Wednesday, August 12, 2015

{Pinned there, Done That}

I came across this Lemon Chicken Thighs with Asparagus and red potatoes from damndelicious.net the other day and had to give it a shot. I mean why not? Thighs are relatively cheap and the family LOVES potatoes... AND it's a one pan meal (except of course in my case where I actually don't have a stove to oven pan... grr. I'll work on that).

This is a definite keeper; the chicken was flavorful and tender and cooked perfectly!

Here is the recipe in case it gets lost:


LEMON CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS AND POTATOESPrep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Yield: 8 servings
Crisp-tender chicken baked to absolute perfection. It's truly an entire meal in a single skillet!
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups baby red potatoes, halved
1 pound asparagus, trimmed

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a small bowl, combine olive oil, Dijon, lemon juice, lemon zest and thyme; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Using your fingers or a brush, work the mixture onto both sides of the chicken.
Melt butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
Add potatoes to the skillet; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place into oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the potatoes are easily pieced with a fork.* Add asparagus and chicken to the skillet.
Place into oven and roast until the chicken is completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
Serve immediately.

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Sunday, August 9, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

Less than 3 weeks until baby is due!!

SUNDAY
Steak Quesadillas

MONDAY
Salmon (sale) with champagne sauce and green beans

TUESDAY
Crockpot Cheddar Beer chicken tacos 

WEDNESDAY
Shrimp (freezer) tomato and spinach in a garlic butter sauce

THURSDAY
White Bean Chicken Chili (double ingredients to stock freezer meal)

FRIDAY
Homemade pizza night

SATURDAY
Spaghetti with homemade sauce and grilled italian sausage

Caprese Chicken with asparagus

Tuscan Sausage Soup 

Lemon Chicken 

Taco Night

Sirloin Tip Roast


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Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

SUNDAY was...
Crockpot Brown Sugar Flank Steak with rice, black beans, and avocado on tortillas
Very yummy! This was leftovers for lunch... we ate too quick to get a dinner picture.

MONDAY
Family favorite Sausage Lentil Soup

TUESDAY
Probably hot dogs and mac n cheese for the kiddos

WEDNESDAY
Meatloaf

THURSDAY
Panko Crusted Tilapia, another family favorite

FRIDAY
Homemade pizza (probably the portobello pizza) with salad

SATURDAY
Grilled Salmon Kabobs

Corned Beef , Carrots, Potatoes, and Cabbage

Noodle Bowls (Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup)

Panko Parmesan, Parsley Pork chops 
eh... only ok. 

Pull Apart Pizza Bread
Too doughy... I use the biscuits instead of the pizza dough

Grilled chicken legs


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan


SUNDAY
Grilled steak, corn on the cob, green beans (from garden), and chicken and macaroni and cheese for the kiddos

MONDAY
Noodle Bowls (Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup)

TUESDAY
Corned Beef, Potatoes, and Cabbage

WEDNESDAY
Panko Parmesan, Parsley Pork chops (BOGO at Publix)

THURSDAY
Crockpot Brown Sugar Flank Steak
Flank steak from freezer

FRIDAY
Meatloaf

SATURDAY
Kind of want to try this recipe... maybe just for a snack
Pull Apart Pizza Bread




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Monday, June 29, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan

Being summer and the fact that we are traveling a bit... and are WAY less scheduled, my meal plans are going to be sporadic at best. BUT here's this week! We are going to be working through our freezer as best we can.

SUNDAY was...
Low Country Boil and pool party with some college friends

MONDAY
Corned Beef, potatoes, and carrots (from the garden!)

TUESDAY
Shrimp & grits (with the leftover shrimp and sausage from our Low Country Boil)

WEDNESDAY
Grilled Steaks, courtesy of my mother-in-law... and probably some corn and green beans from the garden

THURSDAY
Homemade spaghetti sauce (from our garden grown tomatoes) with grilled Italian sausage (from the freezer)


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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our Garden ::. The Fourth Month


Ok, technically this will be the 3rd AND 4th months post... because time got away from me with the end of school and vacation and I never got around to writing it.

Last month we tore out the depleted green bean plants and quite woodsy lettuce plants and planted black beans, more green beans, a few sun flowers (the girls begged us!), cucumber that we started from seed in those little starter cups and zucchini that we started from seed directly into the garden bed... and some flower seeds that Charlotte got from her teacher in school.

After a short time, everything seemed to be sprouting and growing well...


We pulled ALL the onions...


Picked most of the carrots -- but they were hidden by our extremely overgrown tomato plants so they didn't fare overly well... but still... kind of fun! Our tomatoes have been hit with a few rounds of bug issues and fungus... but after some seven dust and some other organic spray for the fungus... they continue to produce. We've gotten at least 2 red, yellow, and orange... and lots of green bell peppers.


AND THEN the girls and I went on a 2 week road trip and between heat (gotta love Florida summer... and the direct sun), lack of attention by someone who shall not be named (ahem, ahem), or something... we lost our cucumbers AND zucchini, our tomato plants exploded and were bug filled, and we lost several belle peppers to the bugs.

Lost cucumbers and zucchini
On the bright side, we still have some peppers growing...


  The green beans are producing ...


The tomatoes are still coming in...


And Charlotte's flowers from school are doing great.


Oh... and our sunflowers are ginormous!!!


Here is the current garden.


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