Meal Plan

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I actually wanted to post my meal plan yesterday, but then I began watching Dancing With The Stars and drinking a Moscow Mule, it was all over from there. I haven’t been able to decide who I want to win the mirror ball trophy. My favorites are Amy Purdy, Candace Cameron Bure and my girl Nene Leakes. This season has me laughing, crying and doing a little seat dancing.

Last week I tried a new recipe, Buffalo Chicken French Bread, and oh my goodness! The flavor was so good. I loved the combination of buffalo wing sauce, ranch, chicken, gouda (the recipe called for fontina, but our grocery store didn’t carry it) and gorgonzola cheese, plus green onion and cilantro. Flavor a 10! Texture??? …ehhh. It was a bit… soggy. The cheese, ranch and buffalo sauce saturated the bread. I’ll definitely make it again, but I might use ciabatta instead of French bread, since it’s crispier, and less cheese. I love me some cheese, but it was a little much even for me. I could have topped it with less and still enjoyed it just as much. I’ll make it again and add my little tweaks.

Wednesday we went to Paul and Rafaelle’s for dinner instead of our fend for yourself night. They barbecued and it was a meat feast, seriously, steak, chicken and shrimp. Rafaelle made a delicious cole slaw and quinoa salad. The ingredients were fresh and vibrant. It really was a beautiful meal. Just giving you some background on why you’ll see barbecue all over this week’s meal plan. We caught the barbecue bug!

Monday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce & Boboli Pizza

Tuesday: Grilled Shrimp & Asparagus with Lemon-Shallot Vinaigrette & Salad

Wednesday: Grilled Steak Tacos, Guacamole, Pico De Gallo & Corn on the Cob

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Spicy Italian Sausage, Hot Dogs & Fruit

Saturday & Sunday: Leftovers

Last night’s dinner came about because I wanted to make something that I could pull together in thirty minutes. A few week’s ago I made a double batch of spaghetti sauce and froze half of it. I already had it thawing in the refrigerator, all I had to do was heat it up, boil noodles and make a Boboli pizza. Easy.

Today we are barbecuing, hopefully the wind subsides. I’m trying a new recipe from my Curtis Stone What’s For Dinner? cookbook, grilled shrimp and asparagus with lemon-shallot vinaigrette. The recipe sounds light and perfect for spring. It is made up of five ingredients and takes fifteen minutes including prep and cooking time. I’ll serve a simple salad on the side.

Tomorrow we are grilling steak for tacos and corn on the cob. While Jeff does the grilling I’ll heat the corn tortillas on the stove, just one reason why I love having a gas stove, and I’ll make guacamole and pico de gallo to go along with it.

Jeff has been craving spicy Italian sausage. Spicy sausages are his thing, whereas, Ryan and I are hot dog girls, charred hot dogs. Friday Jeff will barbecue while I’m at work. I’ll make a sausage, potato, bell pepper and onion dish with the leftovers for the weekend.

As I was taking pictures for this post, Billy came over and did everything he could to get me attention. I couldn’t help but capture his cute little face. Always the drama king.

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