Saturday, December 20, 2008

Saturday: Baked Oatmeal Brunch

Here is the recipe~ so easy!

What you will need:
1 cup of quick cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup of dried fruit (we use raisins and cranberries)
2 cups of milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup of almonds or walnuts

What to do:
Mix the oatmeal with the dried fruit.
Mix the rest of the ingredients together.
Add the two mixes and place into a casserole dish.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until the center is set.

Sprinkle with a bit of extra brown sugar and nuts when complete.

This makes for a hearty and warm brunch!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Saturday: Suprise Pizza

I was planning on baked oatmeal. I will still give the recipe tomorrow. My hubby surprised me today by making pizza instead. He did not make it from scratch as he usually does, but did find some simple convenient ingredients and made it just delicious. Thanks Honey!

Jason's Out of a Box Pizza

What you will need:
Dough~ he used a mix that you just add water too.
Sauce~ he used some from a can this time.
Meat~ he used bacon, mmmm..
Vegetables~ we used spinach and pineapple

He added flax seed to the dough for a healthy benefit.

We ate this pizza with grapes and sweet tea.

I will publish the Baked Oatmeal for Sunday.

Friday: Tuna Casserole

Yet again, I can not seem to upload pictures. You are not missing much though I promise.
This is so easy!

What you will need:
Can of tuna
Bag of green peas
Can of cream of mushroom soup (Many Wal-marts have this on a super sale this week!)
1 Cup Milk

What do to:

1. First, drain your tuna and scoop into a large bowl.
2. Boil your noodles and add them to the bowl.
3. Add the cream of mushroom soup
4. Add the peas (I used half of a bag)
5. Add your 1/2 cup of milk.
6. Stir all of the above together, add salt and pepper. You should have a nice creamy mix.
7. Place into a casserole dish and put into the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
8. Crunch up the crackers and sprinkle on top. Bake again for about 10 minutes.

So sorry about the pictures again everyone!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thursday: Super Easy Overnight Omelette

Sorry all. Blogger would not let me upload pictures. Will try again soon!

This is such an easy dish and it is really tasty. You can modify the specific ingredients depending on what your family likes.

What you need:
6 Eggs
1 Cup Milk
Bread or Rolls
1 Cup of cheese (any type)
2 tsp Mustard powder
Salt and Pepper
Cream Cheese
You can also add spinach, tomato, bacon, sausage, brocolli, etc. We added ham tonight to ours as I had some ready to use. It is really good no matter what you add!

What to do:

1. Beat your eggs together
2. Add 1 cup of milk to the eggs
3. Add the mustard powder to the mixture

4. Tear bread/rolls (using onion roll is yummy) and place them along the bottom of your baking dish.

5. Break the cream cheese up into little pieces and place on top of the bread

6. Pour the egg and milk mixture over the bread/cream cheese.

7. If you are adding any other extras go ahead and mix them in.

8. Using a fork poke down all your bread into the mixture so that it can soak up all the liquid.

9. Cover and place in fridge for the night.

10. When you are ready to bake, sprinkle cheese on top and bake covered for 45-60 minutes.

Enjoy. :)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Roasted Sweet Potato Apple Soup

What can you do with sweet potatoes, apples, celery and onion? You can make soup!

What you will need:
3 pounds of sweet potatoes
1 large apple
1 stalk of celery
1 small onion
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

What to do:

1. Stab your sweet potatoes and put them into the oven to bake.
Bake them for about 45 minutes, until they are soft.

2. In the meantime, peel and cut up your apple. Set it aside.
Chop your onion.
Chop your celery.

3. Add the apple, onion, and celery to a skillet with olive oil. Saute until nice and soft.

4. Put a pot on the stove with 6 cups of water in it. Add salt and pepper to the water.

5. Add your apple, onion, and celery to the water and heat.

6. When the sweet potatoes are cooked, cut them in half and let them cool. When you can touch them without burning yourself scoop out all of the potato. Add the potato to the saucepan and stir.

7. When the sauce pan full of all your ingredients is nice and warm put it into a food processer. This will remove all the chunks and really cream it all together.

