Tag Archives: food

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.

Advertisements

Enchilada Casserole

This casserole comes from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks, the one our church put together. I have great luck with all of the recipes I have made from it. This enchilada casserole was no exception. We had it Sunday night with a side of Mexican rice.

Enchilada Casserole

1 lb. ground beef
1 pkg. taco seasoning mix
1 can ranch style beans
4 sm. flour tortillas
1 cup shredded cheese
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup

Brown ground beef and drain. Add taco seasoning mix. Spread in a 9×13 baking dish. Layer in the following order: beef, beans, tortillas, cheese, tomatoes, and soup. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.

All four of us voted this a thumbs up. I believe everyone had a second helping. Sorry about the lack of pics but I have lost the charger to my camera battery and will have to order a new one.

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.

Awesome and easy potatoes

As I have mentioned before, our Sunday School class eats lunch together once a month. For July I made an easy potato recipe that was a sure hit. In fact, I was not able to get a picture because they went so fast.

Maggie B’s Potatoes

10-12 red potatoes, boiled

Drain. You may leave the skin on or peel it off.

1/2-1 stick oleo or butter
1 pt. ranch dressing
6-8 green onions, chopped
1 lb cooked bacon, crumbled
8-12 oz. shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients and pour over diced (chunky) potatoes. Reheat at 350 degrees until the cheese melts and the Ranch dressing is warm. I used a 9×13 pan.

Everyone agreed that these were the perfect potatoes for a church potluck (or any potluck for that matter). I definitely will be making them again!

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.

One of those go-to recipes

Our Sunday School class takes turns bringing breakfast every week. Due to our class size, I only end up having to take a turn every 2 1/2 to 3 months. I always envision myself making a new and exciting breakfast that will impress all my classmates and be the envy of those less skilled in the kitchen. But let’s get real here- I usually end up getting busy on Saturday, practically forgetting that tomorrow is my turn, and what do I do? I go to the stand-by- Easy Sausage and Hash Brown Casserole from Southern Living Busy Moms Weeknight Favorites. It is easy and quick and has been a real crowd pleaser every time I have made it. I am not sure if I should post the recipe here or not due to the evil Copyright Police (you know what I mean, Mary), so if you are interested in the recipe, I will be happy to email it to you. I do have to say that I recommend this cookbook because I have made several recipes from it and they all have passed the test so far.

Coming soon- Upside Down Pizza Casserole (also from the same SL cookbook) and Fish Tacos so please check back for more recipe reviews and menu ideas!