Monday, March 31, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Omgosh, I can't believe it's Monday already. Last week's meals went as planned. I made Liz's Lemon Garlic Chicken and we LOVED it. The chicken was so tender and flavorful. So here is the menu this week. Monday-Thursday is dinner for 1. We moved to WA thinking no more road trips, but the hubby is out again. :( Oh well, thank goodness for cable! lol

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Mediterranean Fish

Beef goulash

Leftover beef goulash

Pinto beans over cornbread

Basil chicken with tomato-alfredo sauce *

Cashew chicken


*Basil Chicken with tomato-alfredo sauce

8 chicken drumsticks
1/2 tsp pepper
1 1/4 cups alfredo (I like to use the sundried tomato alfredo)
1 pt grape tomatoes
fresh basil

Sprinkle drumsticks with pepper
Add nonstick spray to pan. Cook chicken until brown on all sides.
Stir in alfredo sauce and 3/4 of tomatoes.
Reduce heat to Med low, cover & simmer 20 minutes until chicken is cooked.
Cut basil into strips and add to skillet with remaining tomatoes.
Serve with rice or noodles.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

100th Post - Easter Dinner

Last year we were in England for Easter. This year we were alone again but we have our dog, Odin now. yay! I made cornish hens with spinach, mashed potatoes and shells n' cheese. I had made the cornish hens before (from a recipe by Rachael Ray) and they were a hit. There is no way I could ever finish a whole hen but I went ahead and made 2. I'll have to find a recipe to use up the remaining meat.

Cornish hens:
Pat dry and sprinkle with salt & pepper
Mix together 1 can orange juice concentrate (defrosted), 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup olive oil
Brush mixture liberally on cornish hens
Bake 15 minutes at 450 then 30 minutes at 350 (uncovered)


Crockpot Angel Chicken

This is the first time I've ever used a crock pot to make dinner. I put all the ingredients together and cooked on low for 4 hours. It was super easy and delish! This dish tasted a lot like the chicken tetrazini I make. Patrick absolutely loved it. I liked it too but it was kind of rich for me so I will only be making it once in a blue moon.

Crockpot Angel Chicken
6 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 cup butter
1 pkg dry italian salad dressing mix
1 can golden mushroom soup
1/2 cup white wine (cooking wine or regular drinking wine)
4oz. onion & chive cream cheese
pkg angel hair pasta (cook according to box directions)
Place chicken in crock pot. In sauce pan melt butter. Stir in italian salad dressing mix, soup, cream cheese & wine. Pour over chicken. Cook on low for 4-5 hours. Pour over cooked angel hair pasta or any kind of noodle you desire. (Rice works well also).

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I am back in the game baybay!! lol This will be our first full week in Bellingham. It is a culture shock for us. I hate to say so far the people don't seem to be very nice (I guess I'm used to the Southern hospitality). BUT the scenery is absolutely beautiful. We are surrounded by mountains. I will post pics later this week. Coming from an 1800 sq ft house to an 1000 sq ft apartment with a large dog is difficult for us, but we'll adapt. At least we are finally in the same country. ;) Anyway, we went to the grocery store and found that in the frozen food section they have row after row of seafood that you can scoop yourself and buy in a bag. It's awesome! We both love seafood and there is plenty of it here! So here is our first Menu Plan Monday in Washington. :)

Crockpot Angel Chicken

Pan Seared Salmon w/bacon
Baby potatoes
Roman lettuce salad

Homemade Cheeseburgers

Lemon Garlic Chicken
White rice


Cream Cheese Chicken

Roasted Chicken