Monday, July 16, 2012

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menu plan: week of july 15

Well, hello again! It seems that I took a bit of a break this summer. Things turned a little crazy (crazier than expected at least) and I fell behind in posting. But, thanks to some encouragement I will try to get back into the swing of things. You can look out for at least 2 new recipes coming this week, and maybe a third or more if you're lucky ;)

I hope everyone's summer is going well!

frosted mini wheats

wraps, fruit
cheese cubes, crackers, fruit
sandwiches, yogurt

homemade pizza on whole wheat pizza crust
rotini lasagna casserole, cauliflower
quesadillas, rice
breakfast night
with family

Sunday, June 10, 2012

meal plan: week of june 10

individual sized baked peanut butter oatmeal topped with dark chocolate chips
special k cereal

suddenly classic pasta salad

garden turkey burgers, red potatoes, zucchini & squash bake
baked pork chops, cauliflower fritters, spinach
bbq chicken enchiladas, mexi-rice
stuffed shells
leftovers x2
party with friends

I will also be making a birthday treat for a special someone and will be sure to post that recipe later this week!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

mexican pizza

I love Mexican food. Seriously, my love of black beans is borderline obsessive. I usually end up making one Mexican dish a week for supper. When we first were married, it seemed to always be tacos. Which are fine. Until they wore out their welcome and we demanded a change of pace. So then I made quesadillas. And then a really yummy Mexican casserole. And enchiladas. And today, Mexican pizza. Sometimes all of these are actually the same ingredients in a different form. If you are stuck in a rut with your beans and tortillas, I hope you try these!

what you'll need:
  • 1 lb. ground turkey
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 6-inch tortillas per serving
  • optional toppings of your choice:
    • taco sauce
    • spicy ranch
    • sour cream
    • shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • shredded lettuce
    • chopped tomatoes
    • cilantro
    • queso dip
    • corn
how you'll do it:
place tortillas on a cookie sheet and leave in oven while it preheats to 350*

while oven is preheating, brown meat. then add taco seasoning and water and let simmer

when oven is preheated and tortillas are crunchy, remove from oven
they should be lightly brown on edges

spread refried beans on one tortilla

layer on the meat and top with other tortilla

bake for 8-10 minutes. remove from oven and add all of your toppings. YUM!

Seriously, these were so good! They are a new favorite of ours, and I will definitely be making them again!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

no-bake energy bites

I found this recipe on Pinterest from Smashed Peas and Carrots. These little jewels are such a great, healthy snack. They are a cross between no-bake cookies and granola bars. And the great thing is you can add or substitute other ingredients to your liking. These usually take less than 15 minutes to make and are ready in no time!

what you'll need:
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
how you'll do it:
add all of your ingredients in a mixing bowl

mix everything together really well

scoop out some with your hands and roll into a ball
store in airtight container in the fridge
yields 27+ energy bites