Monday, August 1, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

Monday: Chicken Tortilla Bake
Tuesday: Burgers
Wednesday: Crockpot Chicken and Gravy
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: shrimp feta casserole
Saturday: leftovers/quick
Sunday: church festival (BBQ)

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dads Burgers

My dad has made these burgers for quite a while and our family always enjoys them when he makes them. I call them the perfect burger thats better than any restaurant burger Ive found!

Servings: 20 (1/4 burger)
5 lbs ground beef
garlic powder, sprinkle
1/2 small bottle BBQ sauce
1/4 c. chiptole hot sauce
parsley, sprinkle
1/2 c. soy sauce
1 c. bread crumbs
1 small onion
1/2 c. Worcestershire sauce

Mix everything together and cook on grill until done.

Chicken Spaghetti

Well down here in the South we love chicken spaghetti. If you are from the South then you have probably had chicken spaghetti just a few times. Ive had several but well Ive tried tweaking to figure out the perfect recipe and I think I finally have found it at least for our household that is.

1 rotisserie chicken
1.5 cans cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth
3/4 onion
1 cup cheddar cheese
lawrys season as preferred
1 package of angel hair pasta
1 bell pepper

Cook angel hair pasta then put in a 9 X 12 pan. Cut up rotisserie chicken and put in pan on top of angel hair. Pour in cream of chicken soup, chicken broth, onion. Mix all ingredients together and top with cheddar cheese and lawrys seasoning.

Cook on 350 for 45 minutes

Monday, June 13, 2011

Chicken Parmesan

I made this the other night and it was so easy and so good!

1 jar of spaghetti sauce
12 oz. angel hair pasta
4-5 chicken tenders
8 oz. mozzarella cheese

Cook entire package of angel hair pasta according to directions. Put angel hair on bottom. Top with frozen chicken tenders (or you could also do nuggets).
Top off with entire jar of spaghetti sauce
put all 8 oz mozzarella cheese on top (I did fresh mozzarella instead of shredded-much better and fresher)
Bake for 30-35 minutes on 425

Our sweet little girl sure did enjoy this meal-she made a mess!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Taco Soup

1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
2 cans chopped tomatoes
1 small onion, chopped
1 can whole kernel corn, drained
1 1b. ground beef, browned
1 pkg. Hidden Valley Salad dressing mix
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup water
Brown beef and onions and drain. In a large pot, add all ingredients. The corn is the only canned vegetable you drain. Heat for approximately 30 minutes. 
Such a good quick meal!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

: pork tenderloin sandwiches with Sister Schubert Rolls
Tuesdsay: shrimp feta casserole
Wednesday: leftover shrimp feta casserole
Thursday: hamburgers / marinated chicken
Friday: BBQ Sandwiches
Saturday: fish fry
Sunday: leftover BBQ sandwiches

Im finally getting around to actually doing the menu plan. Hopefully it will help me to get better with our menus and eating in

Shrimp Feta Casserole

This recipe is absolutely delicious but a bit unique. Normally I honestly probably would never have tried it but it was at a shower and of course I had to have the recipe for it-so good! I have made a few changes from the original recipe I had. I think it was the perfect additions!

Serves: 8-10

2 large eggs
5 oz. evaporated milk (original called for 1 cup)
1 cup plain yogurt
4 oz feta cheese, crumbled (original was 8 oz)
6 oz. swiss cheese, shredded (original was 1/3 lb)
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
4 cloves garlic, minced

3/4 lb angel hair pasta, cooked (original was 1/2 lb)
1 jar mild, chunky salsa (16 oz)
1 lb medium shrimp, uncooked, peeled
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350.Coat bottom and sides of a 8" X 12" baking dish with cooking spray.

In separate bowl, blend eggs, milk, yogurt, feta, and Swiss cheeses, parsley, basil, oregano, and garlic.

Spread half of pasta over bottom of baking dish. Cover with salsa. Add half of shrimp. Spread remaining pasta over shrimp.

Pour and spread egg mixture over pasta. Add remaining shrimp and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Recommendations-would highly recommend fresh shrimp that you have to peel-makes a HUGE difference!  1.5-2 lb shrimp would be a great extra addition too-we will definitely be doing that next time.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who could really resisit such a delicious cookie as oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I was on the hunt to make some delicious cookies as these and I must be honest I really dont do cookies so this was my first try at them. I tried a recipe tweaked a few things and came out with this delicious cookie!

2 sticks butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 Tbsp. milk
2 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups quick oats
1 bag chocolate chips

Cream the melted butter and both sugars together with an electric mixer. Beat in the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Mix them until they are well combined.

Stir the flour, baking soda, and salt together and then when they are all combined mix them into the wet ingredients. Then stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

Drop by teaspoons onto greased cookie sheet or baking stone. Bake 9-11 minutes at 375 degrees.

We made them a little larger than teaspoons and it made 28 cookies.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Pepperoni Rolls

We have always been a huge fan of Pepperoli's from Mazzios but they are so greasy it about makes you sick. Well we found an inspiration recipe to make them a little healthier and not nearly as greasy.

Inspiration: Tidy Mom & Supermom chef

1 can refrigerated pizza crust (we used the Pillsbury kind)
garlic salt
Italian seasoning
1 cup sliced pepperoni (used the mini pepperonis)
1 cup shredded cheese (we used the Italian blend which is Parmesan, provolone, romano, fontina, and asiago cheese)
pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 425
On a large cutting board or wax paper (we just used cutting board) put flour on and roll out pizza crust.
Season crust with garlic salt and Italian seasoning
add pizza sauce to crust

top with cheese and pepperoni
start with a short end, roll crust into a TIGHT log
slice into 1" sections
place in lightly greased glass dish and bake for 13 minutes.
Serve with pasta sauce for dipping.

Recommendations for next time
1) more pizza sauce (it made it so good!)
2) go easy on the pepperoni (think we put a few too many)

Other than these 2 things it turned out delicious! Just like pepperolis but without all the grease. This could easily be altered to make other pizzas as well.

Lone Star Chili

Sunday we went to Lone star and I got chili as a side. Well after tasting it I knew instantly this was the most amazing recipe for chili I had ever had and Ive had quite a few chilis. I found the recipe for chili and we made it last night for dinner and I just have to say its mighty close. The tomato sauce really makes a huge difference in this recipe.

1.5 lb ground beef
1 diced onion
1 15 oz. chili beans with liquid
1 28 oz. crushed tomatoes
1 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp olive oil

Optional garnishments
grated cheddar cheese
diced onion
canned whole jalapeno chili peppers

1. Brown ground beef in a large saucepan over medium heat. Drain fat.
2. Add diced onion and olive oil and saute for about 3-4 minutes.
3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occassionally.
4. Serve with the cheese, diced onion, and jalapeno garnish on top.

Makes 6 servings

Original Recipe: Lone Star Steakhouse Chili