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  1. Sunday, April 18, 2021

    Week 717 Weekly Menu

    We’re doing Hello Fresh again this week, but then for the next month I’m going to cook my own recipes again…until the next (and hopefully last) hand surgery later in May! 

    Week 717 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Pulled Pork and Black Bean Tacos

    TUESDAY:

    • Chicken Fajita Bowls

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Firecracker Meatballs with Green Beans and Rice

    THURSDAY:

    • Thai Coconut Curry Chicken

    FRIDAY:

    • Orange Chicken

    SATURDAY:

    • Leftovers / Takeout

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoking meat night!

    You know what to do…share those meal plans in the comments! Have a good week, everyone!


  2. Sunday, April 11, 2021

    Week 716 Weekly Menu

    Hello everyone! I blew it with last week’s menu…thanks to Spring Break and Easter! But we’re back to normal this week…

    Week 716 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    TUESDAY:

    • Chicken Fajita Rice Bowls

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Pulled Pork Tacos

    THURSDAY:

    • Leftovers

    FRIDAY:

    SATURDAY:

    • Eat out night

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoked Meat Night!

    Your turn! Share your own meal plans in the comments below! And have a delicious week!


  3. Sunday, March 28, 2021

    Week 715 Weekly Menu

    Hi everyone! Let’s get down to it, shall we? (And, yes, those are Hello Fresh meals below and, no, I’m not normally fancy like this.)

    Week 715 Weekly DInner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Shwarma Spiced Chicken Rice Bowls

    TUESDAY:

    • Korea Beef Bibimbap

    WEDNESDAY:

    THURSDAY:

    • Pork Enchiladas

    FRIDAY:

    • Rosemary Demi-Glace Pork Chops

    SATURDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SUNDAY:

    • Meat Smoking Night

    Please share your meal plans in the comments below! I love how we can all inspire each other week after week!


  4. Sunday, March 21, 2021

    3 Kids, a Mom & a Kitchen: Spring Asparagus and Prosciutto Risotto

    Years ago I wrote a series for Disney’s website Babble: 3 Kids, a Mom & a Kitchen. Babble has since been closed down and the posts are no longer online, so I have decided to sharing my favorites here on my website! This is a recipe that one of my readers Kelly said had become a favorite in their family but she could not find it online anymore. This one’s for you, Kelly! And thanks for reminding me to start sharing these great kid-friendly recipes once again!

    asparagus and prosciutto risotto recipe

    For this month’s cooking project, I decided to teach my kids how to make risotto. When I told them, they were pumped! And, as it turns out, they had never tried risotto before, so it was really cool teaching them something totally new in the kitchen.

    Risotto seems like an intimidating meal to make to a lot of people, but it’s actually quite simple. It just takes a little time and care to prepare, and, as I just discovered, is actually a great dish to make with kids!

    Choosing the Recipe

    I love risotto but hardly ever make it at home. I hoped that if my kids learned how to do it, we’d be more likely to include it in our menu in the future. It’s also a pretty basic recipe that I would love my kids to have in their kitchen “toolbox” when they leave home one day. 

    Rankings

    This recipe was a big winner in the “cooking with kids” department! They had a lot of fun making it and thought the risotto was delicious. When I asked if the recipe was hard, Anna and Cate confidently declared that it was not at all.

    Top view of risotto with asparagus and prosciutto

    Steps Where Kids Can Get Involved

    This recipe takes about 40 minutes of hands-on cooking time. The three kids rotated in and out of the process, which worked really well. No one got bored and there was plenty for them to do whenever they wanted to participate.

    • Grating the cheese: Owen, my 3-year-old, did some of the grating and when he got bored Anna, my 7-year-old, finished it up.
    • Chopping add-ins: Cate is 10 years old, so she was able to help chop the prosciutto and cook the asparagus. It was good practice for her to work on her knife skills.
    • Stirring Galore: There is so much stirring in this recipe, which is my kids’ favorite thing to do when cooking. Actually, there is so much stirring they got tired of it — something I never thought could happen! The girls also loved pouring the ladles of broth into the rice.
    • The Tasting

    Usually our recipe tastings don’t stress me out, but this one had me on my toes. After all, the final product was dinner — if the kids didn’t like it, I didn’t know what we were going to eat that night! Thankfully all three kids enjoyed the risotto and Anna even declared it her second favorite food ever, second only to boxed long grain and wild rice mixes.

    recipe for asparagus and prosciutto risotto

    The Recipe

    I used The Kitchn’s tutorial for homemade risotto as a guide and made adjustments to the recipe where necessary. I talked to the kids about how risotto is a great blank canvas for all kinds of flavors and add-ins, especially depending on the season. For example, in the fall I sometimes make Butternut Squash Risotto. Since it’s spring, we all decided to go with asparagus, which is in abundance right now. Prosciutto and asparagus are pretty much made for each other, so we had to throw some prosciutto in, too!

