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.


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)


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.


Easy Crusted Salmon (from 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.


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.


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).


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