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February Meal Plans

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A whole month into the new year! ¬†I’m sure these months have started passing by more quickly in recent years…. but maybe that just comes with getting older. ūüėČ

But no matter how quickly time passes the amount of meals we eat stays the same! ¬†I’ve been trying to eat more simple, wholesome meals and snacks (and the scale is finally moving in the right direction — slowly). ¬†Freezer meals are always on my go-to list to help me on those crazy, chaotic days. ¬†Have you tried freezer cooking? ¬†I hate the prep work and cook day but love to reap the rewards later!

 

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February Meal Planning

Sunday, February 1
Breakfast:  breakfast burrito or blueberry muffins
Lunch:  with extended family
Supper:  with extended family

Monday, February 2
Breakfast:  toasted whole wheat English muffin with chicken breast and sharp cheddar cheese
Lunch:  tuna salad (can of tuna, half cup low fat cottage cheese, shredded carrots, minced red onion, dill weed, pepper) with whole wheat crackers or bread
Supper:  bangers and mash (made with turkey sausage)

Tuesday, February 3
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal mixed with bran flakes
Lunch:  scrambled egg sandwich
Supper:  whole wheat spaghetti with turkey meat sauce

Wednesday, February 4
Breakfast:  protein smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, soy milk)
Lunch:  salad with fajita chicken on top
Supper:  leftover spaghetti

Thursday, February 5
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal mixed with bran flakes
Lunch:  veggie omelet
Supper:  baked cod, mashed potatoes

Friday, February 6
Breakfast:  toasted whole wheat English muffin with chicken breast and sharp cheddar cheese
Lunch:  homemade pizza ~ turkey pepperoni, turkey sausage, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, black olives
Supper:  breakfast ~ scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, hashbrowns

Saturday, February 7
Breakfast:  whole wheat waffles, turkey bacon
Lunch:  veggie burger patty with veggie stir fry
Supper:  burrito pie

Sunday, February 8
Breakfast:  breakfast burrito or blueberry muffin
Lunch:  with extended family
Supper:  with extended family

Monday, February 9
Breakfast:  protein smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, soy milk)
Lunch:  salad with fajita chicken on top
Supper:  salmon patties

Tuesday, February 10
Breakfast:  toasted whole wheat English muffin with chicken breast and sharp cheddar cheese
Lunch:  leftovers
Supper:  beef and veggie stew, homemade bread

Wednesday, February 11
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal mixed with bran flakes
Lunch:  chicken salad (shredded chicken breast; diced celery, carrots, green onion; light Miracle Whip) sandwiches
Supper:  pasta salad

Thursday, February 12
Breakfast:  protein smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, soy milk)
Lunch:  leftovers
Supper:  chicken tacos, guacamole, Spanish rice, salsa, sour cream

Friday, February 13
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal mixed with bran flakes
Lunch:  homemade pizza
Supper:  breakfast ~ homemade bacon, egg and cheese biscuits

Saturday, February 14
Breakfast:  pancakes, turkey bacon
Lunch:  veggie burger patty with veggie stir fry
Supper:¬† steak, twice baked potato (hubby’s favorite)

Sunday, February 15
Breakfast:  breakfast burrito or blueberry muffin
Lunch:  with extended family
Supper:  with extended family

Monday, February 16
Breakfast:  toasted whole wheat English muffin with chicken breast and sharp cheddar cheese
Lunch: ¬†“roll-ups” (rolled up deli meat), cheese, crackers
Supper:  sour cream chicken enchiladas, refried beans, Spanish rice

Tuesday, February 17
Breakfast:  protein smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, soy milk)
Lunch:  leftovers
Supper:  rissoles

Wednesday, February 18
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal mixed with bran flakes
Lunch:  leftovers
Supper:  twice baked taco potatoes

Thursday, February 19
Breakfast:  toasted whole wheat English muffin with chicken breast and sharp cheddar cheese
Lunch:  out with hubby
Supper:  broccoli/leek/potato soup, homemade bread

