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Thursday, packing for camp. Again. 

DD started us off with a tasty breakfast this morning: French toast with syrup and strawberries.   
Simple lunch for the kids, but one they like. Peanut butter and banana rolls, fresh pineapple, and sliced cucumber. It’s a juggling act with both my daughter and I cooking at the same time. I have to plan for which of us gets to use the good skillet (her this morning), which of us gets to use the oven, and then remind her constantly to clean up after herself and put things away when she is done with them.  I also made pickles with the leftover cucumber slices (see the jar in the background?). Can’t wait to crack into those! Maybe for lunch tomorrow, with some of the carrot pickles I have. Mmmmmm, yeah, that will be good. 
Out of the box:

  • Cucumber (all gone!)
  • Dill

Wednesday, pizza night

   Indian goodies from Trader Joe’s frozen foods section: vegetable biryani, chicken tikka samosas, tzatziki (made with cucumber and dill from the box), and freshly sautéed pears. My co-workers were totally jealous. 
Mmmmmmmmmmmm. Spinach Alfredo sauce made from scratch, topped with shrimp and fresh tomato slices. Now you’re jealous, right? 😉

Out of the box:

  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • Dill

 

Monday, crazy week begins

If I make it out of this week with my sanity in tact, it will be a miracle. Cookie booth this afternoon, with a recruitment event right after, after running errands all day. Oh, and my husband is on a business trip this week, so it’s semi-single mom time. Le sigh.  

 At least the food is good. We ran out of almond milk this morning before my smoothie was made, so banana muffins from the freezer to the rescue.    The kids’ lunches: tzatziki made with cucumbers and dill from the box, falafel from the freezer, and couscous salad with cucumber, tomatoes, pepper, and carrots from the box.  

 Fast dinner to cook after crazy day: cilantro lime quinoa and black bean quesadillas. DD made the quinoa (just reheat from the freezer and add chopped cilantro and lime juice), while I whupped up the quesadillas. I cooked the black beans in the crockpot all day long, and they were perfect at 7:30 when I finally got to them. I made three extra quesadillas for the freezer. 

Out of the box:

  • Black beans (last week’s, all gone!)
  • Cilantro
  • Carrot
  • Pepper
  • Cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Dill

 

Tuesday

I spent a little time this morning cleaning out the fridge. Those odd bits and bobs that haven’t been eaten after more than a week. The wilted pak choy. 

Oh. Did my husband not finish off that super yummy Bindhi Masala? Darn. Lunch plans made.  

 Leftover Bindhi masala, the last naan, a salad with the last cherry tomatoes, the last of the cucumber, and red bell pepper, and one of those awesome oranges. It may not go together, per se, but it was darn tasty!

Dinner was a bowl of chili and cornbread, fast and warming to fill the boys’ bellies before they ran off to a Cub Scout Den meeting. No pic, sorry. 

Tuesday, not a holiday

So between yesterday being a school holiday, and my wrist getting completely messed up, I didn’t do a lot of cooking yesterday. So no pics, no post. Sorry. 

 After a visit to the doctor, an ice pack, and some anti-inflammatories, I’m feeling like I can cook, so guess what I’m doing. 😉 

 I’m actually pickling cucumbers, what a concept! 🙂 Lots of fresh dill and garlic in these pickles, just for me! 🙂 

 And speaking of dill, I went ahead and added the dulled cream cheese to this batch of beer bread, and made them into muffins for easier freezing and lunchbox usage. They’re not as pretty a red, with the cream cheese on top, and it’s very hard to swirl on a muffin; but I think they will be a tasty side dish for tonight’s dinner. 

The kids got lunch out of the freezer (buffalo chicken pasta, celery sticks, and sweet potato cake my mom made), but I opted for some stuff out of the box – and the freezer.  

 Tzatziki with fresh dill and cucumber, Trader Joe’s falafel with a dab of pesto, Trader Joe’s naan, and an orange.  

 This was very good soup, thick and creamy. It’s made with an onion, a pound of cauliflower, that small fennel bulb, chicken stock, and coconut milk. Very tasty. The fennel was not very aggressive, but the bulb was quite small, smaller than my fist. My son said it tasted like potato soup. It was very good with the beet bread muffins. 🙂

Out of the box:

  • Cucumbers (from last week, all gone!)
  • Dill
  • Orange
  • Beets (all gone!)
  • Cauliflower
  • Fennel

Tuesday, trying to stay warm

  Another big bowl of brown this morning, oatmeal with PB2, really ripe bananas, and maple syrup. Not much to look at, but SO great on a cold January morning. DD wanted more cold cereal, but I nixed that. 

For lunch, DD has leftover Alfredo from Olive Garden last night, amped up with some cherry tomatoes and steamed broccoli. DS has a buffalo chicken quesadilla from the freezer. They both have an orange half, and mini bell peppers stuffed with a pesto and goat cheese mixture.  

 Mid morning snack, halfway gone. I whole tomato, 1 whole cucumber, 1/4 c. Greek yogurt, lemon juice, salt, dill, and garlic powder to taste. These are a few of my favorite things. . . Especially for only 100 calories for a HUGE bowl of veggie goodness.  

 Buddha bowl, day 2. Same as yesterday, but no carrots and squash.   Mmmmmm, beef stew. So yummy on cold evenings. This one has big chunks of potato, turnip, celery, carrots, and onions with some frozen peas sprinkled in before  serving. 

Out of the box:

  • Broccoli
  • Orange
  • Cucumber
  • Red cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Turnips (all gone!)
  • Carrots

Saturday

 
Look at that beautiful omelet!! Believe it or not, that is the exact same recipe, cooked pretty much the same way, but with a brand new super slick nonstick pan. 🙂 the only thing I did differently was actually finish cooking it like an omelette instead of trying to figure  out what to do with that sticking mess I had earlier this week.   

Mmmmmm, look at all those veggies! Lentil and brown rice tacos (actually, my kids’ favorite kinds of tacos), topped with lettuce, tomato, and guacamole (made with fresh cilantro); with taco pickles, spiced cucumber, and mashed sweet potatoes. 

Out for dinner. More Mexican. Considerably less healthy. 

Out of the box:

  • Beets (all gone, roasted, puréed, and frozen for when I need them)
  • Cilantro
  • Cucumber