The Yummy Side of Life…


Menu Plan Monday
April 19, 2010, 1:09 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Weekly Menu

#1: Hawaiian Roll Sandwiches with Turkey and Muenster, Fruit of Choice

#2: Lemon Pepper Chicken, Braised Green Beans, Fruit of Choice

#3: Hamburgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Fruit of Choice

#4: Romaine Salad with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Shredded Carrot, Turkey, and Cheese

#5: Breakfast for Dinner (Pancakes or Waffles, Eggs, Fruit of Choice)

#6: Leftovers

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Menu Plan Monday
March 29, 2010, 1:00 am
Filed under: Uncategorized

We have decided recently to start taking measures to make our lives healthier. I’m trying some new recipes this week (without meat!) that we could start incorporating as healthier substitutes to what we usually eat. The menu is shorter this week because on Friday, we are taking off to Texas so Katie can meet our family!

#1: Chile Cornmeal Crusted Catfish, Coleslaw (are there enough Cs in this meal?)

#2: Chicken Breast, Green Beans

#3: Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes, Basil, Feta, and Kalamata Olives, Green Salad

#4: Omelets with Sundried Tomatoes, Spinach, Red Bell Pepper, and Parmesan

#5: Chinese Takeout!



Menu Plan Monday
February 14, 2010, 11:55 pm
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After a long hiatus, I hope to be coming back (if not at least to give ideas for menu planning)! I had my daughter Katie just over two months ago, and now more than ever we’re trying to save money! Menu planning is definitely helping us with that.

1: One Pot Mac & Cheese, Green Salad

2: Tuna Melts, Chips

3: Taco Soup

4: Raspberry Dump Chicken, Green Beans

5: Garlic Butter Shrimp, Orzo Salad with Parsley and Grape Tomatoes

6: Pizza Pretzels with Marinara, Green Salad

7: Beef Enchiladas, Refried Beans, Chips & Guacamole

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Menu Plan Monday
October 18, 2009, 9:05 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Weekly Menu

Nothing too special being made this week, although I’m excited to try a copycat of Panera’s Broccoli-Cheese soup from this book.

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Sunday: Shake n Bake Chicken, Macaroni & Cheese, Steamed Broccoli

Monday: Hawaiian Rolls with Cracked Pepper Turkey, Panera’s Broccoli-Cheese Soup

Tuesday: Spaghetti with Meatsauce, Breadsticks

Wednesday: Baked Potatoes, Salad

Thursday: Taco Soup

Friday: Breakfast for Dinner (Biscuits, Scrambled Eggs, Grapes)

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Easy Crusted Salmon
October 18, 2009, 3:35 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

I’ve been looking for a way to cook salmon that wouldn’t be too hard to throw together. Fortunately, the Kraft Foods website provided me with a recipe for which I had everything on hand, except the fish! This was super easy and not surprisingly, delicious! The flavor of the mustard really compliments the stronger salmon flavor.

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Easy Crusted Salmon (from KraftFoods.com) My notes in red!!

  • 2 tablespoons Grey Poupon Country Dijon Mustard Oops! I accidentally used 2 teaspoons, and my mixture came out rather unspreadable.
  • 8 RITZ Crackers, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 2 salmon fillets (1/2 lb.) I used skinless salmon, and it came out beautifully!
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Mix mustard, cracker crumbs, and thyme.
  2. Place fish, skin side down, on foil-covered baking sheet; spread with mustard mixture.
  3. Bake 10 min. or until fish flakes easily with fork. 10 minutes was not nearly enough time for my fillets. I used the rule to cook the fillets 15 minutes for every inch of thickness (mine were roughly 1″ thick) and this worked nicely.


Poor Man’s Nachos
October 18, 2009, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Snack | Tags: , , ,

I don’t know why we call these by this name. They’re not exactly cheap. But that is what we call them, and they’re great for a night when you want something really snacky/easy.

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Poor Man’s Nachos

  • Bag of Tostito’s Mini Rounds
  • 1-2 cans Fritos Bean Dip
  • 1 bag Shredded Mexican Cheese
  1. Spread chips out over microwave-safe plate.
  2. With back of spoon, spread bean dip over each chip. Be liberal!!!
  3. Sprinkle shredded cheese over chips–however much you want is fine!
  4. Microwave 45-60 seconds, or until cheese is melted and chips are warmed through.

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I never claimed to be healthy! And these definitely aren’t! Phil has apparently eaten these for years and introduced them to me when we got married. They’re great for a night when I get off late (which fortunately doesn’t happen often anymore), or if we’re just pooped after a long day.



Menu Plan Monday
October 4, 2009, 9:00 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Weekly Menu

This week, I’m trying to clean out my freezer–I have TONS of things in there. Basically, the only meal I have to really buy the main things for are the meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Fortunately for me, my favorite meatloaf is one that I don’t even have to do anything fun with. My favorite meatloaf is the Hormel brand that you just pop in the microwave. I would rather have this any day over a homemade meatloaf. I think it has to do with texture (I like the taste of almost everything–I have to fight with not liking a food because of texture constantly).

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Sunday: Cheeseburgers, Fries

Monday: Grilled Cheese, Chips

Tuesday: Taco Soup, Chips and Salsa

Wednesday: Shake N Bake Chicken, Green Beans

Thursday: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes

Friday: Easy Crusted Salmon, Steamed Broccoli, Wheat Roll




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