Thursday, August 2, 2012
I enjoy trying new recipes & I really need to write a review on these meals so I can reference them in the future. I'll start with Tuesday's dinner. I made tuna casserole, I've never made tuna casserole before so this was trial. I made this recipe http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-tuna-casserole/detail.aspx and I ended up freezing half the batch so there will be no tossing out the leftovers that we've forgotten about. My hubby liked it, I think it was a smidge dry and I think I got a little too much crust on the top. All in all it was pretty good and a nice budget meal.
Last night I made dorito chicken. Not the most healthy meal but oh my it was delicious. Hubby thought it had rice in it, I guess the doritos gave it a ricey texture. I thought it tasted a bit like the Schwans lime chicken dinner minus the lime so I think if I added lime it'd be pretty close. Hubby suggested making it into enchiladas sometime & add some rice to it. I agree it'd be worth a try. I also split this recipe, it was small to begin with (8x8) pan so I ended up freezing half of it. The portions for the 2 dishes were probably 2-3 servings (about the size of the frozen meals we get from Schwans). Here's the link to that recipe http://www.jamhands.net/2008/12/mexican-chicken-casserole.html
Tonight I threw in 2 pork chops and some baby ray's bbq sauce. It was really soupy so I broke apart the pork to make shredded pork, it soaked it up nice and I think it's going to be tasty. It sure does smell delicious in the house. I also made up some roasted red potatoes which I tossed in some oil, Wildtree garlic, pepper & parmesan cheese. I think those are going to be rather tasty too. And lastly I made up some homemade biscuits http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moms-baking-powder-biscuits/detail.aspx the revisions I made to this recipe was 3 tsp of baking powder & I used butter instead of shortening.
Oh I want to note a meal I made last week too, Ranch House crock pot pork chops. This was good but a bit salty. I used a packet of ranch I had in the cupboard but I think if I use the Wildtree ranch mix it might not be quite as salty so I will try this one again some time. I served it with mashed potatoes. Here's the recipe for the pork http://realmomkitchen.com/287/ranch-house-crock-pot-pork-chops-with-parmesan-mashed-potatoes/
I have no plan for the rest of the week and the only thing left in the freezer is Schwans baked cod & some frozen blue gill besides the 2 frozen meals from this week. So I definitely need to get a plan for the coming week.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Hubby and I got married in our 30's so we also had quite a few years of bachelor/bachelorette habits. I recently decided I need to get a handle on this whole planning thing....AGAIN (I go through spurts but it doesn't ever stick). Recently I have gone from a 40+ hour a week job to working at home and my husband has gone from unemployed to starting his own business plus a job that requires him to be on call 24 hrs 3 days a week along with managing our 2 duplexes. This is going to be a HUGE adjustment for me and I've decided I don't want my hubby eating junk food from gas stations on the road while he's working (I'm not sure why it's ok for us to eat fast food all the time though lol). So somehow I need to plan meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner) around wacky scheduling & on the go snacks for my hubby that he will eat and all on a budget. See this is all overwhelming to me but I'm determined to get it figured out. And somehow I need to do this without spending a day a week at it because in the past that's what I've done. I will surf the internet for recipes I'd like to try because I like trying new things, then I get lost in cyber world lol. Then I compile my grocery list which leads me to searching the grocery store ads (which I should've started out with first) then I search coupon sites thinking I'm going to find a coupon for every thing on my list...not reality. At this point I hit the store(s) and let me tell you, I despise grocery shopping which is probably one of the reasons I fail miserably at this whole planning thing.
So there it is, my confessions in a nutshell. Now, I'm hoping to blog this journey in hopes that it'll help me stay on track.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
This one's easy just use a baked potato instead of a taco shell. They're yummy & very filling
-Honey Balsamic Chicken
served with either some seasoned potatoes or pasta
-Applesauce Bbq Chicken
served with Maple Baked Beans
just adding spaghetti sauce to it with maybe some sausage, served with a tossed salad & garlic bread
-Apple Glazed Pork Chops
I don't have the recipe yet for this on
Since this week is over, I'm going to update what I actually cooked :) and my reviews. We did have the Mexican Potatoes and they were good as always. My husband decided to cook some steaks on the grill one night and I was all for him cooking :) We did eat out a couple nights, I made homemade pizza one of the nights too which I thought was pretty yummy.
And then this evening we had the Applesauce bbq chicken with some maple baked beans and mashed potatoes. The chicken was pretty good, it had just a smidge of sweetness and some bite from the bbq sauce and the baked beans were a nice little touch from the plain canned beans. This meal is a must make again and will stay in my favorite recipes book. I whipped this entire meal up in probably 20 mins! I love quick meals. It was helpful that I had some canned chunky applesauce from last year that I used in it, not sure I'd make it using anything different.