Sunday, January 29, 2012

Beef Stew, Homemade Pizza and Omelettes - A Look Back on the Cooking Week

This week reminded me to never underestimate the power of leftovers. They definitely saved my butt from hitting the fast food joints.
The meals I made are ones I would whole heartedly recommend to put into your rotation if you’re strapped for time.
Here’s how the cooking week went down.
Monday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew 

On the weekend I cooked the largest batch of beef stew I have ever made (it was borderline ridiculous). It covered Monday’s meal as well as Wednesday's. I also had it for lunch a couple times. Sometimes making WAY too much food pays off BIG TIME! The Beef Stew recipe I used was one I shared in my newsletter not long ago. 

Tuesday: Homemade Pizza 

Technically it’s not entirely homemade because I don’t make my own dough…I buy it fresh from the grocery store. I used to struggle with stretching the dough but learned if you let it come to room temperature (before stretching) it’s becomes very cooperative and easy to work with.

Once you get past that obstacle, homemade pizza is economical and I always find it fun to make! Here's a post on how I sometimes make mine. In that blog post I used a whole wheat crust and I no longer do that because I find it too heavy.

Wednesday:  Round 2 on the Beef Stew 

Thursday:  Cheese and Green Onion Omelette

2 eggs + shredded cheese + chopped green onions + salt and pepper + 1 tbsp of water (whisk in a bowl and cook in a skillet) = One Hell of a Fast Good Meal!
(In case you’re wondering, the water steams the eggs while they cook and makes the omelette nice and fluffy.)
If you’re cooking at college or university, omelettes should definitely be part of your cooking rotation because they are a cinch to make.

Friday: Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

This is delish! My wife made a large batch of it earlier in the week and thankfully there was still some leftovers on Friday to pair with grilled cheese sandwiches! Here's the recipe if you would like to give it a go.

No Fast Food this Week! Hurray!!!

If you want see what's planned for the upcoming week, you’ll find a picture of my menu plan on the Cookapalooza Facebook Page!

I hope you have an amazing week ahead! Feel free to comment, tweet me or Facebook me and let me know any meal ideas you would like covered in the future!


  1. That pizza looks phenomenal. I need to get over my raw dough fears!

  2. Thanks Katie! It's funny, I used to have the same fear of raw dough. It just took a couple times messing around with it to realize making your own pizza with fresh dough is really easy!