What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 2 June 2018

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People are forever asking how I manage everything with such a busy schedule. I love to cook, but I don’t always have time to do so in the manner I would like. This weekly journal is a way to keep it real and show that while my intentions are good, sometimes life and all of its activities get in the way of serving a delicious, home-cooked meal and that it is perfectly okay.

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  • Saturday: A day of chores meant no time to cook anything. Holly has been asking for Chipotle for a few days now, so she and I went and picked that up for dinner. Jim was not hungry at the time so later went back out and picked up his own dinner from Culver’s. He brought home custard for the three of us, so I was perfectly fine with this decision.
  • Sunday: After doing all the cooking last week because I was the only one who had time, I opted this week to assign cooking nights to each of the kids. Connor got tonight and made his dinner choice of potato chip casserole. Because it was easy and is one of my personal favorites, I let him make it. Next week, he will need to step up his game a bit.
  • Monday: It is Holly’s turn to cook this week, and she chose her favorite Lemon Risotto with roasted asparagus as a side. Risotto is easy to make but so time-consuming, so I am grateful that she stepped up to make it as it meant I did not have to sit at the stove for a good hour constantly stirring.
  • Tuesday: Tuesdays are a bit rough lately because we have Cletus’ obedience classes at 7 PM. It means making something quick and easy. I made this Mushroom and Garlic Spaghetti for all of us, which certainly was easy. There is something about the combination of mushrooms, garlic, and a good cheese like Pecorino Romano that makes this particularly tasty to me.
  • Wednesday: After a weird reaction to something, I was in no shape to cook tonight. The kids opted out of cooking as well, which is fine since they each had a turn. Jim’s cooking choice was to order pizza. I guess I am okay with that.
  • Thursday: Before the boys started grumbling about the lack of meat, I made a simple crispy Lemon Chicken with plenty of lemon zest mixed into the bread crumbs and lemon slices on top of the chicken. Easy, quick, and delicious – exactly what a meal should be and one that could be made because the girl was at a friend’s house for a sleepover.
  • Friday: It was Connor’s turn for a night away from home. Holly had a very late night and was feeling the effects of it in a lack of appetite. So Jim and I hit up Five Guys for a decadent meal. As a once-in-a-while meal, it’s pretty darn good.


What was for dinner at your house this week?

5 Responses to What’s for Dinner? – Week Starting 2 June 2018
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  2. Brandie
    June 11, 2018 | 9:21 AM

    Five Guys. I need to eat there again sometime. Your meals all week sounds awesome. I tried really hard to make a lot of good meals last week, since it was Nunzio’s first full week of his new job, and I knew he’d be hungry and exhausted every night. Managed to only order pizza once. 😀

    • Michelle
      June 11, 2018 | 10:28 AM

      Honestly, I was a bit disappointed with Five Guys. Jim brought it home, which may have been the difference. There are places around here which serve much better burgers and fries and at a cheaper price.

      I have been very proud of myself and the kids these past few weeks. It helps that I have been ordering my groceries online for pick-up. It forces me to plan meals, and I find myself much more inclined to cook now that I am not going through the store myself selecting groceries. I think my hatred of that particular chore was causing a mental cooking block!

  3. Ti
    June 11, 2018 | 11:05 AM

    Tonight we have IN N OUT as a cast before they start in the theatre. IN N OUT is So Cal’s version of 5 Guys. Well, that is what East Coasters always say but it’s nothing like 5 Guys to me! The girl is going to have a grilled cheese and I will have a protein wrap. Because of this ridiculous weight gain I am subbing one meal for an organic, super food shake. It’s not bad at all and very tasty and filling and infused with something like 28 super foods so all it can be is good because my body is wrecked. ALL DAY at the tournament yesterday in the heat and not a game was won. My butt hurts from sitting on the floor because they refused to open up the bleachers. Well, with the bleachers open there is no room on the courts.

    • Michelle
      June 11, 2018 | 11:24 AM

      I have been to In N Out; it was a must-have during a family vacation to southern California a few years ago. I definitely do not think the two are alike, so I never got the comparison. Now Shake Shack and Five Guys are similar IMO. Like I said though, there are other places to get a good burger and great fries that are much cheaper around here.

      Jim and I did a juicing fast for Lent one year. Ever since then, I just cannot do a liquid meal. Even the thought of protein in juice makes me gag a bit.

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