Monday, March 7, 2011

Food for the Week

Have you ever noticed that going on a vacation makes it very hard to cook? Here I am, back in the real world for a week, and let's see, we've had frozen pizzas, macaroni and cheese, hotdogs, spaghetti, leftovers and sandwiches as our menu over the last week. Wow! So I really NEED to make a plan for the coming week. Even if I don't completely stick to it (one child has the stomach bug, and I do fear that the rest of us will follow) it's good to have a good plan, right? I will be relying heavily on the Food Remixing Chart. Here goes:
1. Whole chicken, mashed potatoes, and broccoli: For some reason, when I think healthy, frugal, yummy dinner, this one comes to mind every time.
2. Tuna Casserole (from the chart: tuna, pasta, frozen peas, no egg, cream sauce, and cheese on top)
3. Ham Fried Rice (from the chart: ham, rice, frozen mixed veggies, scrambled egg, and soy sauce)
4. At some point this week I will make homemade bread. I wasn't particularly pleased with the taste of the quick and easy refrigerator dough, so I'm thinking about trying this recipe instead. I have found that I love making my dough out of a bread pan, and at first I was calling them bread "blobs" but someone told me, no, they are "artisan." So there you go.
5. If you've been around for a while, you know that I LOVE chocolate cake. I tried this one on Sunday:
Chocolate Fudge Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 eggs, slightly beaten
4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted, cooled
2 cups flour
2 t baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk
2 t vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter
2 squares unsweetened chocolate
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 egg
1 T vanilla extract
1 T lemon juice
1 cup chopped pecans
Cream 1/2 cup butter and sugar in mixer bowl until light and fluffy. Add 2 eggs and 4 squares chocolate; mix well. Sift flour and baking powder together. Add to creamed mix alternately with milk, mixing well after each addition. Blend in 2 t vanilla. Stir in 1 cup pecans. Spoon in to 2 greased and floured cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool in pans for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely. Melt 1/4 cup butter with 2 squares chocolate in saucepan over low heat, stirring to mix well; remove from heat. Add confectioners' sugar, 1 egg, 1 T vanilla, lemon juice and 1 cup pecans; beat until spreading consistency. Spread between layers and over top and side of cake. May bake in a tube pan for 1 hour; may omit pecans from cake or frosting.
6. Chicken Pot Pie (from the chart chopped chicken--leftover from #1--mixed veggies, cream sauce, and a pie crust)
7. Enchiladas (could've been added to the chart but wasn't) Ground beef with taco seasoning mixed with bean dip and cheese and wrapped and fried in a tortilla. I line them up in a backing dish, cover them with salsa, and cheese and bake for 10 or 15 minutes. We garnish them with lettuce and sour cream.
8. Oh, yes. And in case you didn't get enough chocolate from the chocolate cake, how about some black bean brownies? These are grain free and healthy brownies. What more could you ask for?
9. Spaghetti Pie is a good go-to recipe--frugal because it stretches our spaghetti (we always eat less of it than regular spaghetti for some reason) and yummy because it's baked.
10. Homemade pizza (also from the chart) is a good one to wrap up with. I know I make it all the time, but we like it, it's fairly good for us, and it's a great alternative to ordering out!
Linked with Menu Plan Monday and MMMmonday.Linked to Tempt My Tummy TuesdayTuesdays at the TableAnything RelatedDelicious DishesSlightly Indulgent TuesdayTuesday TwisterHearth and Soul HopGraceful Abandon's Blog HopTuesday Tastes, and Tasty Tuesdays over at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam and Shades of GreenLinked to Top Ten Tuesdayand Lucky Linky Tuesday What's Cooking Wednesdayand It's a Keeper


  1. Yummy! Sounds wonderful. We are having homemade pizza tonight. We had it Saturday for my youngest daughters birthday party and I had extra ingredients so we're making it again tonight.

  2. I just ate about an hour ago, but these pics make me hungry AGAIN! haha. What a cute picture in your blog banner, at the top of the page! Thank you for stopping by my blog :)

  3. Sign me up for the whole chicken, please. Can't get better, in my book. Thanks for sharing the menu with the Hearth and Soul hop.