Thriving and coupon profiling: a mood

Warning: I am not the sort of person who extreme coupons. I don’t have 67 flea collars for a dog I don’t have because the deal was just that great. I tend to take a more moderate approach wherein I weigh coupons and deals by the following metrics: Does it make sense for me? For…

Crawfish Etouffee

Y’all. I’m sorry. The entire month of April was consumed by a flurry of 7-day work weeks and long nights. But in the sage words of the Backstreet Boys, “Backstreet’s back, all right.” And here I am, though I’m less blonde and substantially more female. I’m back to meal planning, too, or at least I…

Instant Pot Yogurt

Now that the benevolent dictator, our 6 year-old, is back to school, mornings are once again hectic and harried. Armed with only a half-gallon of 1% milk and a small container of plain Greek yogurt, here’s how I’m tackling breakfast this week.

Shakshuka Sunday

Shakshuka is delicious. Full stop. It’s great for dinner. It’s great for lunch. It’s great any moment of the day – but we love it best at brunch, served with homemade pita. It’s genuinely worth the prep time – one batch serves between 4-6, but if you’re like us and your kids have terrible taste…

Cold Steak and Vegetables

Surprising entirely no one, kids are expensive. So while we don’t often eat red meat, one of my favorite weeknight dinners when it’s hot outside is a cold, thin-sliced filet alongside some cold, roasted vegetables. When I find tenderloin filet on megacrazycheap special at the grocery store, I’ll often stand there and debate a nice…

From ragout to popcorn

I had planned to make a  mushroom ragout to top our leftover polenta last night. I had great intentions. But a live wire caught the outside of our house on fire, and, well, we ate popcorn and cheese for dinner. THIS IS FINE.

Leftover Short Ribs to Taco Tuesday

My husband loves tacos more than just about anything in the world, and Taco Tuesday is a very real phenomenon in our household. Our kids love quesadillas with homemade refried beans and shredded monterey jack, and we indulge in slightly fancier tacos. We have 6 leftover short ribs, which are perfect for quick tacos. Here’s…

Meal Prep 3/25-3/31

I spent two hours in the kitchen prepping for this week like a whirling dervish, but this Monday morning I’m genuinely not stressed about dinner this week. Or lunches. And y’all, I’m notoriously bad about packing a lunch for work, and then I end up overindulging on carbs while I make dinner. That needs to…

Pita

I love pita. My husband loves pita. It’s one of the few things I’ll make that my kids adore, too, especially if I serve it with homemade hummus (that recipe is coming very soon, I promise). Pita is great for mini-pizzas, for dipping into your shorba, and for stuffing with falafel or cold cuts. VIVA…

Shorba

There’s something incredibly comforting about a good soup, and this soup is one of our stalwarts. Red lentils are widely available in most grocery stores, but especially cheap at Trader Joe’s – plus, it’s a no guilt meal. Skip the pita if you’re trying to skimp on carbs, but I made a mess of whole…