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    Default Feeling pressure to make an awesome menu

    The weekends menu was very well received.

    I am feeling self imposed pressure to make next weeks menu as tasty and well received as well as healthy.

    Saturday we had
    Lunch - Steak with half a potato and a side salad loaded with choice of veggies and choice of dressing
    Supper Tuna patties with Kale chips and apple slices

    Sunday we had
    lunch Pork chops topped with fire roasted tomatoes, green beans, and black eyed peas add you own green chilis
    Supper Taco salad ( ground beef seasoned with salsa and cummin, Fiesta Beans, lettuce, Roma tomatoes, shredded cheese, and corn chips) dressing your choices taco sauce, ranch dressing or Salsa Verde)

    Like I said Everything was very well received and now I am feeling self imposed pressure to do it again.

    Tonight is crockpot chicken soup (night were everyone is eating at different times due to activities) Hubby on the way out the door said he doesn't really like soup he likes stew better. I told him he will live.

    It is chicken broth, celery, carrots, endeme ( soy beans), onion, garlic, parsley, basil, thyme, chicken breast, and I will add some cooked brown rice near the end of the cooking time.

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    Your soup sounds delicious. I totally understand self-imposed pressure. I live it despite knowing that it's unhealthy.

    How about making a stew for the weekend since your DH likes it?

    I think your weekend menu was great and you try very hard to make your family happy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    Pinterest is a great source of food inspiration.
    I have heard of Pintrest but have know idea how it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPA-Kim View Post
    Your soup sounds delicious. I totally understand self-imposed pressure. I live it despite knowing that it's unhealthy.

    How about making a stew for the weekend since your DH likes it?

    I think your weekend menu was great and you try very hard to make your family happy.
    I made it a very hearty soup so maybe it will feel more like a stew to him. I think he is thinking of egg drop soup or canned chicken a noddle soup. you know thin soups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imagine View Post
    I have heard of Pintrest but have know idea how it works
    Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Before you know it, you could have more "pins" than you could possibly complete in a lifetime. That said, there are a TON of great ideas out there that you didn't know you wanted to do. LOL

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    From Wikipedia because it's easier to cut and paste.

    Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board. Users save and share pins from multiple resources onto boards based on a plethora of criteria, e.g., similar characteristics, a theme, birthday parties, planning a vacation, writing a book, interior decorating, holidays. Boards can develop projects, organize events, or save pictures and data together.

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    Imagine, throw in some cooked (or uncooked if things allow that) pasta and call it stew .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ayanka View Post
    Imagine, throw in some cooked (or uncooked if things allow that) pasta and call it stew .
    Hubby is suppose to be cutting out bread and pasta.

    I am planning on throwing in some cooked brown rice near the end of the cooking time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    Pinterest can be your best friend or your worst nightmare. Before you know it, you could have more "pins" than you could possibly complete in a lifetime. That said, there are a TON of great ideas out there that you didn't know you wanted to do. LOL
    Hubby has a pinterest account so I looked though some recopies through his. I did not pin any thing but I did fall down the rabbit hole and spent must time licking around and printing off recipes

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    Some things we enjoy:

    Chili
    Black bean soup
    Beef stew
    hamburgers
    turkey breast
    pot roast
    whole roast chicken

    When I make stew and pot roast I sub turnips for potatoes. Note that they cook much more quickly than potatoes.

    I make a low-carb gravy by pureeing some of the cooked vegs (carrot, onion, celery) with the cooking liquid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Contrary Housewife View Post
    Some things we enjoy:

    Chili
    Black bean soup
    Beef stew
    hamburgers
    turkey breast
    pot roast
    whole roast chicken

    When I make stew and pot roast I sub turnips for potatoes. Note that they cook much more quickly than potatoes.

    I make a low-carb gravy by pureeing some of the cooked vegs (carrot, onion, celery) with the cooking liquid.
    SO if I took some of the broth and some ( i am assuming cooked) carrots onion celery and purred it either with the hand blended or in the processor. it would make gravy? like to pour over turkey breast at Thanksgiving?

    Also could I then stir that into the soup to thicken it up?

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    Yes, exactly. Take the cooked veg and drippings and just puree it. Sometimes I put in a bit of canned stock if I need more liquid or meat flavor.

    There's pictures on this blog. She cooked vegs specially for the gravy, but I don't, I just use what is in the pan under the meat.

    Leena Cooks: Gluten-Free Turkey Gravy | Leena Eats

    I like mine smoother than hers.

    And yes, you can do the same to thicken soups. I sneak pureed sweet potato or butternut squash into chili all the time. When I make broccoli cheese soup I peel and puree the cooked stalks.
    Stop trying to organize all of your family’s crap. If organization worked for you, you’d have rocked it by now. It’s time to ditch stuff and de-crapify your world.

    If you're not using the stuff in your home, get rid of it. You're not going to start using it more by shoving it into a closet.

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