Monday, January 30, 2012

Recipes for week 1/30

Tonight we started with

Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos
Avocado-Lime Shrimp Salad

Beef Peach Pie
Spinach Bread


Honey-Lime Enchiladas
Beefsteak Tomato Salad

Friday, potluck at church. I think I'll bring flautas.

Ground Beef Flautas                                            

1 lb ground beef
1 ( 8 ounce jar) picante sauce
¼ tsp. cumin
36 corn tortillas*
Shredded cheddar and jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350
Cook ground beef in skillet, drain fat.
Mix cooked beef, salsa and cumin in bowl.
In small skillet over medium-high heat, place tortilla in oil for 1-2 seconds on each side to soften. Place on plate with paper towel. Repeat for all tortillas.
Put small amount of beef mix in center of tortilla, sprinkle with cheese and roll up.
Place rolled tortilla on greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle cheese on top.
Place in oven for 15 to 25 mins, until tortillas are a little crispy and golden brown.

Use flour tortillas as an easier option


Chili Chicken Soup with Cilantro dumplings

Moroccan Spiced Beef

2 tbs cumin seeds
2 tsp coriander seeds
2 lbs beef stew meat
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
4 parsnips, peeled, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbs flour
1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cup beef broth
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tbs tomato paste
1/2 tsp cayenne

Cook seeds dry over medium heat, 3 mins. Set aside and put in spice grinder.
Add all ingredients to crock pot except lemon juice and cayenne. Cook low 8 hrs. Add lemon juice and cayenne and stir. Serve over couscous.

Cinnamon-Spiced Sweet Potato Fries

Sunday, January 29, 2012

recipes from last week

Well, I am excited to say I actually made everything I planned to make last week; except the cookies which I'm making tonight. That doesn't usually happen. I plan, shop, and then I only end up making a few of the dishes. But this week I made them all. I guess that says I'm better at planning. All the recipes I made last week were recipes I have made before so my reviews are all positive.
The ham n' cheese soup is always a hit and always very filling. To the Spicy Beef I add a drained can of green beans in with the meat at the end to incorporate the flavors and heat up the beans. The cassoulet was an adventure this week. I was so sure I had all of the ingredients, I didn't check ahead of time. I usually use a Jimmy Dean ground sausage roll for the sausage but I was out so I used kelbasa. The flavor was fine, the mistake was smelling it throughout the house all day with my delicate pregnancy nose. But ok. I also usually substitute white wine for apple juice but, lo and behold, I was out. Luckily, chicken broth is an acceptable substitute. I also didn't have the cannelloni beans so used chickpeas instead. Really, I substituted almost all of the ingredients.
The Cambodian chicken stew is always delicious. The na'an bread was the adventure this time. I have a black thumb when it comes to making bread. It doesn't rise. This time I'm pretty sure I had bad yeast. It didn't proof, and then didn't rise. But I used the dough anyway since na'an is a flatbread. It was dense but still tasted good.

Friday, January 20, 2012

20 Weeks

So I'm halfway done. It doesn't seem like it. I mean, I'm due in June, that seems like a long way off. But morning sickness is gone, thank goodness, I'm tired a lot of the time and I get bad lower back pain every once in awhile. But, I also feel the baby a lot. Aaron has yet to feel him but I feel him moving all the time. I have a list of things that need to get done before he comes and I'm slowly knocking it out, so I have something to do especially when Aaron is traveling; which seems to be happening with greater frequency of late.

Here are some of the ultrasound pics.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Next Week's Menu

So here is my menu for next week starting on Sunday. I’ll review them as I make them

Ham'n Cheese Soup    from Fix it and Forget it

2 cups pototoes, cubed
1 1/2 cups water
1 1'2 cups cooked ham
1 large onion, chopped
3 Tbs. butter
3 Tbsp. flour
1/4 tsp. black pepper
3 cups milk
6 ozs. shredded cheese
1 cup frozen broccoli, thawed and chopped

Combine all ingredients except last two into crock pot
Cook on low 6-8 hrs.
Add cheese and broccoli, Stir well. Cook an additional 15 min.

Spicy Beef                    from my mom. Not actually spicy.                

1 lb.  ground Beef
½ onion2 cloves garlic
3 tbs. fish sauce
3 tbs. lemon juice
1 ¼ tbs. basil
½ tsp. grd. Chili pepper

Brown Burger, drain fat. Add onions and garlic. Add everything else and simmer over low heat until served.   Serve over bed of rice.

Slow Cooker Cassoulet 



Cambodian Chicken Soup

Naan bread

Taco Salad in homemade tortilla bowls  My recipe

Black olives
Taco meat
Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Coconut Macaroons  Atkins website (1 net carb per cookie) This ones for Aaron
  • 1 cooking spray
  • 4 large egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2/3 Cup Splenda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Spray two baking sheets with oil spray. 
  2. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat egg whites until medium peaks form. Gradually beat in sugar substitute, vanilla extract and salt. Turn speed up to high and continue beating until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. 
  3. Using a rubber spatula, fold in coconut. 
  4. Drop tablespoon-sized mounds of mixture onto prepared baking sheets. Bake 15 minutes. Cool on sheets 1 minute before carefully transferring to wire racks to cool completely

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

First belly picture

So here I was at 17 weeks, I look about the same now at 20 weeks.

Let's try this again

This is making me feel like my history with trying to keep a journal. I start, make a few entries, then stop. But here it goes again. I was thinking on doing some recipe stuff this time around. I'll post what my meal plan is for the next week, along with recipes. I'll then post photos and reviews, along with all the other stuff I might want to blog about. Who knows, we'll see what happens.