Sunday, December 28, 2008

Menu for 12/29-end of January

Monday 12/29 - Tacos, refried beans, spanish rice
Tuesday 12/30 - Meatloaf, mashed taters, green beans
Wednesday 12/31 - Going to a friend's for dinner
Thursday 1/1 - Ham, Sauerkraut, mashed taters

Do not cook Friday & Saturday

Sunday 1/4 - jumbalaya
Monday 1/5 - Baked chicken, au gratin potatoes, corn
Tuesday 1/6 - Turkey, mashed taters, and stuffing
Wednesday 1/7 - Pork chops, green beans, mac n cheese
Thursday 1/8 - chicken fried chicken, mashed taters and corn

Do not cook Friday & Saturday

Sunday 1/11 - chili
Monday 1/12 - enchiladas, refried beans, spanish rice
Tuesday 1/13 - "best ziti ever", salad, garlic bread
Wednesday 1/14 - one pan chicken bake (with potatoes). green beans
Thursday 1/15 - Breakfast - waffles, biscuits and gravy, bacon

Do not cook Friday & Saturday

Sunday 1/18 - pork loin, baked potato, salad
Monday 1/19 - salsa chicken, mashed taters, corn
Tuesday 1/20 - meatball hoagies, baked mac n cheese
Wednesday 1/21 - pizza casserole, salad
Thursday 1/22 - beef quessadilla, spanish rice

Do not cook Friday & Saturday

Sunday 1/25 - crockpot chicken and ranch potatoes, green beans
Monday 1/26 - Pork chops, mashed taters, corn
Tuesday 1/27 - chicken parm, au gratin potatoes, salad
Wednesday 1/28 & Thursday 1/29 will be left open for meals we did not get to eat in the month.

Time to start the year off right!

I plan our meals by the month and I saw somewhere (I am not sure which Nestie - if it was you please let me know and I will reference you) that people put their menus in the blogs. Since I plan out so far in advance, I thought it might be a good idea to add mine here. I will begin the beginning of January. Thanks

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Beef and Rice Enchiladas

8 flour tortillas
1 pound ground beef
1 package of spanish or taco rice
1-2 Cups of shreded cheese
1 can enchilada sauce
2-3 T of sour cream

1. Brown ground beef and drain and prepare the rice
2. mix the can of enchilada sauce with sour cream
3. put enough sauce on the bottom of 9x13 dish so the tortillas do not stick.
4. Assemble the enchiladas - lay out the tortilla, put down a bit of cheese, then some rice, then some ground beef, a bit more cheese, and some of the sauce. Roll up tight and lay seam down in dish. Repeat with the the remaining tortillas.
5. When the tortillas are in the dish cover with sauce and top with cheese.
6. Broil for about 5-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly.

Monday, March 3, 2008

"Better than Sex" Cake

1 box triple chocolate fudge cake mix (betty crocker) - include what you need to bake the cake
1 12oz jar of hot fudge
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1C mini Chocolate chips
1C pecans
1 tub cool whip

Prepare cake according to directions on box for 9X13 pan. Use the back of a wooden spoon to poke holes all over cake - do not push all the way through to the bottom of pan.

In a bowl mix hot fudge (warm slightly in microwave to make it easier to mix) sweet and condensed milk. Evenly pour the mixture over cake.

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve (best if overnight).
When ready to serve, spread thawed cool whip over cake. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and pecans on top.

Cheesy Chicken

Ingredients -
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/4t garlic powder
3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Place chicken in crockpot sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. mix soups and garlic powder. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Oven fried chicken

1 pack boneless skinless pork chops
1 beaten egg
1 1/2t of milk
1/2t of hot sauce
1/2 c panko bread crumbs
1/2t thyme
1/4t paprika
1/8t pepper
1/4t salt
1/2t garlic powder
1/4c parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine egg, milk and hot sauce in a bowl.
Combine panko, thyme, paprika, parmesan, pepper, salt, garlic powder, in a shallow dish.
Dip chicken into egg mixture and then coat with the breadcrumb mixture. Place the coated chicken into a baking dish with cooking spray.
Bake for 350 degrees until chicken is no longer pink.

