Thursday, March 6, 2014

Classic Lasagna

I LOVE lasagna! It took me 5 years to find the perfect recipe... and this is it. Can't beat a classic!

1 package no-boil lasagna noodle sheets
1 lb ground beef (or sausage, or a mix of the two)
2 1/2 cups small curd cottage cheese
1 jar marinara sauce + 1/4 cup water
2 tsp italian seasoning
2 TBS parmesan cheese
3 cups mozzarella cheese

Cook ground beef until no longer pink. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, mix cottage cheese, egg, ground beef, italian seasoning, parmesan cheese and 1 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Stir well to combine.
Spoon a small amount of marinara onto the bottom of a 9x13 casserole dish. Layer noodles, then cheese  & beef mixture, and then top with a little more marinara. Repeat until your dish is full, or your out of noodles. End with marinara on the very top of the last noodle layer, and top with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake according to your pasta directions. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Monthly Menu Planning :: March

Big changes have come to our household! In way of Menu Planning, that is! 
I had been planning our menus weekly for quite awhile now, and, while it was working fine, I would miss a week here, and a week there, until it became only an occasional thing!
I've started planning by the month and it's working out SOO much better! 
Now, I have to admit, things don't always go as planned, things are constantly getting switched around or replaced. Some nights I can't even think about cooking, so Quesadillas and cold cereal it is! But this way, I at least have a good idea of what to shop for. It also ends the oh-my-gosh-what-do-I-make-for-dinner dilemma. 

Here's March's menu! I'll keep you update with a weekly menu that includes the links to recipes!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

5 way Chicken Santa Fe



I got this recipe from a really great friend over at The Hungry Mamma (Hi Chels!) her sister in law made this for a party we had around christmas time, and I fell in LOVE! 

4 large Chicken breasts
1 jar of medium salsa
1 can Black Beans, drained
1 can Corn, drained
5 TBS taco seasoning (or 1 package)
1 (heaping) cup of shredded cheese

Spray crock pot with cooking spray.
Place chicken on bottom of crock pot.
In a small bowl, add salsa, black beans, corn and taco seasoning and mix well. Pour over chicken and cook on high for 4-5 hours.
When chicken is done, shred and add cheese. continue to cook until cheese is melted.

This filling is SO versatile! You can basically use it for anything... but here are the 5 ways we've used it.

DIP: This is the easiest way! Top with sour cream and cilantro, and use as a dip for tortilla chips!
TACOS: Spoon into taco shells, add lettuce and sour cream.
BURRITOS: Spoon into tortillas and fold up to close. Cover with enchilada sauce and cheese. Top with sour cream.
NACHOS: Dollop filling over corn chips, and cover with cheese. Bake at 300 for 10 min or until cheese is melted.
ENCHILADAS: Spoon into corn tortillas and roll up. Place into a 9x13 pan and cover with enchilada sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 for 10-20 min.





Monday, February 24, 2014

Menu Monday


Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup and french bread
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan and garlic bread
Wednesday: Turkey hot dogs and potato salad
Thursday: Chicken and asparagus pasta with breadsticks
Friday: Date Night
Saturday: Pancakes and bacon
Sunday: Grilled chicken and green salad

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Chicken & Pesto Panini

MMM. Sandwiches have to one of my all time favorite meals, eating out, or eating in. Paninis have become a staple in our house after we got a George Foreman grill not too long ago! It's so nice to be able to throw leftovers in-between bread and have a delicious meal!

Chicken & Pesto Panini
2 slices sourdough bread
sliced (cooked) chicken
2 TBS pesto
1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
butter

Butter one side of each slice of bread, and place on slice, butter down, on a preheated panini press (or George Foreman) add 1 TBS of the pesto to the bread and spread around, then layer the cheese and chicken, and spread the remaining pesto on the other slice and add it to the top of the sandwich. Close panini press and cook until golden.
Dip in extra pesto, or ranch dressing.

