Monday, April 26, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Another Monday, another Meal Plan :o)

Here is what is on the Cooley Menu this week.

Grilled Hamburgers / Fruit / French Fries
Hamburger Gravy over rice / Edamame
Italian Smothered Steak / Salad
Grilled Chicken / Roasted Potato / Salad

...and a predicament I was having. I haven't posted any new recipes because I have been doing such simple meals. I thought, "I don't need to post that spaghetti recipe, it's a total no-brainer to make.".. however, Josh informed me that even if they are simple recipes I should still include them in the, what will eventually be "family cookbook", because the boys won't know exactly how to make that super simple grilled chicken we do. So, I'll be back to posting recipes...even if they are super simple, non original, and to me a total no-brainer.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Another week, another meal plan :o)
This week seems to be full of meals I never got around to making.
Whats on the agenda this week...

Shrimp Stir Fry / Rice (Didn't get to this last week)
Teriyaki Salmon Fillets / Roasted Potatoes / Vegi
Spaghetti and Meatballs / Salad
My night for family dinner night...Pulled Pork Sandwiches / Chips / Coleslaw / Fruit Salad
White Chicken Chili / Garlic Bread

Wish me luck, hopefully I get all these made :o)

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bacon Chili Crock Pot Roast

I looooove to do roasts in the crock pot so I have a lot of different variations on the same method. This one is sooooo sooooo good. It's probably one of my families favorites. It's got a little kick because of the green chilis and the bacon gives it a smoky flavor. So Yummy!!!

(I had helpers in the kitchen on this day, so I missed a lot of pictures, oops.)

Whatcha Need...
Bacon, 4 slices crumbled
Beef Roast
Handful of baby carrots (Not pictured)
1 can green chilis
1/4 cup water (Not Pictured)
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 tbsp flour. (Not Pictured)

Whatcha do with it...
Place Roast in crock pot and season with...McCormick Hamburger Seasoning, Salt, and Pepper.

In a small bowl mix the can of chilis, water, chili sauce, and flour. Poor mixture over roast. Top with the cooked bacon and some carrots.

Cook for 8-10 hours on low

Viola, ya got dinner. PS. This makes an AWESOME gravy to put on top. So flavorful.
We served with a quick bag salad and some apple slices.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Tri-Tip Sandwiches

Yummy tri-tip as a sandwich. This was a super easy dinner. All I had to do was roast the tri-tip in the oven and pull out a bag of chips and carrots. Viola, nothing could be easier.

Whatcha Need...
Sandwich Buns
Seasoning for Tri-Tip was...McCormick Hamburger Seasoning, Little Olive oil rubbed on it, salt, pepper and garlic powder
(No pic, sorry)

Whatcha do with it...
Pre-Heat Oven to 425
Season Tri-Tip and place on a roasting pan.
Roast for one hour.

When it comes out of the oven, it looks like this...

Slice and put on sandwich buns. Top with whatever sandwich fixins you like. IMG6040

Monday, April 5, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Another week, another meal plan. Quick meals are on my to do list this week and with the weather supposed to be nice also some BBQ :o)

Shrimp Stir Fry / Rice
Crock Pot Roast / Salad / Mashed Potato
French Dip Sandwiches w/left over roast / Chips / Strawberries
Grilled Chicken / Tortellini Salad / Edamame

I have a couple of recipes to post and I'm making it a goal to get it posted by the end of the week.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Sloppy Joe Casserole over Biscuit

This is a really good Sloppy Joe recipe. It takes no time to throw together and it's got a little tang from the mustard and so much better than the canned sloppy joe sauce.

Whatcha Need...
1 lb 93% ground beef
Onion, chopped (I use half)
Can of Condensed Chicken Gumbo Soup
Can of Condensed Tomato Soup
Celery Seed
Worcestershire Sauce

Whatcha do with it..
Brown Hamburger and onion

Once Hamburger is browned add the Chicken Gumbo and Tomato Soup, about 1 Tbsp of Mustard and Worcestershire Sauce, and 1 tsp of celery seed. Bring to Boil and then drop temperature down to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes.

I really like to put it on biscuits, but anything works.
(I tried really hard to make this look pretty, but it's just not possible. So, don't let looks deceive sure is good.)