A little Italian on my mind..

Well Italian with a little Mexican that is… Here is our week!

Here is the menu:

Breakfast:

Granola bars

Mini Quiche

Lunches:
Turkey and cheese sandwich– I premake about 5-7 sandwiches with turkey, cheese, lettuce and tomato. Leave the dressing off so it does not get soggy! Put them in baggies and they are ready to go for the week!
Old fashion PB&J– put in the freezer and by the time they are ready to eat, it is still cold but thawed!
Avocado & cranberry salad

Dinners:
Green chili burritos
Turkey meatball sandwiches
Baked ziti
A fun snack:

Corn chips

Grocery list:

Dairy:

butter

eggs

half and half

cottage cheese

Deli:

shredded cheddar cheese

crumbled goat cheese

crumbled feta cheese

lunch meat

sliced cheese

1 package shredded mozzarella cheese

parmesan cheese (fresh is the best)

Produce:

1 potato

basil

parsley

1 bag of spinach

1 yellow onion

1 small tomato

2 avocados

5 garlic cloves (I buy a jar of minced garlic so it does not go to waste)

dried cranberries

pine nuts

fresh fruit–always easy to cut up and add to each meal

Frozen:

Box:

bread crumbs

1 penne pasta

Can:

1 green enchilada sauce

1 Ortega chilies diced

1 refried beans

2 tomato sauce

1 diced tomatoes

Sauce:

salsa

ranch

peanut butter

jelly

honey

Meat:

1 package breakfast sausage

1 pork shoulder

1 pound ground turkey

1 italian sausage

chicken breast (if wanted for salad)

Baking:

flaxseed

oatmeal

vanilla

chocolate chips

sugar

cornstarch

Spices:

Olive oil

salt

garlic powder

pepper

red pepper

oregano

Bakery:

corn tortillas

flour tortillas

hoagie buns

Off to cook!

Lucy herself… She seems to be bored with cooking. Reading will do!

Enjoy!

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Granola Bars

A quick and easy on the go breakfast…grab a granola bar. The ones at the grocery store are loaded with sugar and preservatives, plus costly. Lets make our own!

What you need:

2 cups of oatmeal

1 cup of peanut butter (or any nut butter)

2/3 cup of honey

1 cup of ground flax-seed (flax-seed is low in carbs, and is a combination of healthy fats and high in fiber)

1 cup of chocolate chips (or a dried fruit works great too)

1 teaspoon vanilla

What to do:

Mix it all together in a mixer

place in suran wrap and put in fridge for about an hour.

Cut into bars, or roll in balls. Wrap individually.

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A little lunch salad

My favorite salad, sometimes it changes due to what I have at home. It is best with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing!

What you need:

1 bag of spinach

1 avocado

1 bag of dried cranberries

1 bag of pine nuts

3 chicken breast (optional)crumbled goat cheese or feta

1 small tomato (chopped)

what to do:

Mix it all together!

If you add chicken, I boil the chicken breast and shred it and season with salt/pepper.

Use the dressing of your choice!

Enjoy!

Sorry no picture–it saved gigantic 🙂

Corn chips

Chips… One of my favorite snacks! I love chips and salsa or guacamole. Chips can be expensive and high in salt and preservatives so why not make your own! It is actually easier than I thought.

What you need:
4-6 corn tortillas (or flour)
Olive oil
Salt

What to do:
Brush the top of the tortillas lightly with olive oil
Piled side up stack the tortillas and cut into triangles
Arrange on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with salt
Bake for 12 minutes

Enjoy!

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Quiche bites

Seriously amazing! I made these for the first time on Easter this year with friends. Each time they get even a little better, and they look fancy 🙂

 

What you need:
2 tbl melted butter
1/2 bread crumbs
4 large eggs
1/3 half and half
1/2 tsp salt
1 small potato- cooked, cooled and diced
6 oz breakfast sausage- cooked and crumbled (4 patties)
1 tbsp of chopped basil
1 cup shredded cheese
2 oz crumbled goat cheese
Pepper

What to do:
Heat oven to 350 degrees
Cook breakfast sausage on medium heat
Dice and peel potato; boil until soft

Spray muffin tin and put approx 1/4 tablespoon of melted butter in each tin

Pat about 1 tablespoon of breadcrumbs in each tin to create the crust

In a mixer combine: eggs, salt, half and half, sausage, potatoes, and basil

Spoon into muffin tin evenly and top with goat cheese

Bake on the lowest rack for 15-20 minutes

Top with chopped green onion

After cooling put in freezer bag and label. You are set for a quick breakfast this week!

