Food Week 4/6-4/10

Our family has made the decision to only eat at home and to utilize the schools free breakfast and lunch options, until the virus starts to die down. Our one exception is Papa Murphy’s on Friday’ for pizza night per our tradition of pizza and movie night. I use the service 5 Dinners in one hour as well as, some of my own recipes that I have collected over the years. This week I will using a combination of the two.

Monday 4/6

Monday we had chicken Teriyaki and homemade fried rice with Zucchini. I forgot to take pictures throughout the process, I made sure to get a picture at the beginning and at the end. I did a modified version of the 5 dinners 1 hour recipes for the chicken and the fried rice. Since I did not get pictures of the process here is how I cooked everything.

  • Defrosted the chicken (I took the chicken out of the freezer on Sunday and placed it in the fridge)
  • I cooked the chicken first in a skillet
  • While the chicken was cooking I chopped the zucchini and seasoned with garlic powder, onion powder, garlic salt, sesame seed oil and liquid aminos.
  • I also made the minute rice while the chicken was cooking
  • Once the chicken was done, I then cooked the zucchini in the same skillet that I cooked the chicken in.
  • Once that was cooked I then took the rice and added it to the same skillet I had been using along with some olive oil, sesame oil, and more liquid aminos. I also seasoned the rice with garlic and onion powder. When the rice was about done I parted the rice and made a spot in the center of the skillet and scrambled one egg in the middle. once the egg was cooked fully I mixed it in with the rice.

Tuesday 4/7

The plan was to make Honey Mustard chicken with small roasted potatoes. There was a mishap in thawing out the chicken and the small potatoes that I have been holding onto were well past the expiration date and growing things. So we all had loaded baked potatoes from the microwave. I was jonesing for a Chipotle salad and queso. I felt quite depressed since I wasn’t able to get one because of my paranoia right now. So no pictures were taken of these sad potatoes.

Wednesday 4/8

The honey mustard chicken was still a little frozen but was thawed enough to cook with. Like the teriyaki chicken, I prepped the chicken well before I thought I would post about it and don’t have exact measurements on the ingredients. I added the approximate recipe below. There was a mix up with our Walmart pick up order and we did not have produce to make a salad to go with this meal. So, yes we had only chicken and potatoes and no veggies.

Final product! Not the best picture… but it was good and late.

Honey Mustard Chicken

  • 5 thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 2 TBSP yellow mustard
  • 2 TBSP stone ground mustard
  • 3 TBSP honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • Garlic and onion powder, garlic salt, and pepper to taste

Everything is added to a freezer bag squished around and placed in the freezer. I try to take the food out the day before we are going to eat.

Oven Roasted Potatoes

  • 4/5 Russet potatoes peeled and diced into 1 inch chunks
  • 1 TBSP Roasted Garlic (The refrigerated kind)
  • 2 drops of Rosemary oil
  • A little olive oil mixed over the potatoes
  • Garlic and onion powder, Seasoning salt, and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese to sprinkle over the top

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place potatoes on a baking sheet or baking stone. Add garlic, olive oil, rosemary oil and seasonings to the potatoes and mix. Then cover with foil and bake until the potatoes become softened. Remove foil and continue roasting until they become crispy on the outside. Once they are ready to take out sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Chopped and seasoned potatoes

Thursday 4/9

The plan this night was to make homemade barbacoa. The mishap on Wednesday made it so Ian was out shopping for groceries from late afternoon until 1:30 and by 7:30pm the crockpot barbacoa wasn’t ready to eat. So I made hot italian subs. Listen… they. were. so. good. Firehouse who?! They were better than any sub shop I have been to.

Hot Italian Subs

So. Stinking. Good.
  • 6 Hoagie Rolls
  • 1 1/2 lbs black forest ham
  • 18 pieces dry salami
  • 72 small pepperoni pieces/ 18 large pieces
  • 12 pieces of provolone cheese
  • 1 can sliced olives
  • 2 sliced tomatoes
  • 3 diced peppers
  • pepperoncinis
  • Mayo
  • Italian seasoning
  • Red Wine vinegar

Open the hoagie rolls and layer the meat first ham, 3 pieces of salami, and pepperoni and top with two pieces of provolone cheese. Place in toaster oven for 3ish minutes until the hoagie is toasted and the cheese is melted. Add mayo to the top hoagie roll piece and add the rest of the ingredients. Top with a dash of red wine vinegar.

Friday 4/10

The barbacoa was finally ready. It was amazing. Again we ate late. And again not the best pictures… But trust it was amazing and the kids said it tasted better then Chipotle. A win! I used the recipe from She says you can use chicken, beef or lager beer. I went with a dark beer.

We also made quesadillas in the toaster oven as leftovers the next day. Amazing.

This week did not go as planned but that is pretty much the theme of 2020 so far.

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