Monday, January 10, 2011

Home Cookin'

In an effort to eat and live healthier, we have really been trying to cook more. Sure, we have our quick, last-minute "go-to" meals... Zataran's Low Sodium Red Beans and Rice, frozen pizza, etc... but I REALLY want to focus on using more natural, fresh, and quality ingredients and staying away from processed foods as much as I can. To help keep me accountable with this, I am going try and post my menu weekly. Let me know if you'd like any of the recipes!

*Sunday - I was planning on cooking, but the Lacy's invited us over for dinner. YUM! Steph made an amazing turkey chili and Jack made sweet cornbread. They are also practicing healthy cooking and lifestyle, so I am sure it was all weight-watcher and health-friendly (Well, maybe not the cornbread, but I only had one piece... so it's all good)! I am so grateful for our friends that are also watching what they eat and how they live... it makes it so easier to be "good" when you have friends to help keep you accountable!

*Monday - I tried a new recipe from Britt: Chicken and White Bean Enchiladas in a Creamy Green Chile Sauce. It was really good and EVEN BETTER for lunch the next day. It was a little more labor intensive than some of my other "one-pan" healthy meals, but it's definitely worth the extra effort! Thanks for the great recipe, Brittney!

*Tuesday - LASAGNA!! (I swear I never, ever get tired of Italian and Mexican food) I usually use italian sausage, but to change it up a bit I made a veggie lasagna. Fresh spinach, zucchini, and mushrooms.... yum!!! I used whole wheat noodles, which can be really grainy and mealy in some pasta shapes, but the wheat lasagna noodles actually got pretty tender!

*Wednesday - I used some of my leftover ingredients from Monday's meal to make homemade Chicken Tortilla Soup. This was my first attempt at it, and I chose a recipe that uses a slow-cooker. I LOVE using my slow-cooker and was really psyched to try out this new recipe. I worked Wednesday, and wasn't able to get it into the crockpot until after work. I was worried it wouldn't have enough time to really cook, but after 4 hours on high it was ready to go and DELICIOUS! I even brushed a little oil on some corn tortillas, cut them into strips, and baked them off to garnish the soup with... they were crunchy and delicious! I will definitely be adding this dish to my "go-to" recipe collection... it was SO easy to make, healthy, and amazingly yummy!

*Thursday - David is out of town this evening, so I just piled together some leftovers from earlier in the week. No use dirtying my kitchen to feed one when there's a fridge full of yummy goodness! Leftover tortilla soup... yum! As usual, it was even better tonight than yesterday!!

*Friday - Time for another crockpot meal! Usually Fridays are the nights that hubby and I will have a mini date night or meet friends and go out to eat. But he is out of town for a couple of days, so ALL of his meals are either fast food or restaurant meals. He usually craves a home-cooked meal when he returns from traveling... check! I have everything prepped for pot roast with potatoes, onions, carrots, and celery. Gotta love a one-pot meal that will feed us for days AND satisfy my hubby's "down home cookin" craving! I will drop it in the slow cooker before I leave for work tomorrow, and my house will smell amazing when I come home! YUMMMMMM!!!


Tiffani Rose

Sounds delicious!! I have never had good luck with the crock pot, so I need your recipes to try out. The soup sounds so good.

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