Archive for December, 2009

Menu Plan Monday – December 28, 2009

Last MPM of the year! Posting my MPMs has helped us stick to the menu and eat out less. We’ve grabbed a quick burger only two times in the past few weeks, which is surprising since it’s the holiday season. Also, cooking everynight gives me a chance to find some new favorites.

  

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New Year’s ‘Food’ Resolutions:
* Eat out no more than twice a month
* Cook healthier meals
* Attempt ‘once a week cooking’
* Use all those little kitchen appliances and gadgets that I had to have but rarely use
* Make time for breakfast

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Monday
Supper: BBQs, pickle, chips

Tuesday
Supper: Leftovers from the weekend

Wednesday
Supper: Perfect Pot-Luck Casserole

Thursday
Supper: My daughter has a New Year’s Eve party to attend so we’ll need something quick… probably Sonic

Friday
Supper: Turkey-Sour Cream Patties, green beans

Saturday
Supper: Macaroni with Chickpeas and Tomatoes

Sunday
Supper: Quesadillas (I will attempt my very first ‘once a week cooking’, so it’ll be a day/night of taste testing. I can’t imagine we’ll be hungry for a big supper.)

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Turkey-Sour Cream Patties

Source: Reader’s Digest Great Recipes for Good Health
Serves 4

1 lb lean ground turkey
1 c soft white bread crumbs (2 slices)
3 tbsp sour cream
1/3 cup skim milk
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Nonstick cooking spray
1 tbsp unsalted margarine

Mix turkey, 1/2 of the bread crumbs, sour cream, milk, pepper and nutmeg; shape into 4 flat patties. Coat on both sides with remaining crumbs. Refridgerate, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Lightly coat skillet with cooking spray, add the margarine and set over moderate heat for about 30 seconds. Add the patties and brown for 5 minutes on each side.

Menu Plan Monday – December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas! In my quest for OAMC recipes, I’ve done a lot of research. I’d like to cook once a week and see how it goes. So this week I’ll do my normal cooking, but I’ll cook for four. I’ll see what freezes well and what doesn’t. Since my daughter has the next two weeks off, she will be the deciding factor in what we keep on the list and what we don’t.

Monday
Supper: Bean and cheese burritos (I’ve been wanting to get rid of these refried beans we’ve had forever!), spanish rice

Tuesday
Supper: Spaghetti and turkey meatballs

Wednesday
Supper: Twice Baked Potatoes, breaded steak cubes

Thursday
Supper: Maybe go out for a nice dinner?

Friday
Supper: Merry Christmas! I will be making my very first turkey this year. Wish me luck! (Any helpful tips would be appreciated.)

Saturday
Supper: Eating out

Sunday
Supper: Boyfriends cooks???

In My Quest For Simplicity…

After looking through the many orgjunkie.com MPM links, I realized once a week cooking isn’t all that uncommon. I love cooking, but during the school year my time is better spent with my daughter… keeping her out of trouble 😉

I’m considering once a week cooking. I’m looking for tried and true recipes so please share! I’m also somewhat new to freezing foods (I still call Mom and ask if something can be frozen), so any tips are appreciated.

Menu Plan Monday – December 14, 2009

Chicken drumsticks were on sale again this week for $.99/lb, so my freezer is full of them! Last week, my daughter surprised me by making BBQs, so we didn’t get a chance to try the Tex Mex Beefy Mac and Cheese or the Turkey Meatloaf (due to the BBQ leftovers). I’m out of ground beef and it hasn’t gone on sale in awhile, so the Tex Mex recipe will have to wait. I’m trying a different turkey meatloaf recipe since I don’t have any onions on hand.

Thanks to allrecipes.com (and occasionally kraftfoods.com), I’m still in the process of cleaning out my freezer and pantry. I just type in what I have on hand and they give me a list of recipes. I realized we have NO frozen veggies, but SIX bags of frozen fruit. My smoothie maker will be getting a workout this week 🙂

Monday
Supper: Chicken drumsticks (still looking for a great recipe for baking drumsticks, suggestions please?), grilled cheese, mixed berry smoothie

* The chicken was a bust! The drumsticks flew off the pan before I even got them out of the oven. They smelled good and looked awesome, but I don’t trust that my oven is clean enough to eat out of 🙂 Mac ‘n cheese and mixed berry smoothie. We’ll have to drink a protein shake before bedtime in order to get our ‘meat’ for the day.

Tuesday
Supper: Winter Blossom’s Often Requested Ham Salad, veggie soup, peach and mango smoothie

Wednesday
Supper: Incredibly Cheesy Turkey Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans

Thursday
Supper: Country Fried Chicken, mac ‘n cheese, mixed berry smoothie

Friday
Supper: Leftovers

Saturday
Supper: Vegetarian Pasta, garlic cheese toast

Sunday
Supper: Chicken drumsticks, leftover Vegetarian Pasta

Menu Plan Monday – December 7, 2009

There are some serious budget renovations going on at my house and thankfully, the last two weeks our grocery bill has been $0! We still have a lot on hand this week, so my grocery bill was about $7 for the listed meals, about $5 more for basics: bread, milk, eggs, etc.

Monday
Supper: Asian beef and snowpea stirfry ($4.71)

Tuesday
Supper: Chicken drumsticks (I’m looking for the perfect oven baked chicken recipe, please share your favorite!), grilled cheese, apple wedges ($2.58)

Wednesday
Supper: Tex Mex Beefy Mac & Cheese, garlic cheese bread ($4.64)

Thursday
Supper: Pasta alfredo with ham, green beans (This was a hit last week and we still have leftover ham in the freezer.) ($2.75)

Friday
Supper: Turkey Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn ($2.75)

Saturday
Supper: Grilled Egg & Cheese Sandwich, veggie soup ($3.30)

Sunday
Supper: Spaghetti and meatballs ($2.94)

Grilled Egg & Cheese Sandwich

A friend of mine mentioned that his mom used to make egg sandwiches, which sounded absolutely horrid to me. I tried a variation because I was craving eggs and cheese one night but all my silverware were in the dishwasher. Here’s what I came up with.

2 eggs, fried with yolks broken
2 pieces of bread, buttered on one side
1/2 c cheese, any kind you like

Fry the eggs, adding whatever spices you like. Place one piece of bread butter side down on a preheated (low – 3) frying pan. Put 1/4 c cheese on bread, place eggs on top, add another 1/4 c cheese and bread, butter side up.

Fry about 5-7 minutes or until crispy. Flip, fry another 5-7 minutes. Enjoy!