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Meal Planning Monday 6/4

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Meal Planning Monday 6/4

Had some awesome dinners last week.  Some of those are on our must make again list. That salsa was amazing, I’ve been eating it for lunch almost everyday. The chicken was phenomenal as well.

This Week:

Monday

Cilantro Chili Turkey Burgers

Parmesan Baked Potatoes

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Tuesday

Ribs

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Wednesday

Skillet Lasagna

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Thursday

Dijon/Maple Rosemary Chicken

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Friday

Soup and Salad

haven’t exactly decided what soup.. but i’ll figure it out!

Saturday & Sunday

These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

I also filled out a sheet for you!  filled out the days of the week, not the grocery list, I have no idea what you have in your fridge.  I’ll try to get recipe cards out soon as well! So that you can use them and cook with me!

Please comment and let me know if you use any of the recipe cards or planning sheets!

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Coffee Rubbed Pork Tacos

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Coffee Rubbed Pork Tacos

After all the cooking earlier, finally got to dinner.  It was a little time consuming, but was definitely worth it.  I started this while everything else was simmering in the stock pot.  Pretty easy too!

Cover a baking dish and place the pork in it while you mix the spices together.

Then cover the pork on all sides with the mixture.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  This was perfect to get other stuff done during the day.  Then pull out and let come to room temperature, at least twenty minutes.

Once room temperature place in a hot pan (we used cast iron), but I’m thinking next time after searing it that I’d put it on the grill.  But I did it exactly as the recipe stated.  So we seared it on the top for 7 minutes, flipped it over and did it again for 6 minutes.  Don’t touch the meat during this process, it lets the seasonings combine for a great crisp coating.

This process was a little smoky.  Make sure to open the windows!

After searing on both sides you’re supposed to let it sit in the hot pan for another 5 minutes and then pull out and let it rest for 5 minutes after that.  Once we did that we pulled it out to cut it and it was still not cooked all the way.  I already had the oven on for something else, so I put it in there in the skillet and cooked it for a few minutes and voila the pork was done!

Next slice it up and make tacos.

The tacos were delicious and even better with the Tomatillo Salsa Verde that I posted about earlier.

sorry if the pictures look a little blurry, used the wrong camera oops!

 

Hope you enjoy

Here is the recipe card already for you if you want to just print it here.

Meal Planning Monday 5/28

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Meal Planning Monday 5/28

I did much better last week, sticking to the menu, and taking pictures! You’d never believe I did photography for a living for awhile.  Sorry they pictures aren’t better sold my DSLR camera (tough times 😦 ), but hopefully I’ll get better at taking pictures while cooking with my other camera. Really looking forward to the recipes this week, and grilling out a little more!

This Week:

Monday

Grilled Turkey Burgers with Tomatillo Salsa

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Tuesday

Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with a Spicy Apple Glaze

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Wednesday

Coffee Rubbed Pork Tacos

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Thursday

Pasta Sausage Bake

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Friday

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Skillet

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Saturday & Sunday

I’m actually making dinner Saturday for the BF so here is what I’m making since I can actually use real veggies!

Eggplant & Zucchini Parmesan Casserole

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These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

I also filled out a sheet for you!  filled out the days of the week, not the grocery list, I have no idea what you have in your fridge.  I’ll try to get recipe cards out soon as well! So that you can use them and cook with me!

Please comment and let me know if you use any of the recipe cards or planning sheets!

Blackened Chicken with Creamy Pasta

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Blackened Chicken with Creamy Pasta

Today was an incredibly long day.  Got to sleep in, but as soon as I woke up, it was lets go Garage Sale Shopping.  I actually am looking forward to my sister finally moving out (just so I can stop shopping for stuff for her!) It was actually an allotment sale, so we got to walk around, get some sun, and find a few things.  We found her bedroom furniture, something big we really needed to check off her list.

Then we got back home, found room for all the toilet paper and paper towels we bought for $4 each, Love Coupons!                My sister and I, spent a lot of time cleaning out the garage, and organizing.  Mom noticed right away, felt good to actually find a home for that stuff.

Next we got my (yes all mine) new motorcycle out, so I could start learning how to drive it.  Was a little scary but did pretty well for my first time out and didn’t drop it.  Yes there are pictures, but I’m not sure I want to show them as of yet.