Friday, February 20
Breakfast:  protein smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, soy milk)
Lunch:  homemade pizza
Supper:  breakfast ~ omelets and turkey bacon

Saturday, February 21
Breakfast:  chocolate chip pancakes, turkey bacon
Lunch:  veggie burger patty with veggie stir fry
Supper:  pasta shrimp jambalaya

Sunday, February 22
Breakfast:  breakfast burrito or blueberry muffin
Lunch:  with extended family
Supper:  with extended family

Monday, February 23
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal mixed with bran flakes
Lunch:  chicken salad sandwich
Supper:¬† shepherd’s pie

Tuesday, February 24
Breakfast:  protein smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, soy milk)
Lunch: ¬†leftover shepherd’s pie
Supper:  grilled chicken and shrimp stir fry, basmati rice, naan

Wednesday, February 25
Breakfast:  toasted whole wheat English muffin with chicken breast and sharp cheddar cheese
Lunch:  leftover stir fry
Supper:  taco salad

Thursday, February 26
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal mixed with bran flakes
Lunch:  out with hubby
Supper:  homemade chicken noodle soup, homemade bread

Friday, February 27
Breakfast:  protein smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, soy milk)
Lunch:  homemade pizza
Supper:  breakfast ~ eggs, turkey bacon, toast

Saturday, February 28
Breakfast:  whole wheat waffles, turkey bacon
Lunch:  veggie burger patty with veggie stir fry
Supper:  turkey meatloaf muffins, mashed potatoes

As you probably noticed, I didn’t add any fruit and vegetables — or any sides, really — on this plan. ¬†I generally pull something out of the freezer or pantry to go along with whatever we’re eating. ¬†I try and buy fresh fruit and vegetable that are in season, readily available and (let’s be honest) easy to prepare. ¬†Our go to fruits are bananas, oranges, apples, pears, avocado, blueberries and strawberries. ¬†For veggies we generally rotate between Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, ¬†green beans, spinach, kale (or other greens) and occasionally corn.

I most¬†of the meals here (except the veggie burgers and the ones with added links, of course) are either my recipe or a family recipe. ¬†If you have any questions I’d be happy to try and answer them. ¬†I like to find a good recipe and then “healthify” it. ¬†My auto-correct feature is screaming that healthify isn’t a word, but I think it should be.

Happy, healthy eating!

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Weekly Menu ~ February 11 – 17

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Since I don’t do my grocery shopping until Monday or Tuesday, my weekly menu plans start on Tuesday. ¬†I usually have a general idea about what I want to cook for the week when I go to the store (see this post for details), but I want to be able to have some wiggle room if I find a good deal on something — especially in the meat department. ¬†I always have an eye out for a bargain!

Tuesday, February 11
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal, grapes
Lunch:  alfredo whole wheat pasta, peas and carrots
Supper:  black bean tortilla bake, corn, salad

Wednesday, February 12
Breakfast: scrambled egg sandwich, cantaloupe
Lunch:  peanut butter sandwiches, banana
Supper:  out with family/friends

Thursday, February 13
Breakfast: fruit smoothie (banana, strawberry, blueberry)
Lunch:  turkey wienies, carrot sticks, pears
Supper:  pizza pasta, salad, garlic bread

Friday, February 14
Breakfast:  whole wheat oatmeal, blueberries
Lunch:  salad and homemade whole wheat pizza (turkey pepperoni, onion, bell pepper, black olives, tomatoes)
Supper:  steak, baked potato, salad, broccoli

Saturday, February 15
Breakfast: whole wheat waffles, banana
Lunch:  out with family
Supper:  southwest egg casserole, broccoli, butterhorns

Sunday, February 16
Breakfast: at my parent’s
Lunch: at my parent’s
Supper: leftovers or takeout

Monday, February 17
Breakfast:  parfait (yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, granola)
Lunch: ¬†homemade chicken “nuggets”, carrot sticks
Supper:  turkey lasagna, salad, garlic bread

Weekly Menu ~ February 4 – 10

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Since I don’t do my grocery shopping until Monday or Tuesday, my weekly menu plans start on Tuesday. ¬†I usually have a general idea about what I want to cook for the week when I go to the store (see this post for details), but I want to be able to have some wiggle room if I find a good deal on something — especially in the meat department. ¬†I always have an eye out for a bargain!

