The Yummy Side of Life…


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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Find much more inspiring (:-p) menus this week at I’m an Organizing Junkie.



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