It’s nice to have a week with no plans

But that doesn’t mean I have nothing to do, and I don’t always do what I should. (Clean house?) Sometimes it’s nice just to take things as they come, and that’s what I did last week.
Sunday I took the time to make up batches of both Grill Basing Sauce and Grill Finishing Sauce. It takes a little time to cook up both of these sauces, but they store in the fridge for quite some time, so we can easily enjoy Two Part Chicken on several future occasions.  When I was at the store purchasing the chicken a frozen bag of Field Peas with Snaps jumped into the cart and made an easy side dish.
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While I was enjoying a week of “doing as I pleased” my menu pattern went out the window. Meatless Monday we had not so healthy Grilled Italian Sausage and Peppers. They were a little more well done than I like, but Michael did all the work, so why should I care? They tasted great!
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The chicken I purchased for Sunday was quite a bargain, so of course I had to buy extra. Wednesday we enjoyed Baked Chicken Salad with a sinfully delicious potato chip and cheese topping.  The recipe makes 6 servings, so 2 extra casseroles, minus the topping, were stashed in the freezer for later.
Since there was still plenty of chicken to work with, I played with my chicken manicotti recipe, trying to make it just a bit lighter and healthier, thus Chicken and Spinach Manicotti with Two Sauces II. I’ve decided many of my recipes could use a make-over, so whenever you see a recipe “II” that’s what it will indicate. I won’t delete the original recipe. That will remain unchanged, but version “II” may be a work in progress. It’s hard to create a healthy dish without sacrificing flavor, and I work at that a little at a time. This week’s effort produced an Alfredo that was a little too thick, but I may have just cooked it too long.
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By Friday we were full of chicken and I was ready for a break.  Spinch Salad Supreme popped up again. I guess in honor of Fishy Friday I could have added some grilled shrimp, but I didn’t think of it at the time.
Oh well, back to work!
Be thankful for what life gives you.

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