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Our menu this week August 1, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 2:52 am

Our menu came together from a variety of sources this week.  Usually I end up searching the internet and my cookbooks over the weekend to find 6 or 7 meals.  This week, I was lucky to have some suggestions and ideas from people and places.

Tonight, we had gnocchi with creamy pesto and ground beef.  We used to make this a lot, but haven’t had it in a long time.  Ross randomly thought of it, so we added it to the menu.  I just brown some ground beef with some garlic and minced onion, along with a little salt and pepper.  I make a packet of Knorr cream pesto sauce and boil some gnocchi.  I mix it all together and top it with Parmesan cheese.  It’s quick and simple and tastes pretty good.

We are having stuffed peppers one night.  I haven’t made them in a long time, and we’re trying a new recipe this time.  We were going to have these tonight, but I messed up and only bought one can of tomato soup.  Grrrr.

Ross was super sweet this week and remembered that I’ve been craving cold salads lately.  He searched for some and sent me this recipe for Broccoli and Tortellini Salad.  It sounds amazing and I can’t wait to eat it.

When I was in Walmart this week, I passed one of those displays in the middle of the aisle.  It had a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Chicken Dipping Sauce on it for $1.98.  I absolutely love Buffalo anything, so I figured I’d give it a try.  We’re going to have wraps with chicken tenders, tomatoes, cheddar cheese, red onion and this sauce.  Our plan is to have those tomorrow since they’ll be quick and Monday is gymnastics night.

My friend Jennifer knows that we love tomato pie – such a fresh, delicious meal for a hot summer night.  She found this recipe that is similar to one that I shared with her, but slightly different.  We can’t wait to try it! 

One night we are having meatloaf (again) because I crave it a lot lately and because meatloaf mix meat was on sale this week.  I’m going to make roasted potatoes with a packet of onion soup mix that I have in the pantry.  I’m almost more excited for those!  I usually season them with my own spices, but this sounds extra good to me right now.

Last, we’ll be making Baked Spaghetti one  night.  We haven’t tried this recipe before, but Ross was craving baked spaghetti, so I found the recipe that seemed the best overall.  I hope it’s a keeper!


Some New Stuff! July 11, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 3:09 am

Last week was kind of a boring food week, but this week we are trying some new things.  We started out with a super easy, cheap and quick meal last night – Delicious Chicken Skillet.  I get these weekly e-mails from Campbell’s that sometimes have some good ideas.  This one was a real winner because Madden loved it!  He hasn’t been willing to eat a whole lot of what we eat lately, so I was so excited that he ate a whole bowl of this.  He even took some broccoli off of my plate and ate it – he has never TOUCHED broccoli before!  He had his own serving after that and ate it all up 🙂

Sweet & Tangy Chicken

From: Campbell’s Kitchen
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
 1 tablespoon butter

1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 can (10 3/4 ounces)Campbell’s® Condensed Tomato Soup (Regular or Healthy Request®)

1/4 cup water

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 cup regular long-grain white rice, prepared according to package directions (about 3 cups)


Heat the butter in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until well browned on both sides.

Stir the soup, water, brown sugar and vinegar in the skillet and heat to a boil.  Reduce the heat to low.  Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.  Serve the chicken and sauce with the rice.

 Recipe Tips:

Ingredient Note: We develop our recipes using a 4-to 5-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast half per serving. However, there are a range of sizes available in-store, from the butcher counter to the meat case and the freezer section. Use whichever you prefer- just follow the recipe as written above for the best result. If you’re using larger chicken breasts they may require a little longer cooking time.

Tonight we had another recipe from the Paula Deen magazine that I stole from my mother-in-law 🙂  Layered Tex-Mex Casserole was a hit tonight!  Aside from the fact that I had forgotten tomato sauce at the grocery store and had to run back for it, it was quick and easy.  This is a keeper for our family.

Layered Tex Mex Casserole (we cut this in half and used an 8×8 pan)

2 pounds ground chuck

1 onion, chopped

1 15.5 oz can black beans

2 10 oz cans enchilada sauce

1 8 oz can tomato sauce

14 (5 inch) corn tortillas – I used 4 large flour tortillas (for the 1/2 serving) because I had them on hand

2 8 oz packages shredded Mexican four cheese blend

Garnish:  Mexican crema, chopped tomatoes, minced fresh cilantro


In a large skillet, combine ground chuck and onion.  Cook oer medium heat until beef is browned and crumbly; drain.  Return beef mixture to skillet.  Stir in beans, enchilada sauce, and tomato sauce; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Reduce heat, and simmer for 10  minutes.

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray a 13×9″ pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Tear tortillas into bite-size pieces.  Layer half of pieces in bottom of prepared baking dish.  Top with half of beef mixture.  Sprinkle 1 package of cheese over beef mixture.  Repeat layers, ending with cheese.

Bake for 25 to 35 minutes (20 for 1/2) or until hot and bubbly.  Garnish with Mexican crema, chopped tomatoes and minced cilantro, if desired.

Note:  This casserole can be assembled up to 2 days before baking.  Store, covered, in the refrigerator.  Increase the baking time to 25-45 minutes if the casserole is going directly from refrigerator to oven.


We’re also having this Cheesy Ham and Hash Brown Casserole one night this week – it was one of my Daily Dish e-mails recently and sounded tasty.  I thought about subbing cream of mushroom for the cream of potato, but some of the reviews said that was a key ingredient, so we’ll see. 

Tomorrow is gymnastics, so we needed something quick and easy.  I’ll run home at lunch and put this Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore in the crock pot. 

I hate mustard plain, but love it in recipes.  I can never turned down French-fried onions, so I’m going to try this Mustard Chicken.  Doesn’t get much easier than that! 


