Monday, April 27, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
I made my sweet and sour chicken recipe list last session. I guess Traver had never had it before (he only eats with us 2 nights a week now) and he gave it a 9.93175 or something like that. Which is pretty impressive since my chocolate bundt cake and strawberry shortcakes are the only things that have ever got perfect 10's.
My next 10 meals are:
Mexican Chicken Skillet
Porcupine Meatballs (beef and turkey)
Taco Salad (beef)
Feta stuffed chicken breasts
Lemon Chicken on Pasta
Minimeat loaves (ground turkey)
Stuffed Enchilada Shells (ground turkey)
And of course pizza is always on the menu as well as chicken strips and pancakes as needed. I am also making key lime dip for two different occassions this session as well.
Note only beef 3 times over the course of 10 meals. It's cheaper and healthier to do it this way. I used to try to go everyother meal, but now I'm trying for less frequently than that.
Here is my recipe for Sweet and Sour Chicken
1lb boneless skinless chicken breast cut into bite size chunks
1 egg white
1 tsp salt
2 tsp cornstarch
1 10oz can pineapple tidbits (reserve juice)
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 c white vinegar
1/4 c ketchup
1 tsp salt
2 T brown sugar
1 T + 1 tsp vegetable oil
2 red bell peppers cut into bite size chunks (I'm not a big pepper fan, but I like them in this recipe. So don't omit them the first time if you're not sure about them...try it with them. It's good. Promise.)
1 onion cut into bite size chunks (optional)
1/4 tsp ginger
1. In a bowl, combine the chicken with the egg white, salt and cornstarch. Let rest at room temperature 15 minutes or up to overnight in the fridge.
2. Whisk together juice, vinegar, ketcup, salt and brown sugar for the sweet and sour sauce.
3. Cut up peppers and onion
4. Heat a large skillet or wok over high heat until a bead of water evaorates. Pour in 1 T vegetable oil (too hot for olive oil). Add chicken in one layer. Fry 1 min. untouched. Flip. Fry two more minutes. Chicken should still be slightly pinkish in the middle. Dish chicken out onto a plate leaveing as much oil in the pan as possible.
5. Turn head to medium and add remaining 1 tsp oil. Add peppers, onion, and ginger. Fry 1 minute. Add pineapple and sweet and sour sauce. Turn heat to heigh and when sauce is simmering add chicken back in. Simmer until chicken is done about 1-3 minutes.
Serve with brown rice.
I like to get everything ready during Luke's first nap and then I begin cooking about 15 minutes before we're ready to eat. Great for nights when that time of day is more rushed. It makes quite a lot of food.
1 can corn, drained
1 lb browned ground beef
1 bottle taco sauce
1 tsp dried onion
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed.
Combine all in skillet and heat through. Serve with cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, salsa, guacamole, jalepenos...whatever you like. Another favorite at our house...and quick and easy!
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
On our way home when I was dropping Cindy off, I picked up a TON of clothes from her that Isaac has recently outgrown. All that are pictured below are 2T. There were about 4 things that were 18 months, not pictured. Look at all those clothes! That is amazing. I think Isaac had A LOT of clothes. Of course his were mostly all handme downs from his big brother Damian. I'm pretty sure I won't be needing to buy Luke any 2T clothes thanks to them. The only thing he'll need when he gets there are shoes and swim trunks. We owe the Sandovals BIG TIME. THANK YOU JOHNNY, CINDY, DAMIAN AND ISAAC!!!!
Of course, today is Easter and Kyle and I were really excited for this holiday. We felt like Luke would really have a lot of fun with it. And he did! The chocolate and cars were his favoites . It rained all day so the Easter Bunny had to leave his eggs inside the house, but we still had fun.
Last week. I have a great video of him on the top shelf playing with his train which was put away in a basket. Hopefully I'll get it downloaded and posted soon.
Happy Easter all! I hope Solomon found many eggs!
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
But. I desperately need to get to the grocery store. I've been out of cereal for about a week. Meaning, all we have left is cream of wheat and Kyle's fuax Honey Bunches of Oats. I can't do a big shop without a complete list, otherwise I'll just be making several quick trips getting "just one thing so I can make...you fill in the blank.
I did have a few new recipes that I tried last time that were a hit and will definately make it into regular rotation that I'll share.
1lb ground beef
1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 can crushed tomatoes
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 c water
1-2 T chili powder
And one batch of cornbread (I did from scratch, but a mix would work well here too. The original recipe actually called for Jiff Cornbread Mix)
Brown beef with onion, pepper and seasonings. And remaining ingredients and simmer while you make the cornbread. The chili misture should be thick. Place chili in a greased 3qt. baking dish. Spread cornbread batter over all and bake according to the cornbread directions (400 for 20 min. for mine)
Luke at a ton of this...for many meals.
Mini Meat Loaves
1 lb ground chicken
2 slices bread, crumbed
2 T ketchup
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 onion FINELY chopped
salt and pepper
In a large bowl, combine all (except BBQ sauce). Mix well. Scoop into mini loaf pans or muffin tins. Brush tops with BBQ sauce. Bake at 350 for 30 min. Serve with more BBQ sauce. YUMMY!!!! And quick and easy and I like that it called for ground chicken. I had ground turkey on hand and used that...and it's 97%lean and it turned out great. Luke didn't really agree, but whatever. It could've been a random night for him.
And now for the meal plan:
Easy Chicken and Pasta
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Chicken and Broccoli--new!
Microwave lasagna (if I remember to pick up a new 9X13 pyrex...I broke my other one)
Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta
Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Spaghetti with meat sauce
7 layer dinner
And as alwasy...pizza, (and chicken strips and pancakes as needed to replenish my freezer supply for Luke)
Also, making a batch of cookies for Bunco.)
I also made Herman bread this week with cranberries to restock the freezer. Luke will often have this for a bedtime snack.
Also scored some great deals at Target....got 10 boxes of fruit snacks for 50 cents each and 11 bags of cheetos (the small ones...not individual sized...bigger than that...they're 4 servings each) for 29 cents each. I won't be needing to buy chips for a LONG time.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Here is a video of Luke playing fetch with Jake. Later today we had to walk down to the pond to see if there were any Quack Quacks (ducks) in it...there weren't...but on the way I was throwing a stick for Jake and he would bring it back to me with it in his mouth of course...so then Luke kept picking up sticks and holding them in his mouth like Jake. It took many attempts to convince him that it wasn't something HE should be doing.