Thursday, October 17, 2013

2 Week Meal Plan #1 Part 1

Here's the first of my two week meal plans. This one is about two weeks old. The grocery store here had really good BOGO sales on chicken, shrimp, italian sausages, bratwurst, pork chops, and chuck roasts. It just made sense to buy the stuff on sale and make my money stretch further.

Anyway - as usual, I'll add a grocery list and substitutes. Grocery list wont include the subs, so you'll have to pay attention there. Also, I keep things like milk, flour, spices and herbs in my kitchen so these things wont be on the grocery list either, you'll need to pay a bit of attention there too. Anyway, Happy Cooking!!!!

Like I said before the break, there were REALLY good BOGO sales at the grocery the week this meal plan was created. I got ALL my meat BOGO and it saved me big time. Anyway, without further adieu.....

Week 1
1. Crockpot Chicken Adobo
2. Gumbo
3. Pizzadillas
4. Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Pan fried pork chops
5. French Onion "Joes"
6. Beans, Keilbasa and Rice (Crockpot)
7. Grilled Italian Sausages

Week 2
1. Smothered Chicken and Rice
2. Bratwurst & Saurkraut
3. Fried shrimp and french fries
4. Smothered Chicken and rice
5.Crockpot Barbecue Pot Roast
6.Grilled Pork Chops, mac and cheese, veggie
7.House Fried Rice

Week 1 Recipes!

Crockpot Chicken Adobo
You will need:
1 whole chicken (3-5lbs OR 4 Leg quarters
1/4 c soy sauce
4 cloves of garlic
1/2c apple cider vinegar
4 bay leaves
1 1/2 c shredded carrots
1 yellow onion
salt and pepper to taste

Thinly slice the onion and then mix all ingredients except chicken and carrots. If it is at all possible, let the chicken marinate in this solution over night. If you dont marinate over night lice the onion thinly and then throw the onion and carrots into the bottom of the crock pot. Throw the chicken in over the top of that, then pour the rest of the ingredients in. Stir, then cover. Cook on HIGH 4-5 hours or LOW 7-8 hours

1/2 lb of sausage                       1 green bell pepper, chopped            Rice (cooked)
1-3 tbsp vegetable oil                1 28oz can diced tomato
5 tbsp flour                               1-2 tsp Creole seasoning
1c chopped onion                     4 c cooked chicken
1c chopped celery                     1/2 lb shrimp
2 garlic cloves                           2 c chicken broth

Cook the sausage over high heat, for 5 minutes. Remove sausage, add the oil to the pan, and whisk in the flour, on medium high heat, stirring constantly. Add onion, celery, garlic cloves, and bell pepper, cook for 5 minutes stirring often. Add broth, tomatoes and and creole seasoning. Bring to a boil for 2-3 minutes (and no, this is not an exact science) then cover, and reduce heat and add shrimp. Simmer 5 minutes. Add the sausage and chicken. Serve over rice.

This recipe is really, REALLY simple. You'll need as many tortillas as will feed your family, a package of pepperoni, about half a pound of shredded mozzarella, a jar or two of pizza sauce, and whatever other "toppings" you'd like. I preheat my griddle to 200 degrees, then place a tortilla on it, and add the toppings while its heating, then cover with the other tortilla. Once the cheese starts looking melty (yes it is a word, thank you very much), I flip the quesadilla over. Let that cook for a bit, then I take it off and use a pizza cutter to cut the quesadilla in to triangles. Serve with pizza sauce.

Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Pan-fried Pork Chops
2lbs peeled and sliced potatoes
1 lg onion, diced
4c shredded monterey jack and cheddar (this is a blend of cheese I found here, but I'm thinking cheddar would work well too)
1/2 lb bacon, uncooked.
1 28oz shredded cheese
4 pork chops
Cooking spray

Place half the potatos in the crock pot. Cover with half the cheese, onion and bacon. Repeat and then cover with the soup. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hours, or HIGH for 4-5 hours.

With about 20-30 minutes of cook time left on the crock pot, go ahead and heat a skillet to medium high heat, and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle your chops with the spices you've chosen (My favorite spices right now, are adobo, garlic, salt, pepper, onion powder and cumin). Cook each pork chop until no longer pink in the center. I served this with green beans. Major hit.

French Onion "Joes"
1lb ground beef
1 10oz can french onion soup
a few tablespoons of flour
3tbsp of butter
hamburger buns

Brown the meat draining off excess fat. Put the ground beef in a bowl on the side. Add butter to the skillet on medium heat, allow to melt. Grab a whisk (or fork, if your children have recently broken your whisk.. like mine did) and then slowly start sprinkling the flour in the butter, but make sure to stir continuously. You're making a roux. Anyway, dont exceed 3tbsp flour added to the butter and keep stirring (more details on roux here). once it has reached a nice golden color, add the soup and continue to stir, until the two are well blended, then add the ground beef back in the skillet. Simmer 5-10 minutes. Serve on buns! I usually toast ours.

Beans, Keilbasa and Rice
1lb lima or butter beans (dry)
1/2c chopped onion
1tbsp minced garlic
3c water
3c chicken broth
1lb keilbasa
cooked rice
Salt and pepper to taste

Throw all ingredients except the sausage in the crock pot. Stir. Cook on low 9-10 hours or HIGH 4-5 hours. Add sausage with 30min to an hour left of cooking time. Serve over rice.

Grilled Italian Sausages
1-2 packs of Italian sausage

Load your grill up with the appropriate amount of coals and light. Let the coals heat and then grill your sausages til no longer pink in the center. Easy peasy!

So sorry for the delay here.... I will post week 2's recipe's ASAP, along with the grocery list for both weeks.

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