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Menu plan + recipe review

I am working on my menu plan for this week. Since we are adjusting to some new routines, it is not carved in stone yet. I will give you my working plan for the week though-

Monday- Slow Cooker Taco Soup
Tuesday- Crockpot BBQ Chicken and veggies
Wednesday- beef stew and cornbread (at church- I don’t have to cook this one)
Thursday- Hamburger Casserole
Friday- leftover buffet

The weekend is still a work in progress however, but I think my husband has volunteered to defrost some steaks and grill. Also, I promised my 6 year old that we would have chicken Alfredo at some point as well.

Over the Christmas holiday, I made an easy and delicious Pizza Dip. I got the recipe from my sister and am happy to share it with you here:
Pizza Dip

Ingredients:
8 oz cream cheese
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground red pepper

3/4 -1 cup pizza sauce
1/2 c pepperonis, finely chopped
1/4 c scallions
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
Tortilla chips

Soften cream cheese: preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Blend with mixer first 5 ingredients. Lightly grease 9 in pie plate and spread mixture.
Sprinkle pizza sauce evenly on top, then toss pepperonis and scallions on top.
Bake for 10 minutes – remove and sprinkle mozzarella cheese – bake additional 10 minutes.

Can be mixed ahead and refrigerated before baking.

I usually double it to take to parties. Also, you can play with the seasonings a bit when blending the cream cheese and sour cream. I never measure, I just add until it tastes good to me. It has been a big hit every time I have made it.

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Menu Plan Monday- Aug 23


So I am posting this on Aug 24th. Things in my brain were a little hectic yesterday and I am late getting this all together. Here is what we are having this week. My goal is to use only meat that I already have in the freezer at home- saving money and forcing me to clean out the freezer all at the same time. We did shuffle some things around last week but mostly, we stayed on track. Hopefully, this week will be more of the same.

Monday- pizza at Cub Scout swim party
Tuesday- Hamburger Casserole
Wednesday- dinner at church
Thursday- 30-minute paella
Friday- tacos

Tomorrow I hope to recap last week, tell you what worked and what didn’t work and review the recipes that were new. For more menu ideas make sure to visit Laura’s blog each week for Menu Plan Monday

Menu Plan Monday-Aug. 16th

I am very excited about this weeks menu plan. All of our activities are in full swing so this week will be a good test of how successful I will be at staying with what I have planned. Scouts, soccer practice, dance and a PTO meeting will all try to throw me off my game, but I am determined to stay the course.

Monday- Mediterranean chicken over angel hair pasta and a side of green beans
Tuesday- Shrimp Tacos and a side of black bean and corn salsa
Wednesday- eat at church
Thursday- pepper steak over rice
Friday- pork scallopini with some sort of vegetable to be determined by what is in the freezer
Saturday- leftover buffet

Need menu ideas? Want to share your menu plan? Visit Laura’s blog.

Back to school week


It’s back to school week at the Insanity Cooks household. My 8 year old will be starting third grade on Thursday and my baby girl (who just turned 5) will be starting Kindergarten on Friday. Time to get back in the swing of things and that means back to full time meal planning and all the ins and outs that go with trying to fit home cooked meals into our busy and hectic schedule. Combine the excitement preparing for school with the fact that it is going to be 100 degrees every day this week, and I am trying my best to get organized. My goals for the week are 1) to cook every night we are going to be home this week and 2) not have to turn on the oven.

My menu plan for the week looks something like this:
Monday- Hamburger stroganoff and veggies
Tuesday- something with chicken- looking for suggestions
Wednesday- dinner at church
Thursday- roast in the crockpot, rolls, veggies
Friday- penne pasta skillet

The weekend will have to take care of itself as I am still waiting to see what our plans are going to end up being. As hot as it is, we will probably just want to sit in the house and eat ice cream all day!!

For more great menu ideas check out Menu Plan Monday at Laura’s blog!

Garlic Cheddar Chicken

I apologize in advance for the lack of photos in this post. I didn’t have my camera handy and before I could go track it down, the hoard had already descended and were serving up their share. This recipe for Garlic Cheddar Chicken has quickly become a family favorite. It is super easy to make and the flavor is fantastic. We had no activities on the calendar for last night, so I decided a home cooked meal was definitely in order. A good friend of mine has also made this recipe several times and she serves hers with a side of pasta with pesto. I decided to do that last night and I really feel that the flavors do compliment each other. I also added a salad and we were good to go. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Squash Casserole

Monday night I was feeling particularly domestic, so I had no problems with the meal plan. I had set a rather lofty goal for myself and luckily my mood fit the food. This was my pre-determined dinner:

grilled chicken breasts
mashed potatoes
purple-hull peas
squash casserole
cornbread

First the confession. These were pre-seasoned, boneless, skinless chicken breasts that came from Angel Food. I may or may not have used instant mashed potatoes (I will never tell). The peas were straight from the freezer section at Kroger. They usually run good sales on frozen veggies and I always try to keep plenty on hand. I did put some salt and a couple pieces of bacon in the peas while they cooked to add some flavor. Cornbread is easy at my house. Cornmeal, one egg, and enough buttermilk to get it all mixed up. I never measure when making cornbread. For me, that takes the fun out of it. I always make my cornbread in a cast iron skillet, and I have one that is just for making cornbread. All I really had to do was mix up and bake the squash casserole, so here is what I did.

I bought some great looking squash at a local produce stand over the weekend. I found an easy recipe for squash casserole that was not too ingredient intensive and got to work.

EASY SQUASH CASSEROLE

2 c. yellow squash, chopped
1 c. grated cheese
2 eggs
1/2 c. milk
1/4 c. melted butter
1 med. onion, chopped
14 Ritz crackers
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook onion and squash until tender and drain. Add milk and beaten egg to squash and onion mixture. Mix cheese, butter, and 7 crushed Ritz crackers and add to mixture. Add salt and pepper. Pour into buttered casserole dish. Sprinkle other 7 crushed Ritz crackers on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes.

MY COMMENTS
This casserole was super easy to make and was a big hit even with the kids. I feel that mine needed a bit more salt but that could be because I eye-balled the amount instead of measuring it out. I have a fear of adding too much salt which often leads me to under-salt things. Big Daddy said he would like to see a bit more cheese and more crackers next time. I love the quickness of this recipe though. It was not too stressful to come home and fix after a full day of work. This recipe gets an A+. I am going to continue searching recipes however for what I feel may be the ingredient that really makes this casserole sing.