Saturday, February 28, 2009

Tasty Green Meal Plan

This week, and possibly from now on, we are just posting five meal plans rather than the usual seven. This is because we most often go out to eat once a week and always need a night to use up leftovers so that they do not go to waste. This week the meal plan is as followed. Most of the recipes are new to me so I can not promise that they will be great, but it should be fun trying.
I spent $60 this week at the grocery store and am feeding three adults and two toddlers this week.

Here is the meal plan:

Monday~ Ellie's Mannocotti
Mannocotti Noodles
Ricotta Cheese
Mozzerella Cheese
Spaghetti Sauce
Egg


Tuesday~Portibella Pizza

Portibella Mushrooms
Pesto
Mozzerella cheese
bacon
pineapple
marinara sauce


Wednesday~Sloppy Joe's on Sweet Potato biscuits

unsalted butter
sweet potato
buttermilk (just use milk and vinegar/lemon juice)
flour
baking powder
salt
sugar
cayanne pepper
Can of sloppy joe sauce
ground beef


Thursday~Bacon and Baked potato soup

2 good sized potatoes
butter
onion
celery
flour
thyme, salt, pepper
4 cups of milk (you can use half/half or cream too)
1 1/4 cup shredded cheese
1 cup chicken broth
8 slices bacon
Friday~ Cheese Fondue
Garlic
1 cup milk
1 pound monterey jack cheese
flour
(Bread, chicken, and veggies for dipping)






Extra: Layered Brownies
unsalted butter
cocoa
sugar
eggs
salt
wheat flour
vanilla
confectionars sugar
heavy cream
flax seed

Saturday-Eat out or Leftovers

Thank you to all of you who guest posted this week! We have had great comments on all of your recipes and are excited to be able to add them to our recipe book!
If YOU are interested in guest posting in March, contact us at mealplanning@live.com and give us your recipe ideas!


Breath a sigh of relief, today is SATURDAY! I don't know about you, but my fridge is stocked with leftovers. We will definitely be having leftovers for dinner tonight. If you don't find yourself with too many leftovers, take your family out for a cheap meal tonight or make brinner! (breakfast for dinner)

In a few weeks, I will be doing a series on freezer meals. If you have some great advice/tips/experience on putting together freezer meals, I would LOVE to use you as a guest post that week. E-mail us as mealplanning@live.com

Have a BLESSED SATURDAY!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday- Beef Pot Pies



It is Friday and thanks to Trixi at www.farmhomelife.blogspot.com we have a delicious Beef Pot Pie recipie to share!

Cast of Characters:
2 cups leftover beef, diced

½ cup chopped onion

½ cup peas

½ cup corn

1 rib celery, diced

1 carrot, diced

1 medium potato, diced

2 Tbsp flour

2 cups water

2 Tbsp Beef Bullion Base

1 2 crust pie crust

Dash of Mrs. Dash

Dash of black pepper

1 Tbsp milk


What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.



Assemble all ingredients. (See step 1).

Blend flour into the two cups of water. Pour into a small sauce pan. Add 2 Tbsp of the beef bullion base, a dash of black pepper and a dash of Mrs. Dash and whisk. (see step 2)


Bring to a boil and whisk constantly for 2 minutes to make beef gravy. Mixture should look like the step 3 photo.



Pour all assembled ingredients except milk including the gravy into a large mixing bowl. Mix well. (step 4)

Line the bottom of a 10 inch round pie plate or an 8 x 8 baking dish with one of the pie crusts.(step 5)

Spoon pot pie mixture into the bottom pie shell. (step 6).

Top with second pie crust and pinch edges closed. Baste pie crust with the milk, (this makes for the most tender, flaky crust you can imagine). Cut a hole in the center and pop into the oven.


Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes.



