Live around this Dakota home is so much better when I take the 20-60 minutes a week to plan meals and do my best to stick to my meal plan. Even with some busy work days in the mix we didn’t have takeout or fast food once.
Tuesday’s pizzas from homemade frozen dough were better than store bought frozen dough. I bought a pizza peel this week, so I think next time I’ll try a whole pizza on a stone.
Wednesday’s grilled burgers with homemade buns might have to become a weekly part of summer fare. Perhaps not always with burger, but always the buns. Dakota Guy took the first bite of his and wept openly. OK, not really, but he does love these bread machine buns. I don’t think there is any going back. I cut up some strawberries and we had leftover quinoa and called it a meal. Dakota Boy ate at least 4 pickles and his whole burger.
Thursday was a late night at the hospital so the guys had cold sandwiches on hamburger buns and greek yogurt and I had the same once I finally got home.
Friday we had the lentils that had been scheduled for Thursday. Find all the reasons you can to cook with lentils. They are fabulous.
Banana bread in the oven this morning. I prefer to not use a mixer and have combined a few recipes. I love eating bananas so don’t always have three or four over ripe ones on the counter on a Saturday or Sunday morning. So, I throw them in the freezer when they get over ripe and thaw for when I want to bake. My microwave has a melt butter setting and I thaw the banana with the peel off while I melt my butter.Banana Bread 3-4 mashed ripe bananas 1/3 cup melted butter Slightly less than 3/4 C sugar 1 egg 1 tsp vanilla 1/8 tsp salt 1 1/2 C flour Preheat oven to 350. With a fork or wooden spoon mash bananas together with melted butter in a mixing bowl. Mix in sugar, egg, vanilla and salt. Sprinkle soda on top. Add flour 1/2 C at a time mixing in. Pour into 4×8 pan sprayed with cooking spray or oiled. Bake 1 hour. Cool on a rack and eat with butter while standing over the kitchen sink.
We’re having visitors this week, so the menu may look a bit like last week. Dakota Guy wants bagels again. And hamburger buns. I think Dakota Boy and I are going to the parade today. Then hopefully some meal planning and “garden” pictures.