Sunday, January 9, 2011

Nothing much here...

A fairly quiet weekend. Zach made it thru his first sleepover yay! I got to sleep by myself yay!

Here is a menu that taste great and doesn't break the bank..for me anyways! I am doing some pantry clearing.

Oven Baked "fried" Chicken
steamed veggies
mashed potatoes

1 frying chicken (3-4lb) or 6 breasts or 6 leg thigh quarters
1 cup flour
black pepper and garlic powder (for sprinkling)
Creole seasoning
cayenne pepper
1/2 cup butter

Preheat oven to 425°F. Pat chicken dry with a clean paper towel and sprinkle with garlic powder and Creole seasoning. Combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper (optional - adjust heat as desired), 1/2 teaspoon paprika and 1/2 teaspoon Creole seasoning. Coat chicken. Line a 9x13 inch glass baking dish with foil. Add butter and place in oven until it sizzles. Place chicken in dish, skin side down. Bake 30 minutes; turn reduce heat to 325°F degrees and bake 35-45 minutes longer or until chicken is cooked through.

Chicken quesadillas
(use leftover chicken and veggies)

Pizza Meatloaf
green beans

2 eggs beaten
1 can 16oz pizza sauce
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
1 T dried minced onion
2 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
2 lbs ground beef
1/4 cup Italian bread crumbs
4-6 slices large pepperoni slices
1 small can 3oz black olive slices

Combine: meat, bread crumbs, 1/3 of the cheese, onion, Italian seasoning,1/3 can of pizza sauce salt and pepper. Layer half of mixture into baking dish. Layer in pepperoni and black olives, top with 1/3 of cheese, 1/3 of sauce and top with the rest of the meat mixture. Use the rest of the sauce and then cheese on top. Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes or until done.

Breakfast for dinner!
Scrambled eggs
fruit salad

Homemade Tomato soup
grilled ham and cheese sandwiches

3 cans diced tomatoes 28oz each (I am using home canned)
3 1/2 cups veggie broth
1/4 cup diced onion(sauteed in butter before adding)
1 tsp baking soda
3 T sugar
4 T butter
1 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into a large pot, and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat, and let simmer for about an hour. Blend with and immersion blender to make nice and smooth. Makes about 10 1 cup servings.

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