Monday, August 31, 2009

Menu Plan for August 31- September 6





Monday
we had leftovers today

Tuesday
steak (given to us by my mom)
hashbrown casserole
green beans

Wednesday
Dinner at church

Thursday
Breakfast for dinner

Friday
Duggar Family Tater-tot Casserole
(roll over from last week, didn't get to make it)

Saturday
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Rolls

Sunday
Baked chicken
Rice
some veggie

Let's see how I do this week! :)
God bless,
Amanda

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip


Friday night was our Wizards of Waverly Place House Party. We had a great turnout! 16 kids and 8 adults (three adults didn't stay). Princess enjoyed having her girlfriends over and Rocket boy had a couple of friends there too. I didn't want him to be left out. The kids had fun and there were lots of yummy munchies. I made Chicken Wing Dip (more for the adults than the kids because it is spicy). It's so yummy and everyone will love it.

Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

2 packages of cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup of hot sauce (I use buffalo sauce, not sure if it's different from hot sauce or not)
1 cup of ranch dressing
2 cups of diced, cooked chicken
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir together cream cheese and hot sauce until well blended. It's helpful if you microwave the cream cheese a bit to make it easy to incorporate the hot sauce. Then mix in ranch dressing, chicken and cheese. Spread into a 9x13 baking dish. Bake for 30 minutes.

I served with chips but you could also serve with celery sticks as well. This is sooo good! Enjoy!

Happy Eating!

This is being linked up at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday at Blessed with Grace and Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

Bargain Meal of the Week

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Welcome to the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at $5 Dinners!

Food Lion's ad is available online so be sure to check your local ad.

Some key items I saw that were on sale are:
Ground Beef 73% lean $1.39/lb
Assorted pork chops $1.99/lb
Split chicken breasts $.97/lb
Green grapes $.99/lb
Edy’s Ice Cream B1G1F
Food Lion whole grain white bread $.99
Ritz crackers B1G1F
Orville Redenbacher’s microwave popcorn B1G1F
Rice A Roni and Pasta Roni 10/$10
Velveeta Shells n Cheese 3/$5
Minute Maid Orange Juice 2/$5
Food Lion shredded cheese 3/$5
Toaster strudels 3/$5
New York Texas Garlic Toast B1G1F

Friday Saturday and Sunday ONLY:
Charmin 9 roll toiliet paper $3.99
Food Lion Cereals $.99
Food Lion 2ltr sodas $.50


Here’s a ground beef recipe that sounds yummy.

Porcupines

INGREDIENTS
· 1 pound lean ground beef
· 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
· 1/2 cup water
· 1/2 cup chopped onion
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
· 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
· 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
· 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
· 1 cup water
DIRECTIONS
1. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, rice, 1/2 cup of water and onion. Blend in salt, celery salt, garlic powder and pepper. Mix well. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the meatballs; drain fat.
3. In an 11x7 inch baking dish, combine the tomato sauce and 1 cup of water. Place the browned meatballs into the tomato sauce, turning to coat well.
4. Cover and bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes. Uncover, and cook for an additional 15 minutes.

And a chicken one as well.

Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy
INGREDIENTS
· 1/2 cup milk
· 1 egg, beaten
· 1 cup all-purpose flour
· 2 teaspoons garlic salt
· 1 teaspoon paprika
· 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
· 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
· 1 (4 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces
· 3 cups vegetable oil
· 1 cup chicken broth
· 1 cup milk
DIRECTIONS
1. In a medium bowl, beat together 1/2 cup milk and egg. In a resealable plastic bag, mix together the flour, garlic salt, paprika, pepper and poultry seasoning. Place chicken in bag, seal, and shake to coat. Dip chicken in milk and egg mixture, then once more in flour mixture. Reserve any remaining flour mixture.
2. In a large skillet, heat oil to 365 degrees F (185 degrees C). Place coated chicken in the hot oil, and brown on all sides. Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking chicken until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet, and drain on paper towels.
3. Discard all but 2 tablespoons of the frying oil. Over low heat, stir in 2 tablespoons of the reserved flour mixture. Stirring constantly, cook about 2 minutes. Whisk in chicken stock, scraping browned bits off bottom of skillet. Stir in 1 cup milk, and bring all to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with the chicken.





