Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday: Kielbasa and Sides

Well, I forgot to take pictures~ but this is easy enough you don't need them. Sarah (Frugal Table) came over with her family and we had a great dinner. The best part was when all the kiddos went to bed and we enjoyed coffee and home made apple brown betty into the late night hours.

Here is what we had:

Kielbasa Sausage
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mixed Veggies
Apple Brown Betty

What do to:
For the kielbasa simply slice it up and place it in a frying pan. Cook it slowly until it is a done as you like. Around here we make it pretty crispy.

For the sweet potato casserole:
!. Peel the sweet potatoes
2. Place them in a steamer and boil water beneath them until soft. This took about 20 minutes.
3. In a mixer add the sweet potatoes (4), one egg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. If you have pecans or walnuts add those too for some extra yum! Blend together until smooth and place into a casserole dish.
4. Sprinkle some marshmallows on top and bake for 35 minutes at 350.

For the mixed veggies:
Yea, open bag and add to water! We cheated and did the frozen kind!

The apple brown betty was a treat. It was so very easy and we will make it again. I got the recipe from The Pioneer Woman and am going to link directly to it for you. All it took was wheat bread, apples, brown sugar and water. We topped it off with a bit of vanilla ice cream. An easy and delicious fall treat!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wednesday: Stir Fry

MMMM....this is so easy!

What you will need:

Brown Rice
Soy Sauce
Green Onion
Chow Mien noodles for crunch!

Step one:
Begin cooking your brown rice. Brown rice takes a bit longer to cook than traditional white rice.

Step two: (And this various depending on your family's taste) Chop up your veggies and steam them. I use a food processor to make our veggies, except for the peas, very small. This make them easier for all ages to eat and it blends them into the rice nicely.

Step three: Cut up your chicken and cook it with olive oil in a wok or pan.

Step four: Add your steamed veggies to your cooked/drained rice. Flavor with soy sauce and stir.

Step five: Place your rice/veggies onto a plate. Layer chicken on top. Add a bit of chow mien noodles for crunch and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesday: Whole Grain Waffles and Fruit Compote

Instead of pancakes we opted for waffles. Here is how we do it!

2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of oats
2 eggs
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tsp Vanilla
1 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
Cinnamon to taste

Step one:
Mix the milk and oat together in a large bowl. Let this sit for 15 minutes until soft.

Step two: Mix everything else together and stir!

Step three: Place on waffle maker and cook until light brown/crispy

For our fruit compote we simply cut up fruit that we have on hand. Today that fruit was: banana, pear, plums, blueberries. We put it into a pan and let it heat while the waffles cook. Then we layer it on top of the waffles and smother it in honey. We use honey instead of syrup around here!

This is great because depending on how many mouths you have to feed you will most likely have leftover waffles to freeze for a later day.


Monday, October 26, 2009

Meal Plan

I am going to resist assigning a day to this meal plan because with our schedule this week I am sure that it will change. However, here are the meals for this week and a few extra's. The first meal will be posted on Tuesday morning.

Stir Fry
Grocery List:
Brown Rice
Soy Sauce/Chow Mien Noodles

Chili and Cornbread

Grocery List
Red Kidney Beans
Green Pepper
Tomato Puree
Sour Cream
Corn Meal (egg, milk, sugar)
Mac noodles

Kilbasa Sausage and Green Beans
Grocery List

(Miejer has Hillshire Farm Kilbasa on sale 3 for $5. Plus there is a $1 off coupon in the paper.)
Kilbasa Sausage
Fresh Snap Beans
Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper

Whole Wheat Pancakes with Fruit Compote

Grocery List:
Whole Wheat Flour
Variety of good fruits (not citrus)

Sloppy Joes

Can of Sloppy Joe Sauce
Whole Wheat Buns
Potatoes (for homemade chips)
Vegetable of choice. For us, lima beans!

Pork Chops and Sweet Potato Casserole

Grocery List
Sweet Potatoes
Brown Sugar
Pork Chops
Orange (or orange juice)
Soy Sauce

Extra's for this week:
Making Homemade Pumpkin Puree (for pie, pumpkin soup, pumpkin butter, etc)
Making Pumpkin Seeds