TIP FOR EASY VERSION: instead of using individual vegetables and making your own gravy. You can use a 16 oz bag of frozen mixed vegetables and a 12 oz jar of beef gravy. It works just as well. This pie is also delicious when made with chicken.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thursday- Easy Eggrolls



Thursday- Destiny's Easy eggrolls http://destinysdiner.blogspot.com


Cast of Characters for Easy Eggrolls:

1 can chicken (or cut up chicken breast),
1 bunch green onions
1 can chow mein
1 package eggroll wraps (found in the produce section)
oil (enough for frying)



What to do:

1. Place chicken with juice in a skillet and cook until juice is gone.



2. While waiting on chicken, cut up green onions.


3. Move chicken to one side and add green onions to other side. Cook for about one minute.


4. Next drain chow mein into bowl.
Add chicken and green onions to bowl and mix well. Start oil heating on medium heat.



5. Now you are ready to roll your eggrolls. Get a small cup of water to use to seal the egdes. Place the wrap on a flat surface. Place 1-2T mix diagnally in center of wrap.

Dip fingers in water and run around two outer edges. Fold up bottom edge (without water) over the eggroll. Next bring in the two sides to the center and finally roll. You can add more water on the outer seal if you feel like it needs it. The water is what keeps the oil out. Once your eggrolls are rolled you can either set some aside to freeze or cook all of them.





6. To cook, place in hot oil until it turns a golden brown. Romove and place on paper towel to absorb excess oil. Serve with rice and sweet and sour sauce or mustard/sou sauce mixture for dipping. When we have leftover we like to place sliced cheese on top before microwaving.




If you have any questions feel free to visit Destiny's blogspot!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Wednesday- Spaghetti Pie

Wednesday- Katie gave us a delightful recipe idea called, Peterson's Spaghetti Pie.

Katie says:
Last week I made a big pot of spaghetti sauce. Its always nice to make this meal in a large quantity so you can freeze the sauce to re-heat and use as left overs. Last week I decided that instead of eating spaghetti two nights in the week that I would try spaghetti pie. The recipe is one that my friend Beverly makes with her left over spaghetti; the recipe comes from more with less cookbook. There isn't really specific measurements so I was worried that it wouldn't turn out...I was wrong it was very yummy and is a recipe that I will be adding to our menu as it tasted wonderful and it freezes well to!!


Recipe
Grease a pie plate. Make the crust from about 2 servings of cooked spaghetti noodles, 1 beaten egg, about 1/4 Parmesan cheese, and a little melted butter. Mix together and put in plate. Put some grated cheese on top and then your spaghetti sauce. Add more grated cheese and bake 350 x 25-30. Enjoy.

If you want to enjoy this a little more crispy my husband suggest that you put this onto a pizza pan and make pizza out of it...you can even add pizza toppings if you wanted to.

Sounds like a great idea Katie! Thank you for sharing!

To print the fun recipe, click here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Meal Planning Mommies' are Featured







mummydeals.org is featuring your very own Meal Planning Mommies! During this week, Clair from mummydeals is doing a segment on meal planning. She asked if we would mind guest posting and we said WE WOULD LOVE TO! As meal planning mommies, one of our goals is to remind families across the world how important family meal time really is! As a meal planning mommy, meal time is less stressful and so much more fun if you plan ahead.

Mummydeals.org
is a blog started by Clair who's main goal is to help others save $$$, without spending tons of time doing it. I personally found mummydeals about a month ago and I check it daily to see what deals are posted. If you want to learn more about how to save $ while spending frugally, you have got to check out her blog. It Rocks!

Be sure to check out mummydeals.org everyday this week to read more about what your Meal Planning Mommies have to say about Meal Planning!

Tuesday: Mini Meatloves with veggies and Sweet Potatoes

Tuesday- Jenna's Mini Meatloaves w/ Sweet potatoes and veggies http://newlyweds.wordpress.com

Jenna did a great job creating a guest post, even adding a bonus recipe! I did have some trouble getting the pictures to open up, so I am linking directly to Jenna's site where she has great pictures of her recipe, to go along with this. Thank you Jenna! LOOKS, AND SOUNDS, DELICIOUS!
Jenna's mini meatloaves are here.
Her bonus Chocolate mug cake (YUM, and awesome idea by the way) is here.

