Sunday, October 26, 2008

Mini Cheddar Meat loaves

Mini Cheddar Meat loaves

This was a recipe given to me by my friend Julie. She swore by them so I tried them and we have been in love since. My hubby won't let me make any other recipe of meat loaves! Everyone gets their own loaf!!

Meat loaves
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 1/4 pound sirloin ground beef (85% lean)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup ketchup
1 1/2 teaspoon mustard

In a bowl beat the egg and milk. Stir in cheese, oats, onion, and salt. Add beef and mix well.

Shape into 7 or 8 hand-size loaves. Place loaves evenly separated in a greased 9x13 baking dish.

Glaze: Combine sugar, ketchup, and mustard in a small dish. Spoon over loaves.

Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until meat is no longer pink and is 160 degrees on a thermometer.

Menu Plan for October 26-November 1

This week's menu plan is pretty boring. I tell ya...I am sick of spending so much for groceries. My plan is to move to the 2 week grocery trip like we used to before kids. I am hoping this will help me save some money. Until then.....boring meals here. I found we are keeping things out of our meals like veggies and fruits. Just one way to cut back.

Sunday: BBQ Chicken on the grill with grilled potatoes (cut up potatoes with olive oil, seasoned salt and pepper) and green beans.

Monday: Mini Cheddar Meatloaves, mashed potatoes (the real thing), and corn

Tuesday: Grilled Salmon in olive oil and basil, grilled potatoes (hubby is a potato man), & salad

Wednesday: Cheddar Chicken Rice Casserole (this recipe but I add cheddar cheese) and butter bread

Thursday: Spaghetti, garlic bread, and peaches

Friday: HALLOWEEN so we are ordering pizza

Saturday: Out for relaxation time

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Hershey Bar Cake

This is a recipe that my husband's Grandmother gave us, but I have also found it on the Internet in several places. The recipe is made several different ways, but she definetly gave us the BEST one!! This is the most DIVINE dessert you could ever make. It is also pretty easy.

I will add the pictures later.....This is a MUST try!

Hershey Bar Cake
This is a 3 layer cake (but very easy!)

1 box Devil's Food Cake mix
1 1/2 cups milk (2%)
3 eggs
3/4 cup oil
1 small package instant Vanilla pudding

Mix all ingredients together and pour into 3- 9 inch cake pans that are greased and floured. Parchment paper/wax paper cut to fit the bottom helps when flipping the cake out) Bake at 325 degrees for 25-30 mins. I found on a similar recipe to freeze the layers of the cake in wax paper because it will moisten the cake?? Didn't do that, but might try that next time!


12 oz cool whip
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups confectionary sugar
3 Hershey Bars (frozen and ground fine) or A giant Hershey bar: Pampered Chef chopper works GREAT!

Cream both kinds of sugar with cream cheese until smooth, add cool whip and Hershey Bars. Mix well and frost the cake.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Menu Plan for October 19-25, 2008

I started doing a weekly menu plan about 2 years ago after my daughter was born. We had a friend living with us and with our busy schedules, it seemed like the right thing to do. Now it seems to be quite the thing to do!! A couple of the bottom recipes I got from What's for Dinner?

Sunday: Chicken Manicotti & peaches

Monday: Honey Dijion Salmon, Rice, and Peas (Hubby's birthday dinner) I also made him a Hershey Bar Cake (I will add that one later)

Tuesday: BBQ Chicken, cut-up grilled potatoes (potatoes cut up into small pieces, wrapped in foil with butter and seasonings), & corn

Wednesday: Spaghetti & Garlic Toast

Thursday: Out because Hubby has parent-teacher conferences all night!

Friday: Italian Grilled Chicken, cut-up grilled potatoes, & corn

Saturday: Out

Chicken Manicotti

Chicken Manicotti

This is the easiest recipe ever! It was quick, very little mess involved, and kids love it!

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 lbs chicken breast tenders (uncooked)
14 uncooked manicotti
(30 oz) jar spaghetti sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread 1/3 cup of the spaghetti sauce in ungreased 12x9 baking dish. Sprinkle garlic powder on chicken. Insert chicken into uncooked manicotti shells. Place shells on spaghetti sauce in dish. Pour remaining spaghetti sauce evenly over shells, covering completely. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover with aluminum foil and bake about 1 hour, or until shells are tender

Honey Dijon Salmon

Honey Dijon Salmon

1-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
2-1/4 teaspoons melted butter
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
Dash white pepper
2 salmon fillets (4 oz each)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (I keep out)
1/2 lb fresh asparagus, trimmed (I keep out)

Servings: 2

In a small bowl, combine cornstarch, butter, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Stir in honey, mustard, and pepper.

Place each salmon fillet on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil. Drizzle with honey mixture and sprinkle with walnuts (if you use them). Place asparagus around salmon (If you use them). Fold foil around salmon and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 15-20 mins or until fish flakes easily with a fork.