Easy Weekly Dinner Menu #169: Scrounging in the Kitchen

3 minutes
June 3, 2016
Andi Gleeson

What’s for dinner this week? How about Cajun Honey Chicken, Chicken Tater Tot Casserole, Slow Cooker French Dips, and lots more!

What's for dinner this week? How about Cajun Honey Chicken, Chicken Tater Tot Casserole, Slow Cooker French Dips, and lots more!

Hello, my friend! What have you been up to this week? Here’s all the latest news from me:

I got a haircut.

A seriously, major haircut. I’m over coloring my hair, and I want to go back to gray again. I had done so much to my poor hair over the past year that I decided to just cut my losses (so to speak) and start over. I look like this now:

Pixie Cut Before and After

This isn’t actually as short as it’s going to get. In a few more weeks, when a little more gray has grown out, I’m going to get it cut shorter to get rid of all the colored hair. I’m actually pretty excited about it! It will coincide with the end of the boys’ school, so I figure I can hide out most of the summer if I look dumb.

I spoke in public.

Have I mentioned that I’m kinda shy? I work at home for a reason. I’m not the most social, outgoing person I know. However, a company I work with a lot was hosting an event right here in SF to meet with brand reps and bloggers, so I was excited to attend. They invited me to participate in a panel discussion at the event, which meant sitting in front of a small crowd of folks with one other blogger and a moderator to answer questions for about 45 minutes. I was a little nervous, but it went really well (I think)!

I put cottage cheese in grits.

OK, so I was kind of reaching on that last bit of “news.” I did do that though, and it did taste good. It sort of shows you what I have been cooking and eating this week, which is scavenged combinations out of my kitchen. I didn’t really go to the grocery store much. I had a backlog of food that I needed to use, so I threw together meals with what I had on hand. I’ll tell you about some of those meals in this week’s menu in case you want to make some quick fix dinners too. Let’s get to the easy dinner ideas!

  1. Cajun Honey Chicken BowlsGrab a fork, and get ready to dig into this luscious Cajun Honey Chicken! It's loaded with flavor and ready in only a half hour. Just right for busy nights!
  2. Quick Fix Meal: Season chicken breasts with Cajun seasoning, and cook in a hot iron skillet with a little olive oil. For the last few minutes of cooking, arrange pickled jalapeño slices over each piece of chicken and top with a slice of cheese. (I used provolone.) Continue cooking until the cheese melts. Serve with steam-in-bag green beans and sliced tomatoes.
  3. Pizza Chicken over QuinoaThis easy chicken and quinoa recipe is a great fridge cleanout meal, and it can satisfy your pizza craving in a healthier way!
  4. Cheesy Chicken Tater Tot CasseroleChicken Tatertot Casserole: This one-dish dinner is so simple to mix up and put in the oven, and the whole family will love it!
  5. Quick Fix Meal: Season salmon fillets with soy sauce and lemon. Bake in a 375 degree F oven or cook in a hot iron skillet. Serve with baked potatoes and green vegetable of your choice.
  6. Slow Cooker French Dip SandwichesSlow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
  7. Warm Spinach Salad with Chicken and Lemon DressingThis warm spinach salad with chicken, mushroom, couscous, and a lemon dressing is delicious, healthy, and quick!
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


8 years ago

I like your new haircut, and thanks for the recipes!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks so much, Joanne! ?

Ruth B
8 years ago

I’m a fairly new reader of your blog so don’t feel I know you too well. Your new hairdo is great! And I think it’s wonderful that you participated in the panel discussion in San Francisco – good for you! I don’t like to speak in front of any groups either so I can empathize with you, but it does get easier the more you do it. Great job with all the recipes!

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thank you so much, Ruth. I am liking this short hair more than I expected.
I seriously had to drag myself out of the house to go to the meeting, but you are right that it gets easier each time I do things like that. Thanks for the encouragement ?

8 years ago

really cute haircut…may give me the push i need, first time i have let my hair grow in forever, and it is driving me nuts, i have serious arthritis and my hands are going down fast so having long hair makes it worse i stick it up on my head for days. I have only once in my58 years gone to hair dresser. not sure how brave i am. BUT i have to say you got it going on!!

8 years ago

I normally don’t do things like this( like making social media responses or comments) and being a guy, I will viamenty (sp) deny having used this word discribing a women’s hair, but. I think it’s really “cute”, ack there I said it, much better do for u……..oh yea love ur site……Baren

Andi Gleeson
8 years ago

Thanks! I’m really flattered that my hair could be the thing that made you leave a comment. I won’t tell anyone that you said the word cute. Don’t be a stranger!

8 years ago

I love short hair and mine has been short for a very long time. Your will look great Andi. Thank you and have a good weekend.

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