Come back next week and see what meals I come up with!

God bless,
Amanda

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

How the week is going

We're in the last bit of the month were grocery money is scarce. So I am praising God at how we still have plenty to eat until next payday! God is so good!

I will still need to buy milk and a couple of other things but not much at all. Payday is the 3rd so not too much longer!

Tonight we'll be eating at church. Then tomorrow night we'll have leftover Pan-Roasted Mushroom & Pepper Pork Enchiladas. Plus I will probably make rice to go along with it.

Friday night we are hosting a Wizards of Waverly Place House Party. Princess will have a few friends over and the boys hopefully will have one or two each as well. Then we'll have munchies and watch the new Wizards of Waverly Place movie on the Disney Channel. I will post more about the party after we have it. I was approved to host it through Houseparty.com. It's an awesome site to get free things for hosting parties. Nothing to buy or sell just kind of a way for companies to do word of mouth advertising. By the way, I wasn't paid to mention that or asked to I just really enjoy getting free stuff! Check it out if you'd like to host your own house party!


We didn't get around to eating the BBQ pork sandwiches last week so that will be eaten on Saturday and probably Sunday for lunch.

Hope you're all having a great week!
God bless,
Amanda

Pork Enchiladas and Homemade Enchilada Sauce




Sorry I've been absent a bit. Things have been hectic here and haven't had a chance to try any new recipes to post. However, I finally got to make these so I'm posting it for you here. These are so yummy! I got the recipe from a lady named Jessica on the Cooking For Your Family board. The only thing I change is that I use a bit more mushrooms and green chilies instead of green pepper. You can use different cheeses. I used colby and monterey jack this time. I think my oven temp was a bit off because my enchiladas weren't as dry as when I had made them before. Just make sure that most of the sauce it absorbed and the tops appear dry. This is so good!

Pan-Roasted Mushroom & Pepper Pork Enchiladas:
Ingredients:
1 lb pork tenderloin (boneless)
1 green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 tin presliced/prewashed mushrooms
1 small (or 1/2 med) Vidalia onion, finely diced
6-8 ounces fat free cream cheese
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (or favorite melting cheese)
vegetable oil
salt & pepper
enchilada sauce (recipe below)
burrito size tortillas of choice (should use flour or whole wheat)

Directions:
*Preheat oven to bake at 350º
*Sear & pan-cook pork tenderloin with a little vegetable oil, and seasoned with salt & pepper just until cooked through. Allow meat to rest & cool for 5-10 minutes, then cut into bite-sized chunks & set aside in a mixing bowl.
*In same pan, sautee bell pepper dices until pan roasted and beginning to soften and brown, then set aside in the mixing bowl with pork.
*In same pan, sautee mushrooms until just cooked through and softened, then add to pork and pepper mix.
*In same pan, sautee and carmelize onion dices, seasoned with salt and pepper as desired.
*Once onions are carmelized, add cream cheese and pork mixture into pan, melting cream cheese until everything is coated evenly with cream cheese.
*Turn off heat, then add shredded mozzarella.
*Mix everything together until evenly blended.
*Fill tortilla with about 1/4-1/3 cup of pork mixture and fold over.
*Lay enchiladas seam-side down in flat baking dish (makes between 6-8 enchiladas, depending on how full you make them).
*Top with enchilada sauce.
*Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes at 350º or for 20 minutes at 400º.
*Most of the enchilada sauce should be absorbed into enchiladas, with the top of the enchiladas appearing almost "dry."
*Serve, and be prepared to eat with a fork.
*Enjoy!


This enchilada sauce is really yummy. I cut down the chili powder a bit. I use a little over a tablespoon as the kids find the whole amount too spicy for them. This also comes from Jessica. Very easy! I measured it this time and got almost 2.5 cups of sauce.


Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Use this economical sauce to prepare enchiladas or any recipe calling for enchilada sauce.
*Heat oil in large 2-quart saucepan; stir in flour and chili powder; cook for 1 minute.
*Add remaining ingredients bring to a boil and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Makes 3 cups sauce.