Jenna writes:
My favorite recipe as a child was (and still is) Meatloaf, as a matter of fact my mom still cooks this for my as my birthday meal. I just love it. Its warm and comforting, juicy and meaty. Need I say more???? Whats funny is my dad so call “hates” meatloaf. I say this in quotation marks because he complains about eating it but then always eats seconds or third helpings. So my Mom and I don’t believe him. Then if we ask him about it he says well its better this time than it was last time or some kind of excuse like that. He will not admit he like even venture to say really like this. DT on the other hand loves this meat loaf recipe.
I decided to cook this recipe in a muffin tin because it only takes about 30 minutes to cook, but you can surely use the regular loaf pan just cook it for about 1 hour. I now add Antipasto to this recipe to give it a bit more flare, but its really great without it also.

Jenna also has several other recipes on her site, some of which, use antipasto. Jenna has an adorable, useful blog. Several great recipe ideas are hidden throughout her blog. ;) Check it out!


Ingredients:
1 lb ground beef
2 slices toast
2 eggs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Tabasco (optional)
1/4 cup picante sauce (use 1/2 cup if you don’t use antipasto)
1/4 cup antipasto
4 slices bacon

Step One: In a large bowl to the meat add a splash of Tabasco, and 2 eggs, Garlic powder, salt and black pepper (optional)
Step Two: Take your toast pieces and crumble them finely, then mix, the crumble the rest of the toast
Step Three: Add 1/4 cup (eye ball it) picante and antipasto
Step Four: Mix well, I always use my hand, but you can use a spoon if you so please. Lightly grease a muffin tin or loaf pan
Step Five: Score the meat into 4 equal parts, then take 1/3 of each meat part and place into muffin pan
Step Six: Cut 4 slices of bacon into 3rds and place a strip on each mini meatloaf
Step Seven: Bake @ 350 for about 30 minutes if using a loaf pan 50-60 minutes

I love to serve with peas, and potatoes.

Enjoy!

Another fun family treat is the Chocolate Mug Cake

Jenna says:
I just tried the easiest Chocolate cake ever. Made in the microwave in less than 5 minutes, how cool is that. And it is sooooo good. This could be dangerous! I have already made it two days in a row. First day I used toffee bits, it was good, but a little dry, but then the second day I used cut up pieces of Hershey’s Bliss and OMG it was so much better, with little chocolate treasures in every bite mmmm.

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips
a small splash of vanilla essence
1 coffee mug

Step 1: Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well
Step 2: Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Step 3: Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Step 4: Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla essence, and mix again.
Step 5: Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts. The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don’t be alarmed!
Step 6: Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
Last, but not least: EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).
And why is this the most dangerous cake recipe in the world? Because now we
are all only 5 minutes away from chocolate cake at any time of the day or
night!

To print these great recipes, click here.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday: Brown Lentil Casserole

I don't know about you, but I never seem to know what to do with a bag of Lentils! I am pretty sure I have a bag or two that have been sitting in my cupboard for months!

Jane Keevy gives us some direction here with her brown lentil casserole recipe. Thanks for your submission, Jane!

Enjoy!

Here is what you need:
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (may substitute water instead)
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1/2 cup brown lentils
1 small onion
1 15 1/2 ounce can tomatoes-stewed or chopped
1/2 tsp each-basil, oregano and salt
1 T. minced garlic
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salad greens and dressing


Step 1:
Combine the rice, lentils, onion, broth, tomatoes (undrained), garlic, basil, oregano, and salt in a 1 1/2 quart baking dish that has been coated with cooking spray. Stir to combine.

Step 2: Cover and bake in a 350* oven for 45 minutes, or until rice and lentils are tender.

