family meals: week 23

August 6, 2012


family mealsfamily mealsfamily mealsfamily mealsfamily mealsChile Stuffed Burger on Fresh Focaccia. So good. In fact, it was made twice this week! Who can resist fresh bread and a yummy, spicy burger?! The first time I made it, I used serrano peppers and didn’t just stuff it in the middle but just mixed it in the meat. The girls had a separate batch as theirs was sans spicy peppers. Ben and mine was loaded with spicy peppers. I didn’t have the bread the recipe called for, so I baked my own. The second time I made it, I used the Anaheim Chiles. I much prefer the serrano peppers because it had much more kick. Bread is one of those things that are so easy to do, you really ought to do it more often, but just don’t because it sounds hard. It really isn’t. Of course, our fave with any burger is sweet potato fries. Such a good combination.

Cold Soba Salad with Dried Shiitake Dressing. The girls really loved this one. Actually, they really love soba noodles, so I knew this was going to be a fan favorite. We topped ours with tofu for protein. Ben and I loved this too, but of course, we have to add our own spicy sauce because we prefer dishes with kick. It’s just our style. My spicy tolerance has gotten so much higher since being with Ben.

Week 8/6 – 8/10
Monday: Scallion Meatballs with Spiced Coconut Spinach
Tuesday: Cilantro Chickpea Salad
Wednesday: Mexican Pizza
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Sushi Night!

I’m late in posting this because I took a few days off to focus on prep for my Brave’s birthday, but I couldn’t neglect this post because meal planning has really helped our evenings become smoother. Are you a meal planner? How do you decide what to make for dinner?

4 comments on “family meals: week 23”

  • Ana says:

    I really enjoy reading your meal posts. It always looks really pretty and appetizing! I always plan our meals, maybe I should start posting about them again!

  • Deirdre says:

    Meal planner all the way…it does remove some of the sponteneity, but with kids, schedules and all that it is a must…and I also tend to make poor (unhealthy) choices when I get overly hungry and am in that, “What do you want?” “Oh I don’t know what do you want?” place with the hubs. Every Sunday I sit down with a piece of paper, with an eye on the fridge and pantry and plan six (or seven) meals using what needs using, any great recipes I find online or in cookbooks (Soba noodles are getting added- thank you!) and then plan. Works for us.
    Cheers!

  • Amanda says:

    Meal planning is a must for us. I plan the meals, do the grocery shopping, clip the coupons, and my husband does most of the cooking. Its a good balance. 🙂

  • Lis says:

    I’ve meal planned a few times. It made preparing lunch (the husband works nights, so we have lunch as a family) easier, I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. We love pairing burgers with sweet potato fries as well, our fave. And my spicy tolerance has gone considerably up as well, being married to a Mexican. I now find myself adding chile to everything. Love the kick it gives.

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