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Happy Monday and Happy President’s Day, y’all! Thank goodness for federal holidays and three day weekends! How was your weekend? Did you have a fantastic and romance-filled Valentine’s Day? We did! We originally planned to go to our favorite one man show hole in the wall Ethiopian restaurant, but when it got so dang cold and we realized we had to go to Costco for dog food, we just decided to grab some scallops and a filet and stay home in front of the fireplace.
Nothing says romance like yoga pants and a ratty old university sweatshirt. It’s cold and I had to leave my house, otherwise it would have been flannel jammies. Don’t judge me.
Moving on. Let’s talk about easy weeknight meals. This is one that we originally made because we had a vegetarian guest for dinner and not only did it turn out to be amazingly delicious, but it’s super simple! It takes about 40 minutes or so to make, but it doesn’t require a lot of attention, so you can get dinner started and do other things like change out of your work clothes and into some comfy flannel jammies or yoga pants, let the dogs out, get the kids stated on their homework or fix yourself a dang martini. No judgments here and you deserve it! I would totally start with the martini .
Anyhoo, the point is that this is an easy option for a weeknight hassle-free dinner. You can get your water going for your noodles while the mushroom sauce is doing it’s thing, toss together a salad, and Wham-BAM-Thank You, M’am! Dinner is served.
Keeping in the spirit of easy weeknight meals, do you plan out your meals for the week or just wing it? We do a bit of both here, but when we had little people in the house that wanted to know what’s for dinner the minute you walk in the door, it sure was a lot less stressful when we had planned out our meals for the week and had everything on hand and ready to go.
I want to tell you about my friend Raquel (not to be confused with Rachelle since that is me). Raquel is a blogger from My California Roots and she wrote an ebook Guide to Meal Planning. She gave me a copy to review (and I’m totally going to put it to good use) and I’m super excited about it.
The guide includes:
- Templates for meal planning
- Recipe Keeper Spreadsheet (which is awesome and helpful!)
- Meal Planning Toolkit
- A mini book on tips for creating the best meal plans ever
- Extra goodies!
The guide is just released today and is only available for 5 days. I honestly love this Guide to Meal Planning and would totally recommend it even if it wasn’t published by my friend! I am 100% confident that it will be a life-saver for anyone with a family to feed and for people who want to keep to a healthy diet – which is always easier when you have your meal plans in place so that you’re not hitting the drive-through on your way home from work because you didn’t plan.
I highly recommend you go check out Raquel’s Guide to Meal Planning. To do that, click here: Guide to Meal Planning
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 16 ounces sliced mixed mushrooms (I used half button and half baby bellas)
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups vegetable stock
- 1/4-1/3 cup sour cream
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, or to taste
- 12 ounce bag egg noodles, prepared according to package directions
- Heat butter and olive oil in a cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat
- Add mushrooms, stir to combine and coat, and leave them alone to allow them to cook
- When the mushrooms are tender, but still have a firm texture - about 10 minutes
- Stir the mushrooms, then sprinkle the flour over the top
- Stir until the flour is combined with the mushrooms - about 1 minute
- Pour the vegetable stock into the mushroom and stir to mix
- Increase heat to high and bring to a boil
- Reduce heat and simmer until the liquid thickens into a gravy consistency - about 15 minutes
- Add the sour cream and stir to combine
- Stir in salt, pepper, and thyme
- Serve over prepared egg noodles
Note: If you want to make a vegan version, simply substitute vegan butter and vegan sour cream.
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