Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Our dinners for this week

Because I love it when people post recipes, I thought I'd post what we're having/have had for dinner this week in hopes that it might help some other ladies out. I usually feel like I make the same things over and over so maybe this will give some other people some new recipes. And I would love it if you would post recipes on your blog too and then let me know about it! :)


Monday Night (Recipes Below)
Swiss Stuffing Chicken
Acorn Squash Halves
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

SWISS STUFFING CHICKEN
4 large skinless boneless chicken breasts
6 oz. Mozerella or Swiss cheese slices
1 can Cream of Chicken soup
1/4 cup white cooking wine
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup herb-flavored crushed up Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix
1/2 stick butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place uncooked chicken in shallow buttered casserole dish. Layer cheese on top. Mix soup, wine, salt, pepper; pour over cheese. Sprinkle stuffing mix on top and drizzle with melted butter. Bake for 1 hour.

ACORN SQUASH HALVES
1 (or more depending on family size) acorn squash
Salt
1-2 T butter for each squash half
Brown sugar
Maple Syrup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut acorn squash in half from top to bottom and scoop out the insides. Place on deep baking pan and sprinkle each one with a little salt. Fill each half with your butter (when it comes to butter, more is always better), and then sprinkle with brown sugar - I usually do about 2-3 tablespoons. The amount is up to you. Then drizzle brown sugar over the top. I add a little water to the pan to give it some moist heat while it's baking. Then I pop it in the oven, loosely covered with foil for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil and cook it 30-45 minutes more or until tender.

Tuesday Night (Recipe Below)
Spaghetti
Caesar Salad
Garlic Bread

SPAGHETTI
1 lb lean ground meat
1 t oregano
1 t garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1 T dried parsley
2 T worcestershire
Onion flakes (you can cut up 1/3 an onion if you want but we are an onion loathing household so I use flakes instead to give it a hint of flavor)
1/3 t black pepper
1 t basil
1 bay leaf (or a little less)
30 oz tomato sauce

Brown meat; drain. Add spices. Add tomato sauce. Simmer for at least 30 minutes. Cook your spaghetti noodles, throw together a caesar salad, and cook your garlic toast and you're good to go!

Wednesday Night (Recipe Below)
Tortilla Soup

We each lead a college Bible study at TCU on Wednesday nights so we're always in a rush to get out the door. I usually do something quick and easy for dinner on Wednesday nights.

TORTILLA SOUP
2 T vegetable oil
Onion flakes (or 1 c chopped onion)
2 garlic cloves
1 (8 oz) can of tomatoes with green chilies
4 c chicken stock
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 t chili powder
1 t ground cumin
1 t salt
1/2 t pepper
2 c cooked chicken (shredded or diced)
Grated Cheese
Avocado
Sour Cream
Tortilla chips

Heat oil in large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Add onions and garlic, cook until soft. Add tomatoes with green chilies, stock, and tomato sauce. Stir in chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and let simmer for 20 minutes.

Add chicken to soup and bring liquid to boil. Remove from heat and serve immediately. We load ours up with crushed tortilla chips (you can fry corn tortillas if you want but I just use tortilla chips because it's quicker), cheese, lots of avocados, and Collin likes sour cream in his. Yum!

Thursday Night (Recipes Below)
Lemon Herb Chicken
Green Bean Bundles
Mashed Potatoes
Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

LEMON HERB CHICKEN
Juice from 2 lemons (about 1/2 cup)
2 T chopped fresh basil or 2 t dried basil
1 T chopped fresh oregano or 1 t dried oregano
4 t chopped garlic
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 T plus 1/2 c olive oil

Mix lemon juice, basil, oregano, and garlic. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat oil over medium heat in large skillet. Cook chicken for about 8 minutes and then flip and cook for about 5 minutes on the opposite side. Add lemon juice mixture and stir up anything stuck to the skillet. Reduce heat and cover; simmer until cooked through - about 6 minutes.

