Hello! Do you feel like summer is coming to an end? I keep waiting for Halloween costumes and decorations to appear in stores, but I haven’t seen anything yet. I’m ready for fall and the holiday seasons to start! What is your favorite holiday?
This week I made a couple attempts to feed the whole family the same dinner instead of making something different for the kids. (You can read my whole story about our family dinner time in my About page.) The dinners I tried to feed the kids were Mexican Chicken Soup and Magic Ranch Chicken Casserole. The casserole was somewhat of a success. The Short One said right away, “I like it!” and ate a good amount. The Tall One on the other hand started strong but quickly declined into complaining about the peas and the sauce and the whatever else he could think of. He did eat the chicken, so that’s something I guess.
On soup night, The Short One wasn’t in the mood to eat at all, and The Tall One just fished out the soup-soaked tortilla chips with chopsticks. In the end, he declared that the soup had “too many flavors.” Oy. I’ll keep trying, and hopefully soon they will want to eat more than diced and partitioned fruit, vegetables, meat, and grains.
Oh wait! I forgot there was a third meal that was a success: Chicken and Bean Quesadillas! The whole family really did like those, so I will crown the quesadillas the winner of the Kid Pleaser contest for this week.
Now, on with the show! Here’s your easy weekly dinner menu for the week. I am pretty happy with this collection, and I hope you will be too!
- Magic Ranch Chicken Casserole – This week I wrote my first ever guest post, which appeared on Recipe Chatter. I created this ranch popover casserole and shared the recipe there, so please head on over to check it out! I loved it and ate more than my fair share.
- Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff – I have been wanting to make this one again for a while, and now that I got a new slow cooker I finally got around to it! This chicken stroganoff is so flavorful and creamy, and it makes for great leftovers.
- Saffron Rice with Sausage and Kale – I think this was the grown up favorite for the week. This easy rice dish is a delicious, healthy one-dish dinner!
- In-a-Hurry Mexican Chicken Soup – This recipe is so great for busy nights. If you already have cooked chicken on hand, you could make it in about 10 minutes!
- Steak with Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower – I used my stovetop seared steak technique for the steak this week, which was right tasty. For the vegetables, just toss them with olive oil, salt, garlic powder, and chili powder. Then, bake them at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes until the carrots are as tender as you like. Add a side of rice pilaf or couscous if you like.
- Chicken and Bean Quesadillas – These quesadillas stuffed with beans, chicken, cheese, and salsa are simple enough for picky kids and tasty enough for adults.
- Philly Cheese Steak Pizza – Have you tried this fun twist on pizza yet? If you like cheesesteak sandwiches, you will love it! Use store-bought pizza crust as a shortcut if you are in a hurry.
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Kids can be so picky can’t they? I’m glad you can come up with so many things that they like! Thank you so much for joining us and sharing at Best of the Weekend! Pinning to our party board. Enjoy a happy weekend and please join us next Friday :)
The Weary Chef says
Thanks, Lisa. I’ll see you again Friday for sure :)
I just love how into this you are and how you try so many new recipes! I’m more of a “what do we have in our fridge and how can I assemble it into something that could pass for a meal” kind of gal so it’s fun to see what a person could come up with with a just a wee bit more effort. Also love that your kids are getting a taste of your awesome dishes.
Your soup wins tops with me this time, though everything is making me drool. Is it still chilly where you are? I remember attending an August wedding in San Fran and needing to buy sweatshirts, socks, etc while there. As it cools down here, I’ll be making your soup.
Now, off to find some sake. haha.
The Weary Chef says
Thanks, Liz. This definitely isn’t just a little hobby anymore!
I’m sure you’ll like the soup. It had been cold and foggy in our neighborhood. The sun is peeking out a little today. We can always spot the tourists with their matching souvenir fleece jackets because they had to buy layers for the weather. ;)