Chicken Posole Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

This was moved to Sunday as I think soups need more than 30 minutes to properly cook. I also needed to cook a chicken from our freezer. The only think that I changed was I used 1/2 broth and 1/2 stock. I had a 1/2 full box of broth in the fridge to use up and tons of stock in the freezer to use up. Now that I have another chicken carcass I will probably make more chicken stock this week……I need a bigger deep freeze. I also let the tomatoes and broth simmer for about 45 minutes and them another 20 after adding the chicken and hominy.

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This recipe is supposed to serve 4?? This is a 4 quart stock pot, full. So if you feel the need to eat a quart of soup this is 3 points. If you are not someone who feels the need to eat that much in one sitting, I would put this down as a 1 point soup. I ended up freezing most of it for later.

I can’t decide what would go good with it, cheese? tortilla chips? Any ideas?

Goat Cheese Omelet Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

So cooking five meals a week is a bit much. Not because we eat out a lot, we don’t. I have been making these recipes without cutting them down. We don’t need more than 2 1/2 servings most of the time, if that. I knew that this week I was not cooking on Wednesday, but I do cook on Sundays, so that day was moved. Once Thursday hit I had no desire to make omelets. Our fridge is overflowing with the leftovers, even with me taking them to lunch and Ben eating them here and there. So I skipped the omelet and worked on the leftovers.
Anyhow, I still had the ingredients so I decided to make these for breakfast afternoon snack when I woke up Sunday. I did half this recipe as I knew I would be the only one eating it. There are still leftovers in the fridge!
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I tried to get a picture of the yummy goat cheese, as you already know, photography is not my thing.

This was really very good. The goat cheese melted and the mustard was a great addition. Beats cheddar cheese in an omelet anyday!

Steak with Potato Parsnip Mash Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

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This was Tuesday’s recipe but due to the fact that it is 10 points it got moved to Friday. I usually put butter on a steak before cooking it, but tried it without anyway. It was pretty good and so were the potatoes with such a small amount of butter. They would be better with cheese or gravy 😉 The potatoes made waay more than 4 servings, but the kids won’t mind eating them up! The parsnips gave them an odd tang. I could not decide if I liked them, my mom thought they were good.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Sunday, Oct 4 2009 

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Wednesday I skipped the Real Simple cooking in favor of a family dinner at my parent’s house. When I got home I realized I had three bananas about to go bad. I also had buttermilk still in the fridge from the pumpkin pound cake that was needing to be used. I had saved tons from recipes from Cook Yourself Thin and this seems like a perfect time to try the muffins. Since I had three bananas I tripled the recipe. Thank goodness for my Kitchen-Aid!

These were really good and really filling. I made large muffins, which are 4 points and mini muffins which are 1 point. The large muffin kept me full for most of the day. The mini muffins are perfect to give to the kids for breakfast on the way out of the door. I am really glad they liked them as our freezer in now full of them!

Creamy Rice with roasted shrimp Wednesday, Sep 30 2009 

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I decided to branch, I decided to try something new. I decided to make rice outside of the rice cooker. That decision was a mistake.

I was looking forward tothis recipe. I love all things seafood, I love carbs. Whats not to love about this? The shrimp and tomatos turned out yummy, the rice turned out hard. I even added water at one point trying to get it to cook. No help. So the moral of the story is stick to the rice cooker.

Pork Chops with Garlicky Broccoli Tuesday, Sep 29 2009 

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I should have known this was going to lack a bit of flavor. The pork chop that is. Salt and pepper is not enough for me. I need a rub or a marinade (which is why I don’t need lots of salt Liz 😉 ). The broccoli was awesome though. I did not add the extra olive oil when cooking it and it still turned out great. Eleanor was sucking the broccoli dry before eating it. She must be an egg like me 🙂 Soy sauce was her favorite part of the meal!
I think I will make this again sometime but marinate the pork overnight in black vinegar and soy….or something like that.
I left out the rice as I went waay over on my weekly points. I can take or leave rice and knew I could get full on the dish without it. Sorry carbs, I do love you so.

Week 2 Monday, Sep 28 2009 

On to week 2 of the Real Simple meals for a month. This week I am worried if I will get everything made, it is a busy week. I did move a couple things around to put the higher point items at the end of the week. The only real change I have made so far is to skip the baguette for the omelettes. Omelettes are filling enough, I don’t need the empty points. I am debating on skipping the rice on tomorrows pork chops and just making more broccoli to fill up on, depends on my need for carbs when I get home from work ;-). The grocery list was easy and the only items we did not have were the vegetables, which cost around $10. So not only have the meals so far been easy to make, taste decent, and are low in points, I also think we have saving quite a bit of money in the grocery dept.

Spaghetti with sweet potatoes and ricotta Monday, Sep 28 2009 

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This recipe had promise, good bones, but turned out bland.  I had some spaghetti looming in the back of the cabinet that was not whole grain that I needed to use up. Since swtiching to whole grain I don’t care for regular pasta for the most part. So I think this recipe would have tasted better with whole grain or even spaghetti squash. I did really enjoy the sweet potatoes, I will remember that part of the recipe to use as a side in the future. I did like the ricotta as well, it added a good flavor.

So that raps up week one. So far nothing is really turned out bad, three out of the five I would make again. Not too shabby 🙂

Roasted Pork with Brussel Sprouts and Apricots Thursday, Sep 24 2009 

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Eleanor and I would like the world to know…..brussel sprouts are gross. I honestly don’t remember ever trying them before this recipe.  They were very filling and the dried apricots made them bearable, but I don’t belive in eating something you don’t like just because it is good for you or your waistline.  So they probably won’t make another appearance in the Robert’s household.  The pork tenderloin was really good, so the meal was not a total waste.  I highly recommend Costco’s tenderloin!

Spicy Orange-Glazed Drumsticks With Green Beans Thursday, Sep 24 2009 

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As you can see I used chicken breast over drumsticks to make this recipe. It knocked it down to 4 points by doing that. Since I was headed to book club I need the extra points for wine! I really enjoyed this, though I think I would use a bit more sauce next time. I improvised the chili-garlic sauce with a mix of hoisin and sriracha, worked well. I was really glad I followed the recipe and added butter to the beans. I usually would have used PAM, but they tasted soo much better with just a small amount of fatty goodness.

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