Archive for May, 2011

Menu May 29-June 3

Sunday: Out for lunch; Cheeseburger pasta for dinner
Monday: Hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill w/red potatoes, pasta salad, and smores brownies
Tuesday: Sloppy Cubanos
Wednesday: Taco Bake
Thursday: Leftover sloppy cubanos
Friday: Bourbon chicken or TBD

Find more menu ideas at


Leave a Comment

Menu May 22-27

Sunday: Dry-rubbed flank steak with basil butter for lunch; Ham and mashed potatoes for dinner
Monday: Pierogi casserole w/salad
Tuesday: TBD
Wednesday: Bourbon chicken over rice
Thursday: Fish tacos
Friday: BBQ chicken pizza

I’ll also be making these hamburger buns (we’ll have ham sandwiches for lunches) and these cookies!

Find more menu ideas at

Leave a Comment

Menu May 14-20

Saturday: Out for lunch; something light for dinner
Sunday: Sourdough pancakes for brunch; ordering pizza for dinner
Monday: Spaghetti with zesty bolognese
Tuesday: On my own (TBD)
Wednesday: On my own (TBD)
Thursday: Creamy Taco Mac
Friday: Fish tacos

Find more menu ideas at

Leave a Comment

Menu May 7-13

Saturday: Greek pizza
Sunday: Out for dinner
Monday: Zesty Penne with Sausage and Peppers
Tuesday: Swiss Casserole Chicken
Wednesday: Out
Thursday: Creamy Taco Mac
Friday: Creamy orzo with herb rubbed chicken

Find more menu ideas at

Leave a Comment

Chicken and wild rice soup

I have had this recipe saved in my Google Reader since the day it popped up, but somehow, it never made its way onto my weekly menu. However, during the Crockpot March Madness tournament, hosted by 365 Days of Slow Cooking, this dish had a pretty good run. It renewed my interest in the meal and made me want to make it ASAP!

Meanwhile, I knew this past weekend was going to be full of relaxing and whatever we wanted to do, so I thought it would be the perfect time to cook/bake something fun. Looking through my Google Reader, I remembered recently starring this recipe for sourdough bread bowls. I’ve never worked with sourdough before, and this recipe seemed like the perfect combination of challenging and yummy! Chicken and wild rice soup served in sourdough bread bowls … what could be better?!

I have to say, this meal was amazing. The soup was fantastic, and the bread bowls turned out so good! I kept comparing the meal to something you would get at Panera, but this tasted so much better! I was very proud of myself and, honestly, I was tooting my own horn for the rest of the night about what a fantastic meal I prepared. My only complaint is that I didn’t discover this recipe earlier. This would be the perfect meal for cold, snowy nights!

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

2 chicken breasts
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 cup carrots, diced
1 cup celery, diced
1 box Wild Rice (I used Uncle Ben’s) with seasoning packet
2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup flour
1 stick butter
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Place chicken breasts in the bottom of your crockpot. Dump in the carrots, celery, chicken broth, and water. Add the box of rice, including the seasoning packet, and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. At end of cook time, shred chicken and return to crockpot.

In a small bowl, combine flour with salt and pepper, mixing well. In a medium sauce pan, melt butter. Add flour mixture a tablespoon at a time, whisking until the butter and flour is well incorporated. Then, slowly add milk, whisking until everything is smooth. Add this mixture into the soup in the crockpot and stir well. Cook on low for 15 minutes. Enjoy!

Comments (4)

Menu April 30-May 6

Saturday: grilling brats for lunch; out for dinner
Sunday: Southwest Mac and Cheese w/salad for lunch; Chicken cordon bleu bread bowls for dinner
Monday: Pasta alla vodka
Tuesday: Philly Cheesesteak sloppy joes w/salad
Wednesday: Taco rice 
Thursday: Philly Cheesesteak sloppy joes (leftovers) w/fries
Friday: Dorito pie

Find more menu ideas at

Comments (1)