Angie Gets Organized

This is why I'm trying to get organized...for my family. I am a strong believer in family meal time, but I know that without a little planning, it will be hard to keep us all together. It will also be easier to spend money foolishly on prepared foods or fast food. I love trying out new recipes, so this is my site to pass on recipes, while also organizing them into a meal plan. I hope it helps you to keep your family together. I would love to hear what others are having for dinner, or see a new recipe or two! Feel free to leave me some feedback in the comments least then I would know someone is reading this!

It's not gourmet...just good food!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Melissa Etheridge Deal of the Day on Amazon

Get the new Melissa Etheridge album as an mp3 download from Amazon for $3.99. It is the deal of the day at until May 3.

Cheesy Chicken Supreme

Serves 4

4 slices bacon
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (I cut into bite-size pieces for faster cooking)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 10oz can condensed mushroom soup
1/2 c. milk
1 c. shredded Havarti cheese (I substitute cheddar)
1 6oz pkg couscous ( I substitue rice or orzo)

1. In large skillet, cook bacon until crisp; remove from pan and drain on paper towels. Add chicken to drippings in skillet; cook 2-3 min on each side.
2. Add onion and garlic to skillet; cook and stir for 4-5 min, until crisp-tender. Add soup and milk; stir to blend. Simmer until chicken is throughly cooked. Chill chicken mixture in refrigerator or ice-water bath. (Do not refrigerate if serving immediately. Add bacon and cheese, cover and cook for 4-5 min till cheese is melted)
3. Crumble bacon and place in zipper-lock bag. Place cheese in zipper-lock bag. Place chilled chicken and sauce in zipper-lock bag. Place all bags inside larger bag; label and freeze. Reserve couscous or rice in pantry.
4. To thaw and reheat: Thaw overnight in fridge. Place chicken mixture in skillet and heat for about 10 min, until hot. Add bacon and cheese to skillet; cover and cook on low heat for 5-6 min, until chicken is thoroughly heated. Serve over hot cooked couscous, rice, or orzo).

*from Meals for a Month (Larsen)

Pepper Jack Burgers

*caution: may be too spicy for the kiddos!
makes 4 burgers

1 lb lean ground beef
1 c. shredded pepper jack cheese
1 Tbsp. worchestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. water
2 tsp. grill seasoning (recipe follows)
2 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. onion powder
2 tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried oregano
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. red cayenne pepper
*combine all of the above, store in airtight container. Sprinkle on meats or veggies.

1. In a medium bowl, combine beef, pepper jack cheese, worchestshire sauce, seasoning and water. Mix gently. Form into 4 patties. Grill immediately or freeze for later use.

Sticky Chicken

makes about 1 1/2 cups of marinade/sauce

1/2 c. balsamic vinegar
1/2 c. honey
1 c. heinz ketchup
4 cloves garlic, minced (I use a little less)
1 Tbsp. olive oil (I have used vegetable and canola too)
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary ( or 1 tsp. dried)
1 tsp. grated lemon zest (I have substituted lemon juice)
1 tsp. black pepper

1. Place vinegar and honey in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 min. Stir in ketchup, garlic, oil, and rosemary: reduce heat to med-low and simmer for 2 min.
2. Stir in lemon zest and pepper. Cool completely (unless using immediately as a sauce).
3. Coat chicken pieces (or chicken breasts) in marinade. Place in ziplock bag and freeze for later use. If using immediately, coat chicken and then grill or bake.
4. To thaw, thaw in bag overnight in fridge. Remove from bag and grill or bake. Delicious!!

*marinade can also keep in fridge for up to 1 week
*recipe from back of Heinz ketchup bottle (originally called Honey-Balsamic Chicken Glaze)

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Empanadas

Makes 8 empanadas, great for on-the-go breakfasts

6oz cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
3/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
2/3 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp. butter
5 large eggs, beaten
1 17.3 oz can refrigerated jumbo flaky biscuits
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1-2 tsp. sesame seeds (opt)

1. Stir together first 4 ingredients in a medium bowl until blended; stir in cheese.
2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat; add eggs, and cook, without stirring, until eggs begin to set on bottom. Draw a spatula across bottom of skillet to form large curds. Continue cooking until eggs are slightly thickened but still moist. (Do not stir constantly) Remove from heat, and let cool.
3. Flatten each biscuit into about a 5 inch circle. Spread cream cheese mixture evely over tops of dough circles, leaving 1/2 inch border around edge. Top evenly with scrambled eggs an bacon.
4. Fold dough circles in half over mixture, pinching edges to seal (I crimp with edge of a fork). Place on a greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Brush tops evenly with egg white, sprinkle with sesame seeds (if desired).
5. Bake at 375 degrees for 14-16 min, or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack. Serve warm.
6. To freeze: cool completely, flash freeze in single layer on cookie sheet in freezer, seal in a ziplock bag.
7. To reheat: wrap individual empanadas in a paper towel. Microwave at 50% power 1-2 min or until heated through.

