What we’re cookin’ this week

We eat dinner after school. Aren’t we just crazy? Well, it works for our family. We live just three minutes from our parish church and school, so five days a week, I prepare dinner, I pick up the children at school, and we come home and eat together. Gone are the days of snacking from 3:30-5:00, and no more Witching Hour! Think about it: Why are the kids so difficult between five and six o’clock? They’re hungry and you’re distracted because you’re cooking, and if you’re me, you’re frustrated that while you are cooking a healthy and delicious meal for your family, they’re either eating a snack or grumbling because they’re not allowed to eat a snack because, “DINNER IS ALMOST READY! WHY ARE YOU EATING?!” Those crazy days are over. We’re doing what works for our family and eating dinner after school.

I like to hear what other families have for dinner, even if they don’t eat after school. I get inspired by what other parents prepare and I’m even more inspired by what other kids will eat! So, I though I would start a new series here on SMAM in the event that you just might like to hear what we’re eating too. Who knows? Maybe it’ll become a link-up where other bloggers can share their weekly menus. Wouldn’t that be fun? (Leave a comment if you’re interested and we’ll do some planning!)

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I will share this week’s menu with you today, but starting next week, I’ll post on What I’ve Got Cookin’ on Sundays. Some of the dishes I make are family recipes, and I will create a printable file and share them here with you. Many of the recipes I use are from Food Network, Pioneer Woman, Ina Garten, etc., in which case I’ll just share a link and maybe give you some notes on how I’m tweaking the recipe. I may be getting ahead of myself here, but I’d also like to include a review of last week’s meals. On a scale of 1-5, 5 being the best possible score:

  • Did the kids like it?
  • Did the adults like it?
  • Should I prepare this meal again?

This week’s menu… Heavy on the P-Dub, but she never disappoints. Have you seen her new line at WalMart? Oh, Lordy, am I in trouble!

  1. Burgers on the Grill
  2. Taco Tuesday- nacho style. Just cook your ground beef the way you would for tacos. Arrange a layer of tortilla chips on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle cheese over the chips. Then cover with a layer of taco meat and top with more cheese. Bake at 350 for about five minutes.
  3. Chicken Mozzarella Pasta
  4. Beef with Snow Peas
  5. Bruschetta Chicken
  6. 16 minute Beef & Bean Burritos

If you’re looking for another approach entirely, check out Mary’s plan on Better Than Eden. Good stuff!

And for more recipes check out my Cooking Tab up at the top of the screen! In a few weeks, I’m going to show you how I stock my freezer with duplicate meals. It’s close to impossible for me to summarize, so I’ll be taking several photos to illustrate the whole process for you. It’ll be a tutorial you don’t wanna miss!

See you Sunday for a review of this week’s menu and What We’ve Got Cookin’ next week!

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5 Responses to What we’re cookin’ this week

  1. Such a good mom for realizing that after school craziness is caused by empty bellies!!!

    We do freezer cooking here too! What a sanity saver it is for our family!!

    • Thanks, Katie! I think having boys is the reason that this fact has been made so clear to me. They love food and it is truly their fuel. If they’re low on fuel, they are HANGRY! Thanks for reading! Mary

  2. This series is awesome! I would totally link up! Let me know if it’s something you end up doing! And freezer cooking is my fave! I just wrote a post about it actually! I always love reading how other people do it and gleaning from them tidbits of fantastic ideas! I hope you do that post soon! 🙂

  3. Also, I was wondering about the eating so early that I read about in another post. I love the explanation and the idea of it! SO great! Love how you just flex and roll with what your kiddos need!

    • Thanks, Stacey. It’s the way to go. Honestly, I cannot recommend eating dinner after school enough! Some folks think it’s crazy, but hey, don’t knock it till you try it, right?

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