This week has been a little off. ¬†I didn’t go shopping until today because I was working on fixing some plumbing issues most of the day yesterday.

Tuesday, February 4
Breakfast:  fruit smoothie (banana, strawberry, blueberry, milk)
Lunch:  went out with parents for salad and pizza
Supper:  broccoli and potato soup, fresh bread

Wednesday, February 5
Breakfast: Special K Protein cereal, pears
Lunch:  ham and cheese rollups, broccoli
Supper:  turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes/cauliflower, peas and carrots

Thursday, February 6
Breakfast: scrambled egg muffins, nectarine
Lunch:  turkey pepperoni and cheese quesadillas, refried beans, guacamole
Supper:  vegetable stir fry, basmati rice, naan

Friday, February 7
Breakfast:¬† homemade “hot pocket” (sausage, egg, cheese), grapes
Lunch:  salad and homemade whole wheat pizza (ham and pineapple)
Supper:  beef burgers, sweet potato fries

Saturday, February 8
Breakfast: bran flakes, oranges
Lunch:  grilled chicken breast, couscous, broccoli
Supper:  pasta salad

Sunday, February 9
Breakfast: at my parent’s
Lunch: at my parent’s
Supper: leftovers or takeout

Monday, February 10
Breakfast:  whole wheat oatmeal, strawberries
Lunch:  cabbage, ham, purple hull peas, cornbread
Supper:  beef and vegetable stew, fresh bread

Weekly Menu ~ January 28 – February 3

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Since I don’t do my grocery shopping until Monday or Tuesday, my weekly menu plans start on Tuesday. ¬†I usually have a general idea about what I want to cook for the week when I go to the store (see this post for details), but I want to be able to have some wiggle room if I find a good deal on something — especially in the meat department. ¬†I always have an eye out for a bargain!

Tuesday, January 28
Breakfast:  scrambled egg sandwich, tangerines
Lunch:  chicken salad sandwich, carrot sticks
Supper:  burrito pie, salad

Wednesday, January 29
Breakfast: whole wheat waffles, cantaloupe
Lunch:  turkey wienies, broccoli
Supper:  chicken curry, basmati rice, stir-fried veggies, naan

Thursday, January 30
Breakfast: fruit smoothie (usually banana, strawberries, blueberries, milk)
Lunch:¬† chicken “nuggets”, peas
Supper:  baked cod, mashed potatoes, green beans 

Friday, January 31
Breakfast:  bran flakes cereal, oranges
Lunch:  salad and homemade whole wheat pizza (turkey pepperoni, black olives, onions, bell peppers, mushrooms)
Supper:  veggie burgers, sweet potato fries

Saturday, February 1
Breakfast: whole wheat oatmeal, strawberries
Lunch: chicken and broccoli quiche, salad
Supper:  parmesan garlic chicken pasta, peas and carrots

Sunday, February 2
Breakfast: at my parent’s
Lunch: at my parent’s
Supper: leftovers or takeout

Monday, February 3
Breakfast:  homemade breakfast hot pocket, grapes
Lunch:  BLTs, sweet potato fries
Supper:¬†¬†shepherd’s pie, baby brussels

Weekly Menu ~ January 21 – 27

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Since I don’t do my grocery shopping until Monday or Tuesday, my weekly menu plans start on Tuesday. ¬†I usually have a general idea about what I want to cook for the week when I go to the store (see this post for details), but I want to be able to have some wiggle room if I find a good deal on something — especially in the meat department. ¬†I always have an eye out for a bargain!

