Menu Monday!!

Good morning!  We had another beautiful weekend here.  Getting spoiled with this sort of weather in February.  Unfortunately, I came down with a fever Saturday morning, so I spent a good chunk of the day trying to sleep it off.  All my rest worked a little magic because the fever was gone by the afternoon.  I felt like I dodged a bullet.  The flu is going around horribly in these parts, and the last thing I want is to be out of commission for 2+ weeks.

On Saturday while I had the fever, my husband took my oldest daughter to a Chinese New Year Party.  I was sad to miss the fun.  My daughter brought home gifts for herself and her two sisters: Chinese candy, a fortune cookie, a Chinese calendar, and a two-dollar bill for each.  I haven’t seen a two-dollar bill in quite some time!  I remember the awe and wonder of having my own odd bill many years ago, and now each of my girls has her very own.

As for following our menu last week, we were a mess, and we ordered pizza TWICE.  The first time we were out with some friends getting ice cream because it was a beautiful day.  Our friends mentioned they were getting pizza, and dang it! It sounded so good that we decided to do the same!  🙂  We are human here too!  I have no excuses for the second time around.  It just happened.  Pizza happens.

fish tacos
OMG Yum! Fish taco bowls! Follow me on Instagram @keepingthesparkle 🙂

One of the big recipe winners last week in my household was the fish taco bowls.  Particularly the cabbage-slaw.  It was so good that I could have skipped the fried fish all-together, which is exactly what I did for leftovers the next day.  I topped a bowl of half cauliflower rice/half brown rice with the slaw and some pepitas (aka pumpkin seeds).  Absolutely amazing.

The beef pepperoncini from last week turned out great too, especially for such an easy mindless recipe.  Literally throw in a chunk of beef and a jar of pepperoncini into a slow cooker.  I added in garlic, onion, salt & pepper.  The beef has a sweet taste to it.  One of my children LOVED it, one of my children said it was too spicy, and the other child rarely eats at dinnertime so her opinion is null.  I made beef sandwiches topped with provolone for the children, and I used the beef as a sweet potato topping for myself and my husband.  The sweet potato/pepperoncini beef combo was too sweet for my tastes, so next time, I’ll go with a regular potato or a rice bowl.

Ok let’s get on to fooooooood for this week!


Eggs & veggies

50/50 Oatmeal-quinoa mix with blueberries & bananas


Cottage cheese & fruit


Egg salad


Butternut tabbouleh, side salad

Cabbage & ground beef casserole, side salad

Black bean-quinoa burgers, tomato cucumber salad

Salmon, roasted Brussel sprouts, onions, & sweet potatoes, side salad

Vegetable curry over cauliflower rice/brown rice, side salad (with ginger dressing)

Egg sandwiches, roasted potatoes & tomatoes, side salad

Minestrone, garlic bread, side salad

A few notes about this week’s menu:

We were supposed to have the butternut tabbouleh last week.  However, my husband and my daughter attended the Chinese New Year party that day, and they ate enough there to where I didn’t feel like I needed to make another meal.  So the rest of us just had sandwiches, and I moved the butternut tabbouleh to this week’s menu.

I have some cabbage I need to use up that was leftover from the slaw for the fish taco bowls last week. I’m looking forward to beefy cabbage goodness this week.  Cabbage is one of those vegetables that doesn’t get enough positive praise.  It’s relatively cheap, it’s versatile, it’s good for you, it’s delicious.  What more can you ask for?

Tomorrow is the last day of February.  I’ve planned a little post about Love Languages, and then the following day begins March.  For March I’m going to focus on saving money and financial stuff.  I’m so excited to tweak my own finances and aggressively save for a few family goals.  🙂



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