I hope everyone is enjoying their week 1 menuplan.

Week 2 is now up and ready for download to those on a weekly, 3 month, or annual membership.

Pizza day is on Friday, so hang tight as later today I’ll be posting a video on how to make a simple homemade pizza crust in 10 minutes!

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20 Responses to Week 2 Thoughts

  1. Karen Zenti says:

    Love that we’re making chicken stock! I actually used the potato/carrot peels and celery leaves from Week 1 Monday’s dinner to make veggie stock (all the stuff you would normally throw away). Just added water to barely cover the scraps, 1/2 onion, salt, pepper and 2 T. olive oil. Now that I’m a SAHM I’m able to let it simmer on the stove all day. Put it in mason jars while hot – they self-sealed. Labeled them and put them in the fridge – might freeze in bags later, not sure yet.

  2. Karen Zenti says:

    Forgot to mention – I discarded the scraps and strained the stock – don’t want the floaties in there!

  3. Morgan Conner says:

    How thick are your pork chops? I had mine done thick-1 inch. Just curious if I will need to adjust the cooking time much…

    • Diana Bauman says:

      Morgan, mine were an inch thick as well. Just make sure that your internal temp is at a minimum of 145F. I like to go up to 155 – 160.

      • Morgan Conner says:

        Oh good! I have been afraid to cook them stove top bc I thought it would take forever for them to get done. I need a little more direction though on pan searing and how long it should take-how high of heat (I think searing is pretty high heat right?) and about how long-10 min per side or more like 20 min? Sorry about all the questions-I really do know how to cook but I like specific details. I guess I am not a confident cook :)

        • Diana Bauman says:

          No problem, Morgan. I have my heat on about medium high. A bit of oil and I sear them about 10 minutes per side. I do turn them on all sides as well, the sides, the top, and on the bone side, about 4 minutes on those… just to make sure it gets cooked through. Let me know if you have any other questions 😀

  4. Amy Johnson says:

    Hi Diana. I’m enjoying the menus & recipes. I had a little trouble with the homemade buns yesterday…my fault for talking on the phone when I was measuring the flour! We did eat them for dinner, but the rest are being turned into bread crumbs. :) I have one request, maybe more of a wish list item…any chance you could add how much time it takes (approximately) to make the recipes including prep & cook time? I seem to be spending more time than I’m allowing. It’s not a big deal but it would be helpful. Thanks so much for everything!


    • Diana Bauman says:

      Of course, Amy! That’s a good idea. I’ll make sure to do that starting with Week 3.

      • Amy Johnson says:

        Thanks Diana. By the way, last night’s enchiladas were amazing! My husband and I both loved them.

        • Diana Bauman says:

          I’m glad to hear it, Amy!

        • Karen Zenti says:

          YES! Those enchiladas are the bomb! I’ve always enjoyed them at Mexican restaurants (love the white sauce) and am SO excited I can make them now. I doubled the recipe because we’re a family of 7 so we had some leftovers. Had them for lunch yesterday and today too! Just loving this entire first week and looking forward to next week.

          • Diana Bauman says:

            I’m glad to hear that, Karen! If you liked those enchiladas, wait until we get to some with meat! Ay.. ya yay!! Delicioso!

  5. Shari Montgomery says:

    I agree – loved the enchiladas!!

  6. Karen Zenti says:

    I think we’re missing water in the chicken stock recipe….LOL!

  7. Katie Schleif says:

    My family is loving the recipes, I really was unsure how they would take the leftover bean soup for enchilada’s but they were wonderful and we ate them all!

  8. Lisa Cumings says:

    I had a house full of men and boy did they LOVE the sloppy joes!!!

    Thanks Diana

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