Now for dinner! Dinner was awesome, really happy with how it came out.  It was fairly easy, and if you time it out right works out pretty well as well.  Only thing I’d probably change would be to use brown sugar instead.  We also didn’t do the broccoli like in the original recipe here.  I cheated and heated up some frozen veggies which added more than just broccoli.  This is a keeper, and the first thing my sister, Cyndi, said was, “Make sure there is a recipe card for this one.” I’m guessing that is a good sign.

Blackened Chicken with Creamy Pasta

adapted from thekitchn.com

Serves 4 to 6   Total time Hour

For the seasoning:
2 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste

For the chicken:
Olive oil, for cooking
2 chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds) split in half crosswise
3 tablespoons butter, melted
Box of Pasta

For the sauce:
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk (2% or whole) (I actually used almond milk)
1 egg yolk
3 large cloves garlic, smashed
1 cup packed freshly-grated Parmesan
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 375°F. For the blackening seasoning, combine all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet over highest heat or until scalding hot, about 5 minutes. Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is very hot, dredge the chicken in the melted butter; then thoroughly coat in the blackening rub. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until blackened on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a lightly-greased sheet pan. Cook in the oven until chicken with the cut chicken strips, this only took about ten minutes. After out of the oven I sliced in bite sized pieces.

While the chicken is in the oven, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Then cook pasta as directed, usually about ten minutes, until al dente.

To make the sauce, in a heavy saucepan, whisk together the cream, milk, and egg yolk. Add the garlic cloves and bring to barely a simmer, stirring constantly, over medium-low to medium heat. Cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, watching carefully to not cook the egg. Turn off the heat and stir in grated Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Combine the pasta, sauce, sliced chicken. If you are in need of some veggies, I threw some frozen veggies to add color, and for the healthy aspect of the dish!  Once all plated serve immediately, and enjoy!

Here is a typed up recipe pages just for you  Get it HERE

Dean Bros Lighter Tastes like Lasagna Soup

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First of all I must say it was definitely worth the wait!  This soup was delicious and perfect for a cold night.  I know it hasn’t been cold, but today was chilly and definitely a good day for soup.  I’m happy we finally got to make it.

The family loved it and we put the leftovers in the freezer.  We did change a few things, according to my family’s taste, but any way you make it, I’m sure it’ll work out just right.

Dean Bros. Lighter Lasagna Soup

Adapted from The Dean Bros. 

Serves about 8

1 Hour Cook Time

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, casings removed (we used deer meat because its what was in the freezer)
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 ounces broken whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 4 noodles)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (from the garden)

3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
8 Whole-wheat breadsticks or grissini (optional) (we are all dieting, no bread covered in butter for us)

Directions

Make sure meat is thawed and brown in a non-stick skillet with onions, garlic, and peppers.  Stirring occasionally until meat is cooked.  In a larger pot (dutch oven) add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and pepper.  Then add the meat to that pot, bringing to a boil and then let simmer for 20 minutes.  Once all the flavor is into the meat, add the noodles and bring to a boil again for abou 10-12 mins. Remove from the heat and add in mozzarella, basil and Parmesan.

We served it on top with a little extra shredded mozzarella.

Definitely delicious and worth making again and freezing 😀

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Potato Kielbasa Skillet

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I haven’t felt well all day, slept most of the day, apparently my body needed it.  Yes, I’m the one who usually cooks, and thankfully mom stepped in tonight! I love that the printed recipes have actually given her some confidence to cook.  Too bad she didn’t try it more when we were growing up. She pulled out the Kielbasa and started cooking without even having to ask! Woo hoo! She even went out to the garden and got the fresh herbs, didn’t expect that either.

Overall, this was pretty good. Easy to make, and has a little bit of everything.   I’ll be changing a few things next time, I think it would be pretty great spicy with some hot peppers and cayenne pepper.  But at least it will be something we make again, especially since we got a ton of kielbasa for $1.39 each a few weeks ago with coupons! Sorry no pictures, like I said I didn’t cook.  If we make it again I’ll add pix.  But you can see some on the original link here.

Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Total time 30ish minutes.

Serves 4

  • 5 large potatoes, cut in bite sized chunks
  • 1 lb kielbasa, sliced
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (Used EVOO definitely a healthier option)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded American cheese (we used cheddar, much better idea!)

