Sunday – Last Sunday was a family potluck. This was also the beginning of what I’m going to call sick week. This entire winter I’ve been watching people’s Facebook statuses about all the yucky viruses floating around, and I kept being grateful that we were somehow missing out on every single one. And then Marquis brought home some horrid strain of influenza. Sunday he was affected, and yet he still (in a very sanitary manner) put some boneless pork ribs in the pressure cooker for our part of the potluck. Instead of attending, he then went to bed, poor guy!
Monday – Stuffed shells and salad. There is a good recipe for the shells here. I doubled this and froze a bunch for later.
Tuesday – Pork chops with mustard cream sauce, roasted red potatoes and Brussels sprouts. I put the recipe for all three right here. It sounds like a lot and it looks fancy, but it sure comes together fast and easy!
Wednesday – Herb crusted chicken with feta orzo and broccoli. The recipe for the chicken and orzo is here. This is another super fast and easy meal that looks a little more fancy. The broccoli was just steamed and then I stirred in a little butter and some salt and pepper.
Thursday – Daughter #1 woke up coughing and feverish, and here’s where our normal routine of a hot, homemade meal at the dinner table started to go to pot for the week. I ended up working right up until it was time to leave to take her to her 6:30 p.m. doctor’s appointment (hooray for doctors who will work late!) and then we ate SunButter sandwiches in the car on the way. But hey, it was organic SunButter with homemade jam on organic 9 grain bread. That’s got to count for something right?
Friday – This is the day that I started to get sick, too. I pushed through and took care of kids and got work done for the day, but I really just gave up on everything else. Marquis was wonderful and made dinner, which ended up being taco salad with some lettuce we already had cut up and some chili that we had made a few weeks ago. We made a gigantic batch and froze it in meal sizes. We also had a tomato and a couple of avocados that he chopped up threw on up. I love having stuff in the freezer we can grab in a pinch!
Saturday – One thing I like about doing the menu this way is that you get to see that we are real people, and while we try really hard to eat good things, we do have bad days and mess up sometimes. On this day daughter #1 was much more perky, though still definitely sick. I felt horrid and moved just enough to get the bare necessities done, and other than that I just sat in a daze. Daughter #2 decided it was her turn to get sick, too, and started with the fever and cough. Marquis was feeling better, but decided it would be awesome to get a pinched nerve in his back. We were all in pretty rotten shape, not even fit to warm up something from the freezer, and so the local Chinese food restaurant made dinner for us.