I also wanted to add that you can easily make this recipe in steps and even freeze parts of it. For instance, today I used pork I had cooked and frozen as well as sauteed mushrooms and onions that I had frozen. Plus I made the enchilada sauce a couple days in advance. All those things made this go together really quick!


These definitely Work For Me! Happy eating!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Menu Check up- How have I done

Monday we had the crockpot pork loin. I just put it in the crockpot all day with salt and pepper. I did add about a cup of water because I like extra juice to use for gravy or to add some with meat to freeze. I served it with carrots and mashed potatoes. I packaged two sandwich bags packed full for BBQ sandwiches and the pork enchiladas and put in the freezer.

Last night we had nachos for dinner. Just nachos, melted cheese, taco seasoned ground beef (from the freezer) and tomatoes.

Tonight we'll be eating at church.

So that brings me to the rest of the week. I really want to make the enchiladas tomorrow. I have a very full day though and am not sure it will work out for sure yet. So if not, it will be made on Friday. If I don't have time tomorrow we'll probably do beans and cornbread with sliced tomatoes.

So far, I over planned. Which is okay because everything I planned was from my freezer or fridge. I didn't go buy anything special to cook anything. We're down to very little grocery money for the month. So I am planning on really trying to only get milk and bread. I would like to catch some chicken if I can on sale. I haven't seen what's on sale for the week at our smaller grocery stores around here. They usually are the ones to run the best deals on meats.

I also fixed some egg salad to have for my lunch the other day. I had never actually made egg salad before. I'm not even sure I made it the right way but it was pretty good. I just boiled 6 eggs, mashed well with a fork. Then I added mayo, dill relish, salt and pepper and a handful of shredded cheese. I grilled sourdough bread and put the egg salad on it and topped with two slices of bacon and yellow tomato. I really liked it and I ate it for two days. Then Princess finished it off before she went to school this morning. She loves stuff like that. I would love to see your egg salad recipes! I am definitely going to be making this again and would love to try other variations.

Hope you all are having a great week!

God bless,
Amanda

Monday, August 17, 2009

Menu Plan for Aug-17-23






It's been awhile since I've made a menu plan. I think I am more of a stockpiller then make meals from what we have most of the time. However, I really would like to get better at menu planning. So here it goes for this week. This is a loose plan. I'm not sure which days we'll have what yet. But here's an idea anyway. :) Recipes that are new will follow after I've made them.


Crockpot Roasted Pork
Mashed potatoes
corn
green beans

Pan-Roasted Mushroom & Pepper Pork Enchiladas
tex mex rice
fiesta salad

Quesadillas
leftover rice
leftover fiesta salad

Pinto beans
cornbread
sliced tomatoes

Duggar Family Tater Tot Casserole
brussel sprouts
corn

BBQ Pork Sandwiches
mom's coleslaw
fries

Leftover night


I know there's a lot of pork but it was on sale for a great price ($1.69/pound). If we get porked out LOL I may change it up a bit. Thanks for stopping by! Hope you all have a great week! Check out tons of other menu plans at Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie!

God bless,
Amanda

Friday, August 14, 2009

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

Bargain Meal of the Week

Click on the image to go find your Bargain Meal of the Week!


Welcome to the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at $5 Dinners!

Food Lion's ad is available online so be sure to check your local ad.

Some key items I saw that were on sale are:
Boneless Chicken breasts or tenders $1.99/lb
SpaghettiOs 2/$1
Campbell's Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup 2/$1
Ziploc Sandwich Bags B1G1F ($3.59 reg price)
Country style pork ribs $1.49/lb
Smithfield Bacon B1G1F ($4.99 reg price)
Seedless Red Grapes .99/lb
Ball Park Franks B1G1F $4.00)
Scott paper towels 8 rolls $4.99
All Detergent B1G1F ($5.32 regular price)
Hamburger Helper 10/$10
Ronzoni Spaghetti or Elbows 10/$10
Kraft american singles 12oz 4/$5 (but you do have to buy 5 to get this price)
Tennessee Pride Sausage 2/$5
Oscar Mayer Lunchable 10/$10
hass avocados .99 ea


I found this recipe to try. It sounds very yummy!

