Monday, January 31, 2011

Grocery Bag

We have made it through my last day of medical school weekend call, and this week we are on to my last week of Neurology!  With my LAST call night and LAST exam of medical school this week, meals will call for extra planning to allow for maximum sanity.  But, oh, will I feel like celebrating next weekend!

Day One
Biscuit-Topped Chicken Pot Pie from Cooking Light Magazine
I prep the potpie base the night before and store it in the fridge overnight.  That way I can whip the biscuit topping together when I get home and dinner is ready in 20 minutes.  This recipe is GREAT!  Full of great veggies, the base is DELISH (don't forget to taste and season to your preferences), and no can-of-cream-soup required!

Photo and recipe at

Day Two
Hamburger Stroganoff from Cooking Light Magazine
with egg noodles and steamed peas
We love stroganoff recipes in our house.  This one uses ground beef from our grass-fed cow and is easy enough to prepare when I get home in the evening.

Photo and recipe at

Day Three
Pesto Tortillini with spinach
and orange slices 
We love tortillini with the homemade pesto sauce I store in the freezer.  Since the sauce is already green, I can easily mix in some pureed spinach into the sauce and the kids have no idea they are getting extra veggies. 

Day Four
Crockpot chicken 
with steamed broccoli & Irish oatmeal soda bread
 A whole chicken meets my slow cooker in the morning, and 10 hours later on LOW I have a fully-cooked chicken ready for dinner.  Don't forget to cover the leftover chicken bones with water and cook overnight in the slow cooker for an awesome homemade chicken stock!  
The Irish soda bread is my current favorite.  I make the oats version of the recipe.

Day Five
Corn chowder from Food and Wine Magazine
with Irish oatmeal soda bread
This is my favorite corn chowder recipe.  Pureeing half of the soup gives it a very creamy texture.  This soup is a great way to use up some of the chicken stock I made from my slow cooker chicken overnight the night before.  YUM!

Photo and recipe at

Blessings on your kitchen this week!


B-Mama said...

Queen B, I am amazed at the beauty you place on the dinner table despite having such busy weeks!! Thank you for showing me such well-intentioned love toward your family. It is inspiring! God bless, B

SnoWhite said...

Wow -- nice recipes for the week. Enjoy this week of LASTS!!

Luke and Jen said...

Very exciting -- what did you decide about residency?!

Queen B said...

Thanks, B-Mama, for your sweet words of encouragement--so meaningful to me, especially coming from a friend and role model like you!

Queen B said...

Thanks SnoWhite, Luke & Jen! It is exciting to only have to power through one more week of med school call/shelf exam studying!

Queen B said...

Jen, as for residency, the Match must wait for me until next fall, when T and I will be able to apply to programs/practices together. There were just too many unknowns for me to feel comfortable applying this fall. So, I am finishing up med school for now and exploring options for next year!