Monday, January 30, 2017

Menu Plan Monday!! January 30-February 5

It is "Menu Plan Monday!" What will be munching on this week?!

Monday: Spelling Bee! "Fend for Yourself"

Tuesday: Garlic and Olive Oil Spaghetti, Garlic Bread

Wednesday: Story Night! Chicken & Vegetables with Rosemary Soup
                   Winter Themed Story: Winter Dessert (New Recipe)

Thursday: Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops (New Recipe)
                Groundhog Day Treat!

Friday: "Pizza Night!"

Saturday: Cameron's 19th Birthday Dinner: Stuffed Cheddar Burgers, Seasoned Fries

Sunday: Spinach, Dill & Gruyere Breakfast Casserole (New Recipe)

Be sure to check back for "New Recipe" postings with final photos!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Broccoli Rabe with Fennel and Fresh Chilies

   My daughter and I were so excited to find this recipe in our Weight Watchers Weekly today at our meeting. This simple savory side is, in my die for! Just the right amount of simplicity to put this dish over the top. Now, we couldn't, for the life of us, find any Broccoli Rabe at our Walmart so we made a substitution (the recipe says you can try this recipe with escarole, cabbage, kale or broccoli, too!) We ended up with the Kale. We also thought we had fennel seed at home (which we didn't) and checked online to see what could be used as a substitute...dill seed! We even squeezed a wedge of lemon over the top which added more flavor! Only 1 SP per serving!

You must try it! Fast and easy! Very fresh looking and tasting!

Broccoli Rabe with Fennel and Fresh Chilies


3 lb broccoli rabe (2 big bunches, tough stems removed)
1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tsp minced jalapeno peppers
1 tsp ground fennel seed
1/4 tsp table salt
1 Tbsp grated lemon zest


Bring a large pot of water to a boil; add broccoli rabe and cook 2 minutes. Transfer to colander and run under cold water; squeeze as much water out of it as possible.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, jalapeno, and fennel seed; heat, stirring until fragrant, 1 minute. Add broccoli rabe; sprinkle with salt. Saute' until broccoli rabe is well coated with flavorings, 2 minutes; stir in lemon zest. Serve hot or warm.

Yields: 3/4 cup per serving.
1 SP value per serving

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 8

 Final Photo Taken by Me ;)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Roasted Kielbasa & Vegetables

Ever wanted that comfort food for those fall nights? Man, am I ever late on this post...fall?!

I had baby #8 and thought I could keep up towards Christmastime, but I fell behind. Sorry! I am now back up to speed and ready to give you these great recipes that we tried out here at our dinner table. Ready for a really good one? Well, here it is. Roasted Kielbasa & Vegetables. There is so much heartiness in this recipe that you are full in a matter of minutes! Such a great mix!

Roasted Kielbasa and Vegetables


3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large sweet onion, cut into 1 inch pieces
4 medium carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 lb smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and cut into 1 inch pieces
1 medium zucchini, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Dijon mustard, optional


Preheat oven to 400F. Divide sweet potatoes, onion and carrots between two greased 15x10x1 inch baking pans. Drizzle with oil; toss to coat. Roast 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add kielbasa, squash, and zucchini to pans; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 15-20 minutes longer or until vegetables are tender. Transfer to a serving bowl; toss to combine. If desired, serve with mustard.

Final Photo Taken by Me ;)

Monday, January 16, 2017

Menu Plan Monday! January 16-22

It's "Menu Plan Monday!" Here is what we will be munching on this week...

Monday: Hot Dogs

Tuesday: Pasta with Sausage Sauce, Crispy Bread Sticks

Wednesday: Storynight! Pimento Cheese Spread Toasts. Dessert: Snow Angel Cake (Both New Recipes)

Thursday: Taco Pie (New Recipe)

Friday: Family Night! Pizza and Board Games

Saturday: WV for Winter Birthdays. Baking bread in the evening.

Sunday: "Breakfast for Dinner" Sausage/Egg/Cheese Biscuits

Be sure to check back for "New Recipe" postings and final photos!