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Menu Plan Monday: Comfort, Spice, and more!

Updated: Jul 2, 2023

Welcome back, chickadees!! It's another exciting Monday, and you know what that means—it's time for another edition of Menu Plan Monday! Now, I know y'all love seeing photos of what we are eating on IG, so here is what I am doing. I'm actually sharing a week behind, so these were the meals we ate last week!! Im going to start giving them a rating as well so you know if you want to try to make something or if it should be a pass!

Let's get into this weeks (or last weeks I guess lol) menu!

French Toast with Bacon: I know what you're thinking, didn't you have this last week? The answer is...yes! I still have half a loaf of bread that we won't eat otherwise so I wanted to use it up! Let me give you the best recipe though that is so easy to throw together. Eggs (however many you need, I usually say 2 per person), brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, white sugar, and milk, plus a pinch of salt! This makes the BEST custard! For two people, we usually eat 3 slices a piece, so I do 4 eggs, 1/4C of both sugars, 1/4C milk, a tsp of vanilla, and just shake in that cinnamon! NOW!!!!! You know when you dip your bread, the cinnamon likes to float to the top and chunk up and then you have to keep adding it! Here is the secret! BLENDER! Put everything in the blender and it will distribute the cinnamon more evenly and you won't have to keep adding it while cooking!

Rating 9/10, one of our fave meals!

Lazy Green Chicken Enchiladas: Next up, we have a texmex-inspired dish that is not only easy, its quick! I boiled a chicken breast for about 13min until cooked then threw it in my kitchenaid with the paddle attachment to shred it up quickly! So much better than two forks! Then in a casserole dish, I layer in corn tortillas, chicken, green enchilada sauce from a can, and shredded cheese of choice! I usually grab queso quesadilla because it melts beautifully! Do as many layers as you want then throw it in the oven for 20min at 350 and broil for a few minutes until the cheese on top is golden and bubbly! I served ours with Mexican rice and leftover pinto beans from last week!

Rating 6/10 - its good but we are Mexican food snobs lol BUT it cleaned out some stuff from my pantry and that makes me happy!

Cajun Chicken Pasta with steamed broccoli: THIS is sooooo good!! I boiled some noodles - whatever you have on hand, then my sauce was cream of mushroom soup, some milk, cajun seasoning, a can of drained diced tomatoes with chilis, and shredded cheddar cheese. I also like to add in some bell peppers and onions, I like the frozen ones so you can use them for multiple things and they don't go bad! Mix the noodles in here with some chopped up cooked chicken (I always have rotisserie chicken in my freezer for stuff like this!). Its creamy, a little spicy, and soooooo good!

Rating 9/10 - Charlton said we need to add sausage next time too!

Meatloaf with Broccoli and Mashed Potatoes: This meatloaf picture is from a place here in Austin we LOVE to eat at called Hoovers. They serve up soul food like no bodies business!! Their meatloaf is amazing but what makes it amazing-er is the sauce! Its a tomato and bell pepper ragu! I've never had anything like it in my life. I make it by using a can of diced tomatoes and blending them, just a bit, then add in some of those frozen peppers and onions, and cook with whatever spices you're feeling like that day. I let it cook on low in the back burner while my meatloaf is cooking so everyone in the hot tub is nice and acuainted by the time the meatloaf is ready! I just make a basic meatloaf recipe but I will tell you my secret ingredient...prepared horseradish! About 2 tsp into the meat mixture and you will LOVE it!!! Plus tomorrow you can have meatloaf sandwiches for lunch!!

Rating 9/10 - always a classic!

Chicken Parmesan Casserole with Garlic Bread: I saw this on Pinterest and was like, yep, I need to try that - I should have known it wouldn't be good! LOL! Basically you cook a chicken breast and cut it into chunks. Make pasta, mix it with the chicken, pasta sauce, and cheese, then stick it in a casserole dish and top it with a mixture of breadcrumbs (I did both Italian seasoned and panko), and cook until the top is crispy. Well, the top stays crispy for about 2 minutes but the breadcrumbs under are soggy and mix with the pasta and dry it out! It was NOT good! hahaha I'll stick to regular chicken parmesan from now on!

Rating 3/10 would not do again!

We also went out for Ramen for our 5 year wedding anniversary this week, so that was a fun break in cooking! Im REALLY appreciating when we get to go out to eat now, and that makes me soooo happy! I was so tired of eating out every single night there for a while! Rating 200000000/10 for ramen! haha We go to Ramen Tatsu Ya in southwark meadows if you're local and wanting to try!

There you have it, folks— I hope these dishes inspire you to get creative in the kitchen and explore new flavors, even if they don't always work out!

I'll see you on the next blog post!


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