Hello my lovelies.
I suspect you’re here for the Week In Review today or maybe just to see my smiling face and hear my melodic voice. I understand, although I am going to mix things up just a bit. You see sometimes I switch things up, break my own rules and throw caution to the wind; it’s good for the soul. I hear chicken soup works well too.
The Hubby going back to school has changed things in my little world.
In case you missed it, he’s a full-time student again in a different state. He comes home only on weekends, and when he is here, he spends most of his time with his nose in a book, writing out index cards or prattling off unpronounceable names of pharmaceutical drugs. So, I get him on weekends, and the great state of Pennsylvania entertains him during the week. Lucky ducks (sorry too much Duck Dynasty; so much so, I broke the DVR. Oops).
Even though Pennsylvania is responsible for entertaining my man; I’m still in charge of feeding him for a variety of reasons: 1) he likes my cooking, 2) he’s too busy studying to spend hours in the kitchen and 3) we’re down to one income so spending excess cash going out to eat isn’t really an option. Plus, if I found out he was soliciting some fast food dive, there’d be hell to pay. I can tolerate a lot of things, McDonald’s isn’t one of them.
So on weekends, the Hubby comes home for a little hanky panky and to restock his various Tupperwares with food. My role is to send him back to school smiling and with an abundance of eats. The smiling part is easy; some may say it even comes naturally. Wink, wink.
The food though….well, I’ve learned putting together an entire five days worth of meals every weekend is really quite challenging, so much so I’d call it an art form. Obviously because I’m doing it, it should be an art form. I’d tell you to try it sometime, but since there’s no real reason for you to actually do so, you’ll have to take my word for it. Honestly, you should probably just take my word on a multitude of things; it’s easy for all involved.
“What the hell does any of this have to do with the Week In Review,” you ask?
To which I respond, “Very good question, although you really should stop cursing. It’s not at all lady like.”
I’ve decided instead of recapping all my wonderful goings on this past week, and they were wonderful (hello Duck Dynasty), I’m going to review what went down in the kitchen instead. For clarity purposes, all of the about to be mentioned meal creations took place on Saturday or Sunday and before you say it, yes I did get carried away. In my defense (of course I have one!), the Hubby lost three pounds last week so a little craziness was in order; there is poundage to be made up. That’s sounds dirty, and I wasn’t even going for dirty. I guess I’m a natural.
Let’s get listing:
- I made a batch of Banana Peach Muffins on Saturday morning. They didn’t make it to see Saturday night. They were good, but I think they need some nuts. Heck, we could all use some nuts.
- I blanched and froze seven cups of green beans.
- I bagged, tagged, and made ready for the freezer last weekend’s pesto and creamy cilantro spread.
- I made Garlic, Rosemary and Sage Roasted Fingerling Potatoes. ♫ One little, two little, three little fingerlings. Four little, five little, six little fingerlings. ♫ I did mention some melodic musings today.
- I paired those same potatoes with fried eggs and two types of toast: Mediterranean Herb and Granola Bread. The Hubby went back to school with half a loaf of each. He left the potatoes for me because he knows my love for the spuds is strong. Smart man.
- I shredded my phallic veggies and made a batch of Zucchini Squash Fritters. Half stayed with me and the larger half went with the Hubby.
- I made a Thai Inspired Veggie Soup and split the winnings with the Hubby. Below are the fixings because I haven’t gotten around to photographing the final product yet. Clockwise from top left, we have carrot sticks (yes I cut them like that), green beans, yellow beans, purple bell pepper, red Carmen pepper, celery, and red onion. Also into the soup went half a cabbage, and I do mean the cabbage I got in my CSA back in July. I’m amazed the thing is still good. Then again, I haven’t eaten the soup yet. Hmmm….I’m sure it will be fine.
- Since I was in the throes of chopping veggies for my soup, I figured “ef it; let’s just keep on chopping.” I’m sure there was some type of pump up song playing on my iPhone at the time because I spent all day, and I do mean all day, in the kitchen, busting out a shitton of food. There was plotting involved and a quick look at recipes before serving bowls were grabbed. Then I just started throwing chopped onions, peppers, and garlic into their new respective vehicles.
- I put the Veggie Pizza right to work on Saturday night. It was a blend of sautéed carrots, yellow beans, and banana peppers, coated in pesto, and then topped with mozzarella and Asiago cheese.
- I also whipped up and froze a batch of Peas and Crayon’s Sweet Potato and Chickpea Burgers. Yes, this is my bazillionth time making these, and yes, they’re that good. Obviously. The Hubby took half of these across state lines, along with some Creamy Pesto Dip which makes the perfect topping to these lovely patties.
- While it was very kind of me to make him some veggie burgers, I went all Martha Stewart on his ass and made some meatballs to go along with my tomato sauce, which simmered on the stove all day Saturday. I will say it takes a special kind of vegetarian to do this; one that’s not scared of holding meaty balls in her hand. I, my friends, am that type of vegetarian. I also make a mean meatball; at least from what I can remember.
- Last but most certainly not least, I whipped up another Strawberry Peach Cobbler because I had peaches and more importantly a sweet tooth. I blame those salty spuds, whom I love almost as much as the Hubby. Almost.
Whoever said cooking isn’t a labor of love is wrong; just wrong. Alright, I’m not sure anybody really ever said that; I just didn’t know how to wrap up this post. Consider me guilty as charged.
Any ideas on meals I can make for the Hubby? Or kitchen shortcuts? I’ll take any help I can get.
I’m pretty sure I’ve rambled on long enough. Now it’s your turn.
Interested in participating in the Week In Review…good, you should be.
- Your post should be about all the things you accomplished in the last seven days or so.
- Your post can be about food, social outings, workouts, home improvement projects, fun excursions, none of the above, or all of the above. The idea is to recognize all the things you accomplished in the past seven days. It’s an ode to yourself, a celebration of sorts, and a virtual pat on the back. Plus you get to write in list form, which rocks my socks. Although if you want to stick to prose go ahead; it’s your world.
- Add the Week in Review button to your post, link back to Clean Eats, Fast Feets and get your list on.
- Or you can be like me and make up own your rules. If you can justify it, I’ll accept it. How’s that for lenient?