Enjoy!

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Baked Ziti

Spaghetti is my all time favorite food. Wayne hates it–ya he is not normal who hates spaghetti?! So I come up with alternatives..

What you need:

1 lb. cottage cheese

2 eggs

3 oz. Parmesan cheese

salt

1 lb. ziti (I use penne)

1 tbsp olive oil

1 package Italian sausage

1/2 yellow onion

5 garlic cloves

1 can tomato sauce (28 oz.)

1 can diced tomatoes (14.5 oz.)

1 tsp oregano

3/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1 tsp sugar

pepper

3/4 tsp cornstarch

1 cup milk

1 package mozzarella cheese

What to do:

Cook pasta until it begins to soften but not quite cooked and set aside

In a mixing bowl combine: cottage cheese, egg and Parmesan cheese.

In a separate pan cook the Italian sausage until nearly brown. Add onion and garlic an continue cooking until the meat is done
Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, oregano and simmer (approx 10-15 minutes)
Then add basil and sugar
Sprinkle salt and pepper

In a small pan mix together corn starch and heavy cream (I used milk) bring to a simmer until it has thickened.
Remove from heat and add the cottage cheese mixture, 1 1/2 cups of the tomato mixture, and 3/4 cups of mozzarella. Now add the pasta and mix together.

Transfer into a 9×13 greased baking dish and pour the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle mozzarella and Parmesan over the top.

**for freezing:: cover in foil with cooking directions on top. And make sure it is freezer proof so it will not get freezer burn!

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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Green chili burritos

One of my all time favorites and probably the easiest to make, you hardly do anything!

What you need:

1 pork shoulder (size by your crowd)
1 10 oz can of green enchilada sauce
1 small can chopped Ortega chilies
1 package of flour/corn tortillas
1 can of refried beans
1 package of shredded cheese
Salsa of your choice

What to do:
Before you head for work: place the pork, enchilada sauce and the Ortega chiles. Turn on low and cook all day!
When ready to eat (usually. 6-8 hours) shred the pork and serve!

Mix the meat, beans, salsa and cheese in a tortilla for a yummy burrito!

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We ate it before I took the after picture!

Enjoy!

Turkey meatballs

Meatballs are so yummy! Easy to add to spaghetti, or make sandwiches! We are doing a sandwich this week.

What you need:

1 lb ground turkey
1 tbsp chopped parsley
3 tbsp chopped spinach
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp red pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup bread crumbs

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What to do:
Mix all ingredients together
Roll into small balls
Cook the meatballs on medium heat in olive oil until nicely browned (this will hold their shape together)

If adding to spaghetti sauce add the sauce now and simmer until the meatballs are fully cooked. The longer they all simmer together the better!

If making sandwiches: pour sauce over meatballs and simmer
Put meatballs on a hoagie bun, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese
To save for later: place meatballs in a freezer bag, label and put instructions on the bag! (before you cook the meatballs)

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Enjoy!

What’s for dinner?

I think i hear these questions by noon everyday..

“hey Katie what is for dinner?”, “Can we just eat out?” or “let’s just call for Jimmy Johns!”

Pinterest was helping me come up with great dinners but when do I have time to make them? I leave work by five (on some days) pick Lucy up and am usually home by six or so. By that time I had no desire to come up with an idea let alone make it. Last Sunday I changed it all for our family. We had just got back from a family vacation and all I wanted to do was lay around, but Lucy and I got up, went to the grocery store and started cooking! We planned, bought, and pre-made different meals. We then labeled, and put in the fridge or freezer for later this week. Depending on your schedule more is possible, I only do three to five because those are the nights I know we will be home in the next week.

Planned Meals:

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Turkey Burgers

Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs

This one is so easy to make ahead of time and freeze. Chop, cut and store. You are set for a tasty cook out!

Chicken Kabobs: (super easier to make ahead!)

What you need:

1 lb. chicken breast

1 red and green bell pepper

1 can of pineapple chunks (or better cut up a fresh one!)

1 small white onion

1 package of skewers

Your favorite teriyaki marinade

What to do:

Cut up chicken, bell peppers and onion into large chunks

Combine chicken, peppers, onion and pineapple into a freezer bag with the teriyaki marinade covering it all. Label/date the bag.

Place in freezer. OR fridge if it will be cooked with in 24 hours.

The morning you are cooking this for dinner take out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator to thaw.

When ready to make, put on the skewers and place in the grill.

Enjoy!