September Meals Week Two (and what a week it was !)

Sooooo a Hurricane hit us Saturday and it was a quick shuffle around for meal planning.

Hurricane selfie….because if you don’t, did it even happen ???

No turkey supper because when Friday came and we knew possible outages were forecasted for Saturday, I didn’t take the turkey out to thaw so we took out BBQ food for Sunday instead.

Hurricane damage…my neighbors are awesome but this fence kept my chickens happily in my yard so back up it will go

Actually it was BBQ nachos with chicken but never mind that.

Point is, we rolled with it. Hurricanes happen.

Week two meals

Monday – Mexican Rice and Steak Burritos

it’s been a long week….JK! Get up and get organized. This one’s easy. It’s an old Pampered chef recipe (I use to sell for them).

A little bit of olive oil , brown thinly sliced steak strips and onions. Toss with a clove of garlic and salt and pepper

Warm tortillas In the microwave or oven.

Cook Mexican rice ( I buy it at Sobeys in a kit….no guilt lol)

Grate Monterey Jack cheese or use shredded.

Assemble burritos : layer cheese in , then rice , then 3 or 4 pieces of the steak strips , then more cheese (because it’s Monday ). Wrap and add your favorite side salad.

I’m using five bean salad tonight because I had all these lovely onions and green beans from my garden. So I made this Sunday so it could marinade but even chopped cold veggies would be good.

Tuesday – Chicken tacos and side salad

Do whatever kind of tacos rock your world. I use hard shells, chicken, green salsa and Tex mex cheese .

I do iceberg lettuce wedges with ranch dressing. Plain but a nice accompaniment for the tacos .

Wednesday -scrambled eggs on toast

Nuff said. We gotta run to 4H, we always have farm fresh eggs and everyone loves them.

Take pork chops out of freezer.

Thursday- BBQ porkchops and fries

In the morning, I marinate the porkchops in garlic, oil, salt and pepper and whatever fresh herbs I have on hand. Refrigerate. When I get home from work , I just brush with bbq sauce on both sides and BBQ. We just need wholesome some nights not supper heros.

We grew this pork ourselves so it is so very tender and has the best flavor. No bias here 😉

I have the cutest garden helper.

I make homemade fries by tossing potatoes cut into strips in olive oil and spreading on a sheet pan then sprinkling with salt and pepper. Cook on 450 till crispy then turn. Russets make the best fries.

Serve with garden veggies .

Friday – Fish Burger and corn on the cob

Fresh haddock is a must and toasted buns please and thank you! Bread haddock in three stages: dip in beaten egg, then dip in flour ( seasoned with salt and pepper ) , then In beaten egg again, then bread crumbs. Pour an inch of veg oil in a Dutch oven, heat then lightly fry fish a few minutes on each side. Drain on paper towel. Toast buns face down . Spread mayo on lightly and top with fried fish.

The freshest corn I ever had. Threshermans Reunion, Manitoba.

Serve with corn on the cob. It’s in season right now so ENJOY IT .

Saturday – Kids Choice

Could be just about anything but shouldn’t be from a box and I like for them to help make it. Frankly this is hit and miss . They are teenagers and sometimes they just want garlic fingers. You can argue but really … should just pick your battles.

Chickens had a near miss during the hurricane. They were all locked up safe and sound but this tree almost hit their coop

Sunday- Twice Baked Potatoes and Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs/wings

Just 4 bake potatoes, cut in half , scrape out inside potatoes into a bowl, Add 4 oz of cream cheese, 1/2 cup sour cream , and I cup cheese . Mash vigorously then add back into the potatoe shell, top with a bit more cheese and bake an additional 15 min.

These are even better the next day , so I always make leftovers

Honey mustard chicken thighs/wings /drumettes are easy. Just use real honey for the best taste.

2 tbsp melted butter

3 tbsp Dijon mustard

3 tbsp honey

2 tsp fresh lime juice

Cook chicken at 350 for approx 30-40 min. Then add the sauce, toss to coat and continue baking for another 20 minutes .

And that wraps up the week…..Well if there isn’t another hurricane, anyways !

Have a great weekend and do as much as you can and don’t feel guilt about the rest. There is no trophy at the end of your life for being the most stressed ( this is mostly my self talk, you are welcome to steal it 🙂


Jenn xx

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