Week in a Day

September 30, 2012

Sunday mornings fall into a routine for us here at the Stump household.  I take out my handy dandy notebook, sit down with this week’s grocery ads, a cup of coffee, and our meal plan board.

(isn’t it lovely?)

After gathering everything, the same question is always asked :

“What do you feel like eating this week?”    We make a list of everything that sounds good, try to match up with what’s on special that week, and go from there.  I also take into consideration our weekly schedule, so that meals will coincide with our days.  Days where we have to work late = meals with less planning and cook time.   Once that is complete, 7 meals are assigned to a day, and a grocery list is made.  I write down the meals on our planner board, noting where the recipe can be found if it is new.

Here’s what’s on the line up this week:

Monday: Baked Sweet Potatoes stuffed with roasted vegetables and chicken
Chop 1/2 a red onion, 1 zucchini, 1 yellow squash, and some tomatoes- I just use grape tomatoes.  Toss in oil, salt, and pepper… place on a baking sheet @ 425 for roughly 20 minutes.  In the last 8 minutes, pop 2 sweet potatoes into the microwave- make sure you poked those babies, or they’ll explode.  Once roasted, remove the veggies and add pre-cooked chicken chunks ( my go to are tyson’s diced roasted chicken, precooked and frozen- they go in the microwave for about 3 minutes)  Split open your baked sweet potatoes, add butter, salt, and pepper… fill with a few hearty scoops of the chicken and veggie mix, and you’re good to go!

Tuesday- Parmesan Crusted Tilapia with Sauted Spinach
Pretty standard in our house, and really easy- this is what I call a 15 minute meal.  Take out your tilapia filets.  Again, I go frozen- they come individually packaged and are thawed out under luke warm water in a matter of minutes.  Flour- eggwash (beat an egg), and then a breadcrumb/parm cheese mixture- heavy on the cheese!  Pop into a skillet that has a thin layer of hot oil- roughly 2-3 minutes until they are golden in color,  then flip.   The spinach is equally as easy.  Heat up a tiny bit of oil and minced garlic in a skillet.  Add an entire bag of baby spinach- it looks like a ton but wilts down fast.  Add some lemon juice…toss around until wilted. Done.- It takes literally, 3 minutes from start to finish to do the spinach.

Wednesday- Pizza Pot Pies

New recipe for us straight from, you guessed it, Pinterest! This recipe is for 2. You’ll need 3 ounces pepperoni, chopped, 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese, 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, onions and peppers, olives or mushrooms, chopped- if so desired.   1 cup of tomato sauce, and refrigerated pizza crust- yep, pillsbury will work!

Preheat your oven to 375.  Find some smallish ramikens, and lay out your pizza dough (you’ll have extra- get creative!)  Lay ramekins on the dough and trace around your ramekins w/ a pizza cutter. Combine your sauce, pepperoni, and veggies.  Toss in the ramekins and top with yummy cheese.  Add your pizza crust on top and brush it with some olive oil.  Pop in the oven for 25 minutes, or until your crust is golden.  When you take them out, crack the dough so that it will vent and you don’t burn your mouth with molten cheese.

Thursday- New England Turkey Burgers with Onion Rings

I love these.  It sounds like a lot of effort..but honestly, if you only make one recipe from this week- make these.  The combination of the turkey with the cheddar and granny smith apple- it’s like fall on a bun. 
You’ll need : ground turkey, honey mustard, scallions, dried cranberries, a granny smith apple, cheddar cheese, and english muffins.   Combine the turkey with sliced scallions and dried cranberries, add 1 tbsp of honey mustard to hold it all together and keep it moist- form into patties.  Put a little “thumb dip” in the center- it’ll make them cook even and without the bulge in the middle… and you wont be tempted to squash them down flat, losing all the juices.  Cook them up in a skillet.  Toast your english muffins, and top them with some honey mustard on the top part.  Slice the apple.  In the last minute of cooking the burgers, top with cheddar cheese- I like sharp white, but use what you like!  Assemble your burgers- muffin, burger, apples, muffin.  I serve these with either sweet potato fries or onion rings.

Friday- Apple & Sage Pork Chops w/ red potatoes

This is made with a McCormick Recipe Inspirations Season Pack- the recipe and everything I need aside from the pork, apples, and potatoes… is in this nice little sectioned off pack- if you watch the stores, a lot of times they go on sale 10 for $10- STOCK UP.  The recipe card is on the back of the packet.

Saturday- Caprese Paninis with Garden Tomato Bisque

Ok- this one is kind of a cop out.  Safeway makes the best organic Garden Tomato Bisque.  I heat it up and make these paninis that are reminiscent of Panera’s  Tomato Mozzarella Panini.  We also have a new panini press.  So, while the soup is heating, I grab some ciabatta bread or rolls, slice them open, and make sandwiches- thick sliced tomatoes, topped with thick slices of fresh mozzarella, topped with basil leaves, then topped with the other part of the bread.  Onto the panini maker they go for a few minutes until delightfully grilled.   Easy dinner- big on taste.

Sunday- Cilantro Thai Chicken over rice

Another pinterest wonder… from here: http://www.artsy-foodie.com/2008/09/wonderful-tasting-chicken-breast-recipe.html

I love her stuff, and haven’t made this one yet.  I might be brave and tackle marinating a WHOLE chicken with this and roasting it. We’ll see… it IS a Sunday meal, after all.

So, that’s our week, planned in a day!  Hope you find 1 that you’ll try out.  Let me know how it goes!

Happy eating,


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