Monday, November 1, 2010
Tuesday-salmon patties & homemade mac & cheese, green beans & a fruit
Wed- one of my meals from the freezer, probably French Fri Casserole, peas, & fruit
Thurs- leftovers from Wed.
Friday-typically pizza & a movie, BUT J starts basketball practice so it might be leftovers.
Sat- grilled cheese (something light as we have a b-day party at 1)
Soup sounds good. Maybe a veggie beef or chicken tortilla.
Sun-Meal planning for the 2nd pay period & then another bake day.
So now I have a freezer of food just waitin' to be eatin'. Here is the recipe for my "go to dish", that's easy to make & great for pot lucks or bringing a meal to someone.
Western Meal (original recipe came from the Casserole Cookbook from Homemade Gourmet but I chgd it up a bit)
1- lb. (2 cups) cooked ground beef
1- Taco packet
1- 10oz can Rotel, undrained
1- 15oz can black beans, undrained
1-8oz. can tomato sauce
3/4 c. Minute Rice, uncooked
2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1. Preheat oven 350. (unless you're freezing*)
2. Combine all ingredients, except 1 c. cheddar cheese, in a greased 9x13 baking dish.
3. Bake, covered, for 45 mins. Sprinkle w/ remaining cheese, bake, uncovered for an add'l 5 mins.
*So, I like to make a couple of these & freeze one for later. I just dump everything but 1c. cheese into a freezer safe ziploc gallon bag & smoosh together. I pre-lable the bag & measure out 1c. cheese that I tape to the outside of the gallon bag so I have everything together. Be sure to put what is inside the bag, cooking instructions, & DATE IT so you know later!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Last Night(monday) we had: Leftovers (this will be a common occurance this week). Jeff had an evening meeting so he came home & warmed up pork burritos from Sunday & out the door he went.
Tonight (tuesday): Spaghetti, hot bread, veggie, & fruit.
Wednesday...LEFTOVERS, chili, veggie soup, spaghetti,
Thursday:...Leftovers, again...chili, veggie soup, spaghetti, Will this stuff ever go away???
Friday: homemade pizza, garlic pull-apart bread.
So I made a recipe that's kind of like puppy chow today. Its a yummy snack & quick to make.
Chocolate Chow Mein
Place 3 cups each Rice Chex & chow mein noodles in a gallon size zipper bag. Add 1/2 c. chopped peanuts & 1/2 c. raisens(I used dried cherries). Then melt 1/4 chocolate chips, 1/4 c. peanut butter, & 1/4 c. butter in microwave. Pour over dry mixture in bag. Shake & smoosh together. Then add 2 c. powdered sugar to the bag, close & shake & smoosh together. Colton liked it...so it must be good.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
I just finished a 3 book series called Postcards from Pullman by Judith McCoy-Miller. The series is set in the 1890's in Pullman, IL. 2 ladies from England head to America for different reasons & end up becoming friends. The books follow Olivia's life from England as a kitchen helper to landing an assistant chef position at an upscale hotel in Pullman. I received the 1st book as a gift & then proceeded to the Wichita public library to find books 2&3. What I really loved about this series, is each book is a continuation of the book b/4 it. I've read quite a few different series in the past few months & they go together but don't focus on on main character. Although I do like them, I prefer the continued character storylines. Anyway, here are the books in the series, In the Company of Secrets bk1, Whispers Along the Rails bk2, & An Uncertain Dream bk3. I wish this story could go on. There were some "supporting" characters that I would like to know how their stories end. Maybe in the future. Who knows?
1 lg + 1 sm cans albacore tuna in water, add 2 raw eggs, 2 hard boiled eggs, chopped, 1/2 a small onion, chopped, 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, s&p to taste. Smoosh together & top on your leftover hamburger buns(open faced). Bake till hot & melty.
Wed: Leftover hotdogs from camping w/ veggie chili, chips, & fruit
Thurs: Chili (add 3/4 - 1 lb) ground beef to the veggie chili above, saltine crackers, & salad.
Friday: Appetizers & Movie Night. Mini corndogs, buffalo chicken fingers, pizza pocket slice thingys, & mini chicken tacos. Super healthy...I know.
Sat: sandwiches for lunch b/4 we head to Gaeddert's Corn Maze (www.kansasmaze.com)
Pork roast w/ potatoes, carrots, onions- this will be in the crock pot & ready when we get
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Friday- leftover vegetable soup from earlier this week & grilled cheese sandwiches
We're camping on Sat so we'll be having camping food.
Sat.-cereal b/4 we hit the road to pick up the trailer
Lunch- ham sandwiches/grapes/chips
Supper- hotdogs or hamburgers/ chips/fruit/s'mores. I got the bigges marshmellows I've ever seen a couple weeks ago at Alco. Can't wait to light those babies up for some yummy s'mores!
Sunday breakfast- campers breakfast- sausage/eggs/potatoes sprinkled w/ cheddar cheese. Heart attack on a plate. YUM!
Lunch-if anyone's hungry after breakfast...ham sandwiches or pbj/chips/fruit
Supper- whatever we didn't eat the night b/4. Hamburgers or hotdogs.
Monday breakfast- I cheated...I got premade ham/cheese/egg mcmuffins or cereal.
Lunch- you guessed it...ham sandwich or pbj/chips/fruit
We'll pack up & head home. Piano lessons at 5. Then we'll probably grab a $5 pizza from Little Skeeza's for dinner. Maybe a side salad for me.
