Posts Tagged With: Salad

White Beans And Penne Pasta

Yesterday I was going to make this for dinner as it was on my calendar,  but plans got changed and my husband ended up taking our two oldest to a youth group function.  I stayed home with our two youngest and made them chocolate chip pancakes instead!  So today, after ballet rehearsal, we were home the rest of the day as a family, which doesn’t happen very often on Saturdays!  I decided to go ahead and break my rule of no cooking on weekends and make Penne Pasta and home-made blueberry muffins.  The whole house smells wonderful!  I’m not sure what smells the best, the pasta or the muffins.  Maybe it’s a mixture of the two!

Here is the recipe for the pasta:

Ingredients
1Tsp olive oil
1 large onion, cut into wedges
1 tsp garlic, minced
2 cans canned tomatoes, diced
2 cans (14 1/2 oz) chicken broth
2 cans Great Northern Beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 tsp salt
6 oz penne pasta, dry
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp rosemary, dried or 1 tbsp fresh
Notes / Directions
Ounions, garlic, beans, broth and tomatoes simmering
Sauté olive oil, onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes in a large non-stick pan over medium/high heat. I used my electric skillet.  It was the perfect size.
Add tomatoes, broth, beans and salt and simmer 10 minutes.
Stir in the pasta and set timer for 10 minutes. I put a lid on the skillet to cook the noodles.
Penne pasta added
Mix together the olive oil( 2tbsp) and rosemary in a small microwave safe bowl.
Warm on high for 30 seconds.Put on plates and drizzle the warm olive oil/ rosemary over each serving. Use Parmesan cheese on top.
Here’s the end result of dinner. It was really good!  Enjoy!! (You’ll have to click on the picture to see it.  I’m still learning how to use Instagram!)l
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My Planned Monthly Menu

I wrote, a couple of days ago, that I took the month of April off menu planning and, basically, any cooking. I am back on track and created a menu plan on my iPad app, called ‘MealBoard’, starting on May 6 through the 31st. I don’t cook 7 days a week though! I believe in having weekends off! Since I don’t plan meals on the weekend we eat whatever is easy, like peanut butter sandwiches or pancakes, and that’s only if I feel like making it. Sometimes we have leftovers to eat. I do plan Monday through Friday meals though and want to share what this month looks like for us. I only plan dinners, but maybe one day I will plan breakfast and lunch too.

If a recipe sounds good and I haven’t posted it on my blog, let me know and I will share it.

Here’s our month of May menu:

May 06 -◦ Monday
Crock Pot Cheesy Ravioli Casserole (Dinner)
Ramon Noodle Salad (Dinner)
Breadsticks (Dinner)
Strawberry Freeze (Dinner)

May 07 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 08 -◦ Wednesday
Crock Pot Chicken Dinner (Dinner)
Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes (Dinner)
Cucumbers (Dinner)

May 09 -◦ Thursday
Tacos (Dinner)
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)

May 10 -◦ Friday
White Beans And Penne Pasta (Dinner)
Blueberry Muffins (Dinner)
Corn (Dinner)

May 11 -◦ Saturday

May 12 -◦ Sunday

May 13 -◦ Monday
Chili (Dinner)
Corn Bread (Dinner)
Oriental Cole Slaw (Dinner)

May 14 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 15 -◦ Wednesday
Chicken Supreme (Dinner)
Honey Roasted Potatoes (Dinner)
Frozen Garlic Green Beans (Dinner)

May 16 -◦ Thursday
Easy Crock Lasagna (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)
Garlic Bread (Dinner)

May 17 -◦ Friday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 18 -◦ Saturday

May 19 -◦ Sunday

May 20 -◦ Monday
Potato Soup (Dinner)
Kentucky Fried Chicken Cole Slaw (Dinner)
Apple Cinnamon Bread (Dinner)

May 21 -◦ Tuesday
Leftovers (Dinner)

May 22 -◦ Wednesday
Double Crunch Honey Garlic Chicken Breast (Dinner)
Sweet Potato Fries (Dinner)
Carrots (Dinner)

May 23 -◦ Thursday
Beef Fajitas (Dinner)
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)
Strawberries (Dinner)

May 24 -◦ Friday
Spaghetti (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)
Italian Bread (Dinner)

May 25 -◦ Saturday

May 26 -◦ Sunday

May 27 -◦ Monday
Sweet And Sour Chicken (Dinner)
Crock Pot Fried Rice (Dinner)

May 28 -◦ Tuesday
Roast (Dinner)
Cheesy Potatoes (Dinner)
Broccoli (Dinner)

May 29 -◦ Wednesday
Beef Potpie (Dinner)
Tossed Salad (Dinner)

May 30 -◦ Thursday
Nachos & Cheese (Dinner)
Tacos (Dinner)

May 31 -◦ Friday
Hamburgers (Dinner)
Baked Beans (Dinner)
Homemade French Fries (Dinner)

Thanks for reading!

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Oriental Cole Slaw

Oriental Cole Slaw

I can’t believe a week has gone by!  We have been busy with, can you guess?  Yes, ballet!  One of my children better go professional after all I have and am spending!  We have had  some fun meals and I wanted to share this salad I made last night with dinner.  It was easy and very good!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients
1 package broccoli cole slaw mix
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 bunch broccoli, chopped
1 cup almonds
2 packages beef Ramen noodles
1 small green onions, chopped
Dressing:
1 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup white vinegar
2 packages Ramen noodle seasoning mix, dryDirections:
Mix together and pour dressing mixture over salad.Better served after marinated for at least 24 hours, but it still tasted very good after only a few hours!Enjoy!

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Ambrosia Salad

I got my recipes out of my box, all marked up with spattered food from many years of use!  I found my green bean and sweet potato casserole recipes, but couldn’t find my ambrosia salad!  You would think since I have made it for around 30 years I would remember how, but, not the case!!  I remembered the ingredients, just not the amounts like sugar and sour cream!  Luckily my mom was home and gave it to me, because I found that, after checking on both AllRecipe and Pinterest, there is not another recipe like this anywhere I could find!  Most call for whipped cream and mine does not.  So, try my family rendition of ambrosia salad!  It’s very good!

Ingredients:

1 can pineapple (drained well)

1 can fruit cocktail (drained well)

1 can Mandarin oranges (drained well)

2 cups of marshmallows (either white or colored, colored have  flavor)

1/2 cup of sugar

1 cup of sour cream

1 cup of coconut

1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients together and chill for a couple of hours

(It’s best if all the fruits are as dry as possible so the salad won’t be runny)

Right before serving add in your favorite fresh fruits, such as grapes or bananas

Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!

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Home Made Heinz 57 Sauce

I came across this great ‘secret recipe’ book a few years ago.  It has many recipes from the restaurants we all love!  I chose to start with the Heinz 57 recipe.  My husband loves this sauce but it is way too expensive so I don’t buy it!  I really do need to try it out!

Here’s the recipe:

1/2 Cup Raisins
2/3 Cup Heinz ketchup
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp seasoned salt
4 oz applesauce
2 Tbsp Wish Bone Italian Dressing

1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on/off for 2 minutes
on high or until smooth.

Enjoy!!

 

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