Sunday, June 5, 2016

Getting out of the week night dinner rut!

Is your family full of picky eaters like mine? I would eat so much healthier if my family liked a wider variety. Anyway, school is out for us. Sports are over for now. Chickee is away this week which means that I only have 2 people to please instead of three.  It seems like a good time to try FIVE NEW recipes!

I went to the grocery today and bought all my ingredients. I walked away from my cart at one point and when I returned I didn't even recognize it as mine because of all the exotic produce. Ya know, fresh broccoli and green beans instead of frozen for example.

Would you like to join me? I know it's late notice. The recipes are from some are from the healthy section but I think one or two of them are not.

So tonight doesn't really count:
Sunday: Steaks on the grill, sautéed fresh green beans, pineapple and I'll probably bake or boil some potatoes. My mother-in-law is coming over for dinner and it should be pretty laid back.

Monday:  I do have a run thing at 6:30 Monday night so it needs to be a quick meal or something Tom can make and have ready so we are having Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs. (Here's the link to
I'm not a fan of pineapple but the family likes it so I'm trying to compromise. I'll either make a salad or make leftover green beans if there are any from Sunday. I'll have to marinate the chicken tonight or tomorrow so it's easy for Tom to throw on the grill.

Tuesday: My family is terrified of Asian restaurants and foods that are slightly exotic. I'm going to try and bring them a step closer with a very identifiable Broccoli Beef I recipe. They like beef, they like broccoli if it has cheese on it, so that might be a problem. We're going to give it a try.  Here's the recipe:, I'll serve it with rice.

Wednesday: I'm sure Chief is not going to like the tomatoes in this one, but hey, you never know. Wednesday's dinner is Brooklyn Girl's Penne Arrabiata, it's Penne pasta with chicken and tomatoes. Not too scary, right?  Here's the link: I'll serve it with garlic bread and a salad.

Thursday: By Thursday I'm sure they will be begging to put in yet another frozen pizza or just scramble some eggs, but I'll try to soldier on with my plan to introduce them to something new-ish.  I'm sure they won't know how to handle a pasta that doesn't have jarred red sauce on it but we are going to try Chicken Scampi II Because I knew Shrimp scampi would be completely out of the question... here's the link:

Friday: Hold on to your seats dear family, we're having cod that isn't deep fried. Really. Yep. You never know, it could become your new favorite thing. (I say that a great deal... even though my family assures me that NEVER have they ever gotten a new favorite thing after I have said it). Cod with Italian Crumb topping How hard can it be? Here's the link:

I'll try to remember to post photos and reviews.

Also, I am crocheting still, don't worry ;)  And I'm about 1/3 of the way done with sock #1 of Suzy's KAL. 

1 comment:

Bryan said...

Yep yep, there are at least a couple in here we will try! Let me know how they turn out! (And if you have any acceptance! I know it was always a challenge to introduce new stuff to my girls when they were younger) - BryanB