Weekly Eats

My instinct was to start this blog post, "How is it already Wednesday?" when the reality is more like, "How is it ONLY Wednesday?"

I've had 3 sleepless nights this week and I can't for the life of me figure out why. Like clockwork, I'm wide awake at 3:00 a.m., completely unable to fall back asleep for at least an hour. Then when my alarm goes off, I feel like a zombie. My body only wants to sleep when it knows it can't.

But the good news is that I've been feeding my little family quite well over the past few weeks. I cleaned out my spice cupboard and it ushered in a whole new era of culinary exploration ...

... Actually, it was more like, "Hey, I have ground mustard seed! Neat!"

I found gnocchi on sale at our local grocery store for less than $2 a pound, so I made a giant pot of Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi Soup. It's creamy, it's comforting, and I highly recommend using a rotisserie chicken from the deli. I omitted the butter and used fat-free half n' half to keep the calories from getting too out of control.

The copycat recipe can be found here.

I'm not a huge fan of fried chicken, but my mom makes a delicious oven-fried chicken that I used to beg her to make. I recently stumbled upon a similar recipe onyou guessed itPinterest and it reminded me so much of my mom's. Since you're not frying the meat in oil, the skin isn't crunchy, but it's flavorful and savory. When you consider the amount of time the chicken has to marinade in buttermilk and the overall baking time, this dish is somewhat time-consuming, but it's great for a Sunday meal.

Recipe here.

One or both of us is always in the mood for Chinese food, but take-out is expensive (and my favorite Chinese restaurant is cash-only and who carries cash? Not this girl. But pennies? I've got pennies). I found a recipe for Stir Fry Beef and Broccoli on one of my absolute favorite food blogs, and we've had it twice in just as may weeks. 

The first time I made this, I used regular soy sauce because reduced-sodium anything is witchcraft. But guess what? It was a little too salty. So I bit the bullet and bought wuss soy sauce the second time around and BAM! The perfect dish. If you cook the beef on the slowest setting your stove will allow, the meat is tender and juicy and holy crap, I just made this last night and already want to make it again. 

Recipe here.

And of course, a meal is only as good as the table's centerpiece. 

And hey! I finally got my summer s'more. We used a candle lighter to toast the marshmallow because hey, resourcefulness.

I hope your week is going well! It's my understanding that a lot of the kiddos went back to school this week. My newsfeed blew up with photos of proud parents sending their little ones off and I was at home like, "I wrapped Joey in a blanket like a burrito this morning before I left for work." #petparent