What We Ate for Dinner (Week of 3/8)

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Hello, hello! Happy Sunday!

So, I have a new blog feature for you guys. You know how I sometimes give you a quick recap of our meal plan for the upcoming week? Well, instead of doing that, I’m going to start posting our meals after we eat them, so you can see how they come together. I do a lot of mid-week prep (in addition to Sunday) and take a lot of “short cuts” with my cooking and meal planning, so I thought you guys might find seeing some of these things helpful. Sound good? Ok, then. Here’s the first edition of “What We Ate for Dinner”!

SUNDAY: Chicken sausage burgers with homemade French fries and steamed broccoli

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The folks from al fresco sent me some of their chicken sausage burgers to try and they are awesome for a quickie dinner. When they arrived in the mail, I put them in the freezer, so on Sunday morning, I took them out and set them on the counter top to defrost. By dinnertime, they were ready to be cooked. I cooked the entire package (4 patties) and made extra fries, so Mal had lunch to take to school the next day.

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The broccoli came from these steam-in-bag veggie packets from Target and they are the bomb. They make one big serving or two small servings, so they’re perfect as a quickie side dish when you want to add some color to your meal.

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MONDAY: Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Black Bean Taco Salad

This meal is a keeper! So easy, so delicious!

I threw everything in the crock pot on Monday morning, shredded the chicken in the afternoon, and then threw it all in Tupperware in the fridge until it was time to eat. This recipe was insanely easy to make””it truly took me 5 minutes to put everything in the crockpot””and it only requires 8 ingredients and most of them you probably already have in your kitchen.


Instead of zesty avocado cilantro buttermilk dressing, which the recipe calls for, I just whipped up my own homemade guacamole (avocado + lime juice + minced garlic + sea salt).


TUESDAY: Leftovers from Monday, but I added some broken up tortilla chips to my salad for a little variety. 

WEDNESDAY: Spicy Chorizo Chop Suey

This was sooooooo good! If you like spicy dishes and chorizo, you will love this one!


THURSDAY: Leftovers from Wednesday

Mal had parent-teacher conferences, so I just reheated some leftover Spicy Chorizo Chop Suey for dinner. Easy-peasy.

FRIDAY: Grilled cheese and homemade minestrone soup

Mal was away on a guys’ trip and my friend Kerrie gave me some homemade minestrone soup, so I paired it with a grilled cheese sandwich that I made in the toaster oven and dinner was done in minutes!


SATURDAY: Ground turkey with broccoli, green beans, and baked potato chunks 

Again, Mal was away for the night, so I kept dinner simple. I cooked up some ground turkey and then mixed it with some steamed broccoli and green beans along with some leftover baked potato and avocado. I topped it all with buffalo sauce because, well, I am obsessed with it.



  1. I loved seeing your meals in this format. One suggestion is don’t thaw your meat by setting it out on the counter, from a food safety perspective meat should be thawed in the fridge to make sure the temperature doesn’t get in the ” danger zone”.

  2. Enjoy seeing the weekly meal plan in photos, great addition! I’m bookmarking the chicken & black bean taco salad to make an appearance in our weekly meals soon, it looks super yummy

  3. I love the Al Fresco chicken sausages! One package is in my cart every week for a quick dinner. I had no idea of all the other products they have until I clicked on the link. I will have to try another supermarket by me to see if they carry them. Mine just carries the sausages. Also, like the new way of posting your meals. I always like ideas for new things to make.

  4. You should also try Brat Hans chicken burgers from Whole Foods. The jalapeno cheddar ones were incredibly tasty!

  5. That all sounds delicious! I almost like when my husband is out bc then I just throw a veggie patty in with some greens and I am all set. I each much less fancy then when I try and plan something for both of us to eat!

  6. Love this post too! Actually stopped in the middle of reading it to start my crockpot chicken. Oh, and not to start trouble but, I thaw meat on the counter all the time. I’ve been married for 25 years and we haven’t gotten sick, as long as you get it back in the frog before it is totally thawed, otherwise thawing in the frig takes FOREVER! Anyways, they are right, the CORRECT way is in the frig, just had to write this because some people freak out

    1. @Debbie: LOL, I agree too Debbie! I know the “proper” way is in the fridge, but I usually just put it on the counter as well. Fridge-thawing takes some planning ahead and most times I don’t decide about dinner until the day of. We’ve all been fine too 🙂

  7. I like this so much better than meal plans. Sometimes I plan meals and either a) don’t end up making them or b) end up hating them. I’d much rather know what you actually made and what you actually liked then what you planned on making! I do something similar on my blog.

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