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There’s An App For That

23 Jul

I’ve got to be honest, sometimes the last thing I want to do is plan out our dinners and make a grocery list. It’s a double edged sword – on one hand planning out two weeks at a time means I don’t have to think about it again for a long time. But on the other hand, it also means it’s a bigger endeavor when I do sit down to do it. Luckily I’ve recently discovered a couple different apps that help me make it all more manageable. The one I use the most is called Wunderlist and it is a real life saver. It allows me to create tons of different lists that I can share with Michael. What makes this different than most list sharing devices is that either of us can update it at any time and it will automatically synch on our iPads, iPhones, and desktop. I keep a running list of ideas for dinners, as the week goes on I just keep adding to it. Usually when it’s time to put the next two week’s worth of dinners together I’ve got a decent list going already. I’ve also currently got a grocery list, a Costco list and a Target list – all of which Michael and I update whenever we pick anything up at the store. Another great app that I discovered is Evernote. Evernote allows me to capture webpages of things that interest me for access anytime. It’s the 21st Century equivalent of clipping articles out of the newspaper.  If I see a recipe on a blog that piques my curiosity or an article that I think is helpful but I don’t have time to read it right away I “clip” it to Evernote for later. And of course I have the WordPress app too – which not only let’s me edit and post here but also let’s me read all the blogs I follow in one easy place.
Anyway, I definitely used both of these for putting together this latest installment of meals, but I’m always on the look out for more useful apps and websites for organizing and planning. Anyone have any other suggestions to share?

P.S. If you’ve noticed we’re a little short on dinners this time around – it’s because a certain little man is turning 5 this week so we’ll be doing lots of celebrating out with him!

1. One pot salmon with snap peas and rice
A Real Simple recipe I’m looking forward to making – especially as I love anything “one pot”.

2. Kale with chicken sausage and white beans over mashed potatoes
This is easy and quick and delish.

3. Pasta with tuna and ricotta cheese
I have to admit, I think this sounds a little weird but her recipes have never steered me wrong.

4. Baked chicken tenders with steamed asparagus and Onion Soup Potatoes
These potatoes are so easy to make and make a really yummy side dish that requires only three ingredients.

5. Greek turkey picadillo over rice
A favorite with the kids and grown ups.  Plus, I have olives and capers burning a hole in my pocket.

6. Slow cooker Asian-style pork tenderloin with jasmine rice and roasted green beans
We like lean pork tenderloin for a change from turkey and chicken. This is just a new spin on it.

7. Slow cooker Thai lettuce wraps
I love lettuce wraps so I’m going to give these from the queen of slow cooking a try.  But I think I’ll add carrots and water chestnuts towards the end of the cooking time to give them a little crunch.


Greek Week(s)

27 Feb

When I plan out menus, I like to try and use up many of the same ingredients so I don’t have some random bottle of something or another that I only needed two tablespoons for in one recipe sitting around for months, or conversely so I can buy stuff in bulk.  In the following recipes, the theme is obviously a variation on Greek/Mediterranean food, which is just fine by me because other than Persian food, I think Greek is my favorite.  The two cuisines share a lot of the same flavor profiles – salty, sour, lots of vegetables playing the main role.  And luckily my kids really like a lot of this food too (especially anything with olives in it).  It is going to be a tough two weeks, as Michael is out of town for a few days (Vegas, baby!) and I have 3 meetings over the next two weeks which will keep me out of the house after work.  So I’ve tried to do a lot of things that are either really quick or can be made ahead the night before.  And then one night we are going out (to a screening of the new documentary Cafeteria Man – about one man’s attempt to fix the school lunch system in Baltimore – check it out!) so that means it’s really just 9 dishes down there.  But it’s still two weeks of not having to think about what to  make for dinner!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kale, with sausage and white beans over mashed potatoes

I’ve never made this recipe before, but I know it’s going to be fantastic because everything I have ever made from Simply Recipes has been.  I’ll be making it with chicken sausage but either way it sounds great.  UPDATE: I made this last night and not only was it super delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make, but it was also ready from start to finish in about twenty minutes.  Seriously, make this.  And then head over to Simply Recipes and check out her other dishes!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Greek chicken with tomato sauce over orzo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (Happy Leap Year!)


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pasta with Goat Cheese, baby spinach, and cherry tomatoes

Friday, March 2, 2012

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

Monday, March 5, 2012

Greek Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

I’ve updated this to how I make it at home – same basic recipe, just a few changes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore over Spaghetti

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baked Ziti with Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage

I make this exactly as is – except that I use fresh mozzarella on top – great dish to make ahead of time.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Take Out!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Slow Cooker Eggplant, Mozzarella and Polenta Casserole

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