Monday, March 3, 2014

Menu Monday: March 3rd-March 10th, 2014

It's Menu Monday! If you are friends with my on Facebook or follow me on Instagram then you know I was a busy little bee Saturday! We didn't end up doing a lot of last weeks menu because I was either working late or was at a photo shoot. I couldn't cook the food so it didn't get cooked. I'm sure y'all know how this goes. You work until 6 or 6:30, get home, change clothes, put the dogs out, get the kids settled down, make sure the hedgehogs are doing ok (ok, maybe y'all don't do the hedgehogs..). By the time you're ready to make dinner it's 7 o'clock at night and you're about to send kids to get ready for bed. BUT there is a wonderful little trick for those late nights. Two words: crock pot. Even better, four words: freezer to crock pot.

I went on a mission to either find crock pot recipes that would work with a lot of the same ingredients or to "convert" the recipes I was already doing into a crock pot recipe. I wasn't able to do this with everything but here's a look at the new menu!

Menu Monday
Creamy Crock Pot Lemon Chicken
     - Serve with asparagus and homemade french bread

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
     - Serve with steamed broccoli

Slow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast
     - Serve with potatoes, carrots (cooked in crock pot)  and asparagus

     - Serve with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli

Crock pot Chicken Fajitas
     - Serve with refried beans

Lemon Angle Hair Pasta with Chicken and Spinach
     - Serve with steamed broccoli\

Mac and Cheese
     - Serve with salad and french bread

Stir fry
     - Serve with rice

I have assembled the Lemon chicken, Pot Roast, Chicken Fajitas and Meatloaf. We actually had the pot roast last night because it smelled SO good when I was putting it together. We weren't disappointed. It was amazing. The chicken and wild rice casserole can also be made ahead of time and frozen and I could easily throw the stir fry together and put it in the freezer if I wanted to. More crock pot recipes to come!

Happy Monday! I hope you enjoyed this Southern Soapbox!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Another Bountiful Basket!

I'm drowning in asparagus and zucchini over here! And baby bell peppers. Don't mistake this for me complaining though! I'm excited about this weeks Bountiful Basket!

So what did I get for the grand total of $32.50? Let's see!

The Loot:
11 oranges
3 grapefruit
1lb of strawberries
1-ish pint of mini bell peppers
6 bananas
3 heads of broccoli
1 cabbage
1 head of romaine lettuce
3 bunches of asparagus
1 pint of grape tomatoes
2 giant zuchinnis, and
1 jicama (it's ok I had to Google it too)
But wait there's more!
I also did an add on of 8 -1 lb containers of strawberries, which I'm splitting between several different people.
GIANT zuchinni!
The jicama is a bit "odd" and I wasn't totally sure what the heck I was going to do with it but I googled and it's basically a REALLY yummy and sweet "mexican yam". Apparently it's very good on salads. With the strawberries I will end up with 3lbs. I am keeping 2 from the add on plus the 1 lb that came in the basket!

So, how do you think I did?! I hope you enjoyed this Bountiful Southern Soapbox!