*Southern Living, 1/03

Spaghetti Casserole

Serves 8-10

8oz pkg spaghetti
2 eggs
1/4 c. cream (or whole milk)
1 tsp. dried basil
1 lb bulk pork sausage
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 14oz can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 8oz can tomato sauce
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 cup beef broth
1 tsp Italian seasoning
2 c. shredded colby-jack cheese

1. Cook spaghetti in boiling water. Meanwhile, beat eggs, cream, and basil in large bowl. Drain spaghetti and immediately add to egg mixture. Toss spaghetti with egg mixture until coated. Place in 9x13 baking dish and put in refrigerator. (If serving immediately, do not put in fridge. Go directly to step 2.)
2. In skillet, cook pork with onion and garlic until pork is browned. Drain off excess fat. Add remaining ingredients except for cheese and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minto blend flavors. Pour sausage mixture over spaghetti in baking dish. Refrigerate until cold, then wrap, attach bag with colby-jack cheese, label with reheating instructions, and freeze. (If serving immediately, sprinkle with cheese, and bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 min)
3. To thaw and reheat: Thaw casserole overnight in fridge. Preheat oven to 375. Uncover, sprinkle with cheese, and bake 40-50 min, until thoroughly hot and cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

*from Meals for a Month (Larsen)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Menu 4/26-4/30

I've decided to do something different this week. I'm highlighting some recipes out of my Meals for a Month cookbook. I like to make meals to put away in the freezer for busy nights, and since we are heading into busy sports months, I thought this would be helpful. I'm not sure I'll get to making all of these for this week, but at least you'll have the recipes in case you want to. You could double the recipes, eat half for dinner this week, and save the other half for another busy night. Or you could try to make all the recipes in a weekend for use when needed.

Spaghetti Casserole
Bacon & Egg Empanadas
Sticky Chicken (for bone-in or boneless)
Pepper Jack Burgers (our favorite for cookouts!!)
Chicken Supreme

I'll be posting the recipes very soon!

A few good deals for this week

Found a few good bargains to pass on for this week:

$5.00 cookbooks are back. Use them for yourself or gifts. Free shipping on orders over $20 with code at checkout (LST02)

Walmart (hopefully in this area) is offering 24 pack sodas for $5.00! Stock up for the cookouts and family reunions this summer.

Money maker at Walgreens this week. Buy 8 Hallmark cards, get $5.00 RR for next purchase. The $0.49 cards should be included in this deal 8x 0.49=$3.92-$5.00 RR=$1.08+++money maker!! I can always use the children's cards for birthdays!

Tomorrow (Wed 4/28) is $0.31 cent scoop night at Baskin-Robbins!! This is a fundraiser for local firefighters. 5-10pm

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thank you Sarah for showing me ! It's a really great site. For anyone looking for quickie recipes, using normal ingredients, you should check it out. May end up using some of them in my menues.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

This week's menu

Menu 4/19-4/26

Mon: Breakfast Burritos. Giant sliced bacon is $2.99, Brown and Serve Sausage is 10/$10, and Giant Cheese is $1.89/pkg!! at Giant/Martin's. Mission Tortillas are $1.99, but I suspect you can find some cheaper at Walmart. If you just want breakfast sandwiches, English Muffins are BOGO this week ($3.39 for 2!!--Walmart sells them for $2.00/pkg).

Tue: Pizza Burgers. Snag some of the Giant Cheese at $1.89 and Ground Beef 85/15 at $2.69/lb at Giant/Martin's

Wed: We're eating at the church! Clean out your pantry/freezer night.

Thur: Chicken on the grill. Either use up some breasts from the freezer or check out Giant Chicken Thighs/Drumsticks (The ad says any size pkg) 10/$10!! We'll have to go shopping to see how "big" these packages are...but still sounds like a good deal, as long as they are at least 1 lb pkgs! Make some extra for tomorrow night's supper.

Fri: Chicken Ceasar Salads. Use the leftover chicken from last night with a Dole Salad Kit. They are BOGO at Martin's ($3.69 for 2 bags).

Sat: Hoagies. Homemade or storebought. Giant Deli Meat is 2/$6.00 (7-9 oz pkg). And, just in case you didn't pick up any of the chip deals last week, Herr's Chips, pretzels, or tortilla chips are 3/$6.00. You could also pick up Snyder's Prezels on BOGO ($3.49 for 2) or generic Krunchers Chips for $1.00/bag.

Sun: Leftovers.

Mon: English Muffin Pizzas. Since you will most likely have pizza sauce and cheese left over from Tue's meal, this is a good lead into next week. Don't forget to get the English Muffins on BOGO at Martin's.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Saturday Shopping

If you're heading out today, there is still time to snag a few bargains before the sales change tomorrow. Ideally, I would have liked to have had this out earlier in the week, but it is what it is (my new mantra)!

