Saturday, January 10, 2009

Saturday: EAT OUT/LEFTOVERS

Today is Saturday!

The meal plan for today is to eat out and rid the fridge of any leftovers.

Tomorrow on the meal plan is: Taco Pizza


Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Mommas in Indianapolis

I was going through my archives today, trying to find where I saved some pictures of a recipe I had made, and I found this picture. Thought you might want to see the mommas. Pictured from right to left: Sarah Anderson, Candace Hatchett (our roommate from college), Alisha Hughes, and Katie Brabson. This is from when we all went to Indianapolis for a day. Wish we could do it everyday. Love you mommas.

Friday: Fettuccine with Artichoke and Beans




This is the biggest flop that I have had in my kitchen for a while. If you will oblige I can explain.

The house was chaos, pure chaos. My two year old son was running circles through out the entire space of the house hollering at the top of his lungs. Behind him followed two over sized dogs, knocking things over as they trampled in excited pursuit. This was the first disaster as I was trying to prepare dinner: Mommy, the dogs spilled my milk.

No problem. I stopped and cleaned it up. I was already a bit on edge, a bit frazzled just from the day in general and for some reason dinner time preparation takes that slightly frazzled me and can turn me into a crazed maniac.

I went back to cooking. My husband was going to be late, he just called to let me know. This messed up the timing of dinner.

After a few deep breaths and relaxing to the sounds of Sarah Groves music in my kitchen I returned to the meal.

"Oh no!" In cleaning up the milk, finding a good activity for my son, corralling the dogs, and talking on the phone I let the beans burn to the bottom of the pan.

The smoke alarm went off sending me through the roof and giving a similar reaction to the rest of the household.

This meal was going to be salvaged. I was not giving up. I scrapped the unburned beans from the top of the pan and set them aside.

Now, to the artichoke. I try to do fresh food whenever possible. I do not like to buy canned food due to the chemicals released into the food from the can. I bought a fresh artichoke and thought that this was what I needed for the meal.

NO. I did not need AN artichoke, I needed lots of artichoke hearts. From this one beautiful artichoke came ONE tiny little "heart" for the meal. No problem. I would use the one little artichoke heart and improvise.

So, now the grand meal has been reduced to noodles with burned beans and ONE artichoke heart flavoring it.

I still was not giving up.

Enter the kitchen a crying two year old, sobbing actually.
"Momma, I go pee pee."
Standing in the kitchen is a wet spot. He peed on the floor. To make matters worse before I could even respond the dogs run through the kitchen, right through the pee and track it all over the place.

I scooped up my son and we went upstairs to clean him up.

Now, here is where thing get really crazy. Here is where my meal plan for the night really falls apart.....

When I came back down it dawned on me that I left the beans and the measly artichoke heart on the counter. But, where was it?

The sounds of dogs licking their chops resonated in my ears. In my brief absence the dogs, totally unlike them, put their paws up on the counter and ATE our meal.

We were left with one pot of overcooked Fettuccine noodles.

The tears welled up in my eyes just as my husband walked into the door and said, "Hi Honey, are you burning something?"


So, I can not report to you how this meal tasted but the dogs like it. They eat poo though so I would not take their opinion with much weight.

What did I do? How did I save the moment?

I ALWAYS have tupperware of home made frozen marinara sauce in my freezer. When I am running low I make a huge batch and restock.

I wiped my tears away, asked my hubby to take the dogs outside, put my son in the playroom with his willing father and microwaved some sauce.

I threw the sauce over the noodles and we had a meal.

I hope my little story of meal planning/preparation gone seriously awry makes you smile.


ps...I do think that the artichoke is a really beautiful vegetable. Look at the picture above. I could have used artichokes as my wedding bouquet and saved a lot of money. Hehehe....

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday: Lettuce Wedges and Homemade Rolls



Ooops...in the picture above I forgot to add the bleu cheese crumbles...it make the salad!

What you will need:
Lettuce
Tomato
Bleu Cheese
Bacon


What to do:

Cook your bacon and then break in into a lot of pieces.

Cut up your lettuce into a wedge for each person. Keeping it as a wedge makes it seem extra crispy.

Dice up your tomato.


Serve with either ranch or bleu cheese dressing....or whatever is your family favorite.

This is the salad my two year old son devoured. Instead of using bleu cheese crumbles on his I use cheddar. He loved it!




Ps...my husband does not eat salad so I make this meal for the rest of us and he eats a BLT sandwich....minus the L and T.....grrrr......

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Wednesday: Egg Popovers

WEDNESDAY


This week has been a week of lessons learned regarding meals and it is only Wednesday!
This meal that I am posting now WAS good, however, I think it could be better.

It was super easy, like ridiculously so and I think can be modified to be more of a real meal. It ended up being a bit of a....well....muffin.

Here is what you need (for 8 popovers:
2 Eggs (Cage Free Please. Hehe...just my little encouragement).
1 Cup of Milk
1 Tablespoon of melted butter/marg.
1 Cup Flour
3/4 tsp salt


Here is what you do:

1. Dump it all into a mixer and turn it on! Beat for 15 seconds, scrape the sides and beat again for 15 seconds.

2. Pour into muffins tin or custard cups. I do not have custard cups and muffin tins work great for me.



3. Now, pay attention here this is important. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes. THEN, turn your oven down to 350 and bake for 20 minutes.



These will come out tasting like quiche, but with the consistency of a muffin. I served this meal with fresh Banana Bread so my husband laughed that we were having banana bread and muffins...."What's with all the bread?" he teased with a wink.

I think what will make this super easy meal better is to do the following:

1. Do everything the same, add in just a bit more milk and spice these wimpy popovers things up until they are fully loaded breakfast for dinner machines.

