In the Kitchen


I’m ready to tackle this week!  We have our groceries ordered for the week, laundry almost all caught up, and spring sports are beginning to line the calendar.  While crazy, busy, chaotic nights aren’t necessarily my jam, they’re totally worth getting to see my kids participate in things they love.

When I asked for blog ideas, one theme throughout the suggestion list was FOOD!  Now I have learned to follow a recipe like a BOSS but if you sent me to the kitchen with a random assortment of items in hopes I’d produce a meal NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!  

If you asked Tab the worst meal I’ve ever made, he’d take you all the way back to the first year of our marriage when I found the recipe for SEAFOOD LASAGNA and tried to create it.  Let me just tell you-it was as awful as you can possibly imagine.

Today, I’m taking you into the Slaughter Kitchen or more importantly the Slaughter Meal Planner to see what’s been or is on the menu….
We had these one evening when Tab was already home from work so he grilled them outside for me.  The kids ate theirs like a typical burger on a bun, but Tab and I loaded ours up with onion served bunless.  Burgers on one thing all my kids agree on so they’re a regular around here!

Turkey + Spinach…I’m serving the family healthy items and the whole time they think it’s just a meatball.  WIN WIN!

BBQ Apple Chicken Sandwiches
I could serve my family dirt on top of garlic toast and they’d probably eat it.  Needless to say, these bbq chicken sandwiches are SO easy and everyone likes them!

Homemade pizza night includes two packs of these and the kids each make their own pizza.  We typically have pizza sauce, cheese, and pepperonis for them to add as little or as much as they’d like.

I try to only have homemade pizza night when Tab is out of town, because if he’s here he prefers a meat lover’s dream with all the hearty toppings.  Let me just say-the kids stick to pepperoni and cheese, I’ll add veggies to mine, and it’s such an easy meal for us.

All of my kids are fans of my chicken parmesan recipe, which happens to come from…
the back of the Ragu jar.  I’m pretty sure I got this one from Marla.  It’s one of Nixon’s most requested meals and is DELICIOUS!  In fact, he requested it this past weekend and since it was just me and the kiddos I decided to make an easier version.  Look at me…stepping out of my comfort zone.

I cut up chicken breasts into fourths, breaded them, and placed them in my air fryer.  I boiled tortellini, added a jar of alredo and a jar of pasta sauce, then baked that while my chicken cooked.  Since the pasta was extra saucey we all dipped our chicken and it was delish!  3/4 of the kids asked for seconds so #WINNING!  And it was super easy!

If you don’t have a weird thing with chicken, you could pick up some kind of frozen chicken and heat it up which would make this even easier.  I have issues so this worked better for me.

I should add that I thought I was really winning until yesterday after church I asked who wanted those chicken and noodle leftovers and NO ONE raised their hand.  Maybe insure all your kids are really hungry before serving this?  #alwaysworks

Another day, another burger around here.  🙂
This recipe is all about the technique.  You can add anything to the ground beef your family prefers.  If you’re going bunless, you can pick these up and eat these like a burger minus the bun.  I use my griddle for easy clean-up and they’re all finished at one time.

Trader Joe’s fried rice for the win!!  I have a bag of that as well as a cauliflower fried rice bag.  I found this chicken lettuce wraps recipe on Pinterest and am giving it a shot to pair with the rice.

Taco Pasta paired with a salad will make a really easy week night meal for dinner on a Tuesday.

Wednesday-Spicy Baked Chicken Tacos will cook in the slow cooker for most of the day and will take me just 20ish minutes to prepare.  The end of the week is busy for us so mama will need just that.

And Thursday night I have a GIRL’S NIGHT OUT so who knows what will be served for dinner?  Maybe delivery?  Maybe pick-up?  Maybe cereal?

Now, I’m off to grab my grocery pick-up order from the store!  

What’s on your menu this week?


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  1. 2.24.20
    Angie said:

    Would love the taco pasta recipe. The link used is for the lettuce wraps. 🙂

  2. 2.24.20
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Awe!!!!! This post just MADE my morning!!!! Thank YOU for always being so supportive of my recipes!! Okay, I need to try that spicy pizza crust…STAT! Have I told you that our new favorite pizza at Caddy is spicy? It is and it's fantastic!

  3. 2.24.20
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    And now I'm starving. And out of everything, the taco pasta is what I want right now. I mean, that sounds breakfasty, right? 🙂

  4. 2.24.20
    Erika Slaughter said:

    Hi Angie!

    I fixed the link! Thank you for letting me know!

  5. 2.24.20
    Jennifer Goodwin said:

    Those dinners look great, thanks for all the inspiration! I feel like I'm winning this week, because I know what we're having for dinner almost every night.

    Here's what's on our menu this week: French dip sandwiches with au jus dipping sauce, crock pot chicken made with broth and salsa and served with rice and beans and all the taco fixings, and a breakfast casserole with eggs, cheese, sausage, Bisquick, and tater tots with pancakes for dessert. That will get us through Thursday, and I'm sure we'll do pizza on Friday night. I normally don't cook on Wednesdays and the weekend nights. Or we'll use those nights to have things we already have in the pantry and fridge, or we'll eat the leftovers.

    I always keep things in my freezer, as well, that are quick and easy to pull out and make in a jiff, like the yummy frozen (and fully cooked) Costco chicken wings or meatballs from Trader Joe's to add to a meal.

    Have a great week!

  6. 2.24.20
    The CarlyOSaurus said:

    Seafood Lasagna must be a Missouri thing (SWMO here!) because my Mom did the same thing when she was a newlywed, lol. Dad hasn't let her live it down since 1985.

  7. 2.24.20
    Ellibelle said:

    These sound like delicious meals! I need to try those BBQ Apple chicken sandwiches!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ellibelle's Corner

  8. 2.25.20
    Lindsay C said:

    I tried to click on the link for the taco pasta and it takes me to a link for pf chang's lettuce wraps! Do you think you could link to the taco pasta again??

  9. 2.25.20
    Christy said:

    Love this post! Love seeing other families menus for the week! Thank you for sharing!

  10. 2.25.20
    Donna said:

    I think you do you do your shopping at Walmart. On the website can you start you list at any point in the week and it will save until you are ready to submit the order?