October 30, 2008
October 29, 2008
October 28, 2008
For now, here's this week's recipes from my menu. Not that I'll actually get around to fixing and eating this week's recipes at the rate this week is going. lol.
I stole this from allrecipes.com after a friend told me about this. So yummy. Unless you're my DH who says apples shouldn't be in these, so I leave apples out of his half. I also have a quesadilla maker thingy (wedding gift), so I make 3 large quesadillas from this recipe in my maker.....so feeds 3 HUNGRY adults or 2 hungry adults get dinner and lunch the next day. lol.
This is the recipe I follow for chicken parmesan. It's so quick and easy that I doubt if I'll change what I do anytime soon. I don't mind making this during the week after working.
Tomato and Sausage Spinach Pasta Toss
This is the recipe from kraftfoods.com. They've actually changed the recipe up slightly since I first ran across this. lol. There wasn't anything wrong with it in the first place, so I don't get that. Anyways, I use 1/2 lb ground Italian sausage, 1/2 package of pasta, 1 package of baby spinach, 1 can of diced tomatoes no salt added, and Italian seasoning to taste. We top with whatever white cheese we happen to have handy. I've doubed this recipe without any issues before and doubed it fed 5 grown adults. It's a quick but very yummy recipe.
Smoked sausage - well, I'm just browning smoked sausage cause DH likes it. Easy meal.
Grilled chicken breasts - Since it's just the two of us, we bought a George Forman grill. It's perfect for cooking two chicken breasts. We'll usually eat this as a sandwich using my homemade whole wheat bread. You could just as easily grill it or just bake it in the oven.
And despite my issues with making chicken noodle soup, it's wonderful to eat. Usually I'll only use half of my chicken and half of my broth for the soup. This time I used it all. So DH, my coworker, and I are all eating chicken noodle soup for lunch...this whole entire week. lol. It is fairly healthy at least, and I don't have to worry about packing lunches. :)
October 27, 2008
From Iyra, the best I have ever eaten
3 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted (can use oil)
1 can pumpkin (2 cups using homemade)
3 ½ cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 ½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cloves
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon ginger
½ cup water
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice (optional)
Sift dry ingredients together with spices. Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and pumpkin and mix well. Mix melted butter and water and add alternately with flour mixture. Add nuts if using. Pour into 2 greased floured 9×5 loaf pans or one Bundt pan. Bake for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until done at 350*.
October 25, 2008
Candy (Mars coupon)
Tomato, 1 small to medium
potatoes, 2 large
red potatoes, 4
Green apple, 1
pot roast, small one
Neutrogena Oil-Free moisture spf 15 face lotion
Secret Platinum deoderant
Bounty paper towels (coupon)
Glade Wisp flameless candle holder, buy one get one – include candle? (coupon)
Green Works dish soap or floor cleaner (coupon) *save coupon if not used
If no green works, then try Dawn Plus Hands or Dawn Foam Pump (coupons)
Febreze Noticeables dual refill pack (coupon)
Cascade Crystal Clear rinse agent, 8.45oz ONLY (coupon, FREE)
Reynolds parchment paper (coupon)
Ziplock bags (1 gal zipper) (coupon)
Eight O’Clock coffee 11.5oz (coupon)
juice, apple berry
water, 2 24packs and 4 gallons
Knorr-Lipton Sides – 2 pasta, 1 rice (coupon when buy 3)
regular long grained rice
sushi rice (for parents)
sushi rice seasoning, 2 (non wasabi kind for parents)
Kidney beans, 1 can
Ragu pasta sauce, 2 for use in chicken parmesan and an extra(coupon)
diced tomatoes, 2
Canned pumpkin, 1
Chopped walnuts ½ cup or 1 cup depending on how nutty we want the bread
brownie mix for 9x13 pan
Regular, unbleached all purpose flour
canned carrots, 2
Progresso soup, 2 (coupon)
