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Happy New Week and What’s For Supper #67! I mean seriously, this is my first menu planning share for the year! And I am sticking to creating A Menu Plan For Real Moms! I can’t tell you how happy/sad I am that school starts tomorrow and we are back to our regular grind. Yep, my kid is thrilled to see his “school friends” and not so thrilled to the daily hours of homework ahead. We feel for him, the times they have changed for our young folks. My answer torture him with hot homemade meals! And an occasional hot dog and french fry feast!
We had a pretty good winter break. And in the last couple of days, I have had my youngest boy, who is really not that young anymore, in the kitchen learning to art of ‘real food’. I purchased a really good chef knife for him, a solid cutting board with rubberized backing, and have been super strict about wearing real shoes in the kitchen, and not flipflops. You know, in the case the chef knife tries to nail its landing on his big toe. Psst! We use Global chef knives and they are awesome.
So far, we have only really cut toast with the knife, and still terrified that he will cut himself. He is my last baby at home, I have to protect him at all cost. We did, however, make an amazing batch of crepes and served them with Nutella and Strawberry Mascarpone! They were amazing! Yes, he and I poured them a little thick, but overall our first batch together was a success.
Strawberry Mascarpone is so yum!
To make the Strawberry Mascarpone I simply added a strawberry fruit spread, with freshly chopped strawberry with the mascarpone. Simply, but so yummy!
As a matter of fact, we are including the crepes in this week’s menu plan. We will be adding shredded BBQ chicken and ricotta and spinach fillings!
Part of our plan this year (well, maybe it’s all me) is to try new recipes at least once a week. I enjoy the ease or repetition and tried and true recipes. I mean, I know the guys will eat and enjoy the meal. But cooking so many days a week for a bazillion years has worn this gal down! I need variety! So, as much as I love my boys (Including my husband) I have got to stretch my foodie wings and do something new!
Grits Are Good Eating
This week we are making Shrimp and Grits. I can’t wait! Shrimp and Grits are one of my favorite things in the world. When my husband takes me out to dinner for my birthday usually it is someplace that has this yummy Southern recipe on the menu. Making it at home using simpler ingredients and adding extra shrimp, because that is the best part is going to be so awesome.
I will say, it was dang hard to find plain old cooking grits in my town. I guess Californians are more of oatmeal eaters. Y’all, grits are good eating! Cook them with chicken stock and you have a wonderful side dish just waiting for a pat of butter and some salt and pepper. Grits can take the place of hash browns, mashed potatoes, and you can even eat them with a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon just like a bowl of oatmeal.
Menu Plan For Real Moms
Our Family Menu Plan for Real Moms gives us the freedom to cook when we can and when we can’t be okay with a sandwich or a pizza night one or even twice a week! I mean! don’t you want to plan meals without losing your mind?
Monday Shrimp and Grits with Cucumber Salad and Iced Tea. Anytime I make a Southern meal I make a fresh pitcher of iced tea. 10 years ago it would have been sweet as candy, but these days I take it plain and simple.
Tuesday – Ground Turkey Tacos with Simply Organic Taco Seasoning with shredded lettuce and fresh lime. Simple but the guys love it. I might add thinly sliced radishes for fun.
Wednesday – Crepes with Shredded BBQ Chicken or Ricotta And Spinach Filling, Cole Slaw, and Fresh Fruit
Thursday – Sticky Sweet and oh so Yummy Sriracha Chicken Legs, Creamy Sriracha Macaroni Salad, and Fresh Fruit to cool the palate. We love some Sriracha around here!
Friday – Pizza and A Movie Night – We were able to watch a movie during winter break as a family and we had a pretty decent time. It is really hard to get your teen son to hang out! I have found that not giving him the option to not hang out at least every other week is a must. Also, I have found, he prefers to thumb through his cell phone than to speak to people sometimes. So no cell phones during Pizza and a Movie Night! House rules are a thing y’all!
Saturday – Dinner Out – My husband and I have been trying to score a date night by the ocean for a few weeks. We actually found a quiet spot in Oxnard, CA that is not overly crowded. We loved it so much we were tossing around the idea of retiring there. It had beautiful walkways and water views, with a breakfast place that we liked and a huge Mexican restaurant. It is not far from the city so I can get my Indian food fix! Darn near perfect.
Sunday – Oven Fried Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs, Creamy, Dreamy Mashed Potatoes, Southern Crack Green Beans, and Corn Bread. Yes, this is a fully loaded Southern meal, the only thing missing is the cobbler. But a girl has to watch her waistline, ya’ know?
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