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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Salad Dressing - Like OG

NOTE: This is a repost from a while ago ... Hubby was requesting I make a batch of this for the upcoming week ...

It's been quite a while since I've been to Olive Garden ... but man, I loved the never ending salad and breadsticks .... yummmmm .... I bet I ate a whole batch of them damn breadsticks. Now, I can't walk in there ... I know I have NO willpower and well, I would just pay the price for it a few days later ...

There are a LOT of recipes out there that claim to be "Just Like Olive Garden", however, they use cream cheese, ranch dressing packets, and so on. This one does NOT. It's fairly healthy, with the exception of the corn syrup, which if anyone has a substitution, by all means, LET ME KNOW!

This is a very very thin dressing, not thick and creamy like you would expect .... I would recommend you double IF you like your salad dressing and plan on sharing!


Italian Dressing - just like OG ...

1/2 cup mayo
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 tsp veg oil
2 tbs corn syrup (now that I'm a little healthier minded, need to find something as substitute)
2 tbs parmesan cheese (I'd like to say use the real deal, but I've used the green canister in a pinch)
2 tbs romano cheese (if you don't have this, just double up on the parmesan cheese)
¼ tsp garlic salt (or one clove of garlic finely minced)
½ tsp Italian seasoning
½ tsp parsley flakes
1 tsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients in blender til well mixed. If too tart, tame down with a dash of sugar.

NOTES: Best if you let it sit for a while in fridge

I sometimes just put in a jar and shake the heck out of it.

I’ve used all parmesan cheese and no romano (4 tbs) when that’s all I have, no biggie.

Can be doubled.

Wanna see my Hubby do a happy dance for salad? Make this!

 
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Menu Plan - Week 44

Note: I had this post all ready to go Sunday but got sidetracked with my list ... then Monday came around and it was time for the every few week visit to the hospital with my dad (he's ok, I think, migraine headache and blurry vision but nothing is visible so far on cat/mri and such).

It's Sunday and time to put up the menu plan for the week ...

BUT ... I'm dragging today ... too much fun Saturday night, and this old girl is paying the price ... should had a bottle of water instead of that last beer at 1am ... live and learn, I suppose.

Not a whole lot of stuff going on this week that I know of ... hoping to keep the meals under control and stay focused on the following:

Healthier choices AND frugal choices.

Doesn't sound so difficult, does it? Yeah, right. I know ...

So in my attempt to keep using up what we have (which is starting to show slim pickins in areas ... like chicken ...), here's what I'm planning ....

Sunday - leftovers from Saturday nights chow, sliders on potato rolls (yeah, I ate them), fresh veggie platter and the Asian slaw

Monday - chicken with peppers and onions (stirfry like?) with, hopefully, some I Can't Believe It's NOT Rice stuff (honestly, still perfecting it and I will post it once it's ready!) Hubby made dinner since I was at the hospital til 9:30pm ... he made a delicious Alfredo sauce with the some scallops and shrimp from the freezer and served it over fettuccine. Yes, it's something that I should not be eating ... but it was damn good

Tuesday - chicken cesar salad



Wednesday - soup as it's suppose to be getting "chilly" around here, so thinking of potato soup (I have that half bag of diced hash browns in freezer, will reduce recipe by half) ... we will get a few trick or treaters, I think but with the front light being taken out by a rogue palm frond during the storm, not sure anyone will venture up the front walk ...



Thursday - Salad of sorts ... could just be a cobb salad



Friday - chicken (thighs) and veggies on the grill




Saturday - Hubbys choice, I've got some nice NY Strips in the freezer to use up

I am really needing a good chicken sale. I've got a few coupons to be used here (free rotissieie chicken at Whole Foods, $2 off rotissierie chicken from Winn Dixie to use at Publix along with $2 off frozen stuff from Whole Foods) ... and would like to just keep the shopping to a minimum as I've spent alot of money these past few days with stuff for my dad ...

Linking up with Menu Plan Monday ... go check it out!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Catch Up

Last nights Halloween festivities went over pretty well ... we actually had a blast and I'm so thankful that we can walk there and back ...