*yes, I realize I added an extra N in panini on the photo, that's what I get for blogging so late!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Cajun Baked Alfredo


I love any kind of pasta. I'm pretty sure every one on the planet loves pasta. But I LOVE LOVE LOVE loaded pasta. Tons of veggies and pasta in a yummy, creamy sauce... could it get any better!?

1 lb uncooked pasta
2 cups shredded carrots
1 green bell pepper - sliced
1 large head of broccoli
1 onion - sliced
1 jar alfredo sauce
1/4 cup milk
2 tsp cajun seasoning
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375. boil pasta according to package directions. In a skillet, with a little butter or oil, saute onion, peppers and carrots until tender. Steam or boil broccoli. Toss everything into a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix alfredo sauce, milk, and seasonings. Pour over pasta and veggies and mix together. Transfer to a baking dish and top with cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Menu Monday


Monday: Pan Seared Lemon Chicken, green salad and rolls.
Tuesday: I'll be making Italian Bean Salsa and 7 Layer Bean Dip for our new years party!
Thursday: Malibu Chicken and green salad
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Roast beef, mashed potatoes and corn

Saturday, December 28, 2013

BBQ Chicken Panini

You know when you get something new, oh say, a kitchen gadget, and you wonder how you ever lived without it!? Well, my friends, I got a George Foreman. Holy Moly. I love that thing! After the usual chicken and meat, I tried making paninis, and they were SO yummy we've been making them in every possible combination ever since! This one has definitely been a favorite!

Sourdough bread
Shredded/Rotisserie Chicken
BBQ Sauce ( I like honey)
Mozzerella Cheese
Mayonnaise (trust me on this one)

Okay, so preheat your grill/george foreman/panini press, or whatever you're using. On the outsides of each slice of bread, spread a thin layer of mayo. You CAN use butter if you want, but I heard this tip on The Chew, and it's wonderful!! In a bowl, mix the chicken and bbq sauce, and place a big scoop on the bread and spread it out. Top with cheese and the other piece of bread. Grill on med/high until the cheese melts and the bread is golden and crispy. Serve with RANCH! Yum! Or, whatever dipping same you want! ;)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Spanish Rice in the Rice Cooker

  • I never realized how incredibly easy it was to make your own spanish rice! It takes literally no time or effort and you end up with something thats way better for your family!
  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 bullion cubes or 3 tsp. Better than Bullion
  • 3 T. chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Combine all ingredients in your rice cooker, and cook according to rice cooker's directions.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Menu Monday

Haha, how am I always a day late with these?! I need to start calling it Menu Tuesday! Mondays are completely crazy for me! 

Monday: We had a leftover night! :)
Tuesday: Hamburger Casserole, green beans and Bread/butter
Wednesday: Hawaiian Pizza and green salad
Thursday: Steak, stuffing and rolls
Friday: Italian Drumsticks and green salad
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Sunday Meatloaf, mashed potatoes and corn

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Rich and Creamy Alfredo Sauce


1/2 cup butter (not margarine)
1 8 oz block of cream cheese 
2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups milk
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp black pepper

In a large sauce pan, melt butter. Add cream cheese over med heat and whisk until melted and smooth. Add milk and whisk again until smooth. Add garlic, parmesan cheese and pepper and stir well. Serve over noodles.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Menu Monday... and an apology.

Geh! I can't seem to find the time to blog for the life of me! Honestly. Between Christmas shopping, photoshoots, and this crazy southern utah snowstorm, I can't catch a break! And to add madness to mayhem... today is day 1 of potty training. I'm a tad crazy like that. 
So bare with me if my posts are very few and few between. 
I'm doing my best!

Monday: We had Pesto Chicken Panini's (recipe coming!)
Tuesday: Broccoli Potato Soup and rolls
Wednesday: Freezer Manicotti, green salad and breadsticks
Thursday: Sante Fe Chicken Burritos
Friday: Date Night 
Saturday: Hamburger Casserole green beans with bread and butter

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Menu Monday


Monday: We had a last minute trip to town, so we stopped for Jimmy Johns.
Tuesday: Lasagna
Friday: Sunday Meatloaf and baked potatoes
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Broccoli Potato Soup and rolls

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Menu Monday (on a Tuesday)

Ooops. I did it again. In all honestly though, Thanksgiving needs to be on a Monday. Because who wants to plan meals when you have Thanksgiving dinner on the brain!? Not me. That's who. But, alas. Here I sit. Planning away.

