This Week’s Eats: Rice, Rice, and More Rice.

If menu planning makes you want to stab people, or you just plain don’t have time, I’ve got you covered with This Week’s Eats. This week, the magic ingredient is rice and our menu features rice based recipes.

It didn’t occur to me until I sat down to write this post how rice-heavy our menu is for the week. The good news is, we love rice, so it never really gets old.

We almost always have one Asian-inspired meal on the menu and it’s almost always paired with rice. And since I almost always make more than we need for one night, fried rice is a great way to make use of that already cold rice. That, and copious amounts of leftovers.

Speaking of Asian-inspired meals, the Mongolian Beef is one that I’ve made before and loved. I chose to make it again this week because a.) it’s delicious, b.) we have a flank steak in the freezer already and c.) I bought a bag of five (5) jalapeño peppers last week and want to use them up before they go bad. I didn’t really think through the recipe last time I made it and had to throw together a cucumber salad at the last minute so that we weren’t eating straight beef for dinner. That’s where the Asian Roasted Carrots and Broccoli come in. It’s pretty hands off so that I can focus all of my energy on the beef.

The risotto was a happy addition to the menu. We were reminded about how much we love it at Thanksgiving since it’s one of our traditional sides. The slow cooker twist was a happy accident after finding several recipes online for slow cooker risotto. Excited to see how well it holds up in the crockpot.

The White Bean Turkey Chili is another recipe I’ve made before. The husband loved it (and ate the entire batch because I wasn’t feeling well). I’m actually looking forward to eating it this week so that I can see what all the fuss was about. Also, having a new chili recipe in my repertoire is always a good thing.

The wild-card recipe this week is the Slow Cooker Lentil and Veggie Stew. I’ve been trying to add more soups into the rotation and am looking forward to trying this one. Fingers crossed the husband likes it, since he’s not the biggest soup fan.

Oh, and our favorite recipes from last week were…

…the Roasted Broccoli and White Beans (it was delicious with an egg and some parsley-ed potatoes as my daughter calls them) and the Slow cooker aloo gobi (spiced cauliflower and potatoes) (was even better on day two (2) when some of the liquid was soaked up by the veggies).

Did you try any of the recipes? Which ones were your favorites?

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I'm Emily Levenson, one half of the creative duo at Made with Lev. I love making things with my hands and find myself most at home when I’m creating. That could be art (I am a huge fan of watercolors, drawing faces, and painting loose florals), cooking, and, most recently, sewing.

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