The weather was cool, a little breezy and thankfully, NO RAIN for once. We did however have to deal with a bit of water on the ground from the extreme high tides and since we live on the water, the water comes up through the drainage so there was quite a bit of water to skirt around in areas. But FUN FUN FUN ... and my wooden ruler was apparently a well executed after thought (um, I dressed as a Nun and Hubby was a Priest ... adult versions on both sides if you can just imagine).

So today, it's 11:30am, and I'm draggin. Yeah, a 'little' hangover, but nothing serious. Just tired and no energy. And leg cramps. I need to drink MORE WATER as I know I'm dehydrated.

Regardless, I have tons of things that I want to accomplish today ... will be interesting to see just what gets done!

Make biscuits
laundry, iron and put away
master bath mirror clean (it's the whole wall and a pain in the neck to do)
prep salads for week
slice and dice veggies for week
cook some protein for week
inventory guest kitchen freezer
menu plan
post new recipe
pay bills
budget for November (I'm a little afraid here, I've somehow spent a lot of money these past few days with stuff for my dad ...)
clear garden
order new cookbook (didn't do last week, had to get Sonny Boy a new printer)
convince Hubby to list the tires on craiglist (he wants to clean them and make them pretty ... WTH??)

Not a lot but enough to be done ... I need a nap first!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Freezer Inventory

Finally, I got ONE freezer done ... geesh. It's only been on my to do list for oh, 3 months? Really. And I still have 2 others to hit on but at least I got 1/3 of the list done!



Curious about what I found? I was a little apprehensive ... and sort of hoped to find a secret stash of chicken ... but NOPE, not in this one!

Here's what I found ...

1 pkg turkey breakfast sausage (hubby eats this stuff)
1 pkg of turkey burgers
2 bags of precooked steak strips (Costco)
1 pkg of bacon
1 pkg of honey ham
1 pkg turkey sausage links
1 pkg of pork sausage patties (hubby ate both of these Sunday)
1 pkg Chicago style hot dogs
4 Bubba burgers
half package of Costco Dinner Franks
1/2 bag of honey BBQ Chicken strips
6 White Castle burgers
1/2 bag of raw chicken strips
1 1/2 lb raw shrimp
3 1/2 bags of cooked shrimp, 1 lb each
large bag of red shrimp, only a handful removed
2 chicken mango sausage links
6 pkgs of chicken breakfast sausage
1/2 bag flame roasted chicken
box of chicken and broccoli (2 in box)
cheddar cheese x 3
Parmesan Romano cheese
small bag of white rice
potato wedges (fries)
onion rings
box of vegetable pancakes (Princess)
bag of cheese sticks, open
box of chopped spinach (oh oh, I hope there is more in other freezer)
stuffed mushrooms
steam and mash bag of taters
hash brown patties
garlic cubes
pink lemonade
chocolate squares (MINE)
tons of frozen fruit, strawberries, bananas, pineapple, yogurt, you name it 

A lot of stuff, but not really ... so much more organized now at least!

I do have a lot of food, and I'm thankful for that, just wish there was some chicken in here! I'm sure there's some in the guest freezer (thighs, I know, a few tenderloins, I'm sure) ...

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Menu Plan - Week 43

Not a whole lot going on this week, so to speak. I do have to work and I will be busy but do not foresee anything popping up and ruining potential meal plans!

Hubby is home, thankfully. So I will need to be back on track, cooking things that he enjoys too.  I will hold off on any major full meal plan changes until after Halloween ... I'm playing with the idea of doing a real, whole food menu plan for 3 weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. I just don't know if he will hop on willingly ... he's sort of set in his ways with food ...

I am still going to try and use what we have on hand, for the most part ... but I also need to hit up Doris Italian Market for the $1.69/lb boneless skinless chicken breast, Winn Dixie has 80/20 ground beef for $2.49 (um, yes, I HATE Winn Dixie, but still, that's a GREAT price) and I've not bought any veggies this weekend yet ... so there will be a few small stops Monday and Tuesday, shooting for about $40 or so...



So here you have it, my plan for the week ...

