With only a month to go until the Pillsbury Bake-off contest - I'm thinking about the clothes I need/want to wear for the festivities. I have gained a few pounds since my diligence of counting points through the spring/summer/fall of last year. I wanted this week to be a little lighter/healthier to try to get a couple of those pounds back off!
Monday - I really liked the Chicken Tikka Masala. It was super tasty and a little spicy. I think we will have it will some roasted asparagus and white rice.
Tuesday - I am going to be giving an Excel class at the high school for the next couple of weeks on Tuesday nights. I have a short window of time to get home, make dinner, go pick-up KK from softball, bring her home, and get back to the school by 6:00 pm. But, if I don't eat before 7:30 - I know I'm going to be way too hungry. Here's my answer tonight: Taco Salad. I'm going to make up a batch of homemade taco seasoning from my cooking friend Lady, brown some ground beef, slice and avocado. Serve up with some green salsa and light sour cream, plus some homemade chips (just sliced tortillas baked with some kosher salt), drained black beans, and black olives. I think the Chickies will even dig it!
Wednesday - I'm very lucky that my Chickies aren't that picky really. They love seafood, including fish. One of their favorites is Oven-Fried Catfish, and I've been meaning to try Lady's Homemade Tartar Sauce too. I originally intended to have Quinoa with Mushrooms and Spinach, but couldn't find the Quinoa. :( Maybe we'll have some baked sweet potato fries instead.
Thursday - One of my old favorites that I haven't made in a long time is Chicken Bruschetta Bake from Kraft foods. I was resistant to try the recipe for a long time - because I was leery of what tomatoes would do to the stuffing mix - but is is really good and tasty. I struggle at sides for dishes like this though.... probably the ever popular Lemon Garlic Broccoli and I've been on a big cottage cheese kick too lately.
Friday - Last Friday I didn't make the casserole made, but the Chickies weren't home - but in all honesty, by the time Friday gets here..... it has to be Chicken Thighs all Puttanesca. It is so easy and so good.
Saturday - I didn't get the Caramelized Red-Onion Feta Burgers made last week either. I need to make them!!! I need to practice!
Sunday - I'm going to be all culinary today...... after a busy week, this sounds like it will be so good on a Sunday afternoon. Southern Pulled Pork mixed up with a homemade BBQ sauce (I have yet to find a homemade sauce I like as much as a store bought cheap brand - but I keep questing!) served over baked potatoes. If I'm feeling extra ambitious some coleslaw too.... probably not the Best Coleslaw Ever 'cuz it makes a lot. We'll see what the day brings us.
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