Tuesday, January 21
Breakfast:  fruit smoothie (usually banana, strawberries, blueberries, milk)
Lunch:  alfredo pasta, salad
Supper:  chicken and veggie balti, basmati rice, naan

Wednesday, January 22
Breakfast: bran flakes, oranges
Lunch:  cheese quesadillas, refried beans, guacamole
Supper:  western hashbrowns, turkey bacon, eggs

Thursday, January 23
Breakfast: whole wheat oatmeal, blueberries
Lunch:  cabbage, ham, purple hull peas
Supper:¬† eating at a friend’s house — I’m in charge of the salad

Friday, January 24
Breakfast:  Special K Protein cereal, peaches
Lunch:  salad and homemade whole wheat pizza (canadian bacon and pineapple)
Supper:  turkey burgers, sweet potato fries

Saturday, January 25
Breakfast: scrambled egg muffins, pears
Lunch: pasta jambalaya, salad, garlic bread
Supper:  salmon patties, mac and cheese, brussels sprouts

Sunday, January 26
Breakfast: at my parent’s
Lunch: at my parent’s
Supper: leftovers or takeout

Monday, January 27
Breakfast:  parfait (yogurt, strawberries, blueberries)
Lunch:  peanut butter sandwiches, orange
Supper:  crockpot roast and vegetables, Yorkshire puddings

Weekly Menu ~ January 14 – 20

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Since I don’t do my grocery shopping until Monday or Tuesday, my weekly menu plans start on Tuesday. ¬†I usually have a general idea about what I want to cook for the week when I go to the store (see this post for details), but I want to be able to have some wiggle room if I find a good deal on something — especially in the meat department. ¬†I always have an eye out for a bargain!

Tuesday, January 14
Breakfast:  whole wheat oatmeal, blueberries
Lunch:  BLTs, baked sweet potato fries
Supper:  bangers and mash, brussels sprouts

Wednesday, January 15
Breakfast: bran flakes, milk, peaches
Lunch:¬†¬†chicken “nuggets”, broccoli, grapes
Supper:  salad, whole wheat spaghetti, meatballs, sauce

Thursday, January 16
Breakfast: fruit smoothie (banana, strawberries, blueberries, milk)
Lunch:  turkey wienies, cheese, carrot sticks
Supper:  crockpot chicken tacos, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole

Friday, January 17
Breakfast:  boiled egg, toast, strawberry preserves
Lunch:  salad and homemade whole wheat pizza (black olives, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, turkey pepperoni, & cheese topping)
Supper:  beef burgers, baked sweet potato fries

Saturday, January 18
Breakfast: bran flakes, milk, apple slices
Lunch: chili, cornbread
Supper: ¬†breakfast — omelettes (black olives, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, cheese), turkey bacon, toast

Sunday, January 19
Breakfast: at my parent’s
Lunch: at my parent’s
Supper: leftovers or takeout

Monday, January 20
Breakfast:  whole wheat waffles, strawberry preserves, bananas
Lunch:  ham and cheese rollups, green beans, apple
Supper:  Mexican lasagna, corn, salad

Weekly Menu ~ January 7 – 13

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Since I don’t do my grocery shopping until Monday or Tuesday, I start my weekly menu plans on Tuesday. ¬†I usually have a general idea about what I want to cook for the week when I go to the store (see this post for details), but I want to be able to have some wiggle room if I find a good deal on something — especially in the meat department. ¬†I always have an eye out for a bargain!

Tuesday, January 7
Breakfast:  fruit smoothie
Lunch: turkey pepperoni and cheese quesadillas, refried beans, apple slices
Supper: out to eat with friends (yay!)

