Thursday, March 31, 2011

This Week

Sunday- Sweet and Sour Chicken on Rice

Monday- Gyros

Tuesday- Soft Tacos

Wednesday- BBQ Pork Tenderloin with Rice and Veggies

Thursday- Fettuccine with Chicken and Broccoli

Friday- Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Monday, March 21, 2011

Another Week- Another Menu

Sunday: Chicken Parmesan

Monday: Meatballs and Rice with garlic bread on the side

Tuesday: Chicken and Rice Soup

Wednesday: MM Sandwich and oven fries

Thursday: Potato Boats and Salad

Friday: Breakfast for Dinner-

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

St. Patty's Week Menu

I love Saint Patrick's Day!! I am not sure why I love it so much since I am not really Irish. I do love the color green and the Celtic dancing, and the bagpipes though. The food is pretty tasty too and so I decided to put together an Irish menu for this week. It involves lots of potatoes and meat. I am trying corned beef and cabbage for the first time and that should be fun. Hopefully it all turns out really good.

Sunday: Leftovers

Monday: Poor Sunday Soup-
This soup makes me happy.

Tuesday: Shepherd's Pie- I don't have a recipe for this. I try to copy how my Mom made it when I was a kid, but I have made some small changes since Christian grew up with green beans under the meat and we always had corn. These days I like to combine them or do half for him and half for me. Either way it is mashed potatoes on top, browned ground beef seasoned with ketchup and spices in the middle, and veggies on the bottom. Oh, and some grated cheddar on top for some extra comfort flavor!

Wednesday: Corn Beef and Cabbage-
Since this one is new for me, I am following a recipe I found on

Thursday: Bangers and Mash-
We love this recipe! I couldn't find authentic bangers this year and so I am just using beef brauts, but it should still be good. I am going to dye the mash potatoes green just for some extra holiday fun.

Friday: Eat Out

Friday, March 11, 2011

Sweet Corn Bread or Muffins

I wanted some corn bread to go along with our chicken tortilla soup on Sunday, and rather than reaching for our normal corn bread mix, I decided to try and make it from scratch. Yeah, I am never using that mix again. This corn bread was so moist and fluffy. There is another recipe on the box that isn't as sweet and I think I will try that one next time too, so I have a sweet version and a more traditional one too. Here is the sweet recipe:

Alber's Sweet Corn Bread or Muffins
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup yellow corn meal
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 cups milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine melted

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease 8x8 pan or 18-20 muffin cups (you can use paper-liners for muffins too).
Combine flour, sugar, corn meal, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Combine milk, eggs, veggie oil, and butter in a small bowl; mix well. Add to flour mixture; stir just until blended. Pour into pan or into muffin cups until 2/3 full.

-For corn bread: bake for 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean.

-For corn muffins: bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire racks. Serve warm.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Another Menu

The good news is that I finally bought a nicer camera, so that I can take my own pictures to go along with recipes. The bad news is that I haven't had any time to test it out. So, once again, here is a kind of boring post with just our menu for the week, but I do have a couple of recipes in the pipeline that I can't wait to share.

Sunday: Chicken Tortilla Soup- this was on last weeks menu but got pushed back. It takes some time to cook but is AMAZING!!!

Monday: Meatball Subs- I just used store bought meatballs, sauce, mozzarella cheese, and sub rolls from the grocery bakery. I put the meatballs in a sauce pan with a jar of sauce and let them cook for 25 minutes, that way the sauce and meat share flavors :). Then I broil the cheese on the rolls to melt the cheese until the bread gets golden around the edges. Put the meatballs on the sub and eat. I love these.

Tuesday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with salads on the side- These were served at a church dinner and were delicious. I need to get her recipe. Seriously delicious. They had beans, cole slaw, and potato salad for side dishes that were all good too and homeade root beer to drink. Sometimes food at church functions isn't that great, but everything was really good. It was great to have a night off from the kitchen and there was even enough leftover to take some home to a hungry husband. It was great!

Wednesday: Chicken Stir Fry and Egg Rolls- I was feeling lazy and bought this dinner in a bag and the egg rolls in a box.

Thursday: Beef Tacos- Nothing too fancy here. Hamburger seasoned with a Taco seasoning packet, corn tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, salsa, and sour cream. Easy, but oh so tasty.

Friday: BLT's- Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomatoes is a heavenly combination of flavors. Also, nice and easy for a Friday night dinner.

It was kind of a lazy week in our kitchen. Lots of pre-made stuff and no new recipes, but I am hoping to find some good and tasty inspiration for next week!