GREEN BEAN BUNDLES
Green Beans (as many as your family will eat - you can use fresh or the whole canned green beans)
Bacon
1 stick of butter
1/2 c Brown Sugar
1 t Garlic Salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If you're using fresh green beans, wash them and cut the ends. Cut your bacon strips in half and wrap about 4 green beans in a half strip of bacon. Place green beans in a baking dish. Melt butter in saucepan and add brown sugar and garlic salt. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Pour mixture over green beans and cook for 30 minutes.

*I've also seen it done where you mix the 1 stick of butter with 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 t of garlic salt. I haven't done it like this but I imagine it's a little sweeter and really yummy!

MASHED POTATOES
5 pounds Russet potatoes
3/4 cups butter
1 lb (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cups (to 3/4 cups) Half-and Half
1/2 t (to 1 t) Lawry's Seasoned Salt
1/2 t (to 1 t) Black Pepper

Peel and cut the potatoes into pieces that are generally the same size. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer and add the potatoes. Bring to a boil and cook for 30 to 35 minutes. When they’re cooked through, the fork should easily slide into the potatoes with no resistance, and the potatoes should almost, but not totally, fall apart.

Drain the potatoes in a large colander. When the potatoes have finished draining, place them back into the dry pot and put the pot on the stove. Mash the potatoes over low heat, allowing all the steam to escape, before adding in all the other ingredients.

Turn off the stove and add 1 ½ sticks of butter, an 8-ounce package of cream cheese and about ½ cup of half-and-half. Mash, mash, mash! Next, add about ½ teaspoon of Lawry’s Seasoning Salt and ½ a teaspoon of black pepper.

Stir well and place in a medium-sized baking dish. Throw a few pats of butter over the top of the potatoes and place them in a 350-degree oven and heat until butter is melted and potatoes are warmed through.


Friday Night (Recipe Below)
Homemade Pizza

This is pretty self explanatory and I've written about it before, but I'll write out what I do.

HOMEMADE PIZZA
Crust (I buy crust from the bakery at Central Market and it's ah-mazing, but you can make your own in a bread machine or buy the Pillsbury roll out kind)
Fresh mozzarella cheese
Pizza sauce
Pepperoni, Sausage, Canadian Bacon, Basil leaves, tomatoes, mushrooms - whatever toppings your family likes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush a little olive oil on the pizza dough. Thinly slice the fresh mozzarella and place them all around the dough to your liking. Pour pizza sauce over the pizza - brush around with a pastry brush. Place your toppings on pizza and cook for about 10-15 minutes until golden and the cheese is melted.

Desserts - With Thanksgiving around the corner, I am trying not to bake too much right now since I know that we'll all be overindulging soon. So, for dessert this week, I am made caramel chocolate covered apples. There's really no recipe - but I'll just write down what I did.

CARAMEL CHOCOLATE COVERED APPLES
Granny Smith Apples
Bag of caramel bits (you can get these on the baking aisle in your grocery store)
1 bag of semi sweet chocolate chips
1 bag of milk chocolate chips
1/4-1/3 cup milk

Wash apples, remove stems; set aside. In a saucepan, melt caramel on stovetop. Insert sticks in the top of the apples (I used those tongue depresser looking craft sticks). Dip the apples in the caramel. You may have to use a spoon to get caramel covering the apple. Lay the apples down (sticks up) on wax paper. Let them cool and then refrigerate them for at least an hour until they're cold and the caramel is hardened. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler (I added about 1/4 cup of milk or so) and then dip the caramel covered apples in it. Again, you may need to use a spoon. Let them cool on wax paper and then refrigerate them for about 30 minutes. Remove them from the refrigerator and pull the sticks out. Cut them into slices and store in the refrigerator. YUM! I could eat an entire caramel chocolate apple in just one sitting. They're SO good!

Hope this helps someone out!

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