I would add:
Bacon or Sausage
Cheese
Tomato
Spinach

If you try this let me know how it goes. It was SO SO SO easy I am going to do it again next week and will report my findings. :)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

The TIP JUNKIE



As it happy bellied filled kids and satisfied hubbies was not enough we also got an extra boost of encouragement today from a GREAT website~ THE TIP JUNKIE!

Your very own MEAL PLANNING MOMMIES were recognized on the TIP JUNKIE as being today's chosen creative blog.

We started this site as a way to help one another out...so that we would actually cook and find some sort of enjoyment in the grocery shopping, planning, preparing, and serving of that which we do dish out.
It has been so fun for us to watch our little site grow. When our numbers hit the 1000's we were jumping up and down with excitement. Seriously, all of us need to get out a little I think. (Heheh).

We want to say a big THANK YOU to TIP JUNKIE for choosing us as the blog of the day and pointing other readers in our directions.

Our site has never and will never be about gourmet cooking, mostly because I had to look up how to spell G-o-u-r-m-e-t to make sure I even had it right. What we post is actually what we are serving up for dinners at our three chaotic and wonderful homes.

Thanks to all of our readers. Keep spreading the news about Meal Planning Mommies and we will keep cooking....ok so we will keep cooking even if you don't spread the news but it sure would make the task more fun.

To see our feature click here!


Thanks Friends,

Alisha
Sarah
Katie

We Want your recipes!




From time to time you, our readers, give us some great ideas to adapt recipes that we post. We would like to feature your great ideas in our reader's choice week.

We would like to for you send to us your favorite recipes that would be helpful to other busy mom's and dad's. If you would like to make the recipe, with pictures, we will have you as a guest post and link back to your website. You can also just send us the recipe and we will prepare it for our families and post it.

We are looking for recipes that are frugal, healthy, simple and all around family favorites of yours. They can be for breakfast, lunch or dinner~ we like it all !

We would love to have some guest posts and link to you. We have such a fun readership here and are excited about highlighting some of your ideas and meals!

Please submit your guest posts to this email address:

Sarah Anderson
Youthsarah@hotmail.com


We will respond back to you with a post date. Thanks so much for participating in our readers choice guest week coming soon!

The Meal Planning Mommies

Tuesday: Chicken, Wild Rice and Sweet Potato Fries




What you will need (for 4 people):

2 Chicken breasts
Bread crumbs
Flour
Egg

2 Sweet Potato
Paprika
Cinamon
Olive Oil
Salt

Wild Rice
Chicken broth


How to make the chicken fingers:
Thaw your chicken breast and cut the meat off of the bone (or use frozen already deboned breast).

On three seprate plates put flour, bread crumbs, and whisked egg.


Dip your chicken into the flour, roll.


Dip your chicken into the egg, roll.


Dip your chicken into the breadcrumbs, roll.



When the chicken is coated place it on a baking sheet and repeat until all of the chicken pieces are complete.



Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until cooked through. We like to dip these in honey.


How to make your sweet potato fries:
Peel 2 sweet potatoes.


Cut them into little fries, the thinner the better.
Put them into a ziplock with the following:
Olive Oil
Paprika
Cinnamon
Salt
And shake, shake, shake, shake until they are all coated well.



Place them onto a baking pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Make sure to flip them at least once while they are baking.




How to make the wild rice:
Place one cup of wild rice into a pot with enough chicken broth to cover the rice. Boil, stirring occasionally, until done. When done the rice will not be completely tender. It remains a bit crunchy. Salt and Pepper to taste.


When all is complete, serve and enjoy!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Monday: Super Burgers

Ok, so super burgers are just hamburgers with a lot of good green stuff on top of them!


What you will need:
Buns
Hamburger
Steak Sauce
Tomato
Avocado
Onion
Lettuce


What to do:

1. Thaw hamburger in a bowl.
Add a bit of steak sauce into the meat.
Form into patties.
Place onto skillet, not too hot, low heat is better.





2. Prepare your toppings!
Cut up the tomato.
Peel and slice the avocado.
Slice the onion.
Chop the lettuce.



3. When your hamburger is finished cooking to your liking place cheese on top and put on bun. Add your toppings and enjoy!

Sunday : Chicken Quesadillas

This is a meal I love and typically stock the ingredients on a regular basis. This makes a great lunch, dinner or snack!

Here is what you need to serve 4:
1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast ( I only used 1 piece b/c i was making it for just 2!), 8 flour tortillas, 2 cups shredded cheese (your choice!)

Now here are some options that I like to include either in or on my quesadillas. Use as much or as little as you want:

Bacon bits, salsa, sour cream, tomato and lettuce (guacamole and black beans are also great with this!)

Step 1: Cook your chicken. I use my "George Foreman) to cook my chicken and quesadilla. If you have one of these, I absolutely recommend using this to make your quesadillas. If not, bake your chicken in the oven, on the stovetop or wherever is convenient for you! I also like to add salt, pepper and (if I have some on hand) chipotle seasoning/taco seasoning to the meat.

Step 2: Once your chicken is cooled, shred it a part with a fork or dice it up with a knife

Step 3: Place 1 tortilla on your grill, add a handful of cheese, meat and tomatoes (optional).

Step 4: Don't forget the bacon, more cheese and the 2nd tortilla! Cook on George Foreman (or in skillet on medium heat) until the cheese is all melty and the tortillas are crunchy.

Step 5: Cut with a pizza cutter, add your sour cream, guacomole and salsa on the side.
Step 6: This was my daughter's quesadilla. She had just cheese and tortilla.

This was my quesadilla, it was HUGE. I only ate half and saved the rest. It was even better re-heated!

Meal Serves: 4
Cost of meal: $4.00 (only including tortillas, meat and cheese)
Cost per person: $1.00