In terms of highlights from last week, the pasta I made Sunday evening (tonight) was especially yummy! The sauce was so flavorful and I actually really liked the cauliflower in it! The only thing I added was about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar which added some depth to the sauce but also took away the little bit of bitterness left from the quickly simmered crushed tomatoes. The sauce made enough for 8 so we were able to freeze a bunch of it for future use!
I am excited to share that I have decided to take some time away from work to stay home with my little guy and focus on my family. This will not change my menu plans, as I will be equally busy chasing after a toddler and will continue to have the need to plan ahead (no time to cook around the dinner hour with a clingy 1.5 year old at my side)! I will be taking a hiatus from menu planning next week, though - we are finishing our kitchen so we will be hanging with the in-laws for a week while we are without counter tops! So, menu plans will be in conjunction with my mother-in-law.
Below my menu plan is a before and after of phase 1 - tearing down the cabinets over our counter! I will keep you posted as we continue the remodel!
(Check out orgjunkie's post for more menu inspiration!)
Monday - Crock Pot Turkey Chili
tip: brown meat and combine all ingredients the night before
Tuesday - Hamburgers (with leftover shallot butter from Valentines Day!) and sweet potato fries
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Grilled Sandwiches (corn tortilla for the little guy!) with butternut squash soup (from Trader Joe's, planned from last week and we had leftovers instead!)
Friday Chicken with Balsamic Bell Peppers and polenta; side salad
Saturday - dinner out with friends
Sunday - Crock Pot Pork Roast with Salad