This morning I did not want to get out of bed. I wanted to stay snuggled up under my warm covers and go back to sleep. It’s been raining here for the past two days. The temperature has dropped, and the sun hasn’t even peeked from behind the clouds. I knew I needed to find recipes for some rainy day make ahead meals.
I dragged myself out of bed and got dressed. I replaced my covers with my heavy sweatshirt, which I haven’t worn since last winter. The changing colors of fall are beautiful, but I’m not ready for colder weather. When I opened my car door at the first grocery store, I was greeted by a blast of cold air and a misty rain. I hurried through two grocery stores and raced home as quickly as I could. After running in and out of the stores and loading the bags into my car, I was soaked. As soon as I got home, I turned on the oven and started boiling a pot of water on the stove. I peeled off my slopping wet sweatshirt and stood in front of the warm stove, ready to make my rainy day make ahead meals.
I picked up some Lawry’s Teriyaki Marinade this morning since it was on sale. It is one of my all time favorite sauces. I’ve tried it on steak, chicken, seafood, and just veggies. It makes everything taste delicious! I bought some chicken and lots of veggies at the store. When I searched for recipes online, there were lots of kabob recipes. Kabobs are one of my favorites, but when I checked in my kitchen drawer, there were no skewers left. I decided to make deconstructed kabobs instead. I started by boiling some water to make rice. The rice went into the bottom of my casserole dish. Next, I cut up some chicken tenders, mushrooms, and peppers. I layered those on top of the rice and drizzled the Lawry’s Teriyaki Marinade over the top. Now I just have to pop it in the oven when I get home from work Monday night.
Tuesday night is going to be a make your own salad night. My kids would never order a salad if we were at a restaurant. However, they love make your own salad night. I put a little bit of lettuce in each of their bowls. Then, I line the table with all of the topping choices. There are lots of veggies – carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and peppers. Tony and J also like pickles and olives on their salads. Miss M likes the croutons, and they all top it off with some cheese. The kids like to put the dressing on the side so they can dip everything. Make your own salad night is always a lot of fun.
The zucchini at the grocery store looked really nice this morning. I bought four large ones. One of my favorite things to do with zucchini is to make zucchini boats. All you have to do is hollow out the zucchini and put some meat, cheese, and spices inside. The zucchini gets nice and tender after baking in the oven. This is a great option if you are trying to eat less carbs. I found the recipe for Taco Zucchini Boats from Gina at Skinny Taste. Everyone in my family loves tacos. This just makes them a little bit healthier by replacing the tortillas with zucchini.
Another thing my family loves is tortellini. I picked up two bags of frozen tortellini and searched for a new recipe that used it. I found the Easy Baked Tortellini from Passion for Savings. It was so quick and easy to throw together, and it is so cheesy. With the cheese tortellini, cream cheese, and shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan on top, this should satisfy my family’s love of cheese. If you want other really cheesy recipes, you can check out my Super Cheesy Make-Ahead Meals.
Tony is going to be making dinner Friday night because I have a meeting after school. He hasn’t mastered making pizza, so he’s going to be making his specialty – egg sandwiches. English muffins were buy one, get two free at Weis this week. I always take advantage of that deal. I keep one in the bread drawer and freeze the other two packs. Tony will make some eggs over easy and top them with cheese. Then, he puts them on a toasted, buttered English muffin. Served with some fruit, this will be a quick and easy dinner after a long week.
Since I was still freezing from the rain, I wanted a dessert that needed to bake in the oven for a while. Turning the oven on always warms up the house, and a warm, gooey dessert was just what I wanted. I had some bananas leftover from last week. They were starting to get soft and brown, so I decided to make some banana bread for dessert. I found the recipe for Aunt Holly’s Banana Bread at Epicurious. I’ve made this recipe before, and it always gets eaten quickly. The chocolate chips make it very appealing to Miss M, who is a chocoholic. As soon as the banana bread came out of the oven, everyone was gathered around for a taste. I didn’t even get to take a picture of it before it was completely devoured. I was able to save one piece to take with my lunch tomorrow. I guess I’m going to have to make more than one loaf next time.
Well, it’s still rainy and dreary outside. I am warmer and dried off now. Plus, it feels really good to have my refrigerator stocked with meals for the week. I should spend the next few hours cleaning my house, but I just might climb back under the covers for a little nap while Miss M is sleeping. That sounds like the perfect way to spend a rainy, dreary afternoon now that all of my rainy day make ahead meals are ready.
What do you like to do on a wet, rainy day?