Directions:

  1. In dutch oven, brown potatoes, kielbasa, onion and peppers in oil.
  2. Add seasonings and water.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. Cover tightly and cook for 20 minutes on low, stirring occasionally.
  5. Uncover and put cheese on top.
  6. Simmer until cheese is melted.

Meal Planning Monday 5/21

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Meal Planning Monday 5/21

So last week was a little crazy around the house, and mom ended up cooking, which meant, nothing I planned lol.  Luckily we had enough to make.  Plus we had what I planned to make last week for this week.  This will make it an easy week to prepare.

This Week:

Monday

Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Tuesday

Dean Bro.’s Lasagna Soup

(actually going to make it this time!)

Wednesday

Burgers & Fresh Veggies

Thursday

Tortilla Roll-ups Inspired by Pioneer Woman

Friday

Blackened Chicken Pasta

Saturday & Sunday

These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.

Cinnamon Chili Rubbed Pork with Apple Salsa

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Cinnamon Chili Rubbed Pork with Apple Salsa

Tonight scheduled was a Pork Loin rubbed in cinnamon and chili powder.  The meal didn’t take to long to prepare, except when waiting for lime juice for an hour.  Yes, I know I plan everything ahead and shop ahead, and still somehow missed lime juice.  Then mom ran into five people making it a very long wait.

So over all not too hard to make, I made a few changes to the dish for our liking and to take out a few calories. 

Manda – The pork was cooked well.  If I make it again, I’ll definitely let the rub sit a little more the next time, because there wasn’t enough flavor in the pork.  The outside crunch was awesome, and the apple salsa went really well with everything.  A

Family – Mom isn’t big on onions and it was her first time with cilantro (apparently it was too strong for her), and Sister needed ketchup for the potatoes (because I didn’t use butter) But they both liked it.  But overall plates were clean at the end of the night.  A

Original Recipe: Rob Wolf’s Cinnamon Chili Rubbed Pork with Apple Salsa

My version:

Cinnamon Chili Rubbed Pork with Apple Salsa

Servings 6-8

Total Time: 45 minutes including marinating time. (would be better if marinated over night)

1 Pork Tenderloin

3 T olive oil

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 T chili powder ( I used Ancho Chili powder, added some smoke to the flavor)

1/2 T ground cinnamon

S & P to taste

Apple Salsa

2 C diced apples, I used a red and a green apple

1/2 C diced red bell pepper

1/3 C fresh lime juice

1/4 C diced red onions

1/4 C fresh minced cilantro

1 tsp fresh minced Stevia (I used this out of my garden instead of honey)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cracked black pepper

Preheat over 400°

Combine olive oil, chili powder and cinnamon in a large shallow bowl.  Add your pork and coat the pork evenly.  Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.  Let the pork marinate in the rub for 15 to 30 minutes. (I suggest overnight.)

While this was happening I made the salsa, pretty simply mix all ingredients stirring well.

Then after marinated, heat a grill pan over medium heat and spray with coconut oil spray.  Add pork cook until browned on each side about 2-3 minutes on each side.

Transfer pan to the oven, bake pork until desired temperature. This took us about 18 minutes.  After done, let pork rest for 5 minutes and then slice into pieces about 1/2 inch thick.

I plate these with some smashed potatoes, to add a little more to the dish and covered it with salsa.

I think the dish needs a little more color, but I haven’t figure out exactly what I’d do to change it.  Any suggestions?

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Meal Planning Monday

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One of the things that I love to do each week is to plan our meals ahead of time, and have the recipes out where anyone can grab them.  I usually do this Sunday night, finalizing them Monday morning, with grocery shopping. This saves us a lot of time figuring it out during the week, and defrosting meat.  We also end up saving a ton of money with knowing exactly what we will eat that week, and being able to use up stuff we already have from our stockpile.

This Week:

Monday

Cilantro Lime Crusted Chicken Tacos

Used Kraft Fresh Takes with the Cilantro Lime, and crusted Chicken Breasts and cut them up and put them in whole wheat wraps with desired toppings.  Quick, Easy, & Cheap

Tuesday

Dean Bro.’s Lasagna Soup

Wednesday

Steak Salads

Thursday

Chili Rubbed Pork Loin with Apple Salsa

Friday

Chicken Parm

Saturday & Sunday

These are our cheat days or simply leftover days.

I’ll have links added to the ones that I’m using other people’s recipes, and then update with pictures most days and give you my recipe if its necessary.