Monday, April 11, 2011

Grocery Bag

Here is my plan for dinner this week, assuming Baby Bear doesn't make an early arrival.  One week to the due date!

Day One 
Spinach, bacon and mozzarella calzones
We love our homemade calzone dough!

Pizza/Calzone Dough
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 Tbs olive oil
3 3/4 cups bread flour
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp rapid rise yeast (or 1 1/2 tsp regular yeast)
Mix together in a standing mixer or add to bread maker on the "dough" setting.

Day Two
Shrimp and grits from Coastal Living 
with creamed corn from Southern Living
We may live in Minnesota, but we love good Southern recipes.
T promises the creamed corn recipe is just like his grandmother's.

Photo and recipe from

Day Three
Larb with tortillas
and orange slices
Have you not yet tried larb?  Maybe this week is your week.  
It recipe is one of our favorites.

Day Four
Thick Three Bean Soup with homemade bread

Thick Three Bean Soup
by Happily Ever Johnson

½ cup dried lentils
½ cup dried split peas
28oz chicken broth
2 cups water
2 cups potato
2 cups frozen corn
1 cup edemame or lima beans
2 cups chopped onion
½ cup tomato sauce
½ tsp smoked sweet paprika
1 tsp salt
¾ tsp pepper
Juice from half a lime

1. Combine the first 9 ingredients in a large heavy-bottomed pot. Bring ingredients to a boil.
2. Simmer for 30-40 minutes or until lentils, peas and potatoes are tender.
3. Then add paprika, salt and pepper.
4. Simmer for 15 more minutes.
5. Transfer ½ of soup to a blender and puree.
6. Return to pot and stir in the lime juice.

Serve with sour cream and  lime wedges.

Day Five
Lasagna with homemade bread 
I haven't completely decided which recipe we'll do, but here are a few I am considering:
Winter Green Lasagna from Real Simple
Cheesy Vegetable Lasagna from Finding Joy in My Kitchen
Creamy Spinach Lasagna from Cooking Light

Photo and recipe from

Blessings on your kitchen this week!


B-Mama said...

Blessings to you in your final days of "cooking"--in more ways than one! Wish I was there to make you a meal upon baby bear's arrival. How blessed that will be! We're praying for you. xox

EAngelo said...

Hi B, it's Elena from P-ton! I came across your blog (which I thoroughly enjoy reading) through Building Cathedrals. Just wanted to send you a note that you, the baby, and your family are in my prayers. God bless you all! (PS -- I love your Grocery Bag ideas. Here's a simple Peanut Noodle recipe that your family might like,

EAngelo said...

Forgot to mention that substituting spaghetti for soba and chicken for tofu work great, too.

Queen B said...

Elena, We will LOVE this recipe, thank you so much for passing it on. Look for it in a future Grocery Bag! Such a wonderful blessing to know you are checking in on us. Thank you for your prayers!