Anyone Hungry?

Ideas, suggestions and thoughts on my favorite topic.

Random June 29, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 3:51 am

Yeah, our meals this week are random. My mom was here for the weekend, so meal planning, grocery list making and shopping all happened pretty quickly.  Here’s what we’re having:

Monday:  Gymnastics night calls for a quick meal.  In the morning, I mixed together some ground chicken, chopped spinach, feta cheese and Mediterranean spices.  I made them into patties and put them on a greased cookie sheet, all ready to pop in the oven when we got home.  Ross had made some of his famous tzatziki sauce over the weekend, so we topped them with that.  I told him we could have some broccoli along with it and he found and made this recipe for Greek Orzo and Broccoli.  It was super delicious and we will definitely have it again!  (We don’t do olives in our house, so we left those out).


Tuesday:  Ross has been craving Mexican pizza, so I looked back on my blog and found this recipe that we really liked a while back (we cheated and used a refrigerated pizza dough). It was still delicious!  We used taco sauce instead of salsa and topped it with some sour cream and extra taco sauce.


Wednesday:  We are going to have Chicken Tetrazzini from an issue of Paula Deen’s magazine that I came across at my in-laws.  We are both super excited about this one! 

1 1/2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ cubes

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/4 cup butter

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 cans cream of mushroom soup

1 (5 oz) package shredded Parmesan cheese

1 cup sour cream

1 cup frozen green peas, thawed

12 ounces linguine, cooked and kept warm

3/4 cup coarsely crushed round buttery crackers (aka Ritz)


Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 13×9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.  Add chicken, onion, and garlic; cook for 6-8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Add soup, cheese, sour cream, and 1/2 cup water, stirring until combined.  Stir in peas.  Remove from heat.

Add linguine, tossing gently to coat.  Spoon mixture into prepared baking dish.  Sprinkle with crushed crackers.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

Note:  This dish can be prepared ahead.  Store the unbaked casserole,covered, in the refrigerator for up to 1 day or in the freezer for up to 1 month.


Thursday:  This recipe for Easy Cheesy Kielbasa with Beans is super random. I can’t decide if it will be nasty or delicious, but it had good reviews so we are going to try it. 


Friday:  I had some BBQ chicken in the freezer that I wanted to use and I wanted some sort of past dish (yes, another one).  I googled Barbecue chicken pasta and this recipe came up.  I’ll let you know how it is!


Our menu this week June 20, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 2:35 am

We have a busy week ahead of us.  My Mom comes to visit on Thursday (yay!), so we have some getting ready to do and then just the usual stuff.  We’re trying a few new recipes, sticking with a few staples, and throwing in some quick and easy non-recipes.

Last night, we tried something new from our latest Food Network magazine.  The recipe is for Grilled Pierogies and Kielbasa, but we didn’t grill anything.  It was hot out and we needed dinner ready in a hurry.  I threw the pierogies in a pot of boiling water and sautéed the onion and kielbasa in about a tablespoon of butter.  When both were finished, I tossed them together with the dressing.  I added about a tablespoon (or a little more?) of honey to the dressing to give it a little sweetness to balance out the vinegar and mustard.  We really liked this!  I think it took about 20 minutes total, if that, when prepared inside.  I am sure it would be better grilled (everything is), but in a pinch, this did just fine.


Tonight we had leftovers because we had a super ginormous lunch at my in-laws for Father’s Day.  It was delicious, and I am stuffed (though I will probably find some room for some more dessert in a little bit).


Tomorrow is gymnastics so we need something quick.  Because it tasted so good to us a few weeks ago, we are going to repeat Tortilla Pie.  I am sure there is a recipe for this somewhere (my sister first shared it with me), but the general idea is to place a tortilla in the bottom of a pie plate and layer delicious stuff in between the tortillas.  My sister is a vegetarian and this recipe is supposed to be, but we add some meat.  We generally do tortilla, refried beans,  ground beef (browned with some cumin and chili powder, etc – whatever spices sound good), salsa, cheese, repeat.  We finish with cheese on top and bake for about 15-20 minutes at 350.  Served with sour cream, salsa and some sautéed Mexi-corn, this is just delicious and couldn’t be easier.


Tuesday I think we’re going to have spaghetti and meat sauce – because it is quick, easy, and we all love it. 


Wednesday I am planning on doing some marathon cleaning, so I don’t want to worry about dinner.  I’ll run home at lunch time and toss Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff in the crock pot and we can eat whenever we are ready.  Aaaahhhh, I love my crock pot.  Actually  , I hate mine, but I love the concept in general.  A new one to replace my good one that I broke is at the top of my wish list!


Thursday Mom will be here!  Madden and I will pick her up at the airport and then come home for dinner.  We’re going to have Three Cheese Chicken Penne Florentine because it is absolutely delicious and I can prepare it ahead of time.  My friend Jennifer made this meal for us when Madden was born and we’ve made it several times ourselves since.  We can’t get enough of it. 


Friday night, Ross is on his own – it’s GNO with my Mom and sister!


Saturday, we’re heading to 18 Seaboard for dinner.  I’ve heard lots of good things about this restaurant, so I can’t wait to try it!


My electronic cookbook June 15, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 3:25 am

Well, I’m not so good at keeping up with this blog.  I enjoyed it when I had the time, but since becoming a Mom, I seem to have lots of other things to fill my time.  I do miss the writing part, but mostly I miss the record keeping aspect of this blog.  Every week when I go to plan my grocery list, I come here to check for meals that sound good.  I hate that over the past year, I haven’t kept good track of what I’ve made, what we liked and what changes I made to the recipe.  I don’t like to repeat recipes often, but I also don’t like to forget about ones that we’ve made and loved.  And I think that is what is happening. 


So, I’m not so sure that I’ll be a good frequent blogger again, but I’m going to make an attempt to at least post my meals for each week on here.  It will be good record keeping for myself, and maybe give some people out there some inspiration when attempting the dreaded task of meal planning each week.


Here’s what we’ve had/are having this week:

BLT Mac ‘n Cheese:  This one was suggested to me by my friend Jennifer.  She, too is pregnant, though even when she is not, she shares my love of food. I am thankful for friends that also search for new and fun recipes and that are willing to share them!  We loved it.  I brought the leftovers to work yesterday for lunch and ended up having lunch out.  I was actually disappointed to not eat my leftovers!

Shepherd’s Pie:  Because it is quick and easy and I was very randomly craving it, despite the fact that it has been 100 degrees.  We made real mashed potatoes instead of the boxed ones, but the rest is pretty basic and easy.

Ham and Tomato Pie:  This is a perfect summertime meal. The fresh tomatoes and fresh basil make it taste like all of the ingredients came from your backyard.

Honey and Spice Glazed Pork Chops:  Haven’t made these yet, but I’m looking forward to trying them!

Spaghetti Salad:  This link is to a former blog post.  This is one of my Mom’s recipes that I’ve always loved.  We are having it this week with some Italian sausage.

Long Live the Chicken a la King!:  This has been one of my go-to recipes for years now.  It is simple, but tasty.  This baby loves home cookin’ and I could eat chicken and dumplings every day.  This is just a slight variation!

For the 7th night of the week, we’ll go out or see what we feel like on Saturday night!