Saturday, February 5, 2011

Oh my Saturday Ramblings & Menus.

Meals meals. . I never know how the week is gonna go or what I want to cook each day. So I try to come up with some sembleance of a menu to use up our bountiful basket.   So this is my idea list of meals for a few days this week as we are busy almost every night, but I’d like to have something to possibly make. And most of these foods are already at my house! Yeah!  And extras I will do or have done to get the healthy food eaten.


Chicken Divan – use up the broccoli in a meal AllRecipes I will use fresh broccoli, and gluten free cream of mushroom soup and probably a replacement of some kind for the chicken soup. But this quick recipe from allrecipes was an easy base to work from.  I am going to add some desert to this. Maybe baked apples. I have never done them and we have quite a few in the basket. This recipe has cinnamon cheesecake center. Sounds yum.


Fish and Asparagus and Red potatoes – need to find something to not make asparagus taste like well asparagus for my little one.  Here is a recipe from Allrecipes. But really I am going to try it because it says it will turn ANYONE on to asparagus. Huh. They must not have a 6 year old in their house. And the fish I have some mahi mahi so I will wrap them in parchment paper with garlic and green onion and bake it in the over to keep the place warm.


Crockpot – (probably Scouts Night. So we can come home and eat or eat before we go. )This week is the firestation visit. So I think I am going to try Tex-Mex-Pork from all recipes. It doesn’t use up bountiful baskets produce, but I have most of the seasonings and if we don’t eat it after scouts we can eat it as a left over.  We have tortillas from bountiful baskets still in the freezer. And we have some burger buns that hubby needs to eat up. So this would work for either.


And for using up.. I cut up the cantaloupe and put it at eye level. The kiddo will see it and scarf it down. He doesn’t when it is still whole. I saw a recipe for grilled cantaloupe. Hmm I tagged this in my mind for summer grilling.

The spinach hubby will take to work with some lettuce from last week for lunch.

Red Peppers I will chop up in strips and put in baggies. If we don’t use it I will freeze it and save it for chicken chili later in the month.

The apples will get eaten.

I am going to juice the remaining oranges and tangelos and they will get swallowed during the week in liquid form.

I cut up cauliflower so I am going to make some veggie dip so it makes the cauliflower more enticing. We are dippers in this family for sure.


I also saw this on a blog today when I was looking for something to do with the strawberries, but then I realized my kiddo had already eaten half of the container that came in the basket. Maybe next time, but wow this recipe for Stuffed strawberries looked yum from blahtota-daa.  And don’t spend to much time on that blog. You will need a napkin to wipe the salivating drool. Or at least I did. They even had a rhubarb and apple crisp. I haven’t had one of those since my summer visits with Grandma in Wisconsin. Yum.


*** HELP ***** Any ideas.. I have quite a few pears from last week, a pineapple that has probably bit the dust and bananas that will be overripe by Monday. Any ideas are welcome.  I’d love to use them up. I was thinking maybe pearsauce for the pears.



And this I thought was cute from Twig and Thistle.. I thought it was cute because my kiddos classroom is having a healthy heart party for Valentine’s day. I know I would get the eye roll if I suggested these stickers with fruit for Valentine’s day. But well ya know. I still think it is a cute and great idea! And this lady had a lot of other inspiring items.  


Well I have rambled enough for you on a Saturday. Really I am typing like mad to keep my fingers warm. Any ideas on those pears yet? Let me know I’d be interested in your ideas.


I can’t wait for blueberries from Bountiful Baskets! I have recipes at the ready to can! Woohoo!


Have a happy super bowl! I haven’t decided yet what to make for the super bowl party. But I am sure something will come to me. More on that later!

Valentine’s Day is about a week away or so… what are you working on!


Oh woohoo! My sick kiddo has put transformers in. I love these movies. Why I don’t but I do and can’t wait for transformers 3 to come out. Woohoo


Off I go to hang out with the kiddo.

Have a great rest of the weekend!




1 comment:

jknapp00 said...

My mom's favorite jam that would use pears and pineapple -
'Pearadise' Marmalade!

3 cups finely minced fully ripe pears (about 2-1/2 lbs), peeled and cored
1 medium orange, peeled and cleaned
1 lemon, zested, peeled and cleaned
1 can (8-1/2 oz) crushed pineapple
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries (1 6oz jar)
1 box Sure-Jell
1/2 teaspoon butter or margarine
5 cups sugar

Prepare jars by boiling 15 minutes. Prepare lids by instructions on label. Boil ladle and funnel. Cut pears into measuring pitcher with orange, lemon and pineapple and juices so that pears will not turn dark. Combine all fruits and lemon zest in 6 to 8 quart pot. Add Sure-Jell and butter. Bring to full rolling boil for 1 minute. Add sugar all at once. Bring to full rolling boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle into hot sterilized jars and seal immediately with hot lids. Process in boiling water bath to cover tops of jars: 5 minutes for 8 oz jars, 10 minutes for 16 oz jars. Makes about eight 8 oz jars.