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  1. Monday, January 29, 2024

    Week 781 Weekly Menu

    Before I jump into this week’s menu, a quick plug for this recipe: Crispy Rosemary Roast Potatoes. I hadn’t made them in years but we whipped up a batch last night. I remembered that they were good, but every time we eat them we’re like, “Oh yeah, these are SO good.” Okay, on to this week…

    week 781 weekly dinner menu plan from this week for dinner



    • Carnitas Nachos (going to pick up carnitas from Primo Market in Oceanside)




    • Leftovers


    • Eat out


    • Going to ask Nate to smoke us something delicious!

    You know the drill…please share your meal plans in the comments below! Looking forward to getting back in this groove with you all. Have a great week!

  2. Wednesday, January 24, 2024

    Happy New Year! A recommitment to cooking

    Hello, This Week for Dinner friends! LONG time no talk. I know that I’ve been short of reliable since last summer in terms of planning meals and cooking. The blog has felt it, you have felt it and my family sure has felt it the most (holy eating-out-all-of-the-time 😳). Life has been in flux more than usual this past year. I am knocking on all of the wood as I say the following, but this week is the first time in a long time that feels normal-ish. And, after so many months of dinner uncertainty and eating out, I am beyond ready to get cooking again.

    Carne Asada Salad served with Homemade Cilantro Crema Dressing

    Carne Asada Salad with Cilantro Crema

    With that, here is my food resolution for the year: cook. Cooking is such a lovely excuse at the end of a busy day to breathe. To listen to a podcast, music or audiobook. To spend time with a family member who also likes to cook. To prioritize our health as well as our enjoyment of food. 

    Along with a recommitment to cooking, I will once again consistently post a weekly menu! It’s all a part of the same goal and that weekly check-in with you all here on the blog is incredibly helpful. I hope that you will continue to share your menus and recipes with us each week as well!

    cilantro sour cream enchiladas1 web

    Cilantro Sour Cream Enchiladas

    That said, I’ve also found myself enjoying a few nights a week where I don’t have a plan, where I swing by the store and just grab a couple things for that night. I used to hate that. I think when the kids were younger and required more physical care there simply was no space for impromptu shopping and cooking. These days, however, there is a bit of room for spontaneity, a flexibility in what we cook and eat that I honestly haven’t felt in 19+ years. (Yep, Cate is 19 now!) I will still create a weekly plan, but I may or may not do weekly grocery shopping and I’m giving myself mental permission to mix the plan up when I feel like it!

    Backlit side view of gluten-free buffalo chicken drumsticks with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing

    Gluten-Free Buffalo Chicken

    One last thing…my cooking resolution also fits in well with the blog’s yearly resolution related to food and the environment. In terms of trash and food waste, cooking at home is automatically a huge improvement. In addition, when you cook at home you have more control over the ingredients and where they come from, making it easier to source local food as much as possible. So here’s to eating well and putting our own little drop in the bucket for Mother Earth.

    I am looking forward to another year of planning, cooking, eating well and enjoying time in the kitchen!