Commonly Prepared Meals

Originally published on: Apr 11, 2005. I’m updating this list because Stephanie is going back to work next week, and I’m going to take over many of the cooking responsibilities because she has a long commute. I’ve been looking at various recipe and grocery shopping apps, but I haven’t discovered quite the right combination that will work for me yet, so I’m trying to clean up many of the recipes I have already on my website. I’m updating links, going through recipes I’ve not yet made and adding them to the “to make or delete” list, and I plan on adding many of Stephanie’s “go to” meals. I’m hoping to put together a grid of “next week” meal planning, so can shop on weekends and have everything I need during the week, instead of throwing things together.


Pasta Dishes

Baked Ziti (variation: vodka sauce)
Baked shells
Spinach Mastachioli Bake
Chicken Saltimboca

Baked or Roasted Dishes

Elizabeth’s Cheap Drunk Chicken
Home Made Pizza
Pot Roast
Southwestern Pork Tenderloin
Baked Chicken Breasts with marinade
Baked tilapia with marinade
Baked salmon with marinade
Spaghetti Squash with Lemon and Capers
Classic Baked Acorn Squash

crock pot / slow cooker

Crock-Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe
Beer Slow-Cooker Chicken
Baked Lemon Chicken
Lemon Rosemary Chicken
Low Carb Texas Chili
Crockpot Chicken And Noodle Soup

Soups & Stews & Chili

Pea soup
Bean soup
Stephanie’s Dad’s chicken soup


Mom’s Taco Salad
Chicken Verde Enchilada Casserole
Spicy Beef Tacos
White Chili
Super Nachos
Skyline Chili
Cheese enchiladas
Chicken Fajitas
Hot Cuban Sandwiches

sandwich dishes

Cheese Burgers
Hot Dogs
Veggie Burgers
Chicken patties
Sub sandwiches


Eggs and Sausage Casserole
Aunt Chris’ Ham and Egg Casserole
Scrambled eggs
French Toast
Steel-cut Oats

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This weekend’s to do list…

Things we want to accomplish this weekend…

  1. sign up for green power through our local electric company – estimated $2, addition to our bill, considerably higher peace of mind.
  2. Sign up for a local food coop delivery service to get fresh local food.
  3. finish adding addresses to address book
  4. finish sending out “save the date” cards for our wedding
  5. register somewhere for our wedding. Target? Macy’s?
  6. finish making baby blanket for Annabelle, so we can mail baby care package
  7. vacuum
  8. change the sheets
  9. celebrate Jennifer & Carolyn’s birthday
  10. work on Chi’s website
  11. rip more CDs
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You’ll have to pardon me – this is on of those posts that’s just making notes for myself to refer back to later. Last night I planted in the front flowerbeds:
1 purple lavender
1 orange symphony
1 summertime pink charma
2 Dianthus – Confetti Deep Red
2 Dianthus – Spangled Star
A seed packet of Butterfly Flowers
2 Broadway Lights Daisies
3 Shasta Daisies
2 Coreopsis – Rising Sun
2 Pensteman – X Mexicali
1 Delphinium – Summer Blue
1 Delphinium – Blue Mirror
4 Delosperma – Cooperi Yellow
Over the weekend we planted – Lettuce, cucumbers, radishes, sugar snap peas, rhubarb and green onions.
Still to plant – seed packets of Columbines and more Blue Mirror Delphiniums.
Things I still plant to buy and plant – hostas and Pachysandras in the back at the corner of the house near the deck, to fill in so we don’t have to mow in the awkward corner, and Clematis next to the deck to climb up the trellis. Also, I need to plant the copper pipe trellis from the garage, and start some Clematis growing on it at the side of the house. And I need to finish weeding the side bed, and get some small fencing for around the vegetables, so the bunnies don’t eat them when they start to grow.

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