Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Weekly Meal Plan: Mon, Nov. 18 - Sun, Nov. 24

Mon, Nov. 18:
Take-out

Tues, Nov. 19:
Dinner out with the barn girls

Weds, Nov. 20:
Leftovers

Thurs, Nov. 21:
Italian Chicken Sausage Simmered in Mushroom & Bell Pepper Tomato Sauce over Pasta with Steamed Asparagus

Fri, Nov. 22:
Pepperoni Pizza

Sat, Nov. 23:
Ranch Oven Fried Drumsticks, Caesar Salad, and Leftover Pasta with Cheese Sauce

Sun, Nov. 24:
Italian Sausage Marinara Croissant Sandwiches and Freezer Fries

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Weekly Meal Plan: Mon, Nov. 11 - Sun, Nov. 17

Mon, Nov. 11:
Mexican Take-out

Tues, Nov. 12:
Chicken Eggplant Jalfrezi over Jasmine Rice with Naan Bread

Weds, Nov. 13:
Leftover Chicken Enchilada Soup

Thurs, Nov. 14:
Dinner out at Horsemasters

Fri, Nov. 15:
Date Night at the local BBQ Shop

Sat, Nov. 16:
Chinese Take-out

Sun, Nov. 17:
Philly Cheese Steak and Freezer Fries

Also make: Friendship Bread Belgian Waffles, Broiled Buffalo Chicken Drumsticks, Crock Pot Stock, and [Modified]Garlicky White Bean and Chard Soup

Weekly Meal Plan: Mon, Nov. 4 - Sun, Nov. 10

Mon, Nov. 4:
Mexican Take-out

Tues, Nov. 5:
Surprise Dinner Date!

Weds, Nov. 6:
Slow Cooker Braised & Broiled BBQ Pork Ribs, Mashed Potatoes, and Salad

Thurs, Nov. 7:
Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Fri, Nov. 8:
Chicken Andouille Sausage and Sauteed Mushrooms over Creamy Chili Cheese Grits

Also make: Banana Bread Muffins

Sat, Nov. 9:
Leftover Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

Also make: Pineapple Margaritas

Sun, Nov. 10:
Leftovers

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Weekly Meal Plan: Mon, Oct. 28 - Sun, Nov. 3

Mon, Oct. 28:
Leftovers

Tues, Oct. 29:
Slow Cooker Chicken Leg Quarters, Stuffing, Salad

For the Chicken I ended up combining two recipes. I used the spice rub (minus the onion powder and white pepper because I didn't have any, and no chopped onions in the pot either because of the foil) from this recipe, and then followed the instructions for balled up foil from this recipe.

Also make: Philly Cheese Steak Croissant Sandwiches and Freezer Fries for lunch, Amish Friendship Apple Cinnamon Spice Muffins and Amish Friendship Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

Weds, Oct. 30:
Chicken and Squash Quesadillas

Thurs, Oct. 31:
Chicken, Spinach and Mushroom Pasta Bake with Salad

Fri, Nov. 1:
Grocery Store Fried Chicken and Salad

Sat, Nov. 2:
Crustless Chicken, Carrot, Celery, and Mushroom Pot Pie with French Onion Topping

Sun, Nov. 3:
Leftovers

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Weekly Meal Plan: Mon, Oct. 21 - Sun, Oct. 27

Mon, Oct. 21:
BBQ Chicken Pizza and Caesar Salad

Tues, Oct. 22:
Leftovers

Weds, Oct. 23:
Date Night!!

Thurs, Oct. 24:
Mexican Take Out

Fri, Oct. 25:
Rotisserie Chicken, Slow Cooker "Baked" Potatoes, and Steamed Green Beans

Sat, Oct. 26:
Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Sun, Oct. 27:
Chicken Eggplant Tiki Masala over Saffron Rice with Naan Bread

Thursday, October 24, 2013

BBQ Chicken Pizza

This is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken, which is transformed into a pulled-pork style bbq chicken for the pizza.

BBQ Chicken Pizza (Serves 2 - 4)

Ingredients:
Prepared Raw Pizza Dough (you can be awesome and make your own, or you can be lazy like me and buy it in the frozen section at the grocery store)
Olive Oil
Garlic Salt or Garlic Powder
1 - 2 tablespoons BBQ Sauce
1/4 - 1/2 Bell Pepper, sliced into 1/4" thick rings
3 - 4 Mushrooms, sliced 1/4" thick
1/4 - 1/2 Onion, thinly sliced (preferably red onion)
3/4 - 1 cup BBQ Chicken (my recipe)
Mozzarella to taste (approximately 2 cups of shredded mozzarella)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.

Roll out your pizza dough and brush the top with olive oil. Sprinkle garlic powder or garlic salt over the pizza dough, especially on the crust. Spread a thin layer of BBQ sauce onto the pizza dough. Sprinkle with mozzarella, top with veggies and chicken, and sprinkle on a bit more mozzarella (and even add some parmesan if you'd like!).

Bake pizza until the crust is golden brown and cheese is gooey. Remove pizza from oven and let rest on the pizza stone for 10 minutes if you can stand to wait that long to eat it! Cut pizza into slices and enjoy!

Family Recipe Creamed Onions

Family Recipe for Creamed Onions

Ingredients:
1 bag pearl onions
1 can evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
1 bay leaf
1 pinch clove
1 pinch cinnamon
sugar to taste
salt
pepper
2 t corn starch (optional)

Directions:
Fill a medium size pot with water, add some salt and sugar, and bring to a boil. Toss in onions (skins and all) and boil for 4 - 6 minutes. Drain onions, rinse with cool water, and peel them.

Melt butter in medium size pot over low heat. Add sugar, spices, and evaporated milk, reserving 1 Tablespoon. Whisk constantly until sugar is dissolved. Add onions, and continue to whisk frequently over low heat. Combine reserved evaporated milk and cornstarch, mix well, and add to onions. Continue whisking frequently over low heat until dish is warmed through.

Note: I feel this dish gets better the longer it sits (either in the fridge overnight or on the back burner over low heat being whisked frequently while other dishes are prepared).