One night we’re having meatloaf and mashed potatoes because I am really craving gravy.  That will also be a quick one that I can prepare in the morning and just pop in the oven after work.  Hopefully, Madden will eat it, too. 


We’re also going to have Baked Teriyaki Chicken again, because I love it.  It’s another one that can be prepared in the morning and just tossed in the oven after work.  These days, that is my kind of meal!


Hopefully it will all taste as good as it sounded when I was planning the menu on Saturday!



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!


A Possible Comeback July 17, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 8:22 pm

I’m not sure if this will work or not, but I just might start writing on this blog again.  Selfishly, it is in many ways for my own reasons.  I use this blog all of the time when I am meal planning.  I love to go back and see what we liked so I know what to make again.  Well, if you don’t write and post recipes, there is no way for me to remember.  I find a large majority of my recipes online, and I’m terrible about printing them out and filing them in my recipe box.  I also make a lot of them up, and then forget about them.  I’ve found so many recipes on here that I had completely forgotten about, but that we loved and I was thrilled to make again.  So, maybe I will start-up again, as somewhat of a food diary to myself.  And if anyone else wants to read, then that’s great too.

Some of my family has also requested that I post my weekly column on here in case they can’t find it online.  Here’s the one that was in The Sanford Herald this past week.

Cooking is an art, and is apparently judged in the same manner.  A few years back, I received a Sandra Lee “Semi-Homemade” magazine in my stocking at Christmas.  I brought it with me to a meeting to browse during breaks and a co-worker commented that Sandra Lee had no business having a show on Food Network – she used canned foods, and “real cooks” wouldn’t use things from a can. 

Well, I disagree.  While I try to use fresh foods as much as possible, sometimes the convenience, bargain, and flavor that come with a can really add to a menu.  While watching Food Network this weekend, I saw a commercial for a reality cooking show.  One of the contestants was telling the story of how he became a cook.  He had worked in a completely unrelated field until he received a heart transplant.  The heart that he received was from a chef.  I find that to be a fascinating story in both a heartwarming and scientifically amazing way.

You see, I believe that it doesn’t matter whether the food that you use comes from your garden, a box or a can.  It doesn’t matter where the recipe originated or how many times it has been changed through the years.

Good food comes from the heart.  It’s not just the edible ingredients that make a food what it is.  It’s what the cook puts into it.

Like art, what one may consider a masterpiece, another may view as nothing more than a paint by number or a child’s scribble.  However if you hang it on your wall and it brings a smile to your face, a happy memory to your mind or a comforting feeling to your soul, then it is a masterpiece.  Likewise, if your food warms your heart while it pleases your palate, then you just go ahead and call it gourmet – no matter where the ingredients may have come from.

Turkey Stroganoff

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 c chopped onion

2-3 cloves garlic

1 T olive oil

1 T flour

salt and pepper

1 can cream of mushroom soup

4 oz can mushrooms, drained

1 c (8 oz) sour cream (I always use light)

12 oz egg noodles, cooked

 Heat oil in pan over medium high heat.  Add onions and garlic, cook until onions are translucent.  Add ground turkey and cook until browned.  Drain meat if necessary.  Add flour, salt and pepper, stir.  Add cream of mushroom soup and mushrooms.  Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes.  Remove from heat, add sour cream.  Mix well.  Serve over egg noodles.


Creamy Balsamic Chicken June 25, 2009

Filed under: Entrees,Uncategorized — lindsayrose @ 2:56 am

I had planned on making a different balsamic chicken meal tonight – one that called for sun dried tomatoes.  Well, the only ones in stock at the grocery store cost over $7 and I thought that was absurd.  I like them, but I don’t love them, and they are definitely not worth $7 to me.  So, I just figured I’d compromise when it came time to cook the meal.  When I got home and told Ross, he informed me that he doesn’t really like sun dried tomatoes anyway… news to me, but it worked out well!

So, tonight I had to come up with something for our chicken.  I kind of had the balsamic idea in my head, so I searched for some recipes.  I found one on all that I modified a bit.  Here’s what I did:

I sprinkled the chicken breasts with salt pepper, and a tiny bit of garlic powder.  In about a tablespoon of olive oil, I sauteed a sliced onion until they were golden brown.  I placed the onion in an 8×8 baking dish and added a bit more olive oil to the skillet.  I browned the chicken on both sides (3-4 minutes on each side) and then put them on top of the onions.

Meanwhile, I made the sauce.  In a saucepan I melted 2 tablespoons of butter with 2 tablespoons of olive oil.  I added 2 cloves of minced garlic and cooked for a few minutes until golden brown.  I added 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and cooked for another minute.  I then added 2 teaspoons of chicken boullion and about a tablespoon of flour and whisked it all together.  I slowly added about a cup of milk and cooked it until it was just at a simmer.  Once I removed it from the heat, I added somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 (maybe 1/3?) cup of parmesan cheese and whisked the sauce until the cheese was incorporated.  I poured this over the chicken and baked it for about 40 minutes at 350.

It turned out so good!  We had this over some whole wheat egg noodles.  I like most healthy things, but I do not like whole wheat pasta at all.  It has a gummy texture to me which just doesn’t seem right for pasta.  Ross loves it and buys it when he is in charge of shopping.  I decided to be nice and cooked the whole wheat egg noodles with the meal tonight, and with the creamy sauce over it, they weren’t all that bad.  I still prefer regular or spinach pasta, but I can handle the whole wheat now and then. 

We had some peas on the side, and for a girl whose food isn’t typically allowed to touch, they even tasted pretty good with some sauce touching them!