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Menu Monday

Since I started work this week, the menu is a lot of easy, quick-prep meals.  Anything that can be made in advance is good!  Chris is so funny – when I told him that I was going back to work on Monday {this was last week}, he was excited… at first.  Then a few hours later, he said, “I’m not happy about you going back to work.  I think you should quit.”  I said, “What!  Why?!”, and he replied with, “Because if you start working, I’m going to have to start helping out around here!”

Oh, brother!

This week, it’s simple stuff…


Taco Soup – an old standby.  I made a big pot of this on Sunday and put it in the fridge, because it’s one of those meals that tastes better once the ingredients have time to fall in love.  You know what I mean 😉  Although I have to admit that I about swallowed my gum when I saw the price of a small jar of salsa {one of the main ingredients} in New Zealand – $5.00!  I’ve already been on the hunt for a good freezer salsa recipe and I think that I may have found one


Leftover Taco Soup


Scrounge {This is what we call it when we have to find our own meals.  As in, “What’s for dinner tonight?  Are we scrounging?”  It’s just one of those things we say!}.  This usually means PB&J sandwiches or cereal or popcorn for dinner.  Or in Chris’ case – chocolate.


Butternut Squash Cannelloni – I’ve never made this before, and I don’t have a recipe on hand for it.  One of the girls made it for a Sunday potluck dinner using kumara {sweet potato} and it looked and tasted so yummy that I want to give it a try.  It basically consists of ricotta cheese, cottage cheese, Parmesan, garlic, salt & pepper, kumara {I’m using butternut squash, or “pumpkin” as they call it over here, instead of kumara}, onions, and parsley all mixed up and stuffed into cannelloni, then put in a 9×13 inch pan and covered with pasta sauce.


Leftover Cannelloni or Chicken Stir-Fry {frozen stir-fry mix + soy sauce + chicken}

What’s on your menu for the week?  If you’re in a relationship, do you do most of the cooking, does your partner, or do you split it 50/50?  Or do neither of you cook and you just eat cereal/get take-out most nights?  We’ve definitely gone through phases like that!

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8 thoughts on “Menu Monday

  1. I love taco soup!! One of my fave meals I had in the States 🙂 is that basically what Brooke made on Sun nite? it’s so good 🙂 esp with cornbread.. mmm.

  2. I am attaching a link with my favorite salsa recipe. I like it so much I can’t even eat the store bought stuff any more. Not sure how expensive herbs are over there, but they are fairly inexpensive here and I am going to try to grow my own after we move back Stateside.
    Hope you have a good first week at work! Let us know how the butternut squash dish turns out. It sounds really yummy.

  3. Good luck at work! I’m sure you’ll be excellent!

    $5.00 for salsa?!?! But taco soup is completely delicious so I’m sure it’ll be worth it!

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