What to Feed My Family…?
By Kayla Howard
Have you ever stood in your kitchen, refrigerator door wide open, and mumbled to yourself…”what in the world am I going to make for dinner?” Ya, me too…like most of the time. I just realized that I spent the last few months doing that and I really didn’t enjoying cooking. Now, all of the sudden I’m excited about cooking again. I think it has to do with summer. It’s hot outside, the house is hot, I’m busy and cooking isn’t as fun as playing in the river. Now with the season shifting toward fall, I find myself longing to cook and bake.
In fact, I blush to admit that I’ve spent an hour every evening in bed with my iPhone pinning recipes I want to try out from Pinterest!
A Week’s Worth of Dinner Ideas
Dinner: Mysterious Meat from the Freezer (a gift), Maple Baked Beans, fresh green beans from the garden sauteed with garlic.
NOTES: The mysterious meat turned out to be ground venison. Cook venison in a little extra oil such as olive, then use onions and garlic to tone done the potentially strong flavor. YUM!
Dinner: Crockpot Mongolian Beef and Rice
NOTE: I operate at a fairly high level of activity, (if you had not already figured that one out–lol). If I can slow myself down long enough to put something in the slow cooker early in the day, it really is a relief at dinner time. We primarily use white jasmine rice in our house. I know there is controversy over brown rice/white rice, but the research I’ve read leads me to me fine with white rice.
Dinner: BBQ Chicken Thighs, Outback Style Baked Potatoes (from my garden), Home made Spelt bread, cucumbers and tomatoes from the garden.
NOTES: The homemade Spelt bread tutorial is coming soon! Sprinkle your cukes and tomatoes with an Italian salad dressing mix to add extra flavor.
Dinner: Crock pot Re-fried Beans, Fresh Tortillas (from Costco), Chicken cooked on the BBQ, fresh veggies for toppings.
NOTES: Have you tried uncooked tortillas? WOW! I really love actually making tortillas, but I choose which things I do and which things I don’t. Usually other things win out over making the tortillas so we love to buy the uncooked ones for a fresh taste. We cook ours on a hot pizza stone for about 30 seconds each side. (Heat the stone to 500 degrees). Fresh taste, no mess.
Dinner: Roasted Potatoes (at 500 degrees with oil & salt), Chicken Fingers, Apple Coleslaw
NOTES: I have not yet found a recipe for chicken fingers that I truly love. In fact, if you have an awesome batter recipe for chicken, send it my way! If you follow me on Facebook, then you may have seen the reason why we are eating so many potatoes…our garden over produced this year! After all, we do live in the potato state.
Dinner: Cholent- Beef Stew
NOTE: This recipe looks awesome because it’s kind of different!! I am totally jacked about cooking the eggs in their shells, in the stew—how fun!
NOTES: We love curry. If is seems daunting, don’t let it be. The flavors are AMAZING!
Let me know what you think and share your favorite recipes below!