8. Put back on the stove and keep warm until you are ready to serve it.

We had this really healthy soup with small toasted cheese and turkey sandwiches.
I would consider, but did not do it, adding some cinnamon to the soup. I will try this next time. There was a lot leftover and I put it into the freezer for another day.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tuesday: Roasted Vegetable Penne Pasta

I got this meal idea, and modified it a bit, out of a Country Living magazine. I will tell you in parenthesis what the magazine called for verses what I chose to do.
I would serve this meal again, especially when I need a quick casserole type of dish. I would however, add some additional spices such as cayenne pepper. It was just a tad bland.

What you will need:
1 pound tomatoes
6 cups of broccoli florets (I used carrots, corn, peas, and broccoli)
Olive Oil
3 Tbsp Butter
3 Tbsp Flour
4 cups of milk
2 1/2 cups of Asagio cheese, grated (I used an Italian shredded cheese mix)
2 1/2 cups of Cheddar cheese, grated
2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard ( I used mustard powder)
Salt and Pepper
1 Pound COOKED and DRAINED Penne Pasta (I used wheat Penne Pasta)

What to do:

Dice your tomatoes. Add them to your broccoli, carrots, peas and corn. Stir together with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme. Place them onto a baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Be careful to not burn them!

Meanwhile, add your pasta to boiling water and cook al dente.

As your noodles are boiling and your veggies are roasting take a sauce pan and put 3 tablespoons of butter in it. When the butter has melted add 3 tablespoons of flour to it. Stir well.

Now, add your four cups of milk to the flour/butter saucepan and stir. Bring to a low boil.

When the milk mixture has boiled stir in your cheeses, mustard, thyme.
Let the cheese get all melted.

Add together in the saucepan the roasted vegetables, the DRAINED noodles, and your milk mixture. Stir until all coated together. Place into a casserole dish and put into oven 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

You can coat the top with bread crumbs to add a crunch if you like, however I did not do this.

The final product is a warm and cheesy. There were no complaints about the vegetables in the casserole either which is always a good thing. I opted for not following the recipe exactly so reduce my grocery budget. I went with what I had on hand. Perhaps using Asiago cheese and real mustard would have made this a bit less bland. Adding some cayenne pepper and more roasted tomatoes would help too.

We had tons of leftovers. This will make for a decent lunch tomorrow!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Monday: Leftover Open Roast Beef Sandwiches

This is a quick and easy way to use your leftover roast.

What you will need:
Bread (or some type of roll)
Leftover roast
Leftover potatoes
Leftover gravy

1. Warm your slices of bread in the oven until nice and lightly toasted.
2. Heat your leftover roast in the microwave or skillet until warm.
3. Mash your leftover potatoes with a few tablespoons of milk depending on how many you have leftover.
4. Heat your leftover gravy.
5. Place your meat onto the bread (bun), followed by the mashed potatoes, and spoon the desired amount of gravy on top.

That is it. You have a hearty sandwich and use all leftovers!
We ate some green peas on the side to add a little color.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sunday: Crock Pot Roast

I fell back on this easy and traditional meal for two reasons. First, it never fails to be absolutely hearty and soothing. Second, I was able to purchase the ingredients on a wonderful deal.

What you will need:
Beef (a cut good for roasting)
Salt and Pepper

It is a good idea to buy a larger piece of meet than what you might need especially if it is on a good deal. We purchase organic farm beef and brought home some nice cuts on a great deal. You can use the extra meat for another recipie which I will post tomorrow.

What you will do:

Place your beef into a crock pot with water. I add enough water to make the roast almost covered entirely.

Remove skin from the onion and break it apart. Add to the water and uncooked beef.

Slow cook all day long. The meat will begin to cook and when it is near complete it will be so tender that it can fall apart easily.

Peel carrots and potatoes. Add them a few hours before you want to serve the meal.
When they are ready they will be tender.

To make GRAVY simply take broth from the crock pot and add it to flour on the stove. Stir and add a bit of milk if needed. The gravy adds a little warmth to the meal and is a good way for me to get my son to eat all of his carrots.

Whala~ your meal is ready. Salt and pepper to taste.

Frugal tip~ Save the leftover broth in a container and freeze. It is beef broth and may come in handy for soup in the near future.

Keep all leftover meat for tomorrows meal.

We ate this meal with bread. We had oranges for desert.