What’s For Dinner Review – #2…

It’s time for another installment of my What’s For Dinner Review weekly post.  I have some more yummy things for you this week! :) I have been trying hard to eat at home and have at least two new to us meals every week.  This week has been a little nuts since our fridge has been out of service.  It has made cooking at home a little more challenging.

#1 –  Grilled Monterey Chicken.  I order this at restaurants all the time and this recipe is even better.  My kids LOVE this marinade!!  It is so easy to make too.

image source – The Recipe Critic

#2 – Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce.  I really love how easy this sauce is to make.  I have made this one before and really liked it. However, we have made very slight changes to it the past several times we have made it.  Spaghetti is such a great easy week night meal.  I love having a homemade sauce rather than a bottled one. My kids scarf this stuff down.  :)

Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce - A rich and meaty spaghetti sauce easily made in the crockpot with just 10 min prep!

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#3 – Copycat White Castle Cheeseburgers. I make these quite a bit because they are a hit with everyone in my family.  That isn’t always easy to find!!  These come together really easily and quickly.

Copycat White Castle Cheeseburgers | www.shariblogs.com

#4 – Philly Beef Sloppy Joes.  We make philly cheesesteaks a lot so I thought we would try these for a little something different. Everyone seemed to like them (minus my daughter who doesn’t like cheesesteaks of any kind).  They were super easy to put together and good too!

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#5 – Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joes.  I make these at least once a week lately because they are my daughters favorite meal (second to Bowtie Rotel Chicken).  She can’t get enough of them.  This recipe has been passed down for generations in my family.  Good stuff.

Great Grandma's Sloppy Joes | www.shariblogs.com

Apparently I was in a sandwich mood this past week.  LOL  We also had nacho pizza which is one of my FAVORITES!  That is getting ready to hit the food blog this weekend.  I will be back to link it here as well.

We made a new chocolate chip cookie recipe this past week too.  It was ok.  I wouldn’t call it a fail, but wasn’t what we were looking for.

What have you eaten that was new this week?  Or a family favorite? I would love more suggestions on things to try!  Happy Eating! :-)

What’s For Dinner Review…

My sweet friend Jennifer started a new serious on her blog called What’s For Dinner Thursday (be sure to check it out!!!) where she shares what they had for dinner.  I have done various posts like that here in the past but I haven’t been too good about sticking with them.  I am really going to try hard to stick with it this time.  Today I am announcing my “What’s For Dinner Review” which will be posted every Friday.  I will highlight the hits and maybe a few misses from our dinners that week.  I am excited to share a few of the new things that we tried this week!  We had a week full of new stuff so there’s quite a few to share today.  Some weeks won’t have this many. On to the food…

First up… We made this Crockpot Pesto Ravioli this week.  It was a hit with everyone, even our kid who is really picky when it comes to pasta!  I love how yummy and easy it was.  Perfect for those days when we are super busy or when I am just too tired to put a whole lot of energy into dinner.  Definitely put it into our regular rotation options.

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This one we tried a couple weeks ago, but it was really good so I want to make sure I mention it before I forget.  We tried these Wingers Sticky Fingers.  I have never been to a Wingers restaurant before, but they sure sounded good.  If you like buffalo sauce, you definitely need to give these a try!!  I have one kid who didn’t care for them (he doesn’t like buffalo sauce) but the rest of thought they were great!  We will definitely be making them again when the oldest isn’t home for dinner.   Oh, and I made the sauce but cheated and used frozen chicken tenders.  I hate making homemade breaded chicken.

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Speaking of homemade breaded chicken, I did make some this week with the help of my sweet husband.  We tag teamed it to make it go faster and a little easier but it was still WORK.  We had soooo many of those little chicken bites with a family of five to feed.  Anyway… we made this Panda Express Sweet Firecracker Chicken Copycat.  Man it was really good!  I am not usually a huge asian food fan, but I LOVED it.  This also comes from one of my favorite food blogs. Everything I have tried from her blog turns out awesome.  And her photos make my mouth water every time.  Another couple favorites from her blog are these Wonton Mozzarella Sticks and the Easy Parmesan Garlic Knots.

Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat - An easy homemade version that tastes so much better (and healthier) than take-out!

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We made this Grilled Asian Chicken.  We were kind of in a rush that night so I didn’t make kabobs.  We just marinated the chicken breasts all day and grilled those.  I did throw some cut up vegetables on the grill with them.  Anyway, it was DELICIOUS!  We all definitely voted to make it again.  I think next time I will make it when I have time to do the kabobs. I mean kabobs are just happy food.  😉


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I made my Chinese Fried Rice (minus the chicken) to go along with the Grilled Asian Chicken.  We ate it as a side rather than adding the chicken to it.  It is ALWAYS a HUGE hit with my family.  We can go through some serious fried rice around here.  That’s good because my recipe makes a lot.  My boys like there to be left overs.  One of them loves it for breakfast!

Chinese Fried Rice from Shari Blogs | www.shariblogs.com

And now, here is my pinterest fail of the week…

I tried these Seasoned Potato Wedges.  While the taste was ok, they didn’t look anything like the picture on Pinterest.  I was excited to try them because they looked just like my favorite potato wedges from KFC.  Oh well.  Like I said, they tasted ok but we voted not to try them again.


Guess who turned 50…

We have been keeping ourselves quite busy around here with back to school and all the other normal hoopla that goes on. Last week we celebrated someone’s big 5-0 birthday. He is a very laid back guy who doesn’t like much attention brought to himself. He never asks for any gifts or anything special on his birthday.  He knows that drives me CRAZY so he tries to come up with something!

We started off the day with sleeping in and then heading to Huey’s restaurant for lunch.  Unfortunately, Logan was working.  Boo!
Guess Who Turned 50 | www.sharianderic.com

Guess Who Turned 50 | www.sharianderic.com

After lunch we ran errands to pick up a couple things and then headed to Ben & Jerry’s for dessert.  He has an obsession with their Pistachio ice cream!  They didn’t have any in the case to eat in store, but we did grab a pint to take home from the freezer!

Guess Who Turned 50 | www.sharianderic.com

Guess Who Turned 50 | www.sharianderic.com

I have an affection for donuts and we have this place in Memphis that is suppose to be famous for them.  We had never been, so we decided to stop and pick some up for breakfast the next morning.  I have to tell you that I had just started a low carb diet a few days before so I didn’t eat ice cream or donuts.  In the end, they all decided that while the donuts were good, they all preferred the ones from our local shop in our little town.

Guess Who Turned 50 | www.sharianderic.com

We celebrated with my parents at Outback for dinner.  It was delicious as always.  Sadly, I didn’t get a picture though. Another birthday down and documented.  Next is my birthday in September! :-)

Meal Plan Monday–1/13/14

Do you meal plan?  How’s it going?  I meal plan most weeks and it definitely makes life much less stressful when it comes to grocery shopping and knowing what I am going to make for dinner.  However, I do sometimes get stressed out during the actual menu making.  I try not have things too similar close together.  The kids probably wouldn’t care at all, but it bugs me.

One of my goals for this year is to TRY and make two new recipes every week.  Some weeks that won’t be possible, but I’m going to do my best.

MONDAY: Misc. (Two kids ate out with my parents, one ate cheesesticks when he got home from work.)

TUESDAY:  Philly Cheesesteaks & Fries

WEDNESDAYShredded Beef Tacos*, rice, beans

THURSDAY:  Stuffed Shells with garlic breadsticks

FRIDAY:   Pizza

SATURDAY: Grilled Chicken w/ mac n’ cheese

SUNDAY:  – out –

*trying out a new recipe


What’s on your menu this week??  Do you have any good family favorites that are wallet friendly too?  We seem to make mostly expensive at home meals, at least it seems that way, and I am trying to find some more budget friendly ideas.  I would love to hear your favorites!!