when mama’s home we eat good, part 2

Week two of new foods and/or recipes.  See what was cookin’ during week one here.

roasted veggie pizza with pesto.
(my favorite new recipe so far–this was so good.)

{leftover} slow cooker roast with spicy mustard & provolone cheese
(the roast wasn’t a big hit, but took on a new, better life as a sandwich.)

Turkey Antipasti Panini
(this was a big hit: turkey, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers in oil, sun-dried tomatoes, a little mayo, & provolone cheese grilled on the stove top since I don’t have a panini press…even Chris liked it and I didn’t think that was going to happen)
I also made a meatless dinner one night (when Chris had plans to go out with friends so he wasn’t eating with us).  It wasn’t really picture worthy, but we had a white bean dip with veggies and crackers, slices of sharp cheddar cheese, and roasted chickpeas.  All delicious.  I thought Ellie would like the whole dipping thing more than she did, but overall it was not a failure.  Although I’m sure Chris would disagree.
Most of these recipes came from the same cookbook as last time (Fresh Food Fast by Cooking Light).  This week and next week, my meal plan ideas are coming from Rachael Ray’s 30-minute meal cookbook, Yum-O.
I’ve found that it’s really easy to sit down and plan my two weeks of meals out with one cookbook as inspiration.  I have tons of cookbooks that I don’t use enough and so we’re trying new things while finally getting some use out of those books.  This week we tried things like grilled (provolone) cheese and tomato sandwiches, a roasted rosemary lemon chicken [that Ellie LOVED], and tonight is spicy sausage hoagies.  It’s also helping me be less likely to go out to eat for dinner since I don’t want to think about what to make when I get home.  But it’s almost the weekend and that does mean we’ll be having pizza at least once before Monday.  And I feel no shame.
Have a great weekend! 

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