Balsamic Chicken and Pasta

3 cloves garlic, minced
2 ounces fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 pound penne pasta
2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. Mince garlic cloves in food processor or blender. Add 1/3 of the basil leaves to the processor, and chop until fine. Pour in 1/2 cup of olive oil, and continue to process until mixture turns light yellow with flecks of basil. Add the balsamic vinegar; process just until combined.
2. Place the chicken breasts in a large zip-top storage bag along with 1 tablespoon salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, and the contents of the food processor. Squeeze air out of bag and seal. Allow chicken to marinate for 2 hours, or up to overnight, turning occasionally.
3. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
4. Brown chicken in a large skillet over large heat, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer chicken to a large baking dish, and place in the oven until cooked through, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove chicken from oven, slice into 1/4 inch strips, and return to baking dish to absorb cooking juices. Keep warm.
5. While chicken is baking, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Boil the pasta until cooked through, but still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well. Stir the chicken and the juices from the baking dish into the hot pasta.
6. Thinly slice the remaining basil leaves, and place in a large serving bowl along with the tomatoes. Stir in 1/4 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, and salt and pepper to taste. Top basil and tomatoes with the hot pasta, sauce, and chicken; toss to combine.

FOOTNOTES
Cook's Notes:
Any hearty pasta that will hold the sauce works well in this recipe.

The chicken can be fully cooked on the grill, if desired. It will blacken from the vinegar, but will taste delicious.

For a more colorful dish, use a mix of red and yellow tomatoes.


Come back next week and see what meals I come up with!

God bless,
Amanda

Monday, August 10, 2009

End of summer



Today was registration day and the kids go back to school on Wednesday. I am going to be a bit absent until then. I really want to take tomorrow and enjoy the last day before classes start. We'll be going swimming in the morning with friends (which we did today as well!) and just being with each other. I am really going to miss these sweet punkins during the day. Sure, there are times I wouldn't mind a break. However, I love having them home. Five days a week, 7 hours a day is too long to be gone. I love my babies. See you all a bit later this week!
God bless,
Amanda
P.S. Monkey is not pictured because he is not a fan of the water. So daddy and him spent some time together. Hopefully he will start liking the water soon!

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Did you know and a few random things

Thank you all for your comments yesterday! I haven't had a chance to reply to emails/comments since we were gone to Nashville most of yesterday. Hopefully I will get to spend a little time catching up soon! Just know that any email or comment means so much to me!

Yesterday Monkey had his appointment in Nashville. Everything looked good and he goes back in 6 months.

My mother-in-law had wanted to come with us and take the kids to Chuck E Cheese's but didn't feel well. She decided to send the kids money to go. The kids always enjoy it. We don't have one in the town where we live so it's a rare treat for them to get to go.

Did you know, that if you buy the kids cups they sell there (the reusable plastic ones), you can bring them back and use them again and not have to pay for your drink the next time? We now have enough cups for each of us to have one. So yesterday when we went, we didn't have to pay for any drinks. That is a huge money saver!

Also, you can sign up to receive coupons on their website. I think they usually send them once a month. Another way to save if you enjoy going.



I read The Happy Housewife's review on Julie and Julia today. I really want to see this but I've also seen the previews for The Time Traveler's Wife and really want to see it. I'm a sucker for a good romantic "chick flick". Well, the other day my husband asks me if I can find someone to watch the kids and we can go see The Time Traveler's Wife. I was so impressed that he asked me without me having to ask. We'll go to a matinee to save money. We haven't been to the movies in a long time and haven't had a date in a long time either. So hopefully things will work out so that we can go. So since we can only go to one, I think I'll go to the Time Traveler's Wife. I'll catch Julie and Julia at the Redbox.

I'll get to go grocery shopping this weekend! Yay! So I should have some new yummy recipes to post this week. I have several new recipes I'd like to try. I'm hoping to go back to menu planning this week. It really does help and I did it for awhile. I need to start getting back to it.

Hope you all enjoy your weekend! School starts back for us on Monday. I'm not really ready to send the kids back. I sure will miss having them here! Monkey will still be here. He won't start until next year. Kids just grow up too fast!

God bless,
Amanda

Friday, August 7, 2009

A few things I need to make.....soon

Look at these Homemade Ice cream Drumsticks! This looks so yummy! These are really expensive in the store so this would be worth the effort in the amount saved.

