I realize in this time of uncertainty that we are trying to all go about our lives as ‘normal’ as possible, but the reality of the situation is that life is so different. I needed to take a few days and think about how I was also going to change now that life is different, I am spending so much time at home, and my job as a teacher is changing by the minute. I’ve decided that I would continue to post my weekly menu as people will still need to eat! I will also be sharing some different activities that I plan to work on with my kids age 3 and 9.
Meal updates from last week:
Three of the recipes from last week were amazing! The shrimp BLT, chicken cacciatore and spicy ramen were all outstanding. The shrimp were crispy and crunchy, paired with the salty bacon and creamy dressing. The cacciatore came together so quickly, we ate it over egg noodles, and there were tons of leftovers for lunch (this is a great recipe to make a freeze). I LOVED the ramen recipe, I added mushrooms and spinach to the bowl, and next time would even toss in some tofu.
This week is the beginning of a different kind of living, so with that being said we will be eating at home for the foreseeable future. I know that it is Tuesday, I will share the recipes I have already cooked this week, as well as what I have in my freezer and pantry for ‘just in case’.
- Hamburger soup from @bestofbridge we ate this with buns and tortilla chips. This is a great pantry staple recipe. If you feel like adding any extra frozen veggies that would be a great idea.
- Smoky pork tenderloin with sweet potatoes from @cookinglight I served this with some steamed green beans, but baked beans would also work very well. This is another good pantry recipe, as it requires very little ingredients.
- Bangers and mash, as today is St. Patrick’s Day I am trying to bring the Irish to us. I will grill spicy Italian sausages as well as hotdogs (for the kids), then serve them alongside some mashed potatoes and a simple green salad. If you were going to go really traditional then peas would be your side dish. Find inspiration here.
- Ground turkey teriyaki rice bowl from @yellowblissroad I will serve this with steamed rice and cauliflower rice.
- Spicy sausage and kale soup from @thefeedfeed I will being using mild sausage as my kids don’t like spicy.
Usually at this point I would share that we will be doing takeout or going out for dinner, but I guess that is all uncertain at this time. We may take advantage of Doordash or Skip the Dishes if they are still available, but if not then we will continue to cook and eat at home. Here are a few things that I have in my freezer: bread, bagels, cheese buns, ground turkey and beef, sausages, hotdogs, chicken breasts, broccoli, edamame, corn, pizza, pirogies, mixed fruit and the most important ICE CREAM! In my pantry I am stocked with beans, tomatoes, soup, chicken stock, pasta, macaroni, crackers, granola bars and lots of cereal. I also have baking essentials as my kids love to bake and I have a feeling we will be doing it a lot!
For the kids:
Today all of our morning activities were themed around St. Patrick’s Day, my daughter (3) did some print making with the bottom of a red pepper dipped in green paint. She made different patterns with the pepper. Then she traced the letter S with cheerios. We talked about words that start with the letter s. My son (9) created a 3D shamrock using paper strips, essentially you make them into hearts and then attach them altogether. He finished the morning with a word search and a word scramble. Then we headed out for a walk and some sunshine, after lunch my son did origami and my daughter napped. It is my daily goal to keep them as far away from the t.v. as possible. I have ordered a JUMP math book for my son, so that we can continue his math skills, I also ordered a book that he is studying in class. We will have some daily book club together. This is how far I have come with a plan for moving forward, but I will continue to share recipes and learning activities with you.
Stay safe and healthy,