Monday Meals: Chicken Burgers with Panko Bread Crumbs

A friend recently revealed that she will NEVER buy meat that has a discount sticker on it. If it is close to the expiration date, she won't even think about purchasing it. I, on the other hand, tend to scour the meat section for that sweet orange label that says 25% off and stock up my freezer. Lately the ground chicken has been wearing that orange sticker so I've been experimenting with recipes that can use or substitute ground chicken. The beauty pictured above got RAVE REVIEWS from the … [Read more...]

And the winner is. . .The Pinewood Derby Results

When you are one of four brothers. . .and one of the brothers is your identical twin. . .and two of the brothers are in Cub Scouts with you. . .you tend to embrace things that set you apart from your male siblings. Hence is the case with Luke, who won first place for his pack this weekend in the annual Pinewood Derby Race. This was his second win. Scott texted me video of the various races since I was at home with a napping three year old, but I couldn't tell who won. When I texted, "WHO … [Read more...]

Chile Verde–the perfect meal for a cold evening

We are bracing in south Texas for a blast of cold air. Don't laugh at us--when it is below 60 degrees people will ask, "What's with this cold weather?" So the possibility of 28 degrees and freezing rain/snow/drizzle has caused all kinds of warnings and has my kids talking about a snow day. My Chile Verde recipe is ideal for this cold weather and it is a family favorite that is easy to make, incredibly healthy, and the perfect supper on a cold evening. I didn't grow up with tomatillos, but … [Read more...]

Monday Meal: A Secret, Game-Changing Ingredient

So my colleague, Heidi, and I were chatting at work and she mentioned that she was fixing chili for dinner. I groaned. I don't like chili--at least the kind with ground beef and kidney beans and red sauce. My apologies to my mom (a wonderful cook!) who would occasionally make it when I was growing up; it was one of the few foods I just didn't have the taste for. Now, her corn bread muffins that went with it were amazing and well worth chili night! Last week, Scott, hearing that the weather … [Read more...]

Dead Man Meatloaf

Meatloaf can be so boring. My standard recipe is from Kraft foods and you can find it here.  This is one of those "back pocket" recipes that I can pretty much guarantee will make a good meal. But, today I lacked the stuffing mix that puts that meatloaf over the top. So, this afternoon right before the 3:15 onslaught of hungry, homework-laden children arrived from school, I was frantically searching for a meat loaf recipe whose ingredients jived with my pantry. I came upon DEAD MAN … [Read more...]

Beef Green Chili Stew–the 12 Minute Meal

This post should be titled YOU NEED AN ELECTRIC PRESSURE COOKER--because anyone who is stressed during dinner time needs one.  And, if you are pregnant (or getting married), please, please, please register for an electric pressure cooker--you can thank me later! Here's how this meal started. On Monday mornings our local grocery store discounts the better cuts of meat that didn't sell over the weekend. The meat is nearing it's "sell-by" date--but still good. So, I've been buying 1/2 price … [Read more...]

Steaming Bowl of Potato Soup

You know me. I start with a recipe--usually using it as a reference--because I haven't done that planning that would ensure I have all the necessary ingredients. Such was the case with today's dinner, Potato Soup. I started with this recipe from Allrecipes, Potato Leek Soup.  It had great rating--but even as important--I had enough of the ingredients that I could punt. Of course I didn't have the leeks (although those would have been GREAT!) so I sauteed some onions and diced up some green … [Read more...]