Archive for April, 2010

Menu April 25-30

Sunday: Pizza and breadsticks
Monday: Hamburgers on the grill
Tuesday: Corned beef and cabbage
Wednesday: Crockpot roast chicken
Thursday: BBQ chicken wraps
Friday: Rehearsal dinner

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So this is it! Our last two weeks at our condo until we move into our new house! We are so excited to be moving!! I planned these meals based on what we had in the freezer, trying to use up as much as possible. It’s just a hodge podge of stuff, but I think I did a pretty good job of using up what we had without having to buy much extra — our grocery bill this week was only $7! haha 🙂

Week 1 April 11-17

Sunday: Black beans and rice
Monday: Brats w/fries
Tuesday: Baked ziti with mascarpone
Wednesday: Leftover brats
Thursday: Sausage crescent rolls
Friday: White pizza
Saturday: Furniture delivery

Week 2 April 18-24

Monday: Pulled pork sandwiches
Tuesday: Leftover pulled pork sandwiches
Wednesday: Tasty tuna pasta
Thursday: Out (get kitchen packed up)
Friday: Out (going to a bachelorette party)
Saturday: Moving day!

Ham sandwiches for lunches (if we don’t have enough leftovers)

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Black beans and rice

Source: $5 Dinners; and another version from A Year of Crockpotting

This was another easy meal where I already had all the ingredients in my pantry, which was an even better thing, since I’m trying to use up as much food as I can before we move in two weeks! I had two more “cans” worth of black beans in the freezer, so I was looking for a recipe to use them up. This was a great choice, because I was able to use up some stuff from my pantry without having to buy any supplementary ingredients.

Rick and I were both pleasantly surprised with how good this tasted. I was a little nervous that it would turn out bland and too mushy (and it was a little mushy), but the flavors meshed together nicely. We ate it as a burrito filling and added sour cream and a little cheddar cheese (although I don’t think the cheese was necessary). I’ll definitely make this again when I need to throw a meal together using pantry staples!

This is also a great budget meal. $5 Dinners is a great source for eating on a budget, but this is one of the most inexpensive meals I’ve noticed from her blog.

Black beans and rice

1 cup white or brown rice, uncooked
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 can tomatoes, undrained
1 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper, to taste
2 cups water

Dump the rice in the bottom of the crockpot. Add olive oil, and stir to combine. Add the rest of the ingredients. Stir. The original recipe said if you are using white rice, cook on high for 4 hours; if using brown rice, cook on high for 6 hours. However, using white rice, mine was done at about 2.5 hours on high. Either way, brown rice will take longer to cook.

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Turkey goulash

This recipe from … and a cookie for dessert popped into my Google Reader at the exact time I needed it to. Rick and I just bought a house, so I am struggling to find time to meal plan or do more than a quick grocery trip. I needed something that I could make using ingredients that I had on hand, and this fit the bill.

This is the third goulash I’ve made in the crockpot (after this Mexican goulash and this Hungarian goulash) and this one is probably my favorite (followed by the Hungarian goulash). The flavors actually reminded me a lot of Pasta Fagioli, although this dish isn’t nearly as soup-y. I’m definitely going to keep this in mind for weeks when I don’t have time to go to the grocery!

Turkey goulash

1 tsp. olive oil
1 lb. ground turkey
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups water
1 can diced tomatoes
15 oz. can tomato sauce (I used Ragu)
3/4 tsp. dried basil
3/4 tsp. dried oregano
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1 bay leaf
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups elbow macaroni or small shells

Heat olive oil in medium pan over medium heat. Saute turkey, onion and garlic until turkey is cooked through. Add mixture to crockpot. Add the water, tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, oregano, bay leaf, soy sauce, salt and pepper, and stir to combine. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. At end of cook time, add the macaroni. Cover and cook on low for about 30 minutes until macaroni is tender.

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Menu April 3-9

Saturday: Pulled pork sandwiches
Sunday: Cola Ham
Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread

The rest of the week, in no particular order…

Chicken noodle soup
Turkey meatloaf

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