cream of chicken soup, 1 can
1 whole chicken
smoked sausage, 1 small cheap package
tortilla shells, 1 10ct pkg
**Smith’s has their brand veggies 10/$10 including mixed veggies and boxed ones.
Bird’s Eye Steamfresh veggie (coupon)
Green Giant frozen boxed veggies, 2 (coupon) *only if less than $1/each
Green Giant just for one veggies (55c coupon) *only if good deal
Hot/Lean Pockets, 4 (coupon) *save coupon if not used
shrimp primavera or other shrimp meal
frozen mixed veggies
Frozen chicken tenders
Eggland’s Best eggs, if decently priced after coupon (coupon)
Yoplait yogurt, 6 (coupon)
Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, 2 (coupon)
Grand’s or Pillsbury Cinnamon rolls (coupon)
Kraft cheese, 5 include 2 blocks (coupon)
Butter, tub ONLY
Menu – October 25th – November 22ed
Weekend Dessert: Pumpkin Bread and make Chocolate Chip Cookie dough for freezing
25th Saturday Dinner: Burger/Hot Dog burn at Slammers
25th Sunday Breakfast/Lunch: cinnamon rolls
26th Sunday Dinner: homemade chicken noodle soup
27th – 31th: Monday – Friday Meals:
1) apple quesadillas
2) chicken parmesan (use 1 lb Tyson frozen package) with pasta and canned green beans
3) Tomato and spinach pasta toss with Italian sausage
4) smoked sausage, frozen broccoli and carrots with herb sauce, and Knorr pasta side
5) Grilled chicken (use other 1lb Tyson frozen package), frozen boxed veggies, and Knorr rice side
Weekend dessert: brownies
1st Saturday Breakfast/Lunch: applesauce pancakes (make extras in mini size for lunches)
1st Saturday Dinner: OUT FOR ANNIVERSARY
2nd Sunday Breakfast/Lunch: OUT FOR ANNIVERSARY
2nd Sunday Dinner: Homemade pizzas (pepperoni, and half pineapple)
3rd – 6th: Monday – Thursday Meals:
1) pot roast with red potatoes, onions, and carrots
2) Jackie’s easy alfrado pasta
3) Italian sausage spaghetti
4) out to eat Thursday (Quiznos?)
OUT OF TOWN 7th – 12th
13th and 14th Meals: (Send Chris to work with small list of any items that are needed to get through, like milk and bottled water!)
1) frozen ravioli
2) shrimp primavera
Weekend Dessert: bake Amish bread
15th Saturday Breakfast/Lunch: sausage wraps (save other half for Sunday)
15th Saturday Dinner: DHs chili and corn bread muffins
16th Sunday Breakfast/Lunch: waffles (freeze extras for use in lunches)
16th Sunday Dinner: Quiche with sausage
17th – 21th: Monday – Friday Meals:
1) Baked fish, frozen broccoli, and steamed rice with seasoning
2) grilled cheese and soup
3) Cheesy chicken and rice casserole
4) Tuna Helper
5) Friday out to eat (Carmines? BWW? Chinese?)
October 20, 2008
October 19, 2008
October 18, 2008
October 17, 2008
- 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
- 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND® Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust (deeper one)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Whisk pumpkin, EAGLE BRAND®, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into crust. Bake 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and continue baking 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.
Sausage, Tomatoes, and Cream Pasta
Recipe courtesy of CinC Kitchens.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
· ½ pound sweet Italian sausage links, casings removed, crumbled
· ¼ teaspoon crushed dried red pepper flakes
· ¼ cup diced onions
· 1 ½ cloves garlic, mniced
· 1 (14 ½ ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes, drained, coarsely chopped
· ¾ cup whipping cream
· ¼ teaspoon salt
· 6 ounces pasta, cheese tortellini works wel
· 1 ½ tablespoons minced parsley
· grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and crushed red pepper. Cook until sausage is no longer pink, stirring frequently, about 7 minutes.
Add onion and garlic to skillet and cook until onion is tender and sausage is light brown, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes.
Add tomatoes, cream, and salt. Simmer until mixture thickens slightly, about 4 minutes.
Cook pasta in large pot of boiling water. Drain.
