Menu Monday: Crockpot Favorites

Last week Ryan and I received a notice from our apartment complex that due to an emergency the gas would be turned off until “further notice” (whatever that means). After speaking with our maintenance man, he informed us that it will be a little while until they will be able to turn the gas on again. All that to say, I had to plan meals for this week that I could cook only using my microwave or crockpot, so I decided to share some of my crockpot favorites with you all since I will be using my crockpot quite a bit — if not every day — this week.

MONDAYSlow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls — This is our favorite crockpot recipe, hands down! If you have been keeping up with my menu monday posts for a while, you will notice that this recipe appears on the menu often — it is because it is that good. If you have not tried this recipe yet, what are you waiting for?!

TUESDAYCrockpot Meatball Subs served with green beans — I love to use Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs with this recipe!

WEDNESDAYSlow Cooker Everything Beef served with rice and edamame — Thank goodness for Trader Joe’s microwave frozen rice!! Such a lifesaver this week!

THURSDAYPulled Pork Sandwiches served with steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes — We are BBQ lovers in this house and always look for an excuse to eat some pulled pork.

FRIDAYSlow Cooker Chicken Gyros — These are definitely a favorite in our house. So delicious!

Those are some of my go-to crockpot recipes. You have probably seen most of these recipes on the blog before since I use my crockpot at least once a week. What are some of your favorite crockpot recipes? Ryan and I love to try new recipes, so leave your favorite recipe in the comments below!

Menu Monday

Happy Monday! Here is my menu for the week. I hope it gives you some good inspiration. 🙂

MONDAYCornflake Chicken Tenders served with steamed broccoli and sweet potatoes

TUESDAYAsian Turkey Meatballs served with rice and stir fry vegetables

WEDNESDAY – Ham, red pepper, and spinach quiche with Kodiak Cakes pancakes

THURSDAYEasy Pad Thai

FRIDAYChicken Fajita Soup (Homemade condensed cream of chicken soup recipe here!)

Happy Cooking 🙂

Menu Monday

Some meal planning inspiration for your week!

MONDAYItalian Orzo Spinach Soup served with bread — I made this soup for the first time about a month ago, and it was so good that I couldn’t wait to make it again. The leftovers reheat really well too!

TUESDAYChili Stuffed Sweet Potatoes served with steamed broccoli — Chili mixed with sweet potato is such a good combination. Definitely my new favorite way to eat chili.

WEDNESDAY – (Trader Joe’s) Chicken Drumettes served with potatoes and green beans — These frozen chicken drumettes from Trader Joe’s are perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

THURSDAY – Turkey Burrito Bowls — My plan is to flavor ground turkey with some taco seasoning, serve it over brown rice, and top it with our favorite toppings (guac, corn, black beans, tomatoes, cheese, lettuce, etc.).

FRIDAY – Orange Chicken Stir Fry — Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken is one of our favorites, so since we haven’t had it in a while, I decided to pick some up this week for us. I plan to serve the chicken with sautéed vegetables and brown rice.

Happy Cooking 🙂

UK Trip: Scotland Road Trip (Part 1)

When our time in Edinburgh was up, we set off on a road trip around Scotland to check out some famous sites. This only made us want to check out even more of Scotland, and we hope one day to make it back to explore some of these places that we didn’t get a chance to explore on this trip. We decided to stay in Bed & Breakfasts during this portion of the trip, and we would HIGHLY recommend this to others looking to explore Scotland. At each stop we had lovely hosts, delicious breakfasts, and clean, tidy rooms. This helped us experience a little more of the Scottish culture which we loved!

First on our list was St. Andrews. Now, you may be wondering why St. Andrews is so significant — it just so happens to be the home of golf, and when your husband is an avid golfer, you make it a point to stop at the Old Course at St. Andrews. It was a cold, windy day, but we still made it a point to walk the entire length of the Old Course at St. Andrews. We spent a solid 1-2 hours there, and we don’t regret that decision one bit. Ryan was beyond excited to check out this iconic golf course, and I loved seeing him so happy.

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Ryan couldn’t resist getting a true feel for the course

Since we spent so much time at St. Andrews, we really didn’t have much time to explore anything else that day. After checking into our B&B in Aberdeen, we decided to take a walk into town to find a place to eat dinner. We found this little Italian restaurant, and it was so good! We decided to take our trip to the UK during the off season; one of the benefits to traveling during the off season is many places aren’t as crowded. As you can see from this picture, we had this whole section of the restaurant to ourselves! haha

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The next day was a long day of driving for us, so we decided to take a break at the halfway point in Inverness to stretch our legs and grab something to eat. After taking an hour to check out Inverness, we were back on the road again in order to get to our next B&B on time. One of the reasons we decided to drive through Scotland was to take in the beautiful scenery of the Scottish countryside. We thoroughly enjoyed stopping along the side of the road whenever we wanted just to take a closer look at something.

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Taking a quick break at Loch Ness to look for “Nessie”
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Some castle ruins we checked out along the way

We finally made it to our B&B in Balmacara, Scotland. Our plan for the whole next day was to explore Isle of Skye, and I was super excited. This was the part of our trip that I was most excited about, and it definitely exceeded expectations! More on Isle of Skye in a few weeks.

Menu Monday: Freezer Clean Out

My goal this week is to clean out my freezer. Leftovers have been piling up for weeks, and the time has finally come to do something about it.

MONDAY – Sloppy Joes served with green beans and mac & cheese — Whenever I make sloppy joes, I like to freeze some of the leftovers into individual portions for a quick lunch or dinner. Also, I love Trader Joe’s frozen green beans and always have some on hand for a quick side dish.

TUESDAYEnchilada Skillet — This recipe makes so much that we easily have enough for two dinners. The leftovers freeze so well, and it tastes just as good reheated!

WEDNESDAYBroccoli Cheddar Chicken Pasta — I did not have leftovers of this in my freezer, but I did have leftover shells pasta from the last time I made this recipe in my pantry. The leftovers from this recipe heat up really well and, in my opinion, taste better for lunch the next day!

THURSDAY – Frozen Pizza served with steamed broccoli — Frozen pizzas are a quick, easy dinner for a busy week. (we just try not to eat one every week 😉 )

FRIDAY – Spaghetti served with garlic naan bread — I know some people say pasta doesn’t freeze very well, but I still do it anyway. It obviously doesn’t taste as good as fresh pasta, but throwing in a little extra tomato sauce (or spaghetti sauce) helps a lot!

What meals do you like to freeze?

Happy Cooking 🙂