Weekly menu 3/52

Just popping in to share this weeks menu!

skinny tortelloni & peppers (a new recipe)
green chile enchilada pasta (I forgot to add a few ingredients to the grocery list last week..whoops!)
buffalo chicken lettuce wraps
asian beef & broccoli with egg drop soup
BLT’s & cold pasta salad

Last week I made a few things that I wanted to share, also.  These goat cheese stuffed mini sweet peppers I made to have with our meatloaf & they were great! I wished I had made a balsamic reduction for a drizzle on top, but I’ll remember to next time.

I made this overnight oats recipe a few times and Rhett & I looooved it.. typically you eat overnight oats cold, but I zapped ours in the microwave just to take the chill off for Rhett & I actually preferred it that way!

Carrot Cake Overnight Oats
1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c liquid (I used almond coconut milk)
2 T chopped carrots
1/2 banana, mashed
drizzle maple syrup
pinch of cinnamon
2 T pecans

Instructions

  1. Mix all the ingredients together (leaving out the pecans) and put in the fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning, top with pecans & enjoy!

And finally, I wanted to make a treat for my nephew who we took on a date night for his birthday so I made mini heart cronuts.. It was a slight fail because not all of them looked like hearts after frying, & some didn’t get fully cooked because my oil was too hot. But they were cute so that counts for something! Hopefully I solved the problem of overheating the oil for you in the instructions.. My mistake was starting with heating the oil & not keeping a close enough watch, so it was hot before I was done shaping the hearts! 

  

Mini Heart Cronuts
1 tube crescent dough
2 c canola oil (for frying)

Powdered Sugar Glaze
1 c powdered sugar
2 T milk
tiny pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Start by whisking the salt, milk & powdered sugar together to make the glaze (mine was also too thin so don’t worry if yours looks a bit different in the end)
  2. Then open the crescent dough, keeping two triangles together so you have rectangular shapes.
  3. Pinch together where they are perforated across the diagonal
  4. Roll up the two shorter sides toward each other to the middle
  5. Pinch the bottom where they meet to form a heart
  6. Then begin heating the oil in a medium saucepan over medium low heat, increasing the heat gradually
  7. While the oil is heating, cut the rolls you just made into bite-sized pieces (you’ll have to reshape the heart for most of them)
  8. Once the oil has reached 350 degrees, carefully drop the dough in groups of 6, flipping once golden brown
  9. Remove from the oil and place on a paper towel lined plate
  10. Repeat until you have finished frying each mini heart
  11. Dip all the hearts in the glaze and then transfer to a wire rack to drip off any excess (you could dip half of them in a cinnamon sugar mix if you want another flavor)

Let me know in the comments below if you try out any of these recipes! I’d love to hear how they turn out.

xo.

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Just things.

A few things on my mind lately..a lot about nothing of importance, really.

  1. This swell bottle to use for cold brews. I’ve found a few in groceries around town, but they are entirely too caffeinated for me.  The other day I got one and felt jittery for a few hours after, then got a pretty bad headache, and then stayed up until midnight. Not my idea of fun! So I’m looking for a local coffee shop that may sell a concentrate that I can dilute with more water or I’ll resort to making it myself. If I did, I’d probably follow these instructions; pretty straightforward.  Then to spice it up a little, this cinnamon dolce recipe sounds delicious.

2. Oh Joy has a new line coming to Target & I’m so excited to just look through it all.  Her designs are always so bright and colorful; something I admire, but I can never seem to find a way to make work with my style.

3. I’ve been thinking a lot about how we can make our outdoor space somewhere that we spend more time when it’s warm out..we a have an oddly shaped patio that makes it hard to visualize a layout that would be equally practical & useful. But I’m determined to figure something out so that come spring, we have a plan and can get to work! Doesn’t this space look so comfy and inviting? Not that we have that kind of space or budget! 

porch love:

4.  While we’re on the topic of warmer weather, I’ve been thinking a lot about one piece swimsuits.  Since we’ll be taking Rhett on his first trip to the beach in May, I’m going to need a suit that is mom-friendly (as in, I’ll be sitting with him playing in the sand so I neither want my top or midsection on display), and also cute.  I know one pieces aren’t what they used to be, so I’m hopeful.. but I just don’t like the idea of shelling out so much for a swimsuit!  Have any suggestions on where to look?

5. We’re getting back to eating better since the holidays this week, so I’ve been looking for some new recipes to try.. homemaking pizzas is one of our favorite things to do & this one has me drooling.

 And in case you missed anything this week, I gave you a yoga outfit under $100, a book recommendation & feeding essentials for baby, and a few ideas for a festive Valentine’s Day.

Happy weekend!
xo. 

A Health(ier) Holiday 

oh deerEveryone can admit that it’s hard not to overindulge during the holidays. With the endless options and full-cream versions of side dishes, there’s enough deliciously decadent dishes to get you ’till next year or the next holiday.  I’ve always said that one meal won’t make you fat, just like one won’t make you skinny.. Buuuut it doesn’t hurt to add (or substitute) in a few healthy alternatives for the good of everyone you care about–because they are likely the people sitting across from you at this meal. However, some people, guys I’m talkin’ to you, don’t like change and could care less about their caloric intake from some of their favorite meals of the year…so we (as the cooks) gotta be sneaky!

Here’s a meal you could slip on the table this Christmas for trimming a little fat off the meal without looking like you’re trying to do so.. oh, and the meal I’m planning for my family!

Appetizers
Holiday Cheese Board
Shrimp Cocktail

Salad
Pear & Raspberry Salad

Main Course
Prime Rib
Creamy Horseradish & Au Jus

Sides
Roasted Mixed Vegetables
Hassleback Potatoes
Dinner Rolls

Dessert
Pecan Pie
Grandma’s Sugar Cookies

I am in no way saying this would be considered a “diet” menu, however I’m hoping it will be less easy to overindulge by keeping it limited in the number of dishes, using simple ingredients/recipes, & serving it in courses.  Eating slower has shown to decrease the likelihood of over-eating because you’ve given yourself more time to recognize when you’re full.. so I want us to slow down and enjoy the time we spend together & I think serving the meal in courses will do just that. The appetizers will be a healthier start to the meal & enough for people to munch on while the rest is finishing in the oven. The small salad gets everyone started for the main event–Prime rib and two sides with a roll for everyone.  Prime rib may not be the healthiest of meats, but I think serving a smaller portion to each individual will help. Then we will do our gift exchange and finish off with pecan pie & the homemade sugar cookies I made.  I think it’s a perfect balance of delicious & health-conscious.

Now you can get back to your last minute preparations & wrapping for the big day tomorrow. Thankfully, Santa has already made his stop at our house, so I’ll be posted on the couch sipping a glass of wine imagining just how much fun we’re going to have tomorrow.

Merry Christmas Eve!
xo.