Sunday, October 19, 2014

Menu Plan–October 19

You know those weeks when you have something scheduled every night?  We’ve had about three of those in a row!  Menu planning is the only reason we have kept eating well and not had grilled cheese or chips and salsa for dinner every night. 

I love coming home knowing what I need to make for dinner, with all the necessary ingredients there.  Better yet, I love coming home when my crockpot has made dinner for me.  Those are the best nights. 

Here’s to another week of eating well:

Sunday
Honey Whole Wheat Bagels with Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese {new}
Crockpot Italian Turkey Sandwiches, Brussels sprouts
To do: Thaw chicken legs, bake acorn squash, dice celery

Monday
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Legs, Acorn Squash, Leftover Brussels Sprouts
To do: Nothing!

Tuesday
Honey Whole Wheat Bagels with Fried Eggs
Grilled Pizza
To do: Thaw pizza crust, dice extra bell peppers

Wednesday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Unstuffed Pepper Casserole, Peas or Green Beans
To do: Thaw Italian sausage in the AM, make extra brown rice, thaw chicken

Thursday
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Chicken, Cheddar and Wild Rice Soup
To do: Thaw squash puree

Friday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Roasted Butternut Squash Lasagna
Apple Cinnamon Spice Ice Cream
To do: Thaw Italian sausage, make ice cream

Saturday
Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Topping
Lazy Day Casserole
To do: Prep for Laurie’s Shower!! 

Snacks
Apples
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cranberry Bread
Kale Chips

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Menu Plan–October 12

Frog Prince and I just returned from a wonderful weekend up north – enjoying fall colors and lots of hiking. 

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We are back and ready for another busy week. 

But, we are loving apple season!  This apple topping has made an almost daily appearance.  I may have eaten an entire bowlful topped with granola for breakfast. Tastes just like apple crisp. 

Oh, and then there are these caramel apple cheesecake bars (made over, of course – but you won’t know the difference).  Yum-o.   

On to the menu! 

Sunday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Quesadillas, Steamed Veggies
To do: Make dessert pizza

Monday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Crockpot Baked Potato Bar
To do: make dessert for Life Group, make baked oatmeal, slice mushrooms (extra for Thursday) 

Tuesday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Pasta and Creamy Mushrooms, Steamed Veggies
To do: Thaw ground turkey (AM), brown ground turkey (PM) slice veggies

Wednesday
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Lucy’s Amazing Chili
To do: Start crockpot in AM, slice ham, make mushroom sauce

Thursday
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Crockpot Ham & Scalloped Potatoes
To do: nothing!

Friday
Granola & Blueberries
Leftovers
Baked Apples
To do: Make applesauce, make rice, thaw chicken & stock

Saturday
Apple Breakfast (TBD)
Chicken, Cheddar and Wild Rice Soup

Snacks
Oatmeal Apple Muffins {freezer}
Apples

 

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Apple Dessert Pizza

In need of a quick dessert for a spontaneous gathering with friends, the apple dessert pizza came into existence. 

I am glad that it did. 

It was devoured. 

So quickly I didn’t get a photo of the deliciousness all plated and sliced, ready to serve. 

I guess that just means I will need to make it again.

Apple Dessert Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 C powdered sugar
  • 3/4 C butter, divided
  • 2 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/8 C whipping cream
  • 1/8 C powdered sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 medium apples, firm apple recommended (e.g., honey crisp)
  • cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 C granola
  • Caramel sauce, optional

Directions

Note: This recipe makes 1-cookie sheet size pizza; you can easily divide it between 2 pie plates, or halve the recipe to make just one 9-inch pie-plate pizza (shown). 

Begin by mixing together 1 1/2 C flour with 1 C powdered sugar.  Stir well.  Meanwhile melt all but 1/2 T butter.

Using a fork, mix in the butter to the flour/sugar mixture.  Incorporate until the butter is combined and the flour/sugar mixture has clumped. 

Press into a cookie sheet or 2 9-inch pie plates to form a nice crust. 

Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes, until lightly browned.  Do not over bake.  Cool.  

Meanwhile, slice up the apples into 1-inch pieces.  In a medium skillet, heat remaining 1/2 T butter over medium heat until melted.  Add in the sliced apples and sauté for 5-7 minutes until crisp-tender.  Add in 1 tsp. brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon.  Continue stirring until apples are softened, but not mushy.  Set aside off the heat to cool. 

Finally, whip 1/8 C whipping cream until light and fluffy, set aside.  Whip the cream cheese (2oz) with 1/8 C powdered sugar and a splash (~1/4 tsp.) of vanilla.  When whipped smooth, fold in the whipping cream.  Set aside.

To assemble, spread the whipping cream/cream cheese mixture over the crust in a very thin layer. 

Top with the apple mixture spread evenly over the top. 

Sprinkle with granola. 

Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Slice into pieces, and if desired, drizzle with caramel sauce before serving.  Store leftovers in the refrigerator. 

Enjoy!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Menu Plan–October 5

The weekend was a blustery and cold start to October, but still wonderful all the same. 

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Frog Prince and I had a chance to celebrate my sister’s birthday on Saturday – complete with a barn party! 

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My cousin shares a birthday with my sister, and she and her family threw a barn party bash.  They have a beautiful restored farmhouse and barn and we enjoyed some delicious butternut squash soup and a lovely bonfire to celebrate!

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It was a great weekend, topped off by a new recipe for apple dessert pizza.  Yum-o.  That recipe is coming soon.

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On to our menu for the week:

Sunday
Apple Cider Donuts {new}
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole {new}

Monday
Leftover Donuts
Mushroom & Spinach Calzones
To do: Thaw chicken, cook sweet potato, make apple crisp, make bread, pick up bell pepper and dice for chili

Tuesday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Crockpot Sweet Potato Chili
To do: Start chili in the morning, thaw chicken

Wednesday
Granola & Blueberries
Parmesan Chicken Bake, broccoli
To do: Make granola while the oven is on baking dinner, make baked oatmeal, make bars, make soup

Thursday
Leftover Whole Wheat Buttermilk Waffles {freezer}
Chicken, Cheddar and Wild Rice Soup
To do: nothing!

Friday
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Leftovers
To do: Make applesauce

Saturday
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal
Broccoli Hotdish
To do: Make muffins

Snacks
Oatmeal Apple Muffins {freezer}
Graham & Chocolate Bars
Apples

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