Hopefully I'll get the next few weeks of menus planned & grocery list ready so I can do some shopping on Tuesday.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Sunday- Meatloaf, cheesy beans, hot rolls, & peaches. Meatloaf recipe below.
Monday- Fried steak, mashed potatoes, white gravy, fresh apples & veggies
Tuesday- Meatloaf sandwiches, veggie & fruit
Wed- crockpot pork roast(one of my favorites), roasted veggies, & fruit
Thurs- BBQ pork sandwiches, chips, apples
Friday- homemade pizza or leftovers
I love this time of year, when it's cool in the morning & evenings are just right for sittin' outside w/ a cup of joe or an occasional glass of wine. It also gets me in the mood for cooking yummy soups, casseroles, & MEATLOAF! I love meatloaf. Here is the best meatloaf recipe I've used. There's nothing fancy to it & there's no wierd stuff in it (like carrots). It's good ol' meat.
All-American Meat Loaf from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook
2 lbs. ground chuck
3/4 c. uncooked quick-cooking oats
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 c. ketchup
1/4 c. milk
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
1 t. salt
1/2 t. pepper
1/2 c. ketchup
3 T. brown sugar
2 t. prepared mustard
*Combine 1st 8 ingred. in a lg bowl, smoosh into a 9x13 pan(or shape into 2- 7 1/2" x 4" loaves). Place on a lightly greased pan. Bake 350 degrees ro 4o mins.
* Combine 1/2 c. ketchup, b.sugar, & mustard, spoon over meatloaf, & bake 15 more minutes or until meat thermometer registers 160 degrees.
Yields: 8 servings 337K, 17.8g Fat, 734 sodium
Sunday, January 17, 2010
1/2 t. salt
2 T. olive oil
4 T. water, add more as needed
1 t. seasoning such as chili powder or dried herbs (optional)
Preheat oven 400 degrees
MIx together 1 c. flour, salt & oil. Add 3 T. water & mix well. Gradually add more water, mixing after each time. Should eventually make a compact ball. If it seems too sticky, add more flour.
Sprinkle work space w/ additional flour & roll dough until it's approx. 1/8" thickness. ( I roll it out on cookie tray so I don't have to move it.)
Place dough on cookie tray. Cut w/ pizza cutter.
Bake for 10-15 minutes. You may need to flip after 10 or so minutes, to make sure inside crackers get done.
Yields: appox. 1 pound.
Spicy Mexican Bean Burger
1 16oz can of red kidney beans, drained & mashed
1- medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, steamed & mashed
1/8 c. picante sauce (spicy or mild to your taste)
1 c. crushed rice cakes (approx. 2)
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/2 t. salt or to taste
1/2 t. black pepper or to taste
dash chili pepper
1. Min all ingred. in a lg bowl. Add more flour to create a firmer mixture or more salsa if mix is too stiff.
2. Form mixture into balls & form into patties
3. Bake 450 degrees 15-20 minutes, until firm, brown, & done.
Yields: 8-10 burgers depending on size.
Dinner: BBQ pork, potato salad, fruit salad. Kelly- Spicy Mexican veggie burger.
Monday: Jambalaya w/ veggie & fruit. Kelly-soup
Tuesday: Salmon patties, fried potatoes, & pears. Kelly-whole wheat pasta/crushed tomatoes
Wednesday: Leftovers, veggie/fruit
Thursday: spaghetti/hot bread/green beans. Kelly-leftoverse
Friday: soup & cheese sandwiches. Kelly-soup & corn chips
Saturday Lunch: sandwiches
Dinner: eggs/bacon/french toast. Kelly-salad & popcorn
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Today: Lunch at Logan's
Dinner: leftovers from lunch, Kelly-mushroom soup (recipe follows)
Monday: Sloppy joes on a bun or chip dip(that's how Jeff prefers to eat it), veg, & fruit. Kelly- whole wheat spaghetti w/ tomatoes/mushrooms/onions/garlic
Tues: Clean out the fridge night-sloppy joes, ravioli, some random red stuff. Kelly- black bean soup, veg, fruit
Wed: Stromboli w/ dipping sauce, veg, fruit. Kelly-leftovers....
Thurs: Homemade Chicken strips, mashed potatoes, fruit, maybe bread. Kelly- potato pancakes/salad
Friday: leftovers if any or homemade pizza. Kelly- leftovers
Saturday: Lunch-sandwiches/chips. Kelly-banana & mixed nuts (favorite snack!)
Dinner: crockpot taco porkloin w/ tortillas & the fixin's. Kelly- veggie chili & salad.
1 T oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 lb. mushrooms, sliced
1 1/2 t. dill
1 T paprika
1/8 t. pepper
2 T soy sauce
2 c. veggie stock
2 T oil
3 T whole wheat flour
1 c. sugar free soy milk
2 t. lemon juice
1. In a soup pot, saute onion in oil until soft.
2. Add mushrooms, dill, paprika, & pepper, then saute for 5 mins.
3. Add soy sauce & stock, cover & simmer for 15 minutes.
4. Heat oil in saucepan & add flour. Cook one minute, stirring constantly, then whisk in the soymilk until smooth.
5. Simmer over low heat, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened.
6. Add to the mushroom mixture & blend in. Cover & simmer for 15 minutes.
7. Just b/4 serving, stir in the lemon juice.
Yields: 6-8 servings.