Monday: We spent the night Christmas shopping, and stopped at In-N-Out Burger. MMM! I did make a yummy lunch though! Crispy Chicken Rancheros! A Taco Time Copycat recipe! 
Wednesday: Salmon Burgers and green salad
Thursday: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I'll be making Pumpkin and Pecan pies!
Friday: Leftovers :: I'm thinking about making Chicken Pot Pie Biscuits and Gravy, but with Turkey!
Saturday: BBQ Beef Pizza (take a break from all the turkey!)
Sunday: Crockpot Beans and Ham

Ps. I need LUNCH ideas!! Do you have any good ones!? I'm pretty sure my poor husband is sick to death of quesadillas and chicken sandwiches!!! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Menu Monday


Whew! These last few weeks have been a killer! My sweet baby girl got hit with the fllu :( And we took 2 trips to Insta-Care, one for our little guy, and one for my poor husband who got cement powder in his eyes. I'm praying this week is boring. I need a boring week! :)

Monday: Chicken and Stuffing Casserole and green salad
Wednesday:  Taco Pizza
Thursday: Beans and ham in the crockpot with biscuits
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Crockpot Lasagna

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Fresh Veggie Pizza



2 cans crescent rolls
1 pkg cream cheese
1 pkg dry ranch dip mix
Fresh veggies: Carrots, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, zucchini, olives, cauliflower, tomatoes, green onion, etc.

Open your crescent rolls, and on a greased cookie cheat, spread them into a single layer and pinch the seams together, so you form one big rectangle.
Bake according to package directions.
While the crescents cool, mix together the cream cheese and ranch mix until well blended. Chop veggies.
Once the crescents are cooled, spread on top of the crescent base. Top with veggies, cut into squares and enjoy!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Mookies {Muffin Tin Cookies}



2 cups plus 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
12 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled until warm
1 cup brown sugar, packed
½ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips 

 Preheat oven 325°.  Grease a mini muffin tin.

Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.  In a mixer mix butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg  and vanilla until combined.  Add dry ingredients and beat at low-speed just until combined.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Spoon small spoonfuls into your hand, and roll into about 1" balls, place a ball in each muffin tin.
Bake for 15-18 minutes. 
Allow to cool completely before removing each cookie from the tin by running a butter knife around the outside of the cookie, loosening it from the sides.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Menu Monday

Monday: Steak and Baked Potatoes
Tuesday: Sweet and Sour Chicken, white rice and broccoli
Wednesday: Mexican Lasagna, spanish rice and green salad
Thursday: Fish and Chips
Friday: Spaghetti and breadsticks
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: White Chicken Chili

Monday, October 28, 2013

Menu Monday

 
Monday: Steak, stuffing and steamed veggies
Thursday: Happy Halloween! Hearty Beef Chili
Saturday: Date Night
Sunday: Roasted Italian Drumsticks, stuffing and veggies

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Spicy French Dip Sliders

French dips are a STAPLE in or house! They are SO easy and yummy! They are perfect for a cold winter day!
2 lb roast
1 tsp ground red pepper (GROUND... not crushed)
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
4 cup beef broth
water
1 packet au jus mix + 1/2 tsp ground red pepper + 1/4 tsp garlic powder
French rolls
spicy brown mustard
 
put the roast, seasoning and broth in the crockpot, set onto low, and walk away for about 8-10 hours. Shred the roast and place back into the broth until you're ready to eat. Prepare the au jus according to the package directions, adding the red pepper and garlic powder.
Assemble sandwiches and add the spicy brown mustard.
Dip into au jus and ENJOY!
 


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