Sunday, September 27, 2009

Let's COOK!

Is it just me or does school bring you more structure?
I got back to my month long meal planning and shopping!
It's a big undertaking for a day or two but I find we save so much in our food budget this way (mainly becuse it keeps me out of the store so many times a month) and for the most part I'm ready for the month!! Whenever I find a good recipe I like I just stick it aside in a pile for the day when I'm planning out the month.  I don't plan what we'll eat on what day - I'm not that insane, I just plan for x amount of meals and then I pick from that list knowing I have what I need for it. The meals range from hamburger helper to spaghetti to new recipes!! You have to allow for days when you don't want to really cook - I have lots of those days!!

Back to the topic -- RECIPES -- here's a few new recipes I tried this month that were a real success! I got a few pics or some of them.

3/4 lb italian sausage links, cut into bite size (you can use any type)
(I didn't measure my amount of sausage, just put a bunch in)
1 red pepper
1/2 onion chopped
26 oz. jar spaghetti sauce
6 oz. penne pasta - cooked (I used the whole grain kind)

Stir everything together in the crockpot except the pasta.
Cook on low for 7-8 hours. At serving time stir in cooked pasta.
 VERY DELCIOUS and something different from hamburger and chicken recipes.

4-5 chicken breasts, boneless
1 can black beans
1 can corn
1 jar salsa
1 pkg cream cheese
Put frozen chicken, beans (drained), corn (drained), and salsa in crock pot on
HIGH for 4-5 hours or until chicken is cooked.
Add cream cheese and let sit for 1/2 hour!
It was great with rice and chips!

Double Peanut Butter Candy Bites
1 pkg refrigerated penut butter cookie dough (24 inch balls)
24 miniature reeses peanut butter cups

Place 1 inch cookie dough ball in greased miniature muffin pan.
Bake 15-18 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
As soon as you remove from oven press the  reeses pb cups into the dough.
Then put 3 m&m's on top.

You could do these with any kind of store bought or home made cookie dough and you could use m&m's or the recipe also suggested granola.  You could try a carmel square in the center too. Options are endless. My kids LOVED these! Kids can help easily with these too.


2 cups cooked chicken shredded or cut really small
1 pkg cream cheese 8oz.
jumbo crescent rolls (12-18)

Mix filling together (can freeze this).
If frozen thaw completly.
Roll crescent rolls out flat, put in spoonfull of mixture, roll up and pinch ends so it's all covered.
Brush melted butter on top.
Bake 350 for 20-30 minutes.

I added to this recipe . . . garlic seasoning, and onion salt. I may add celery or some type of nut next time for some crunch. We all liked these! They were great for Jason out on the tractor . . . he liked them hot or cold.

Tatum enjoyed "painting" on butter!

I'm working on recipes for October this week!
I'd LOVE ideas from you.
Especially crock pot ones!!

Just want to make a note . . . I updated my blogger and it changed some things when I did that. All the changes were great but I can't find spell check!!!!!  I do read through my blogs but this isn't an english paper so the mistakes are there too.


Sweet Pea said...

Those all sound so yummy! Thanks for the recipe ideas! Love the photos of your little helper too in her little apron. How cute!

MKTaylor said...

Thanks for the recipes! I can't wait to try the chicken black bean! I am all about the crockpot in the fall and winter... we will see if I can find reasons to bust it out in Cali too!

On the Chicken crescent roll one. I have made this with some yummy variations.
1. With chopped up (fresh) spinach and chopped up sundried tomatoes
2. With cooked broccoli

Both ways very yummy and ads some veggies to the meal : )

Mandy said...

Thanks for the recipes. It is always nice to have new things to make for dinner. Those candy bites look delicious! Love the pics of Tatum cooking and I noticed the Scentsy candle in the background. I can smell the good smell of your house! Oh how we miss you guys next door! Hope all is well!

Nina said...

I love your recipe idea and I enjoy the pictures. I haven't posted any recipes on my blog but I have started doing what I call Sweet Sundays where I try a new dessert each sunday and post a picture of the outcome.

I think I'm going to try that chicken and crescent one that looks delicious.

I was doing the menu thing and being insane writing down what was for what day and that made the kids crazy because if I had a "don't feel like cooking day" and I swapped things around they'd get so mad at me.

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