What My Family Ate Last Week (Wk 3)

The week started off great – we kept to the schedule perfectly!  Unfortunately, by the end of the week, a few unexpected events occurred and we ended up ordering out twice.

Monday: (Pasta Primavera) I found this recipe in Giada  De Laurentii’s Everyday Italian cookbook. (The full recipe can be found here.)  It was a light, tasty, and healthy pasta dish that contained fresh, roasted veggies: onions, peppers, squash, zucchini, and  carrots. My two complaints: prep time took me a bit longer then the suggested 25 min (I must not be a quick chopper!) and I needed to add a good amount of salt to the finished dish (Note: I don’t add the recommended salt when I am cooking because I try to limit the amount of salt on food that my son eats.)

Tuesday: (Chicken Spezzatino). Another recipe from Giada’s fabulous Everyday Italian cookbook. (Full recipe can be found here). This is one of my favorite recipes over the last few weeks!  It was a hearty, healthy, filling dinner.  Spezzatino literally means “cut of meat” in Italian.  The chicken gets cooked in the stew, taken out, cut up, and then put back in.  The stew is a mix of tomatoes, celery, carrots, onions, and kidney beans.  I recommend this for a cold, wintry night!

Wednesday: (Salad -> Leftovers)

Thursday: (Leftovers -> Ordered from the local diner) We had planned to do leftovers but ended up eating too many for lunch and dinner on Wednesday.

Friday: (Pasta all Norma -> Mom’s Pizza and Chicken Cutlets) I had plans to cook dinner, but after my son sprained his ankle in the park that afternoon, I couldn’t leave his side because he couldn’t walk (and kept trying to stand up and hobble around). Thankfully, my mom is next door, so she offered to have dinner for us.

Saturday: (Cauliflower Crusted Pizza -> Wendy’s) After a morning at the doctor’s office (getting my son’s foot checked out) and an afternoon trying to keep his spirits up (he was still unable to walk on his own) with walks in his wagon, neither my husband or I were in the mood to cook and decided to give in to our weakness and we had Wendy’s!  I try to eat healthy about 95% of the time, so I am okay with splurging every now and then! It was definitely worth the splurge =)

Sunday: (Superbowl Sunday)  Sunday macaroni dinner at my mom’s!  It reminds me of when I was a young girl – it was a weekly tradition with my parents and sisters.  There’s not much I love more than a late afternoon macaroni dinner!

What’s on the menu this week?
Monday: Crockpot Chicken
Tuesday: Cauliflower Crusted Pizza (from Nicole’s MakingHealthyChoicesBlog)
Wednesday: Salad
Thursday: Seafood
Friday: Pasta alla Norma
Saturday: Steak
Sunday: Sunday macaroni at my mom’s

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    10 thoughts on “What My Family Ate Last Week (Wk 3)

    1. I’m so glad that you also have a weakness for Wendy’s! It’s a once in a while thing that we like, the Mr. maybe more often than me….but whenever we drive to Connecticut we’re always starving, and a snack wrap is DELICIOUS!

    2. I love reading about your meal planning. I try to be good with planning and going to the grocery store to choose things for the upcoming week that are simple but I think it’s even harder if you have kids. And thank you for being candid about your Wendy’s splurge. I am like you and eat healthy more often than not but I’ve been feeling guilty since eating McDonald’s during a long road trip to Rochester on Monday night! Was it healthy? God no. But, after a long run the day before I kind of indulged!

    3. I’ve never tried Giada’s recipes, but those sound awesome. I love planning out my meals for the week too… just makes me feel on top of things and less stressed each day over the what-to-cook decisions!
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    4. I really like Giada’s recipes. I haven’t tried her Chicken Spezzatino but from your description of it, it’s going on my list! I always have big plans for menu planning when I’m at the store over the weekend but always have trouble sticking with it. Funny because my kids always seem to eat better and healthier than either my husband or I do. We often end up eating cereal for dinner. Oops.
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    5. Sorry your little guy hurt his ankle. My son has done his more times than I can count–it is the pits to watch them be limited.

      I’m hungry now after looking at that picture!
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    6. I hope your son is feeling better–poor thing! Overall looks like a solid week with some great recipes I need to try. Thanks for sharing!
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