Friday, January 09, 2009

Friday Food Recap...

I am going to try to keep track of what we have been eating over the past week and put the recipes I like into a booklet of some I don't have to search the internet everytime I need a new recipe...

So, Monday night we had a sausage macaroni and cheese bake and we always just throw together whatever is kicking around for it. It turned out really good though, but it usually does;-) Princess made it this time and she did a great job!!

Tuesday we had Creamy Potato and Bacon Soup with a nice green salad. The soup was the best one I have found and very easy, because here, if we want to eat, it has to be easy!! Everyone inhaled the soup!! We used 15 potatoes, 7 carrots, 3 stalks of celery, 1 onion, 7 pieces of bacon and around 4 cups of milk. Boiled the potatoes and carrots (both bought from a local farmer...50lbs of potatoes for $9...) and fried the bacon, drained the bacon and cooked the diced celery and onion in the bacon grease. Threw it all into the potato pot, added the milk and used the mixers to make it creamy. Just for fun at the end, and because we had some kicking around we threw in a handful of cheddar cheese. The salad was nice. Just the clearance leaves we found at the store, not regular lettuce, but a mixture, with mandarin oranges (the cans were on sale this week) and sunflower seeds (thanks Cheryl...) and topped off with ricotta cheese (on sale too).

Wednesday night we had homemade chicken wraps, with homemade tortillas...much easier to make then you may think...2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup shortening, 3/4 cup water and 1 1/2 tsp salt. Mix it all together, I used the mixers until it was mixed well, then rolled it into a ball. Break the big ball into 8 smaller ones and knead them for about a minute each. Then you flour the area and roll them into paper thin sheets. Very easy to roll!! They go in a fry pan (cast iron is best) and when there are bubbles on top they are done. Apparently it is better to just cook it on one side. Then we baked some breaded chicken strips and ripped up some lettuce. You pour ranch dressing on the wrap and add the lettuce, chicken, and shredded cheese and it was better then those fast food places!! We also had the leftover potato soup.

Thursday night, we had shepherds pie. My husbands favourite...and apparently all the kids except Pooky, who chose to go to bed instead of eat her supper...oh well...the will of a 3 year old!! Peeled about 10 potatoes and boiled them, mashed them and added 2 pounds of ground beef, cooked, with (cheating here) Manwich sauce (but it was on sale) and some frozen veggies (bought at the local wholesale store...2 cases...not realizing I bought $50 worth of veggies until after the fact). We also had a garden salad, with 2 kinds of lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, a pepper, sunflower seeds and mushrooms.

I haven't thought about Fridays meal yet...I really need to do some menu planning, but that will come in time, I am sure...

From these meals we also ended up with some frozen, we have turkey stew (from last week) and potato soup and a smaller shepherds pie leftover. Probably enough for 1-3 servings each, so when we don't feel like cooking (weekend;-) we can just pull something out and thaw...very easy.

Anyhow, so if you actually read this post...thanks, it is boring, I know, but I want to keep track and where better to do that? I think for Friday I am going to look for another soup recipe. Hubby has been asking for corn chowder. I am not sure how easy that is to make...


  1. Corn Chowder is easy as pie. I t works best with left over ham, or you can use bacon. I always cub up a couple of ham slices or ham steaks, 3 potatoes, 1 can of cream corn a cup or so of frozen corn and you need to use one can of campbells cream of chicken soup and either coffee cream, half and half or milk for the rest. I use milk but if you want a creamier soup use cream or a mixture of cream and milk. You may want to double my suggestions as you have many people to feed and I only have 2.5. You can dice up some onion too.

    Depending on the time frame you can brown up the frozen corn, onions and potatoes. I will let the onions sautee a bit then add the corn and potatoes. Once their heated and soft I add the meat, cream corn and slowy add the milk/cream and bring it to a boil. sometimes you may want to add a cup of water if you want to simmer it or not. it's ready when the potatoes are soft. I like to let mine simmer for a few hours if possible. Rolls are good with this its a hearty meal. The main thing is the cream corn and cream of chicken soup.
    good luck if you makr this.