Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back to the Grind + Turkey Two Ways

I was sad to go back to work today, but once I got back to my desk I managed to shake it off.  The balance of work and home feels the most normal to me it seems.

My dad brought the kids bagels as a special treat for breakfast so no cooking needed this morning and with the routine of school looming in less than a week I enjoyed skipping out of the house at a decent time to catch an earlier train.

I had hoped that I could leave work a little early to feed the kids dinner before my oldest's football practice, but of course a meeting was called for 5:00.  So, I called my husband so we could reshuffle plans so he could get home to feed them.

And, of course I stayed for the meeting that wound up being rescheduled at 5:02.  But I can't complain since the company is so good to me.

I got home around 6:30 and hopped into the car to meet all my men at football practice.  It wasn't very exciting, but I like to see my son in action to see if he is enjoying the activity, see him interact with other kids. 

After practice my husband and big boy went to pick up milk since the kids cleaned out 3 cartons in 48 hours.  It might be cheaper to just buy a cow.

I took the two little ones home for baths and bed.  They of course didn't go to bed because they were wailing for their "baba".  So once the milk came they went to sleep.

They are all in bed now and I have a ton of straightening up to do and need to prep dinner for tomorrow.
I have been interrupted writing this a few times due to work emails too.  I am on my laptop with my blackberry right next to it.   Trying to keep things moving.  Like I said in a prior post I don't have a line between work and home and I think that is what works for me.

Today at work I had to take care of school forms.  Tonight at home I had to deal with some work emails.  It all balances out in the end.

Dinner tonight was good....although I had no time to eat it like a normal human being so shoved down a few forkfuls standing up in between football and baths. Terrible eating habits, I know.

Remember the turkey from the other night?  Well, I took out two of the bags from the freezer already to make use of them.

I found a recipe on www.health.com for turkey broccoli casserole, but I didn't have all the ingredients so tweaked and it was good.  I kept the noodles separate for the sake of my paleo-obsessed husband. Everyone enjoyed it.

Turkey Vegetable Casserole


Bag of frozen peas and carrots
Shredded turkey
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion chopped
1 cup of sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons dry sherry
3 tablespoons heavy cream or milk
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan, divided
Coat bottom of 9 x13 casserole dish with non-stick spray.

Layer frozen peas and carrots on bottom.

Top with turkey.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Sauté onions and mushrooms until golden brown (add a little broth if mixture seems dry). 

Add flour, and cook, stirring, 1 minute. 

Stir in broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 3 to 5 minutes, or until thick. 

Stir in sherry; cook 1 minute. 

Add cream and 1/4 cup Parmesan; simmer 1 minute. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 

Remove from heat and pour over turkey mixture.

Top with the remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan. 

Bake until golden brown and bubbling.  Serve over rice or noodles if desired.

I also used up that turkey to make a few days of lunch for me and my Dad.

Turkey and Rice Soup

Get It Done Tip:  You can adapt almost any recipe to the crock pot.  Whenever I see a good soup recipe I earmark it to try in the crock.   I put it in Sunday morning, let it cook while I go about my day then ladle them into individual glass bowls with lids so it is ready to go in the morning and all I have to do is toss it (well, maybe gently place it) in my bag to go so I have a healthy lunch.
Not to mention a cost effective lunch.  A serving of the soup above cost around $1.20 a serving versus $10 bucks+ a day for lunch in the city.

It's 10:21 and I still need to prep dinner for tomorrow, so need to go so I can hopefully get to sleep soon!

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