Wednesday, January 8
Breakfast: scrambled egg sandwiches, cantaloupe
Lunch: peanut butter sandwiches, bananas
Supper: baked cod, steamed broccoli, garlic mashed cauliflower (works great in place of potatoes — or even half and half), butterhorns

Thursday, January 9
Breakfast:  bran flakes, oranges
Lunch: alfredo pasta, peas and carrots, grapes
Supper: vegetable and beef stew with fresh bread

Friday, January 10
Breakfast:  oatmeal with blueberries
Lunch:  salad and homemade whole wheat pizza (ham, pineapple and onion topping)
Supper: veggie burgers, baked sweet potato fries

Saturday, January 11
Breakfast:  yogurt parfait (w/fruit and granola)
Lunch: pork chops, brown rice, green beans, corn
Supper:¬† breakfast — biscuits, eggs and bacon

Sunday, January 12
Breakfast: at my parent’s
Lunch: at my parent’s
Supper: leftovers or takeout

Monday, January 13
Breakfast:¬† homemade sausage, egg and cheese “hot pockets”, pears
Lunch: chicken salad sandwiches, carrot sticks, apple slices
Supper: beef enchiladas, refried beans (same recipe as above) fresh pico de gallo and homemade guacamole

Crockpot Applesauce

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A few weeks ago during homeschool we focused on the letter A, and of course you can’t talk about the letter A without eating an apple or two. ¬†Or ten.

And I’m pretty sure we ate more than ten.

But anyway, in our quest for all things apple I ran across this¬†Crockpot Applesauce¬†recipe and decided that we needed some good applesauce in our lives. ¬†And as a fairly new “homemade homemaker” I had never made my own applesauce. ¬†This recipe is so easy I have no excuse to ever buy store bought applesauce again!

Since we had several apples to choose from I used a few different kinds — all sweet tasting. ¬†The bulk of the applesauce was made from Red Delicious apples (because I had a lot of those) and I think it turned out well. ¬†I did peel the apples since they were not organic and I was trying to make it as healthy as I could.

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With the word “crockpot” in the title you know it’s not going to be a quick recipe. ¬†But from preparation to end result was less than 5 hours (with a three year old “helping”), so that’s not too bad. ¬†I like smoother textured applesauce, so I used a handheld submersion blender instead of a potato masher when it finished cooking.

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My 11 month old son (J) loved it. ¬†The three year old (C) wasn’t as fond of it but she’s a rather picky eater anyway so I didn’t expect her to like it. ¬†(She still ate a few bites so I can’t complain.) ¬†I ate more than my fair share of it! ¬†It reminded me a lot of my grandmother’s recipe which was lost when she passed away because a lot of her recipes weren’t written down. ¬†I’m very happy to have this one as a replacement!

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And what’s better than the smell of cooking apples?? ¬†Ahh, I love the smells of autumn!

Enjoy!

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Monthly Menu Planning – How I Make It Work For Me

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I have known for a long time that menu planning is one of the most important things I can do to help me stay sane. In my opinion there is nothing worse than trying to decide at 5 p.m. what to cook for supper. ¬†You know, when the kids are whining, your hubby comes home from work hungry and all you want to do is pull your hair out and hit the closest drive thru. ¬†I’m sure we’ve all been there. ¬†Menu planning is a key component to help me keep the day running smoothly.

On the flip side, I also like some “wiggle room”. I like to be spontaneous at times. Sometimes I want the freedom to cook whatever it is that I’m craving. Sometimes I find a really good deal on chicken at the grocery store and need to cook it right away.

What’s a girl to do?

I tried weekly menu planning. I tried really hard. But the days seem so short when I do that and it seemed like I was always planning my menu. Then I would forget that I needed to make another plan and a day would slip by with no plan. Or two. Or a week.

Ahem. ¬†Let’s just say that it didn’t work for me.

So I went about trying to figure out what would work for me.  And what I finally came up with was a modified version of monthly menu planning.

