In an effort to eat fewer carbs but still eat cheesy comfort food for dinner, I made Elana’s Pantry Keto Mac & Cheese Skillet Casserole. If you haven’t been to Elana’s Pantry, her website is a treasure trove of low-carb, low-sugar, Paleo and Keto recipes. This casserole with a salad is a perfect comfort dinner for any night of the week, and it got Sol’s approval!
Happy Easter! Hope everyone had a great holiday whether that included Easter, Passover, or just celebrating Springtime. We had a great weekend and I headed out to do the week’s shopping on Easter during Malcolm’s nap. When I got to the store, as soon as I entered I heard “closing in 10 minutes at 2pm.” I had a great time running through the store like Supermarket Sweep to get everything we needed for the week. The only thing I missed was the rotisserie chicken for Malcolm, which they didn’t have . I spent about 20 precious seconds finding the noodles for the first dish listed; so worth it. Have a great week!
This has been a go-to for years. I made 2 Sunday night and brought one to a friend at work. Popping this in the oven on Monday makes that first weeknight’s dinner so easy. This is also my large meal of the week that will provide leftovers for lunches.
I promise I’m going to catch up, and eventually be posting recipes in advance. In the meantime, it’s still helpful for me to log these. This week was a bit funny because we ended up going to visit Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Connie this weekend, which made for a “shorter” week dinner-wise, even though I made dinner Friday night before we left! We had a wonderful trip and I was treated to someone else making dinner, which my mother-in-law and I agree is the ultimate treat. She made delicious spaghetti and meatballs for dinner on Saturday, and awesome French Toast on Sunday. I am a lucky daughter-in-law!
Pro-Tip: I enjoy making one large meal a week, that we can eat throughout the week for leftovers or for another dinner if other plans arise. Last week that was the posole. This week that meal was baked manicotti.
This is a Giada De Laurentiis recipe that I found through a wonderful lifestyle blog, Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers. Natalie’s recipe page is outstanding and I often review her favorites before making my weekly list. Here’s her post on the manicotti. She also has EXCELLENT salad recipes, which is something I’m not great at and want to work on.
The manicotti was a HUGE hit with both Sol and Malcolm. It had a delicious, easy white sauce in addition to using jarred sauce, which I thought really elevated it to a restaurant-style manicotti. Again I loved using the Hasselmann Family Farm sausage. This recipe is definitely a keeper but does require some work (stuffing manicotti is a bit time-consuming.)
BLTs and Fries
These were simple, just baked bacon (375 degrees F for 15 minutes), romaine, tomatoes, and brioche bread. And of course the all-important mayonnaise. Malcolm had some bacon and a few of his toddler staples.