These look amazing! Butter Pecan Banana Waffles

These look really yummy as well! Duggar Family Rolls

This just calls to me...I've never tried capers but might have to give them a shot! Chicken with brown butter and caper sauce


Have you all found something you must try or something you recently tried that you think I need to try? Would love to hear from you! Leave me a link in the comments and I'll check it out. I love new recipes!

God bless,
Amanda

Thursday, August 6, 2009

My first blog award!!



Thank you to Geri for the "ONE LOVELY BLOG AWARD"! My first award! Thank you again! Now I get to pass it on to you.
I'm so excited to pass this award on to;
1. Crafty Mom of 4 Boys
2. Thrifty Ways and Ideas
3. Jack and Maggie and Family
4. Creative Escapes
5. Cooking During Stolen Moments
6. The Happy Housewife
7. Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
8. $5 Dinners
9. Lick the Bowl Good
10. Life as Mom
11. Like Merchant Ships
12. Lynn's Kitchen Adventures
13. Mommy's Kitchen
14. Southern Plate
15. The Grocery Cart Challenge


These 15 blogs of the many that I love!
In accepting the award, you are asked to pass the award on to 15 other sites you love.

So if you accept this award from me copy the picture to your pc and pass it on to your 15.

Thank you again Geri. Please take the time and visit her blog at Heart N Soul Cooking.

God bless,
Amanda

Squash Casserole....yummmm!


I love squash casserole! I've actually never made it but have had it before. I had some squash in the freezer and decided to make it tonight for dinner. We're still living out of the pantry, turns out I won't get to go grocery shopping until Saturday or maybe Sunday.

This recipe turned out absolutely yummy! I will definitely make it again!

Squash Casserole
2 1/2 pounds of yellow squash, sliced
1/2 stick of butter plus 2 tablespoons
1 small onion, diced
2 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup of mayonnaise
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
about 3/4 of a sleeve of buttery crackers (I used the generic ritz kind), crushed

Cook squash, covered, in a small amount of water. Cook until tender, then drain well. I used a colander to drain them and then pressed on them with some paper towels to get as much water out as I could.

Return squash to the pot. Combine with 1/2 stick of butter and mash well. Add onion, eggs, mayo, sugar, salt and cheese.

Pour into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Mine measured 2 quarts so I'm sure any similar dish will do.

In a microwave safe bowl, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave. Add crushed crackers and stir well. Sprinkle on top of squash mixture.

Bake at 325 for 30-45 minutes.

So tonight we had baked chicken breasts, squash casserole, buttered noodles and brussel sprouts. And yes, Rocket boy and Princess LOVE brussel sprouts. All Monkey ate were the noodles and a little bit of chicken. I made sure to give him a little of each thing on the plate though. Hopefully he'll eat more veggies eventually. *sigh*

Tomorrow we are off for an appointment for Monkey with the Urologist in Nashville. He had surgery on his kidneys in May. So far everything seems to be working well so hopefully his appointment will go well.

Have a great day!
God bless,
Amanda

This is being linked up at
Friday Feast at Momtrends
Family Recipe Fridays at Vanderbilt Wife
Foodie Friday at Designs By Gollum

Bargain Meal of the Week- Food Lion

Bargain Meal of the Week

Click on the image to go find your Bargain Meal of the Week!


Welcome to the Bargain Meal of the Week. I am enjoying this and hope you all are too. Check out even more great recipes and bargains at $5 Dinners!

Food Lion's ad is available online so be sure to check your local ad.

Bone-in chicken breasts are on sale for .97/pound. That's a great deal. I didn't get to stock up the last time they were on sale so I plan to go get some this time.

They also have New York Strip Steak on sale for $4.99. That wouldn't make for a bargain meal exactly. However, for a date night at home or something like that, it would be much cheaper than eating out.