Since I wanted it to be flexible I decided to leave one day a week free (Thursdays) because I generally go grocery shopping on Wednesday or Thursday. ¬†Then if I find a great deal on pork/beef/chicken/whatever I can cook whatever I want without “messing up” my menu plan. ¬†{I am under the misconception that because it’s written down that means it is set in stone.} Having a free day also helps if I have leftovers that need to be eaten or we decide to go out to eat one night (it is very seldom, but it does happen). ¬†And if I don’t find a good sale or we don’t have leftovers I know I always have something in the freezer or pantry that I can throw together for a quick meal. ¬†Breakfast for supper, anyone?

Sorry, I have to get off on a side rant here. ¬†I’m sure there is some chemical or psychological imbalance in me that demands a calendar to be perfect at all times. ¬†I detest marking things out or not completing an item. ¬†A missed appointment haunts me all month. ¬†A changed menu item bugs me for days. ¬†Does anyone else feel this way? No? ¬†Well, ok then. ¬†Carry on.

Anyway, my point is that for too long I used this as an excuse not to meal plan. ¬†When you don’t want to do something it’s really hard to get motivated enough to do it, no matter how much it may benefit you.

So I changed the way I did things.  Instead of writing down my menu on my calendar I started writing each meal on a small sticky note.

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Simple solution to a problem that had been plaguing me for months.

I have a monthly menu that can easily be changed to fit my circumstances. ¬†If I decide on Wednesday that I’m not in the mood for baked cod I can just switch it with another meal. ¬†Added bonus: ¬†I don’t have to rewrite them. ¬†When I’ve used that meal I can just take it off the calendar and stick it to the wall to be used again later. ¬†Or stick it directly on the calendar several weeks in advance. ¬†I save paper and time.

At the moment I am just planning for supper meals. ¬†My husband is gone during breakfast and lunch on the weekdays. ¬†The kids and I generally eat the same things for breakfast (although I’m thinking about expanding on that soon). ¬†Lunch is usually either leftovers or something simple. ¬†As the kids get older (read: eat more) this may change again… I might need a dedicated calendar just for menu planning. ¬†But for now, this is working well for me.

And for the record, yes, I have tried to write my menu plan down elsewhere. ¬†I lose it or forget about it. ¬†I check my calendar all the time so that’s the most logical place for me to put it. ¬† And I’m sure some of you are wondering why I don’t just write in pencil. ¬†Good question. ¬†Simple answer is: I don’t like them. ¬†And yes, I know I have issues. ūüôā

I hope this helps someone who may be dealing with the same what’s-for-supper woes. ¬†Even if you try this method and it doesn’t work for you, keep trying until you find something that does. ¬†Tweak things here and there and make it your own. ¬†If it works for you that’s all that matters!

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What’s Been Cookin’ in the Kitchen

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Several months ago I talked about some recipes I wanted to try.  And while I have tried a few on that list, I keep finding others that seem to call to me to fix them first!

I’m all about quick, easy, tasty and child-friendly.¬† And I’m sure most of you are as well,¬†so I’ve rated each recipe according to these key elements.

Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Pork Tenderloin ~ Everything is better with bacon!¬† And this, this was some good stuff.¬† I wanted to try it because we rarely have pork tenderloin and it’s something my husband really likes.¬† I don’t make it often because I didn’t have a good recipe for it (the others seemed to dry out the pork) but now I don’t have that excuse.¬† I also had some¬†stuffing left over, and next time I think I’m going to try and cook the extra separately.¬† I really liked the stuffing in its own right.¬† After the pork had cooked for¬†about 50¬†minutes I put it on the top shelf in my oven and turned the broiler on high for a few minutes, just to crisp up the bacon a little more (I really like crispy bacon).¬† I had it in¬†the oven¬†a bit longer than the recipe called for because I had a separate pan of veggies (carrots, onions, potatoes)¬†roasting at the same time.¬† {Which I completely recommend, by the by.¬† The roasted veggies went along fabulously with the pork.}
* Quickness¬†~~ Not so much; it has to cook about 45 mins, plus prep time took about 20-30 minutes. (It would have taken less time but I’m particular about the way I chop veggies. Yeah, I know… I have a problem.) So this probably wouldn’t make an easy weeknight meal.
* Easiness¬†~~ Pretty easy; stuffing the pork was a bit messy (but aren’t all the best things?). And I found that the bacon secured with toothpicks worked well to hold it together.
* Tastiness¬†~~ Definitely tasty! It is probably my favorite pork tenderloin recipe. Not that I’ve tried a lot. But still.
* Child friendliness¬†~~ My daughter wouldn’t eat the stuffing (I think it was too onion-y) but she LOVED the pork.¬† Although she did keep calling it chicken. lol

