Archive for March, 2011

A pool of puree for another day

March 31, 2011

“It’s good but don’t ever make it again.” Son #1’s assessment of tonight’s vegetable side dish was lukewarm at best. This is what happens when you force a meal theme. I usually love Thermal Thursday because it’s yet another excuse to use my pressure cooker to blast together a meal in minutes. Running a close […]

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Whole grain intentions fall flat

March 23, 2011

Last fall I came up with the idea of a theme for each weeknight meal to help inspire creativity in meal planning.  Overall, the plan works but some weeks it’s just too much effort to get inspired on Whole Grain Wednesday. I actually soaked a cup of wheat berries with the goal of working them […]

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Savory start to the week

March 21, 2011

The week got off to a fabulous start on Sunday with my husband at the stove and me nowhere in sight. Though my husband took over the cooking on Sundays a few months ago, he has been often apologetic about the results (unnecessarily so … I’m grateful for the reprieve and he’s a decent cook […]

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A kid-pleasing meal plan derailment

March 17, 2011

Just as I was feeling so proud of a grief-free Meatless Monday, we fell off the meal plan on Tuesday. A poor night’s sleep the night before drove me to Costco in search of  new pillows. There we stood at 6 p.m., cart loaded with memory foam and synthetic down options plus red microfiber for […]

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Lip-smacking surprise on Meatless Monday

March 15, 2011

Unbelievable. There we sat on Meatless Monday, the boys’ most dreaded meal plan theme of the week, and Son #1 was dipping his finger into his bowl of Thai chickpeas to scrape up the remnants of the sauce. “So you liked it!” I exclaimed in wonder. “I bet it was the sweet potatoes.” Not that […]

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Shrimp, chicken cacciatore = tasty bookends

March 6, 2011

Shrimp skewers with caesar-style romaine salad and citrusy chickpeas It’s amazing how fast good intentions for the family dinner can go sideways. All it takes is after-school sports practice in a school district two cities away, in rush hour traffic, and you have the perfect detour for the best-laid meal plan. We started off last […]

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