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Product of the week… the Silicone Whisk.

This week’s ‘Product of the Week’ is…

The Silicone Whisk.  Not just any old whisk.  Certainly not a metal whisk.  A SILICONE whisk!  Why do I like my silicone whisk so much?  Really, there is only one reason that matters, I can whisk right in the pan without risking any damage to my nonstick pans.  Sauces, scramble eggs (no need for a bowl first!), gravies, etc…. If you don’t have a silicone whisk and you like to cook, you need to invest in this tool.  Trust me.

Here are two of my faves:

Happy Blending!!

Menu Plan 18.0

 Menu 18:

Sunday –  Salmon w/Herb Mustard Glaze.  This dish, by Giada de Laurentiis, is incredibly healthy for you and tastes great.  Sometimes a difficult combo to find.  This does call for fresh herbs but I use whatever I have in the spice cabinet.  Love fresh herbs but sometimes it’s just easier to go with dry spices.  The punch of the mustard with the salmon is fantastic!  Serve with rice and a leafy salad for a great Sunday dinner. 

Monday– Melt in Your Mouth Chicken Breasts.  With only 6 ingredients, ingredients you typically keep on hand at any given moment, this recipe, by is a definite mid-week meal winner!  How’s that for a run-on sentence.  🙂  Serve with noodles coated in olive oil and garlic salt and a veggie and you’re all set.  This is even kid-friendly!

Tuesday– Slow Cooker BBQ Pork.  This recipe from AllRecipes has only three ingredients!  Serve on wheat rolls and sweet potato fries on the side for the ultimate in comfort food night!!

Wednesday–  Breakfast for Dinner night!!

Thursday– Szechwan Shrimp. This is such an easy mid-week meal that tastes like you spent hours.  Serve with rice and edamame.  Yum!

Friday – Chicken Tortilla Pie.  Love this recipe from!  A few notes on this recipe:  For a mid-week time saver, buy a rotisserie chicken already cooked and I always buy jarred salsa (the recipe calls for fresh…maybe in the Summer that makes sense).  It also calls for a spring-form pan.  I do have one but if you don’t, don’t sweat it, just layer in a glass baking dish.  It won’t look as pretty and will be a bit harder to get out of the pan, but really… who cares?  It all tastes the same.  Delicious!  Serve with Zatarains Spanish Rice.

Saturday–   Bolognese Sauce.  (Slow Cooker Recipe by!) This takes a bit of prep work, but then you can sit back and let it cook all day in the slow cooker.  You will feel like a culinary genius when you sit down to eat this over your favorite pasta.  It tastes fresh, authentic and makes your house smell amazing all day.  

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Happy cooking and have a great week!

Product o’ the Week! 5.0

This week’s ‘Product o’ the Week’ is…

The OXO Good Grips Scrub brush and holder set.  Okay, so not exactly a gadget to help you cook BUT it is something to help clean your stuff after you cook!   I found this at Bed Bath and Beyond and love love love it.  I have always used OXO scrub brushes but what I love is the holder.  The holder catches all of the dripping water and keeps your sink area clean and dry.  You just tip to drain and throw it in dish washer to clean.  Love it!  Click on the picture to get more details and the price on the Bed Bath and Beyond website.

OXO Good Grips Scrub brush with Holder.

OXO Good Grips Scrub brush with Holder.

Happy Scrubbing!