Some other items I saw:
green grapes .99/lb
breyers ice cream B1G1F (it would make it $2.50 a container and that's about what most store brands are, so that's a great deal)
16oz Food Lion pasta .90
Food Lion Cooking Oil 48oz $2.39
Kraft Pasta Salad 4/$5

Food Lion canned veggies .69 (I've tried these and they are just as good as name brand. I know I've heard that some of them have higher liquid content in place of some of the veggies, but I've found these to have just as many beans if not more than name brand.)
Food Lion shredded cheese 16oz 2/$6
ore-idea potatoes 20-32oz B2G1F
(These are $2.99 each to it would be about $6 for three bags, $2 a bag)

Meal #1
Since grapes and chicken are on sale I'd have to make chicken salad. It would be more for lunches and I don't use a recipe but I will tell you what I put in it.

chicken
mayonnaise
grapes
pecans
salt and pepper to taste

I just add mayo a bit at a time till it's as creamy as I want it. Same with grapes and nuts. I just use as much as I'm wanting in it. I love to eat this with pita bread or croissants.

Meal #2
40 Clove Garlic Chicken
I found this recipe one day when I was looking through menu plans on Menu Planning Monday. It sounded really yummy. I would serve this with Mashed potatoes and another veggie.

Meal #3
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken (using chicken breasts instead of a whole chicken)
1 (2 to 3 pound) whole chicken
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon paprika

1. Wad three pieces of aluminum foil into 3 to 4 inch balls, and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker.
2. Rinse the chicken, inside and out, under cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels. Season the chicken with the salt, pepper and paprika, and place in the slow cooker on top of the crumbled aluminum foil.
3. Set the slow cooker to High for 1 hour, then turn down to Low for about 8 to 10 hours, or until the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear.


Hashbrown casserole (using the ore ida potatoes and shredded cheese on sale)
Hashbrown Casserole
2 cups of cheese (I used cheddar)
1 10 3/4oz can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup of sour cream (I only used a little over a 1/2 cup)
1/2 cup onion (diced)
1/4 cup of butter
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 32ox bag of shredded hashbrown potatoes (it seems most bags are 30oz now and that was what I used)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking pan. In a large bowl, mix together the 1st 7 ingredients. Then fold in the potatoes. Pour in to your pan. Bake for 1 hour.

So simple yet so yummy! I also let the hashbrowns thaw on the counter for a bit to make mixing easy.

Serve with green beans (canned, on sale)


I could find many more meals with Chicken. It's so versatile! I would highly recommend cooking it up in large batches in the crockpot (or your preferred way of cooking it). You can then package in 2 cup or so portions and freeze. Or you can assemble some dishes and freeze them. Freezer cooking is such a handy thing and can be a time saver and money saver on those busy evenings when you'd normally get take out.

Come back next week and see what meals I come up with!

God bless,
Amanda

Monday, August 3, 2009

Duggar Family Tater Tot Casserole



We really enjoy watching the Duggar's tv show on TLC. We've seen them on more than one occasion, serve tater tot casserole. I have to admit, I've never had tater tot casserole. I really like tater tots though so we thought we'd give it a shot. This was a pantry meal because I had everything here to make it.

This was absolutely great comfort food! Everyone enjoyed it (well except for Monkey but he rarely likes anything). Plus we have enough leftover for lunch tomorrow. I also want to mention how quick it went together because of using already cooked ground beef that I had in my freezer. I spent maybe 10 minutes including the corn and green beans, prepping. Then everything was done within an hour. Very quick and easy!

Tater Tot Casserole
TATER TOT CASSEROLE
2 lb ground turkey cooked, seasoned, drained
3 2lb bags tater tots
2 cans cream of mushroom
2 cans evaporated milk
2 cans cream of chicken
Brown meat & place in large casserole dish.
Cover with tater tots. Mix soup & milk together.
Pour over top. Bake at 350 for 1 Hour.
Makes 2- 9”X13” pans




I halved this recipe and added cheese during the last 12 minutes. I served this with corn on the cob and green beans. We will definitely be making this again!

This is being shared at Tempt My Tummy Tuesday and Tasty Tuesday at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Did you get your free Schwan's?

Did you get your free Schwan's?

I ordered a gallon of chocolate almond ice cream. I have heard their ice cream is wonderful! I have never ordered from Schwan's and probably won't again since it's a bit too pricey for my budget. I'm very excited about getting the ice cream! It was only 8 cents after discount! They're giving away $10 worth of free food. It may be over by now but check it out just in case if you haven't already.

So what did you all order?

Happy eating!