You may notice as you read over my menu that I've added a lot of salads. I love salad. I always have. Granted when I was little what I really loved was drowning a small piece of lettuce in thousand island dressing. Now that I'm an adult when I say I love salad, I really mean I love salad. I love all different kinds of greens mixed with all different kinds of lettuces.
I like to spice up my salads with a variety of toppings. Some of my favorite add-ins are dried cranberries (which we always have on hand anyway since they happen to be one of Bailey's favorite snacks), nuts (pistachios, cashews, and almonds in particular), meat (usually chicken of some kind but I will sometimes use leftover pork chop or pork tenderloin and if I happen to have splurged on steak I might even use it), and occasionally a small amount of grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese.
Last week I made some really delicious chicken salad with cranberries and pistachios. I topped my lunch time salad with it for two days and wished like crazy that I had made more of it.
I have to say I think I did pretty well last week making better food choices. While the rest of my little family had grilled cheese sandwiches and hot dogs for lunch most days I stuck with my healthier leftovers and salads. I started my day with scrambled eggs and wheat toast or whole grain cereals and yogurt every morning. I did cave and eat two helpings of loaded potato and buffalo chicken casserole last night, but that was because it's one of my favorites.
This week should be fun. I'm trying an adaptation of a previously posted recipe, repeating a recipe I dug up for my brother (it will be the first time Aaron has tried it), and Aaron will also be trying Yaya's chicken and dumplings for the first time. I use her recipe but hers is so much better than mine.
Here's the full menu.
Breakfast- cranberry and brown sugar oatmeal
Lunch- spicy sausage pasta skillet and salad
Dinner- chicken and dumplings at Yaya's
Breakfast- eggs, toast, and yogurt
Lunch- peanut butter and banana sandwiches and salad
Dinner- chicken quesadillas with black beans and salad
Breakfast- yogurt, cereal, and clementines
Lunch- taco salad
Dinner- chicken taco macaroni and cheese with salad
Breakfast- apple cinnamon oatmeal
Lunch- leftover macaroni and cheese and salad
Dinner- beef stroganoff over egg noodles and salad
Breakfast- eggs, toast, and clementines
Lunch- leftover beef stroganoff and salad
Dinner- crock pot creamy Italian chicken and pasta with salad and garlic toast
Breakfast- sausage, gravy, and biscuits
Lunch- leftover creamy Italian chicken and pasta with salad
Dinner- Yaya's spaghetti, salad, and garlic toast
Breakfast- bacon, eggs, and biscuits
Dinner- Admiral will provide dinner
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