Weis Market
General Mills Cereal 2/$5.00...almost positive there is a coupon for this, but couldn't find it before writing this
Arm & Hammer Laundry Detergent is BOGO at $4.69-$1 MF Coupon= $3.69 for two!!

Puffs $0.99 (I believe there is a $1.00/6 coupon is last weeks coupons)
Dove Shampoo or conditioner $4.49-$4.49 EC (rebate)=FREE!!
27 oz family bag M&M's $5.99 (Aren't these usually around $7.00 at Walmart??)
Purex Complete 20ct. BOGO (I've heard these work pretty well)
Guitar Hero for Wii $29.99!! These were running around $50.00 at Christmas time!
Colgate Pro Clinical $3.99-$2.00 EC=$1.99-$1.00 MFC=$0.99!

Special K Cereal $2.39 Buy 5 boxes, get a $5.00 gift card= $1.39/box

Rite Aid
Always Pads $6.99-$2.00 SCR (rebate by mail)-$1.00 MFC=$3.99
Puffs $0.99
Secret or Old Spice Deodorant 2/$5.00-$2.00 SCR-$1.00 MFC= 2/$2.00 $1.00 each!!!

Lots of BOGO deals this week : Utz Potato Chips ($3.99 for 2), Perdue Chicken Breasts, Pork Tenderloin, Giant Brand Oatmeal ($2.99 for 2), Martin's Potato Chips ($3.79 for 2), Aunt Jemima Pancakes ($2.99 for 2), Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread ($3.69 for 2), Select GM Cereals (2/$5.00), Herr's Potato Chips ($4.99 for 2), Sargento Cheese (2/$4.00).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

New Menu 4/12-4/18

After deleting about 100 messages from my inbox this morning, mopping the foyer (again) to rid the floor of doggie pee (the never ending battle), and digging to the bottom of my desk pile, I found my calendar and realized I didn't post the menu for this week. Geez! It's hard getting organized! Here it is, and yes, I realize we can't live last night (Thank God!), so put Monday's meal somewhere else in your week.

Mon 4/12: Spaghetti. All spaghetti ingredients on sale at Martin's this week

Tue 4/13: Pork BBQ (crockpot). Pork tenderloin and Pork Roast on sale at Martin's for BOGO
this week. BBQ sauce on sale for $1.00 and Maier's rolls are BOGO at Martin's also.

Wed 4/14: French Toast Casserole. Will have to look on to find the recipe. Hopefully I will remember to post it this time! Pepperidge Farm Swirl Bread is BOGO this week at Martin's (makes it $1.84/loaf!!). This is yummy bread in the casserole!

Thur 4/15: Leftovers (or perhaps the spaghetti from Mon!)

Fri 4/16: White Chicken Chili. You can make this homemade from a recipe, but I prefer the McCormac Seasoning Packets. I will caution you, a whole pack of seasoning makes it pretty spicy. I usually just use a half pack so that the kids will eat it better.

Sat 4/17: Toasted Cheese Sandwiches. Serve with leftover chili.

Sun 4/18: Baked Potato Bar. 5lb bag of potatoes is $2.99 at Martin's, but may be able to get them cheaper at Aldi's or Save-a-lot. I bought a 10lb bag at Aldi's for $2.50 over Easter week (not sure if this was a special or normal price). Steam-ready veggies are $1.00/bag at Martin's if you want to serve broccoli & cheese on top of your potatoes.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Menu 4/5-4/11

Happy Easter!! He is Risen!

Menu for next week: I haven't looked at a sales flyer in two weeks, so feel free to substitute cheaper meals when you find them. Most of these items I have on hand. I will only have to pick up some chicken (hopefully I will find some on sale somewhere!).

Mon 4/5: Potato, Ham, and Broccoli Casserole. Use up those Easter leftovers (hopefully you're not too tired of ham yet). This is a Paula Dean Recipe so it should be good (I have not tried it yet). I guess if you have broccoli-haters, you could omit that and just serve the casserole with whatever veggie side you like.

Tues 4/6: Meatloaf. Make one big loaf or several mini-loaves. I'll share the recipe we like to use.

Wed 4/7: Leftovers. You could use your leftover meatloaf in an open face sandwich with gravy or you might still have Easter leftovers.

Thur 4/8: Sticky Chicky. (Marinated chicken drums and thighs).

Fri 4/9: Homemade Pizza. I have a recipe that rocks!! (Thanks to my relative Jodi)

Sat 4/10: Roast Beef. I still have one in the freezer from a BOGO deal a few weeks ago. Should be enough for some leftovers for Sunday's meal.

Sun 4/11: Beef and Noodles. Use the leftover roast beef from last night for this meal.