is the plan.

Saturday 4/21 – Homemade Pizza.  I use Wildtree pizza dough mix and it was dead easy.  Mix it up – knead for 2 minutes, let rest for 10 minutes, roll out.  I’ll set out italian sausage, pepperoni, sauteed mushrooms, cheese and sauce and let everyone build their own.

Sunday 4/22 – Grilled Chops, basted with honey, soy and garlic.  I’ll serve with roasted brussels sprouts and Maddie wants me to try a parmesan potato dish from this month’s Taste of Home.

Monday 4/23 – Tonight we’ll try to do Alton Brown’s Gyros again.  I’m super excited and found some nice Pita (a rarity around here.)

Tuesday 4/24 – Hamburgers on the grill with grilled zucchini and summer squash.  Yum!

Wednesday 4/25 – This is usually pasta night, but this is Maddie’s late band practice so I might grab a rotisserie chicken on the way home.

Thursday 4/26 – Day 2 rotisserie chicken and noodles.  I have the frozen dumplings we like in the freezer right now so that’s a great plan.

Friday 4/27 – Skillet Rosemary Chicken.  I modify this recipe some – I don’t have rosemary handy so might do something slightly different.  Honestly the chicken is great without the herbs, and I have lemons left from last week’s veggie box so that should work well.


Weekly Menu – Quick and Yummy

Lots of bloggers post their weekly menu plans, so I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon and let you all know what’s going on the table in Hillville this week.

I just got back from picking up my Bountiful Basket of fruit and veggies, so that will deinitely figure prominently in my menu.  If you havent checked out this food co-op, give it a loo – i save about 60% on veggies for the week when I order, and their breads and case quantities are great.  This is where i got the case of apples for my Apple Butter.

So here’s what we’re having this week:

  • Saturday 4-14 – Nachos – with everything but the kitchen sink…the kids are weenies, so we put all the toppings on and everyone builds their own.  For dessert, chocolate brownies – This is a recipe from A Flexible Life and I’d NEVER heard of it before – I’m so trying this!
  • Sunday 4-15Pork Green Chile – A recipe that I found over at but have tweaked a lot, I’ll be rewriting and posting it here shortly.  I got some tomatoes and onions in my basket that will go into this – need to get some green chiles at the market tho.
  • Monday 4-16 – Leftover Green Chile – either with eggs or beans and tortillas
  • Tuesday 4-17 – Chicken Caesar Salad – I got a really nice head of romaine with my veggies – so this will be perfect!
  • Wednesday 4-18 – Spaghetti with meatballs – the sauce is made from the Wildtree Spaghetti Sauce mix I love – try out their stuff – you will love it too.
  • Thursday 4-19 – I’m craving street food from NYC – since that’s not going to happen this week, I’m going to try Alton Brown’s Gyros – with beef.  This recipe has lots of steps, including an overnight step, so i might improvise a bit.  Note:  I don’t do lamb.
  • Friday 4-20 – Grilled Cheese (Maddie Specials, of course) and Sweet Potato Fries….yum……
Homemade Not Storebought, Recipes

Homemade GORP or Trail Mix

My kids are nuts….about nuts….

Well truthfully they like trail mix, but I was really tired of spending a ton of money and getting baggies of raisins back in their lunches.  I finally got smart, asked them what they LIKED in trail mix, and started making my own.

I dont even get the baggies back anymore…..

It’s pretty straight forward – the mixture above has M&Ms, chocolate chips, roasted & salted almonds, dried cranberries, salted cashew pieces and dry roasted peanuts.

Mix well, put in a jar, send in lunches……the end!