Have you all gotten your New Year’s resolutions in place? Have you started any or broken any yet? I’m not doing the typical resolutions like eating healthy and exercising more, because I really try to do that year round. I also let myself enjoy my vacations, and if I happen to eat a bit more and workout a bit less, then so be it. I know that I can work it all off after vacation. Life is about moderation and enjoyment, and if we get so caught up with worrying about what were eating or not doing, then we’re not really having fun in that moment, and what a bummer that is, right? 2013 is about letting go and living. So let it go, let go of the guilt and worry and know that all is going to be OK, really!
Speaking of letting things go, this is the time of year when I go through the house and clean out! I clean out the cupboards, pantry, closets and basically wipe down the entire house. I want everything to be cleansed and fresh for the new year. It’s really the perfect time of year to do such boring work because it’s all rainy and cold out. I’m sure your all feeling the same way, so I thought I would share with you these helpful links that I found from Food 52. They have a whole series on whipping your kitchen back in shape. This post on how to organize your pantry is super helpful. I also love these two posts on where you should store items in your kitchen such as, what items to store on your counter and in your pantry and what items you to store in your freezer and fridge.
I’m easing back into the weekly routine this week, so our menu is composed of things that I can pretty much make ahead of time. I’m making the butternut squash soup today for Monday’s dinner as well as making the chicken enchiladas up Tuesday morning. I’m also saving time by roasting up the chicken for the enchiladas Monday night while we’re eating dinner. I find that prepping and making things ahead of time help during the busy after school hours.
Sunday night dinner: I have the night off! Yaay! My brother-in-law is in town, so were heading over to one of our favorite family restaurants, DJ’s for some Chinese. It’s a great way to end a wonderful vacation and kickstart a busy back to school and reality week.
Wednesday night dinner: Leftover night! Chicken enchiladas with pumpkin sauce and broccoli rabe.
Thursday night dinner: Cheesy baked tortellini & homemade marinara sauce and broccoli.
Stay tuned for Wednesday when I will post this easy homemade tomato sauce. This sauce is really simple but tastes hearty like a tomato sauce should. It’s the perfect sauce to top a pizza, pair with meatballs, top over gnocchi, spaghetti squash or your favorite pasta or use in a lasagna. I’m using it this week when I make my cheesy baked tortellini.