    Asparagus and Prosciutto Risotto
     
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    Serves: 6
    Ingredients
    • 6-8 cups chicken stock or broth
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • ⅓ onion, chopped
    • 2 cloves fresh garlic, minced or pushed through garlic press
    • 2 cups arborio rice
    • ½ cup white wine
    • 1 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
    • 1 cup cooked asparagus, cut into bite-sized pieces
    • 5 thick slices prosciutto, chopped
    • salt and pepper to taste
    Instructions
    1. Prep all ingredients ahead of time so they are ready to go when you’re cooking.
    2. Heat chicken stock in a large saucepan over medium heat, then keep warm over low heat while you continue with the rest of the recipe.
    3. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a deep 12-inch skillet. Add onions and cook over medium heat until they have softened and are translucent. Add garlic and 1 more tablespoon butter and stir.
    4. Add rice and raise heat to medium-high. Constantly stirring, cook rice until toasted. You should start to smell the rice toasting and the grains should look clear on the edges, with some white still in the middle of the grain.
    5. Deglaze the pan by adding the white wine and cooking until wine evaporates.
    6. Add 1 ladle of the chicken stock to the rice. Reduce heat to medium. Keep stirring until most of the stock has been absorbed by the rice, then add another ladle of stock. Repeat this process, until the rice is cooked through (taste testing is necessary!). The rice cooking process will take 20-30 minutes. Towards the end of this process, sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper over the risotto. Do a little at a time and taste it as you go — the saltiness of the chicken stock will depend on how much salt you will need.
    7. Once the rice is the texture you like, add the last tablespoon of butter, 1 more ladle of chicken stock, and the Parmesan cheese. Stir and cook until the risotto is a nice creamy texture.
    8. Stir in asparagus and prosciutto and serve immediately. (Feel free to experiment with other seasonal add-ins — risotto is a great canvas for all kinds of flavors!)

     


  5. Week 714 Weekly Menu

    Hi All! I think when I hurt my thumb in October it also damaged some of my brain cells…I completely spaced last week’s menu! As is often the case around here lately, we’re relying on Hello Fresh meals this week. Lifesaver. Speaking of Hello Fresh, I have four boxes I can give away, so if you want one let me know in the comments. First come, first served!

    Week 714 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Sesame Beef Tacos

    TUESDAY:

    • Ancho BBQ Sloppy Joes

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Yucatan Citrus Chicken Bowls

    THURSDAY:

    • Korean Beef Bibimbap

    FRIDAY:

    • Shwarma Spiced Chicken

    SATURDAY:

    • Smoked Meat Night #1

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoked Meat Night #2

    Your turn! Share your own meal plan in the comments! Have a great week everyone!


  6. Sunday, February 28, 2021

    Week 713 Weekly Menu

    It’s ALL Hello Fresh meals for us this week. Serious lifesaver for us right now!

    Week 713 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Mexican Pork and Street Corn Tacos (Hello Fresh)

    TUESDAY:

    • Crispy Buffalo-Spiced Chicken (Hello Fresh)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Moroccan Chicken Sausage Tagine

    THURSDAY:

    • Steak with Mushroom Cream Sauce

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Local Takeout

    SUNDAY:

    • Nate cooking something on the smoker!

    Your turn! Share your meal plans in the comments below! Have a delicious week!


  7. Sunday, February 21, 2021

    Week 712 Weekly Menu

    Hi all! Menu time!

    Week 712 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • London Broil
    • Rice and salad

    TUESDAY:

    • Chicken Sausage Spaghetti Bolognese (Hello Fresh)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Sweet & Smoky Pork Tenderloin (Hello Fresh)

    THURSDAY:

    • Mexican Pork & Street Corn Tacos (Hello Fresh)

    FRIDAY:

    • Leftovers

    SATURDAY:

    • Local Takeout

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoke night! (Nate just keeps on smoking amazing dinners for us!)

    Your turn! Share your meal plans in the comments below!


  8. Sunday, February 14, 2021

    Week 711 Weekly Menu

    Hello friends! I’m calling it in today as the giant splint on my thumb makes typing and graphic design near impossible. SO…I am setting setting up the menu post so you all can share and inspire all of us!

    We don’t have Hello Fresh meals coming this week (whoops) and I for real have no idea what we’re going to do for dinner. We’re heading out for a quick road trip with the kids right now, so I’m devoting my brain energy to that instead of a menu I probably can’t cook. 😉

    Please share your menu for the week in the comments below. As you can tell, I certainly need it and I’m sure I’m not the only one! Also, you can click here to peruse through all past menus!


  9. Sunday, February 7, 2021

    Week 710 Weekly Menu

    Last week I did something I rarely do…well, I DIDN’T do something I normally do. I did not post a weekly menu! I’ll be honest, it’s been a wild month for my thumb. I’ve had two surgeries only to discover I need to have two more, which will be much more involved. The first is tomorrow and I’ll be going under general anesthesia. Send happy surgery vibes! Thankfully between Nate and dear friends we are buried in food.

    Week 710 Weekly Dinner Plan

    MONDAY:

    • Leftover Super Bowl food (including all kinds of delicious smoked meats!)

    TUESDAY:

    • Friend bringing dinner

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Friend bringing dinner

    THURSDAY:

    • Hello Fresh – Thai Coconut Curry Chicken

    FRIDAY:

    • Hello Fresh – Beef Flautas Supreme

    SATURDAY:

    • Weekend roadtrip! (Thank you in advance to Nate for doing all the driving! ;))

    SUNDAY:

    • Weekend roadtrip! 

    Please post your menus below! We need you to inspire one another while I’m in a weird cooking place in life!f


  10. Sunday, January 24, 2021

    Week 709 Weekly Menu

    Hand surgery tomorrow. Fun times! We’ve got a few Hello Fresh meals coming this week so the family can easily make dinner without my help. 

    Week 709 Weekly Dinner Menu

    MONDAY:

    • Pork Taquitos (Hello Fresh)

    TUESDAY:

    • Cavatappi Beef Ragu (Hello Fresh)

    WEDNESDAY:

    • Sweet Chili Pork & Green Bean Bowls (Hello Fresh)

    THURSDAY:

    • Leftovers

    FRIDAY:

    • Local Takeout

    SATURDAY:

    • Local Takeout

    SUNDAY:

    • Smoked Meat TBD

    Please share your own menu for the week below! Thank you and have a great week!