Family Dinners: Weeks 6 & 7


The last two weeks have been a bit cray-cray with my son's birthday, family visiting in town and a couple of "moms night out" dinners mixed in.  This means quick meals that leave leftovers and also meals that require very little prep.  With some of the recipes I used, there were hits and misses:

Week 6
Sun. - Citrus Chicken with Slow Cooker Black Beans
Mon. - Black Bean Tacos
Tues. - Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
Wed. - Leftovers

Hit: The meatball recipe was so easy and turned out delicious.  That was the first time I had ever cooked meatballs in the slow cooker.  The kids devoured them so I'm keeping this in rotation.

Miss: The slow cooker black bean recipe that I used (found on Pinterest) was terrible.  The cooking time was WAY off and were way under cooked.  Little did I know that beans need to cook all day, even in the slow cooker.  Thankfully I was able to save the meal and used the beans for two nights.  Let's just say that I think I'll just be buying my beans in a can and not cook them from scratch anymore.

Week 7
Mon. - Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli w/ Ramen Noodle Cake
Tues. - Creamy Mushroom Meatloaf
Wed. - Easiest Chicken Parmesan with Alfredo Bow Tie Pasta
Thurs. - Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

The stir fry and meatloaf meals were recipes that I used from the All Recipes magazine.  The beef and broccoli stir fry turned out great.  The sauce for the stir fry was the best Asian sauce I've ever made.  YAY!  The chicken parm and burritos were easy peasy meals I pulled out of my recipe brain.  The chicken for the parm were frozen breaded cutlets that were already cooked and the sauces from jars.  The burritos were hocus pocus too (think Chipotle style).

Easy and delicious stir fry.  And anything with Ramen noodles in it is a major plus for me!

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