Crock Pot Pork Chops

It has been a very long time since I have added a post - time has just gotten away from me.

4 boneless pork chops
2T real maple syrup
2 t Cumin
2t chili powder
2t paprika
2t onion powder
2t garlic powder
1T brown sugar
splash of worchestershire sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup chicken stock

Combine all ingredients (except pork chops and chicken stock) in a bowl. Consistency will be paste like. Coat pork chops with the paste using you hands.

Pour chicken stock in bottom of crock pot and put in pork chops. Cook on low for 6 hours.

I will add pics later.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Homemade meatball hoagies

I made these yummy meatball hoagies Monday night for dinner. They were so delicious and easy - great dinner for a work night.

1 pound ground beef
3/4 cup bread crumbs
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg, beaten
hoagie rolls (I got mine in the bakery section at my grocery store)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 pinch salt, or to taste
1 (14 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
2 Cups Motzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a medium bowl, gently mix by hand the ground beef, bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic, parsley, Parmesan cheese, and egg. Shape into 12 meatballs, and place in a baking dish.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until cooked through. Take the hoagie rolls and remove some of the bread from the inside to make a well for the meatballs. Brush with olive oil, and season with garlic powder and Italian seasonings. Slip the hoagie rolls into the oven during the last 5 minutes of the meatball's time, or until lightly toasted.
While the bread toasts, warm the spaghetti sauce in a saucepan over medium heat. When the meatballs are done, use a slotted spoon to transfer them to the sauce. Spoon onto the baguette and top with a handful of motzarella cheese. Return to the oven for 2 to 3 minutes to melt the cheese.

Serve with fries and a salad and enjoy!

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Salami and cheese - Yummy!

For lunch today I thought I would try something new. Instead of a ham and cheese we made salami and cheese.

Italian Seasoning
Motzarella cheese

Butter one side of each slice of bread.
Heat skillet and put on slice of bread (butter side down) put salami on top of bread and sprinkle motzarella cheese on top of salami. Add italian seasoning and put another slice of bread (with butter on top). Let bottom slice of bread turn brown and then flip the whole sandwich.

This was a nice twist on something so simple. It was great for lunch!

Monday, January 7, 2008

Breaded Pork Chops

6 boneless pork chops



all season salt


bread crumbs


Mix milk, garlic, onion spice, all season salt, and pepper. Put chops in mixture and let soak at room temperature for 30 minutes. Mix bread crumbs and parmesean cheese in another bowl.Take chops out of milk mixture and dip in bread crumbs. Place chops on a grease rack on a cookie sheet. Cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until pork chops are finished. I served these with green beans, mac n cheese, and garlic bread.

Herb Roasted Turkey Breast

1 3lb turkey breast dethawed


rosemary, garlic, salt, pepper, thyme

Spread unmelted butter on turkey.

Cook on 350 degrees for 2.5 hours.

Baste every 30 minutes

Allow to sit for about 15 minutes before slicing.


Melt butter and add dry spices.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Homemade mashed taters.

For dinner on Thursday I made homemade meatloaf (which has already been posted on here) and mashed potatoes. For anyone who has never made homemade mashed potatoes - they are super easy and much cheaper than the store bought kind.

4 baking potatoes
butter (up to you how much to use)
milk (amount is up to you)
salt and pepper

Peel and quarter the potatoes. Put potatoes in pot and put enough water in pot to cover the potatoes. Boil potatoes for 20 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add some butter to the pot and a little milk. Use either a potato masher or mixer to mash up potatoes. If the potatoes are flaky add a little more milk. Add salt and pepper for taste.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

BLC Lemon Chicken

For dinner last night I made a modified verson of the Biggest Loser Cookbook recipe - Lemon Chicken. This is really an easy recipe and very delicious.

1lb of boneless skinless chicken breast
garlic powder
all season salt
grill seasoning

Mix garlic powder, pepper, all season salt, and grill seasoning. Rub the mixture on the chicken breasts and place on a plate. Put the plate in the fridge for fifteen minutes. Heat a skillent and put each of the chicken breasts in the skillet for 2 minutes per side or until each side is brown. Place each chicken breast into a greased baking dish. Put in the oven at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

I served this chicken with au gratin potatoes, green beans, and rolls.