Monday, September 08, 2008

Weekend Recap and Menu Plan Monday

This weekend we ended up having last minute plans pop up. Joe's sister let us know Thursday that they were all getting together on Saturday for lunch for their mom's birthday. So, since that is somewhat of a drive for us, we decided to combine it with a trip to the zoo! We had a nice lunch and enjoyed seeing Joe's side of the family. Then we took the boys to the zoo. One of Joe's sisters & her boyfriend decided to come along with us too.

Both boys loved seeing the penguins!

Adam said the monkeys were his favorite.

I like the way this photo of one of the bears turned's almost like he's looking right at the camera, posing for me :)

I've been meaning to take the boys to the zoo for a long time now, so I'm glad we finally did.

Now on to Menu Plan Monday...

Monday: Llyod's Shredded BBQ Chicken on whole wheat buns

Tuesday: Balsamic Chicken w/ Mushrooms (recipe below)

Wednesday: Quinoa/Shrimp/Veggie dish (my own thrown-together creation)

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Pizza/family night

Saturday: Jennie-O Turkey & Gravy roast

Sunday: Whatever we feel like at the time

Balsamic Chicken with Mushrooms

Servings: 4


2 tsp vegetable oil

3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 large garlic clove(s), crushed

1 pound uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breast, four 4-oz pieces

2 cup mushroom(s), small, halved (we use combo of mushrooms & pieces of bell pepper)

1/3 cup canned chicken broth

1/4 tsp dried thyme, crumbled

In a nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of oil. In a medium bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of vinegar, the mustard and garlic. Add chicken and turn to coat. Transfer chicken and marinade to skillet. Sauté chicken until cooked through, about 3 minutes on each side. Transfer chicken to a platter and keep warm. Heat remaining teaspoon of oil in skillet. Sauté mushrooms for 1 minute. Add broth, thyme and remaining tablespoon of vinegar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are deep brown, about 2 minutes longer. Serve chicken topped with mushrooms.


minivan driving soccermom said...

Looks like the zoo was a blast!

Briana said...

The zoo looks like fun. Funny how the kids just love those penguins, isn't it?

Have you made that recipe before? If so, I'll add it to our rotation to make. YUM.

Peggy said...

Zach loves monkeys and penguins! They are his all time favorite animals. I should take the kids to the zoo while it is still nice out.
I am joining you with Menu Plan Monday!