Sunday - Chili ... my start on Hubby and whole food. He didn't ask about the beans, and hardly crabbed about the chunky tomatoes and DID ask about the color

Monday - leftover stuffed chicken and rice (Hubby made this Saturday, I will skip rice and have fresh veggies)

Tuesday - I found a LOT of shrimp still in the main freezer, so Bangin Shrimp. Honestly, I'm going to use the stuff that's already cooked



Wednesday - Cobb Salad OR Wedge Salad, can't make up my mind

Thursday - leftover chili

Friday - Blackened Chicken sandwich (I will have mine as a salad)


Saturday - Halloween party night ... we will have a small group of friends meet at our house and then walk to Shooters ... of course, Hubby will insist that we have food to feed them, so thinking of some snacks ... this is pretty open and will most likely include SOME prepared foods and some made from scratch foods ... and most likely a shrimp cocktail since I have a lot of shrimp in the freezer to eat!

What are you planning on cooking this week? I'm linking up with Menu Plan Monday ... lots of others link up and can be a great site for inspiration!

Sunday Catchup

At least I've been home all week, but it's been BUSY ... plus Hubby came home (at last!), and I spent 6 hours yesterday doing something that I thought would take 2 hours (dad stuff) so I need to get caught up ... ready for the list?

menu plan (need to be sure to link OR pull the recipes for easier living). Pull ONE new recipe. Make menu based on what's in house.
 
inventory main freezer and post
 
make chili
 
make biscuits
 
make crackers
 
slice and dice veggies for week
 
laundry, fold and iron. Lastly, put away!
 
clean laundry room (the dust bunnies sort of freak me out!)
 
pay bills
 
balance checkbook
 
discuss Halloween festivities with Hubby for Saturday night (in other words, what ARE we going to do???)
 
redo linen closet in hallway. This closet holds ONLY towels and good grief, it's a mess.
 
Evaluate guest hall closet. I've cleaned it out previously and I think I can clear it out a step further.
 
Order new cookbook (it's just irritating that it's $10 less for a Kindle version...I really do NOT like cookbooks on the Kindle.)
 
If time, run to Doris and buy 10 lbs of chicken. Last night's dinner used up the last of the REAL chicken breast (all I have left is tenderloins and strips I believe)
 
So it's 10:30am, I've eaten breakfast, did the dishes from the late night dinner AND inventoried the main freezer, have a few ideas in mind for the menu plan (I'm heavy on shrimp apparently) AND laundry is started. Ummm....NOT to mention, I've had FOUR cups of coffee. Yikes.
 
Are you using today as a catch up day?
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sweet Mustard Chicken

I had mentioned over on my Menu Plan that I would post the recipe, and well, here it is.

It's nothing overly exciting.

But anything that changes up the boring, same ole' same ole' chicken is good for me! And the fact that it's super easy to throw together makes it a huge bonus for me!

Just for the record: the broccoli was NOT consumed by me ...
 


My original recipe comes from both Health Bent and the Practical Paleo cookbook. One used honey, the other used maple syrup. I have an abundance of both. Such problems to be found in my pantry, let me tell you!

So, using both recipes, I came up with my own. Which is still pretty much like using both recipes ... so few ingredients do not leave a whole lot of room to switch it up ...

4 lbs of bone in chicken thighs. Only because they were cheaper at the store. AND they didn't have skin on them. I like my chicken thighs naked. Too much fatty stuff for me otherwise.
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup dijon mustard
6 tbs of honey
tsp of garlic
sprig or two of rosemary (stem and all)
salt and pepper to taste

Ready?

Lay chicken out on a baking dish/cookie sheet, skin side down.

Mix the mustard, honey, garlic and salt and pepper in bowl. Taste. I added a squirt more of honey because I thought it was too much mustard (I used 3/4 cup, which was too much all around, in my opinion).

Once seasoning is good, pour all over the chicken. Use a brush, or your clean hands, and rub the mix all over into the grooves of the chicken. Give a quick flip, push the rosemary sprigs in between and under the sauce, cover and refrigerate 30 minutes or so.



Fire up your grill and preheat, cleaning the grates if needed (that should be a survey question, do you clean after you grill or before??)

Add chicken, skin side down and cook til nicely browned/charred and flip. Cook til done, but not dried out (ahem, Hubby would!)



Hubby called that charred piece standing up for lunch the next day ...

Serve alongside a favorite (or not) veggie ... enjoy!

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