Combine sauce and pasta, mixing thoroughly.
Sprinkle parsley and parmesan cheese on top.
Recipe couresy of monikewl on CinC.
· 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
· ½ teaspoon salt
· 1 cup milk
· 2 eggs, beaten
· ½ cup applesauce
· ½ cup brown sugar
· vanilla yogurt, for topping
Preheat oven to 325*F. In a large bowl combine the oatmeal, baking powder, and salt. Mix in milk, eggs, applesauce, and brown sugar. Pour into a greased casserole dish. Bake at 325* for 45 minutes. Serve warm or hot, topping each with vanilla yogurt.
Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage
1 lb smoked sausage, any kind will do
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 bell pepper
1 or 2 cans of red kidney beans
salt and pepper
Cook white rice as directed on package. Meanwhile, dice onion and bell pepper as fine or as big as you want. Cut the smoked sausage into bite sized pieces. Place the sausage, onion, and pepper in a large skillet with a bit of butter, olive oil, or pam spray (whatever floats the boat). Cook on medium until onions are tender and sasage starts to brown. Add the can(s) of red kidney beans - juice and all. Bring to a boil at med low heat. Add worcestershire, salt, and pepper to taste. Worcestershire is a key taste here, so don't get too stingy on it. When rice is cooked, add to the bean, pepper, sausage, etc mixture and stir well.
Now as far as everything else on my menu goes, I love coupons and sales. Following coupons and sales not only make my budget happy, but it's a lot easier to decide what to put on my menu by following coupons and sale ads. Smith's (aka Kroger) had their frozen veggie boxes on sale 10/$10. I had a coupon for au gratin potatoes, so my potatoes were only 50 cents. I had coupons for progresso soup, so that's why canned soup made an appearance. Usually it wouldn't. Bertoli had a coupon that I found on some random site while websurfing. Got that for $3. Go me.
This weekend I'm making a sour cream pound cake, my mom's recipe. As soon as I get around to typing that, I'll post it. It's also a bit of a Pioneer Woman recipes weekend, so be sure and check out her site at www.thepioneerwoman.com. She's great.
Weekend Dessert: Pumpkin Pie
11th Saturday Dinner: Sausage, Tomato, and Pasta Cream
12th Sunday Breakfast/Lunch: Baked Oatmeal
12th Sunday Dinner: DH gone, me frozen veggie meal
13th – 17th: Monday – Friday Meals:
1) Steaks, au gratin potatoes, veggies
2) Grilled cheese and soup
3) Red Beans and Rice with Smoked Sausage
4) Bertoli Frozen Meal
5) Grilled chicken breast on whole wheat with veggies
Weekend dessert: Sour Cream Pound Cake
18th Saturday Breakfast/Lunch: omelets
18th Saturday Dinner: Pasta Carbonra
19th Sunday Breakfast/Lunch: homemade biscuits and leftovers
19th Sunday Dinner: Pineapple Skewered Whatever Shrimp with grilled potatoes and veggies
20th – 24h: Monday – Friday Meals:
1) Hamburgers (grill out with shrimp meal) with Knorr Sides Plus Veggies Pouch
2) chicken quesadillas
3) Hamburger Helper
4) Frozen Pizza
5) Italian Sausage spaghetti, use elbow macaroni
Go shopping the 25th
One night I got this random desire to put an end to all my grocery store troubles and last minute cooking decisions. I made a menu for the following week. I listed out all the days of the week on the left side of a piece of paper. To the right of each day I listed a dinner. Life started getting simpler in that moment. Lo and behold, I knew what to buy when grocery shopping too!
A menu can be as simple as a list of dinners for the week. Or it can get as complicated as listing out breakfasts, lunches, dinners, desserts, etc. Some people assign a meal to a certain day of the week. Others just make a list and check something off every night.
Some of us go crazy and type out our menus every week. Some of us REALLY need that organization.
So I'm going to share my current menu (and it's formatting nightmare) soon. I'll list tips in making a menu of your own. I'll even share where I stole most of my recipes from. :D