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!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

One heck of a month

October has already been one heck of a month...sickness is here in abundance, and we are still going thru it! I have still been planning my meals but haven't had time to post them. So, even though we are almost thru this month, I'm still going to post this month's menu...maybe it will give you some new ideas! Because who knows how November will be...

You'll find the menu on the sidebar, but here are the notes for some of them:

Easy Skillet Beef and Hashbrowns: this is a Campbell's recipe, so it is quick and easy. I think we would've preferred it baked instead of in the skillet. But overall, not too bad for a weeknight meal.

Chicken Bacon Paninis: we used deli meat (thin sliced) chicken, but it would be better with grilled chicken breasts. We used the deli meat to save time.

Pork Lo Mein: I made my own from leftover spaghetti noodles, cooked boneless porkchops, broccoli slaw (sold in the bagged salad area), and oriental seasoning sauce (in the International food area). It was delicious! I would've enjoyed it just as much without the meat.

Crunchy Onion Slow Beef Cooker Stroganoff: This is a French's brand recipe because it uses French's Fried Onions (like you use on green bean casserole). We really enjoyed it, especially with the leftover fried onions sprinkled on it just before serving.

Ham and Cheese Loaf: This is a Kraft recipe, so if you get the magazine (or did in the past), you've probably seen it. You use the refrigerated bread dough, ham, and cheese. Roll it up and bake it. Yummy dipped in honey mustard.

Chicken, Gnocci, Spinach soup: this is my quick version to the Olive Garden recipe. There are tons of mock recipes on the internet. I sauteed onion, celery, and garlic in butter, then added 5 c. chicken broth (or stock). To that I added 2 cans of cream of chicken soup, one can of chicken breast meat (or leftover cooked chicken), and 2 bags of frozen potato gnocchi. It was pretty thick. I would probably add more broth next time.

Meatballs: I like to make my own and bake them in ketchup/brown sugar sauce. They are tons of calories, but are so good when you want comfort food.

Homemade Hot pockets: I use refrigerated Grand biscuits, flatten into a 5 inch circle, fill with pizza sauce and cheese, fold in half and crimp shut (like an empanada) and then bake. They can be filled with whatever filling you like. Go to the hot pocket aisle in the grocery store for inspiration.

Italian Chicken: marinate chicken breasts in Italian dressing overnight. Layer marinated chicken in baking dish with diced tomatoes (with Italian seasonings). Bake until cooked thru.

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