Monday, September 27, 2010

Menu Plan Monday Week of 9/27/10-10/3/10

Here is our menu for this week :)

Monday: Dijon Pork Chops with Parmesan Fettuccini
Tuesday: Egg Salad Sandwiches
Wednesday: Steak Salad with Garlic Bread sticks
Thursday: Fend for Yourself Night
Friday: Pesto Pasta with Crispy Bread sticks
Saturday: Meatball Hoagies
Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner: Pancakes and Sausage

Would love to throw a nice dessert in somewhere too...we'll see!

French Fish Filets

I made this recipe out of my 3,4,5 ingredient cookbook. I, myself, didn't really care for it, but I think it is because I don't care for French salad dressing. If you like french salad dressing, you will probably love this :)

French Fish Filets

1 lb fish filets
1/4 cup French salad dressing
1/2 cup cracker crumbs

Dip filets in dressing, roll in crumbs and coat well. Place in 9 x 13 inch baking dish and bake at 350F for 10 minutes. Turn fish and cook 10 minutes longer or until fish is light brown.

I served it with stuffing and green beans :)

Monday, September 20, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I didn't have a chance to list this earlier today so it is actually Tuesday, but for those who would like to see what the King Crew plans on doing for dinner this week, have a look :) Tuesday and Thursday are our busiest days this week with soccer and cheerleading practice.

Monday: French Fish Fillets (new recipe from 3,4,5), Stuffing and Green Beans

Tuesday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup

Wednesday: Lois Rohms Crisp Chicken (new recipe from 3,4,5), Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Corn

Thursday: Fend for yourself night

Friday: Ziti with meat sauce, Green Salad, Crispy breadsticks

Check back for new recipe reviews! See what we think and maybe even try it yourself :)

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

I have a load of apples from my trees and have been looking around for some good desserts. I made this recipe, which I found online, last night for my elementary PTA meeting.

Cinnamon Apple Muffins

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup butter, melted*
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup finely chopped apples

Heat oven to 375F. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in medium bowl. Add all remaining ingredients. Stir just until flour is moistened. Spoon batter into muffin liners. Bake 18-23 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes.

*Substitute butter with Canola Oil.

**I used the substitution of Canola Oil. I thought it was much quicker to use that instead. Also, I made mini muffins instead of the larger. You want to do everything the same except you bake them for only 10 minutes and without lines. Be sure to spray the muffin pan so they don't stick if you plan on not using liners.

Hot and Sweet Chicken and Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

My husband made this awesome dinner the other night. The chicken was very simple:

Hot Sweet Chili Sauce Chicken

1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast
Frank's Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce

Cut slits in the chicken, place in a casserole dish and pour on the hot/sweet sauce (we used about 1/2 of the bottle for 3 lb of chicken) Let marinate for about 12 hours. Bake at 375F for 1 hour.

To go along with it, he was thinking baked potatoes, but wanted to do something different.

Loaded Baked Potato Casserole

Peel and cut enough potatoes to fill up a rectangular casserole dish (width wise and height wise) Melt 1 stick of butter and pour over, top with dried parsley, basil, salt, pepper and bacon bits. Bake at 400F for 40 minutes. Remove and add an 8 oz canister of sour cream and cover with shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for an additional 20 minutes.

*The whole meal was very simple. It does take a little longer to peel the potatoes. We also have one of those gadgets that you place on top of the potato and push down to slice the potatoes (kind of like an apple slicer) That made it much quicker as well.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cory Rigg's Barbecue Beef

I decided to try a new take on sloppy joes last night. I am usually pretty loyal to a recipe that I came across years ago, but since I am always up for something new, I decided to try this one. Don't ask me who Cory Riggs is the name of the recipe in my 3,4,5 ingredient cookbook. Found this extremely quick sloppy joe recipe in the 3 ingredient section.


1 lb ground beef or ground sirloin (I used the ground beef)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 (16 oz) bottle barbeque sauce

In skillet, brown meat. Crumble and drain. Stir in brown sugar and barbecue sauce. Cover, simmer for 15 minutes and stir often. Spoon onto heated hamburger buns.

*I will warn you that this must have been the recipe used when they came up with the sloppy joe name. These are very drippy and..well..sloppy! But very yummy!

Chili Cheese Fry Casserole

This past Monday, we had "Crazy Noun Day" #2. Since Genin had picked baseball as his noun, we decided to surround our evening meal around his noun. We decided on hot dogs, chili cheese fries and pepsi. I didn't have any recipes for chili cheese fries (I know, who needs such an easy recipe?) Either way, we came up with a yummy casserole version of chili cheese fries :)


2-3 Bags of Shoestring French Fries
1 Can of Hormel Chili w/Beans
12 oz package of finely shredded Colby Jack Cheese

Pour fries into a large casserole dish and bake at temperature indicated on the package. Since the fries are stacked and not laying flat, you will want to bake for about 40 minutes stirring twice while baking. Pour chili and cheese on top and bake for another 20 minutes. So Delicious!!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Pineapple Cobbler

I made a Cherry Cobbler recipe a while back and this recipe, that I made for a get-together last night, is the same one except I substituted pineapple for the cherry.

Pineapple Cobbler

2 (20 oz) cans of pineapple tidbits
1 (18 oz) box yellow cake mix
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, sliced


Spread out pineapple tidbits on greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish and sprinkle with cake mix.

Top with slices of butter and bake at 350F for about 35 minutes. (The photo is my creation)

Italian Meatloaf

This recipe was soooo delicious! It came from food and family magazine, winter 2007 issue which I tore out quite a ways back and never got around to making (though the picture is mine :) The recipe had 4 different things you could do with meatloaf and this was one of them.

Use your own meat loaf recipe or use this one provided: Take 1 lb extra lean ground beef, 1 pkg (6 oz) Stove Top Stuffing Mix and 1 cup water.

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix meat, stuffing mix, water and the seasoning until well blended. Press evenly into 12 medium muffin cups sprayed with cooking spray (or you can use a regular loaf pan like I did) Make random indentations with the back of spoon on random areas of the center of the loaf or centers of the mini loaves in muffin pan.

Mix these add-ins together:

1 tsp Italian Seasoning
3/4 cup Spaghetti Sauce
3/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Spoon add-ins evenly into indentations of the meatloaf.

Bake 30 minutes or until cooked through. Top evenly with cheese, continue baking 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. (I made the regular loaf and served it over a bed of shells with sauce as seen in my photo).