Sopapilla Cheesecake ~ A friend of mine made this recently and I fell in love with it.¬† Cheesecake is my absolute fave dessert anyway but paired with¬†cinnamon and crescent rolls it’s to die for.¬† Definitely NOT something I can make often, especially if¬†I want to lose weight this year.¬† But it’s a great treat and really doesn’t take much time at all.¬† In fact, you don’t even have to wait for it to cool… it was good to me both warm and cold!
* Quickness ~~ It comes together very quickly as long as you remember to let the cream cheese sit out for a while before you want to make this dessert.  The longest (and hardest) part is waiting on it to come out of the oven.  It smells so good!
* Easiness ~~ It was a piece of cake (cheesecake, that is! :)) to make.  Pillsbury even make crescent roll dough that is seamless which would make it even easier.
* Tastiness¬†~~ Oh… so, so tasty.¬†¬†Probably too tasty…
* Child friendliness ~~¬†Lots of refined sugars which would probably leave your child on a sugar high.¬† I personally didn’t give my child any (kind of hypocritical of me, I know) but I’m sure it would be a favorite.

Twice Baked Taco Potatoes ~ I saw this recipe months ago on Money Saving Mom’s website and finally got around to making them myself.¬† I was not disappointed!
* Quickness ~~  Depends on your idea of quick.  Hands on time in the kitchen was pretty minimal.  But baking the potatoes takes some time (unless you cheat and do them in the microwave like I did!).
* Easiness ~~¬†Very easy.¬† It’s basically combining two meals into one.¬† And they’re freezable!¬† Bonus!¬† Make up a huge batch and freeze them; then just defrost what you need and microwave for a minute!
* Tastiness ~~ My husband and I really enjoyed them.  I would make them again.
* Child friendliness ~~ If your child likes baked potatoes and tacos I’m sure this will be a winner.¬† (Mine likes neither. lol)

Gluten Free and Grain Free Peanut Butter Muffins ~ I had to find a wheat free and gluten free recipe for muffins. ¬†I did not want to have to buy some kind of flour that I’d never use again which eventually lead me to these beauties.
* Quickness ~~¬†For muffins/cupcakes I these took about a¬†normal amount of time.¬† It takes a while for the egg whites to stiffen, but as long as you know that going into it, it’s not too bad.
* Easiness ~~¬†I was¬†hesitant about trying these (I’m a cooker, not a baker; and my last endeavor with whipping egg whites was not pretty) but they turned out pretty good!¬† They were a bit flat, but maybe I didn’t beat the egg whites long enough after all. lol
* Tastiness ~~¬†These were surprisingly good, I thought, especially since they didn’t have flour in them at all.¬† I didn’t expect them to¬†have a muffin texture, if you know what I mean.¬† I will point out that they were way better¬†right¬†out of the¬†oven than they were the day after, although¬†heating them¬†for a few seconds did help.¬† Also, I added some dark chocolate chips to the tops before baking… delish!
* Child friendliness ~~ My daughter loved these (especially right out of the oven).  And they were really healthy!

That’s all for now!¬† Does anyone have a recipe that I just have to try?¬† I’m always open to suggestions!