Recipes and Stuff
I tweeted about my dinner last night and some peeps wanted the recipes, so here I am! With recipes! I aim to please.
This is actually fantastic because it’s the perfect time to tell you about what keeps me from entering the Land of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches for Dinner Every Night on a weekly basis.
(p.s. – This is not a review of any sorts. I read about this service on Twitter long ago and have been using it ever since. I haven’t been contacted by the company, I don’t know who runs the company, I don’t know anything except that I LOVE RELISH MEAL-PLANNING. Holla!)
If you like to cook, but hate planning and choosing your menus, this is sooooo for you.
I won’t go on and on, but basically, you choose your weekly recipes from a crapload (hahaaaa, potty training is getting to me) of great options, the grocery list is tabulated for you, you print your shopping list in PDF form (organized by grocery store AISLES, awwww yeah), buy your groceries and voila, you have everything you need for a week’s worth of seriously delicious dinners for 7 bucks a month. Best 7 bucks I’ve ever spent.
I have been using this service for 11 months now, and the recipes are fantastic. It makes my life so much easier because if it was left up to me, I would spend hours looking for recipes online, only to start playing old school Donkey Kong on my laptop and forget what I was doing entirely. Hence the whole PB&J Land issue.
In other news, I should have a new potty training post up soon. I guess it takes the Pull-Ups team some time and effort to edit through the sea of “I HATE POTTY TRAINING STAB STAB STAB,” “SOMEBODY KILL ME NOW” and “GO TO HELL, PISS ASS ELMO UNDERWEAR” statements.
(Okay, I really didn’t write those things. I think. It’s all a blur.)
(Although, things have really taken a positive turn as of late. Double holla!)
BASIL JACK MEATLOAF
Prep and cook time: 60 minutes, Serves 4
1 pound ground beef
1 cup ketchup, divided
1 cup breadcrumbs
1/2 red onion , chopped
3/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
olive oil cooking spray
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
 Combine the ground beef, half of ketchup, breadcrumbs, onion, basil, cheese, eggs and garlic. Mix well. Coat a loaf pan with cooking spray. Shape the meat mixture into a loaf to fit into pan.
 Spread remaining ketchup over the top of the meatloaf and bake for 45 minutes or until thoroughly cooked. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
CHEDDAR MASHED POTATOES
Prep and cook time: 25 minutes
4 medium baking potatoes , peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup extra sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 green onions , chopped
 In a medium saucepan, cover potatoes with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil; reduce to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, 15 minutes.
 Drain potatoes and return to pan.
 In a small saucepan, bring milk and butter to a simmer over medium heat. Pour half of hot milk mixture over potatoes. Using a potato masher, mash potatoes until just smooth, gradually adding enough of remaining milk mixture to reach desired consistency. Mix in cheddar; season with salt and pepper. Serve garnished with green onion and additional cheddar cheese.