The Meal Planner

It's funny to me that most bloggers are so busy this time of year that they go on a short hiatus during the holiday season. Me? This is when I can finally SLOOOOOW down.

This fall has been a huge learning curve balancing becoming a preschool teacher, taking care of my two young daughters and still being a good house-manager and wife. Just when I thought I MIGHT be juggling life's happenings a little better we bought our very first house! It's been incredibly exciting but busy and hectic and at times overwhelming. My last day of teaching was Thursday and after getting over a major head cold this weekend I'm back for a few weeks of wonderful downtime, family and food. I have lots of exciting things to share with you. Thank you to everyone who has emailed and left me nice comments and messages telling me to come back

Here's what we be eatin' this week.

Day 1: Salsa Verde Mexican Stew
This pork stew was part of my Slow Roasted Pork Challenge this past summer. The slow roasted pork is absolutely incredible and makes a rich thick tomato/beer gravy which is used as a base for this stew. I wanted to tweak and rework this recipe so I just made another batch yesterday. Wooo! New recipe being posted!

Day 2: Creamy Lemon Basil Chicken & Pasta with Ceasar Salad
This one was inspired by my Chicken al Diavlo Penne.

Day 3: Italian Sausage Soup with Crusty Buns
I CAN NOT get enough of this soup. I've made it quite a few times this Fall and my family goes crazy for it.

Day 4: Vindaloo-Korma over Basmati Rice, Tandoori Chicken and Aloo Pakoras served with Mango Chutney
It's become our tradition in the last few years to have a big Indian Feast on Christmas Eve. My friends Tara and Shanna created this incredible Vindaloo-Korma hybrid and I can't wait to share it with my family (and with you :)

For more great meal plans, check out my complete list of meal plans or the Menu Plan Monday links at Orgjunkie.

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10 Responses
  1. Trish Says:

    Wooohooo!!! You're back!
    And Indian recipes?
    It's my lucky day!

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  3. Unknown Says:

    I am happy you are back! Congrats on the new house. I hope you and your family have a very Merry Xmas!!!

  4. Karen Says:

    HURRAH! You were definitely missed!

  5. ijkl555 Says:

    Glad to see you back..
    I tried some of your recipes, and really like them, and left a comment too (but dont know if you got them, as I dont see my comments in comment section).

    Congratulations for your teaching job and home :)

  6. Thanks so much everyone! It's nice to be writing again.

  7. Lisa Says:

    Glad you are back! The Vindaloo sounds good so I can't wait for the recipe. I'd still love the Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup recipe too!

  8. Thanks Lisa! The Vindaloo-Korma recipe is now posted. Unfortunately the Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup was an adaptation of a recipe from a cookbook I took out of the library this summer. I had planned to post it, but then decided against it because it was only an OK recipe. I have since returned the cookbook to the library and am not exactly sure how I adapted it. I'll try to recreate a similar recipe in the future but improving upon the flavor. Sorry!

  9. Anonymous Says:

    Your sausage recipe looks great. I have an italian sausage recipe that's five ingredients that my family devours each and every time. You cook the mild italian sausage, add chicken broth (I add about five cups), bring to a boil, add a box of bow tie pasta, cook as long as the box says, add 1 tsp. ground pepper and chopped fresh parsley. Delicious eaten with a crusty bread.

  10. Anonymous - Thanks for the recipe idea! I love Italian sausage and I love having quick easy pantry recipes on hand for the times that I need to whip something up quickly. Italian sausage has so much flavor that just adding those other 4 ingredients you mentioned would be delicious. Thanks for the suggestion!