Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I totally forgot to take a picture of this dish. I'm so bummed because it is so good! And did I mention super easy? Now that's what I'm talking about!

1 1/2 pounds browned ground beef
1 jar Prego, Ragu or store brand spaghetti sauce
1 8oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 8oz container cottage cheese
1 box oven ready noodles or reg. lasagna noodles cooked as directed

Mix together mozrella and cheddar cheese. Set aside.
Mix together meat and sauce. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 425. Layer 4 noodles (oven ready or cooked. I use oven ready because it's so fast!) in a 9x13 pan. There will be some space at the end, so break another noodle in half and fill the space. Spoon 1/2 of the cottage cheese onto the noodles. Pour half the meat mixture onto noodles and sprinkle half the cheese mixture on top. Layer again and repeat. Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour. If using boiled noodles, bake for 30 minutes or till bubbly.
Serve with garlic bread or Texas toast.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Weekly menu

So, I'm ready to jump back on the dinner bandwagon! I've been slacking in that department for several weeks now. Who am I kidding! It's been months! I used to make up weekly menus and do my shopping around that. I'm going to start that again and hopefully be out of my dinner rut. Though my family has enjoyed cereal and cheese crips for dinner every night, I'm ready for something new! I'll post my recipes too. So, here's this weeks menu:

Monday: Lasagna
Tuesday: Omelets-Something easy cuz it's girls night for mama!
Wednesday: Potato Casserole
Thursday: Chicken Pillows
Friday: to be determined later
Saturday: out
Sunday: Parmesan chicken

Crock Pot Sunday

This was dinner tonight. So yummy, so easy. I am a huge fan of Rhodes Rolls as well. You buy them in the freezer section. I did mine in a muffin tin. Super easy, super good. You can't mess them up! Just follow the directions on the back.
Pot Roast
1 pot roast
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 can - 3/4 can water
1 pkg onion soup mix
1 pkg brown gravy
1 small pkg petite carrots
3-4 med baking potatoes
Set crock pot to high. In crock pot, mix cream of mushroom, gravy, water and onion mix. Put in roast. In 2 hours, add carrots. In the next 2 hours, add potatoes, cut into chunks. Cook for another 4 hours. It'll be perfect! 8 hours total in the crock pot.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Black & White Cheesecake Bars

2 cups (12oz) semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup butter or margarine
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
8oz cream cheese, softened
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla

In a double boiler or microwave, melt chocolate chips and butter, stirring occasionally. Stir in the graham cracker crumbs. Set aside 1/4 cup for topping. Press the remaining crumbs into an ungreased 13x9 inch baking pan. In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour over crust. Sprinkle with reserved crumbs. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until completely chilled. Cut into bars. Store in the refrigerator.

Chicken Pot Pie in a Biscuit

2 cans (10 ¾ oz each) cream of chicken soup

1 cup milk

¼ tsp dried thyme leaves, crushed

¼ tsp pepper

4 cups cooked diced vegetables (broccoli, carrots, potatoes, peas, your choice)

2 cups cubed cooked chicken or turkey

1 can (10 oz) refrigerated biscuits

1. In 3 qt baking dish combine soup, milk, thyme and pepper. Stir in vegetables and chicken.

2. Bake at 400^ for 15 minutes or until mixture begins to bubble. Meanwhile, cut each biscuit into quarters.

3. Remove dish from oven; stir. Arrange biscuit pieces over hot chicken mixture. Bake 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 Cup finely chopped onion
1 lb ground turkey breast
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
1 12 oz bag of Broccoli Slaw
1 small can drained water chestnuts
½ Cup Teriyaki Sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
Approximately 15 Butter Lettuce leaves (you can also use iceberg lettuce leaves)

1. Place oil into a large 5 qt skillet or other large pan over medium heat. When hot, add onion and cook for 5 minutes to soften. Add ground turkey, salt, pepper and garlic salt. Brown and crumble until cooked through.

2. When turkey is cooked, stir in broccoli slaw, water chestnuts, teriyaki sauce and sesame oil. Cook for another 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Reduce heat to low until ready to serve. Serve spoonfuls inside lettuce leaves. Enjoy!

Cookies 'n Cream Banana Bread

Oreos and Banana Bread together? Could there be a better combination? This recipe was taken from picky-palate.com. Jenny Flake has some AWESOME recipes on there. Check it out!

1 1/2 sticks butter
1 Cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
4 medium size ripe bananas (or 3 Large bananas)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
15 Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

1 Cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a stand or electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until well combined. Slowly beat in egg, bananas and vanilla until combined. Place flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl. Slowly add to wet ingredients. Stir in Oreos until just combined.

2. Scoop dough into 16 very mini loaf pans or 2 bread pans that have been sprayed with cooking spray. Muffin tins would work great too. Bake for 28-35 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center.

3. Whisk powdered sugar and cream in a medium bowl until a nice drizzling consistency is reached. Drizzle over top of each bread and serve. Makes 16 mini loaves or 2 full loaves.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Whatcha Got?

Hey hey ladies!
I'm out of dinner ideas!
Someone needs to post something yummy or I'm heading to Taco Bell!