Just in case you are new to our family, you should know that I make my menus each week based on what I have in my stockpile. You will only see six menus listed because everyone needs a night off. On that night, we eat leftovers from the freezer, sandwiches and soup, or go out to eat (with coupons, of course).
I cook these at random throughout the week. I have everything in the refrigerator or prepped in the freezer and can cook whatever I feel like each night. This might work for you or you might need to assign certain meals to specific nights.
And, why desserts? I have three small children (with one being autistic) and this helps me bribe them to try new things.
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1) Cheater~Cheater Chicken Fettucine, English Peas & Mushrooms
This is so simple I almost feel silly posting a recipe for it but I love it so here goes: Put fettucine noodles in boiling water with enough salt to float an oceanliner. Pull a bag of cooked (chopped) chicken from your freezer. (Don’t have it prepped? Cook a chicken breast or two.) Put the frozen chicken in a skillet with one cup of chicken stock over medium heat until the chicken is thawed and heated through. Add a jar of Garlic Alfredo Sauce. Use a soup ladle to scoop water from the boiling fettucine into the jar, cover and shake. Pour into skillet. Bring chicken and sauce to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to thicken slightly.
Meanwhile, toss some English Peas into the microwave to heat, following the directions. Drain peas and a can of mushroom pieces. Add to skillet.
When the pasta is done, drain and toss with sauce.
Prefer to make your alfredo sauce from scratch? I love THIS recipe.
2) Spicy Sausage, Bean and Cheese Nachos
Nachos are a comfort food for me and I have been so stressed. BRING IT! Have nachos, can do anything. (Just kidding!) This is simple but you can find the recipe HERE. I like to top this with chopped tomatoes and sliced black olives.
3) Apple Pecan Oatmeal with Blueberry Muffins
Oatmeal for dinner? I have never done it before but when Alaina over at Fairhope Foodie did THIS recipe, my stomach growled. My husband might look at me funny but we are doing it! I am a pecan person so I will pull some from the freezer, toast them and use them instead of the walnuts. Also, the blueberry muffins will be from a mix… I think. I need to check the stockpile for a mix but it not, I will use THIS recipe.
4) Chickpea and Tomato Curry over Rice
I have curry powder leftover from a Tuna Casserole disaster you might remember if you have followed me very long and it is not an inexpensive spice so I want to use it. Plus, on a whim, I picked up some fire-roasted tomatoes on BOGO at Win Dixie last week. So, take a look at the recipe HERE and try it with me. I will make instant brown rice or white rice in the microwave.
5) Veggie Stirfry with Egg Rolls
Ramen Noodles are so inexpensive and the possibilities are endless! I will try THIS recipe with our favorite egg rolls from the freezer. One substitution I will make is to use a bag of frozen stirfry vegetables.
6) Ranch Parmesan Chicken with Roasted Asparagus
I get bored with chicken breast but this recipe is delicious! You can see it HERE. For the asparagus, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Toss asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepp er and place in the oven for about 30 minutes.
1) Rice Krispie Treats
Drizzle them with melted chocolate chips and even Bill will love them!
2) Chocolate Pudding with Crushed Cookie Topping
Sweet and simple. Put the kids to work with the cookies and a ziploc bag.
3) Strawberries and Yogurt
PENNY’S SHOPPING LIST
- Egg Rolls
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