Just a typical Sunday… snack, work-out, breakfast, church, lunch at Tita’s, play in the kitchen, dinner, blog, done!
Snack: Greek Yogurt and Blackberry Parfait
Lunch: Chicken and Yellow Rice, Chicken and White Bean Soup, Salad, Watermelon and Cantalope (not picture)
Dinner: 2 Bowls of Rice Chex and more watermelon (again not pictured)
Two fun things happened in my kitchen today. This morning, I used what was left over in the blender from GF Guy and my Green Monsters to make popsicles! I am so excited about them!
Tonight’s kitchen playtime was my favorite kind! A family in my parent’s church is going through a very difficult time. I volunteered to cook a meal for them this week. Since I work both Monday and Tuesday and will be out of town Wednesday through Saturday for a friends wedding, I decided to make a casserole, Cozy Autumn Rice Bake with Beef and Cranberries. I borrowed this recipe from Karina’s Kitchen. This is the perfect make-ahead meal for a large family.
Cozy Autumn Rice Bake with Beef and Cranberries
– 2 cups of long grain brown rice
– 2 pounds organic grass-fed ground beef
– 1 onion, peeled, roughly chopped
– 5 cloves garlic, chopped
– 1 green bell pepper, cored, sliced
– 2 cups Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
– Italian dried herbs, to taste- basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary
– A dash of nutmeg
– A dash of cumin
– 1 14-0z can fire roasted diced tomatoes
– A good splash of balsamic vinegar
– 3/4 cup whole frozen cranberries, thawed
– 1/2 cup sliced kalamata black olives
– 2 tablespoons rinsed capers
– 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
– salt and pepper, to taste
– A splash of extra virgin olive oil
– feta cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and spray a large lasagna pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Begin by cooking the 2 cups of brown rice according to package instructions.
Prep the vegetables and herbs.
Cooking for those in need is such a fun, fulfilling way to spend the evening. I hope they are as blessed eating this meal as I was to be able to prepare it for them.
Like I said earlier, I work all day tomorrow. GF Guy and I are planning on a simple supper of Homemade Pizza tomorrow night. Wait one minute! I just realized what I said… pizza with a homemade crust is considered simple. HAHAHAHAHA! Wow… we have a really strange view of “simple”! Well, putting that aside, pizza is our plan for tomorrow night. I hope everyone has a stress free Monday. I approach Mondays with this in mind:
It’s the start of a new week. You haven’t messed up or gotten in trouble for anything yet. You have a clean slate. What will you do to make the most of this opportunity?
Have a happy, blessed week!