Step 3: Grate some cheese while it's baking


Step 4: Take out of the oven and top with the shredded cheese. Place back into the oven uncovered, just until the cheese has melted.

Step 4: Mix up a nice bowl of salad greens and dressing


Step 5: Remove from oven and serve the salad greens and dressing as a side dish.

To print this recipe, click here.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

February's Reader's Choice Week Meal Plan

This is our Reader's Choice week for February! We are so excited about the meals our readers have planned for you! We have made a bit of a change in that we are now doing a 5 day meal plan instead of 7 day meal plan for our Reader's Choice week. If you are like my family we usually eat leftovers one night and end up eating out/frozen pizza another night of the week.

Stop by our reader's blogs and check out other great recipes they have to offer!

Enjoy!

Reader's Choice Meal Plan


Monday
- Jane Keevy's Lentil Casserole
Tuesday- Jenna's Mini Meatloaves w/ Sweet potatoes and veggies
BONUS- Jenna's 5 minute Microwave Chocolate mug cake
Wednesday- Katie Peterson's Spaghetti Pie spot.com/
Thursday- Destiny's Easy eggrolls

Friday- Trixie's Beef Pot Pies


Grocery List

Monday- Brown Lentil Casserole

Brown Lentil Casserole-grocery list
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (water may be substituted)
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1/2 cup brown lentils
1 small onion
1 15 1/2 ounce can tomatoes-stewed or chopped
1/2 tsp each-basil, oregano and salt
1 T. minced garlic
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Salad greens and dressing

Tuesday- Mini Meatloves with carrots/peas mix and sweet potato
1 lb ground beef
2 slices toast
2 eggs
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp Tabasco (optional)
1/4 cup picante sauce (use 1/2 cup if you don’t use antipasto)
1/4 cup antipasto
4 slices bacon

Carrots and peas mix
1/2 sweet potato for each person


*Bonus- 5 min. Chocolate Mug Cake


4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons baking cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips
a small splash of vanilla essence
1 coffee mug

Wednesday-Baked Spaghetti Pie

2 servings Spaghetti
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1 egg
butter
Spaghetti Sauce

Thursday- Easy Eggrolls

1 can chicken (or cut up chicken breast)
1 bunch green onions
1 can chow mein
1 package eggroll wraps (found in the produce section)
oil (enough for frying)

Friday- Beef Pot Pies

2 cups leftover beef, dice
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup peas
1/2 cup corn
1 rib celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 medium potato, diced
2 tB flour
2 cups water
2 TB beef bullion base
1, pack of 2 pie crusts
1 TB milk
Dash of Mrs. Dash
Dash of pepper








Sunday: Chili Mac w/ Garlic Bread

Yum, Yum, YUM! This is definitely a favorite for our family. Super easy, too!

Here is what you need:



This recipe is for 4 people- if you have more than 4 people, double each ingredient.
1 can beanless chili (chili w/ beans works too!), 3/4 can ketchup, 1 tbs. worchestershire sauce, 1 box of spaghetti, parmesan cheese or other toppings. Garlic Bread (not pictured)

Step 1: (Not pictured) Cook your spaghetti and preheat your oven for your garlic bread.

Step 2:
Pour beanless chili into pan turned on medium heat.
Step 3: Fill the empty chili can 3/4 full with ketchup and then pour and mix w/chili in pan.


Step 4: Add 1 Tb. worchestershire sauce and stir. (At this point, taste your chili mac. Some people like to add more ketchup or worchestershire sauce.)

Step 5: Cook your garlic bread, let your pasta drain and your sauce heat up.

Step 6: Add it all together! We like to shred some cheese (whatever we have on hand!) on top as well. This dish is also great with crumbled saltines on top, beans and onions.


Meal serves 4

Cost of Meal: $4.00
Per person: $1.00

Excellent, Frugal, Tasty Meal! This is a great recipe to use when you have company over as well. Yummy!