Sunday, February 27, 2011

March Meal Plan

Here is my meal plan for the month by main ingredients. I am excited to try new recipes again. I may also cook some of my favorites :)


Chicken in wine sauce

Easy Garlic Broiled Chicken

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Unbelievable chicken

Swiss Mushroom Chicken

Chicken Scaloppini

Asian Orange Chicken

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches in the Crockpot


Lemon Herb Salmon

BBQ salmon in Foil

Asian Orange Chicken


Mozzerella Stuffed Meatballs

Scilian Meatloaf

Taco Pie

Waikki Meatballs

French Dip Brisket

Stuffed Beef Loaf

slow cooked swiss steak

Pork Chops in Honey Mustard Gravy

Sweet and Sour Pork with Pineapple


Turkey Sliders

Turkey and Spinach Meatloaf

Turkey Meatloaf Cupcakes and mashed potato frosting



Shake and Bake Potatoes

Crockpot Baked Potato Bar

Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Marsala Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Dijon Marsala Sauce from allrecipes

2 lba pork tenderloins
Season tenderloin to taste (I used onion powder, garlic salt, and all seasoning)
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 shallots, minced (I used onion)
fresh/canned mushroom
1 cup Marsala wine
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).Season tenderloin to taste (I used onion powder, garlic salt, and all seasoning) Coat pork tenderloins generously with mustard. Oil a 9x13 inch baking dish.

2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Arrange tenderloins in pan, and brown the meat. Turn to brown evenly. Transfer meat to prepared baking dish.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Turn, and continue cooking for 20 minutes, or until desired oneness.

4. About 10 minutes before the tenderloin is fully cooked, melt butter over medium heat in the same pan used to cook the pork. Cook shallots/onion/,mushrooms in butter until soft. Stir in Marsala, mustard, and cream, and cook until volume of liquid is reduced by half.
Slice pork, and place on a serving dish. Spoon sauce over meat, and serve.

Review: The meat was tender and the sauce tasted great. I was worried about the Dijon flavor being overpowering but that was not the case at all. My husband dislikes mustard but didn't complain, he actually enjoyed it :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

The Best Crockpot French Dip

The Best Crockpot French Dip Modified from this recipe
4 pounds rump roast
1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
1 (10.5 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
1 (10.5 ounce2 gloves of garlic crushed
1/4 tsp of black pepper
1/2 tsp of worshesire sauce
1/2 tsp of minced onion
1/2 tsp of garlic powder

6 French rolls
2 tablespoons butter
sshredded Provolone cheese

Trim excess fat from the rump roast, and place in a slow cooker.

Season roast with garlic powder, minced onion and garlic powder.

Add the beef broth, onion soup and beef consume and minced garlic. Cook on Low setting for 6/12-7 hours.

Review: I did not have any beer so I decided to use consume, tons cheaper and it made the recipe taste GREAT!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Fries from here
serves 4-6

1 – 1 1/2 lb sweet potatoes
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (preferably the easy release kind).

Peal the sweet potatoes. ( I left the peel on for added texture) Cut into strips that are about 1/2 inch wide on each side.

Place the sweet potatoes into a resealable plastic bag. Add oil, salt, paprika and cinnamon. ( mixed these ingredients in a small bow) Seal the bag and shake well to thoroughly coat the fries. Spread the potatoes out onto the baking sheet in a single layer.

Cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes (time was adjusted for crisper fries), until slightly browned. Transfer immediately to a paper towel lined plate and serve warm.

Review: I loved the flavor of the fries, and with the changes mentioned about this was a simple and delicous recipe!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Root Beer Barbecued Beef Sandwiches

Root Beer Barbecued Beef Sandwiches from here

2 TBS oil
1 4-lb boneless beef rump roast, trimmed of fat
2 TBS + 1 cup root beer (I use organic root beer, because it’s made with real sugar and not high fructose corn syrup)
2 cups barbecue sauce
salt and pepper to taste
16 hamburger buns

large frying pan or dutch oven
slow cooker

Trim the fat off of the roast. Salt and pepper both sides of it.

Heat oil in the pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the roast; cook until browned on all sides. Place the beef in a 3½-4 quart slow cooker.

Add 2 TBS root beer to the pan. Cook and stir with a whisk, scraping up all of the yummy brown bits. Pour into a bowl and add 1½ cups of the barbecue sauce and the remaining root beer. Pour over beef.

Cover. Cook on low for 10 to 12 hours.

About 20 minutes before serving, remove beef from slow cooker. Pour juices from slow cooker into pan. Cook over medium-high heat for about 15 minutes, stirring regularly, until juices are thickened and reduced to about 3 cups.

Meanwhile, shred beef with 2 forks. Return to slow cooker.

Stir remaining ½ cup barbecue sauce into reduced juices in pan. Pour sauce over beef. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

Spoon about ½ cup beef mixture onto each bun.

Review: This was good, quick and easy.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Grocery Shopping with Kids

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When takig children to the store timing has to be just right..little ones can not be to hungry or tired and they have to be engaged. One of my favorite was to keep my kids happy at the grocery store is to play food bingo. Here is an example of a food bingo card from kidzclub. I create mine using Word based on what I need for that shopping trip, and give my daughter a crayon and she starts crossing the items off as we put them in the cart. I sometimes also ask her to put that item in the cart. Are you an avid coupner? Instead of using computer graphics have your child cut out the items from a grocery add and glue them on to a blank bingo card. Do you have emerging readers? Great write the word instead of pictures to help them learn some great new vocbulary sklls.

To check out more great ideas go to We are THAT Family