Sunday, November 6, 2011

Weekly Meals & a Bit More Foodbuzz Festival Fun

The highlight of last week’s menu was definitely Juliana’s Panko Crusted Chicken Cutlets. It’s a super quick and easy but very tasty meal (dip chicken in flour, then egg, then panko crumbs. I seasoned the panko crumbs with salt, pepper, and dried oregano as I didn’t have parsley. Then cook the chicken pieces in a little oil for a few minutes per side). I used to make this dish years ago with breadcrumbs, but panko crumbs make it so much better. I ended up making roasted veggies with the chicken, and we had lots of leftovers.

Since we had so many leftovers, I never made the pumpkin soup I had planned last week. It’s being moved to this week’s menu.

Meal 1: Pumpkin soup – I think I’ll cut the pumpkin in half, roast it, and then sauté some veggies, add the pumpkin, veggie stock and spices, and then blend it. Once the soup is done, I’ll stir in some Greek yogurt. I’ll also roast the seeds to add some crunch to the soup.
Meal 2: Kimchi fried rice. I am cooking a lot of brown rice these days as I love to eat it for breakfast. I'll use some of the rice to make kimchi fried rice. I have some leftover pork in the freezer that I’ll defrost and add to the dish.
Meal 3: Super easy pizza – I bought refrigerated whole wheat pizza dough from Trader Joe’s. I’ll make a cheese/mushroom pizza and a salad.
Meal 4: Chicken quesadillas with salsa, Greek yogurt, and avocados.
Meal 5: Leftovers and some fish. Not sure about this one yet…

And here are some more Foodbuzz Festival pics. (In case you are interested, here is Friday’s recap and hubby’s more comprehensive recap.)

A tasty and fun weekend! It was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones. It was also really nice to get to spend some uninterrupted, quality time with hubby.

Because of my foot pain, I have been working out a lot less over the last few weeks, and my body and mind have certainly taken notice (not in a good way). Luckily, my foot is finally feeling better, and I was able to do 50 minutes on the elliptical without too much foot pain. I planned my workouts for this week on my Facebook page if you are interested.

Questions: What’s on your menu this week? What was the highlight of your weekend? 

Be well,


  1. I'm glad you had a nice time at the Foodbuzz festival.
    I'm loving your menu for the week, and am intrigued by the kimchi fried rice! Sounds wonderful.
    This week the meal I am looking most forward to is the pumpkin grilled cheese, and the chicken marsala!

  2. foodbuzz looks so fun!!
    the highlight of my weekend was coming back home from a trip :)

  3. The chicken cutlets look super juicy! And I spy candy cane beets on that veggie tray...;)

    Just got my menu plan up on FB this morning....was too busy travelling around for hockey this weekend to post..... :/

  4. Seeing you was certainly a highlight! I'm glad you guys had fun, and I'm so glad I got to meet Andy! :)

  5. So fun! So sad I missed it--and you!

  6. Andrea, I am glad that you enjoyed the chicken cutlets and the pictures from the Foodbuzz are awesome...glad that you all had a great time.
    Hope you have a nice week ahead :-)

  7. I love your comfy, chic outfit you wore to Foodbuzz. Looks like so much fun (and tasty, too!).
    I need to get back to meal planning! I haven't checked the fridge yet, but I'm pretty sure I wasted an entire container of mushrooms from last week because of poor planning. I hate wasting food!

  8. P.S. Highlight of my weekend was ordering pizza on Sunday night instead of cooking. Hmm, maybe that's why I have wasted mushrooms ;)

  9. Yaaay! I see you met Ellie! Isn't she the sweetest?

    So glad you guys had fun at the Festival, but sad I didn't get to go. But I'll bet we'll have more chances to meet up in the future. :-)

  10. I'm glad your foot is feeling better.

    I wondering if you can come cook for me. ;-)

  11. The foodbuzz festival looks like a great time! I will have to look into going next year!!
    Can't wait to check out the pumpkin soup recipe! Sounds delicious!

  12. Fun Foodbuzz Festival pics! Sounds like a great time :-) On my menu...Albondigas spot tonight, fish tacos tomorrow, friend's B-day celebration Thursday, then off to Dallas for the rest of the week/weekend for a wedding and mini family trip. Have a great week!

  13. I've always wanted to make pizza at home. Hmmm....

    I hope your foot is feeling better!

  14. Anonymous11/09/2011

    The festival looks like a great time by all! I made Spaghetti and Meatballs Gluten Free and all Organic last night...not sure if I'm going to be able to top that with any other meals this week! YOur chicken looks delicious!!

  15. Looks like you had a great time!

    I love to make a big pan of oven roasted veggies and they reheat well too.

    We did a lot of cooking over last weekend but the leftovers are just about gone so it's time to cook again.

    Last night I made feta turkey burgers - always a big hit with my family.

  16. Andrea, all of these sound so wonderful!! I love panko crusted stuff because they remind me of Milanesas from Argentina. :) And Pumpkin soup! I've been wanting it so much lately! Have you tried Korean pumpkin porridge? You'll die if you try it!

  17. Looks like loads of fun, I did not attend this year, so I am living vicariously through you. Looks like a good time.