Friday, October 8, 2010

Ham, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Cups

Tonight we had breakfast for dinner.  I made waffles and these ham, egg, and cheese breakfast cups.  They were easy to make and would be great reheated in the mornings before school and work.
I actually used 1/2 bag of shredded cheese, about 1/2 a package of sliced ham, 1 package of the crescent rolls, and 6 eggs.

Spray your pans with PAM.  The directions I followed said not to and now I have a huge mess in my mini muffin pan.  Fill mini muffin or muffin tins with the crescent dough.  Then add chopped ham.

Then mix 6 eggs with 2 Tablespoons of milk and the 1/2 a bag of cheese.  Pour into cups.  Try not to fill them all the way to the top - about 3/4 of the way worked the best.

I baked the mini ones for about 13 minutes and the 3 larger ones I made for 15 minutes.  They turned out really yummy and reminded me of the breakfast souffles at Panera.  You could probably add anything to the filling - bacon, sausage, green onions, green peppers, onions, spinach, etc... They would be a great addition to a brunch.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pizza and Pumpkins

I have meetings on Mondays after last night I was in no mood to make a lasagna right when I got home.  I did however make some yummy homemade pizza.  We had pepperoni, pepperoni with green peppers and onions (for Chris) and Hawaiin (sliced ham and fresh pineapple).  It was quick and tasty.  I used canned Pillsbury dough, canned sauce (this isn't my usual...I ususally use a Mr. Pepino canned brand), italian cheeses, mixed sharp cheddar cheese, ham, pepperoni, sliced fresh pineapple, green peppers, and onions. The key is to do the crust, poke holes with it using a fork, and bake it for about 8 minutes before adding sauce, cheese, and toppings.  Bake according to directions and enjoy! Madison even enjoyed 2 leftover pizzas for her lunch at school today. My favorite was the Hawaiian...the fresh pineapple really helped to make it fabulous.

Here are my ingredients...

The pizza before I baked it...

Served up pizza before it was devoured.

I am working on my 2nd handmade Halloween sign.  I have had so much fun making these.  I definitely want to work on some Christmas ones too for the holidays.  This one says Trick or Treat and will be mailed to my sister, Keri, in Las Vegas.  I hope she likes it.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Meal Plan - Week # 1

Usually I loathe grocery shopping and put it off all day on Sunday, then don't go, and then end up being miserable on Monday when I have to go after work.  Around 10:40 this morning we headed to Best Buy because Chris needed some headphones and then we had a quick lunch at one of our favorite places, Buffalo Wild Wings.  Then we all headed to go grocery shopping at Harris Teeter.

Armed with my meal plan for the week and a detailed shopping list...about an hour and $177 later...we were headed home with our groceries for the week.  $177 if we do indeed follow our plan and eat at home all week should be way less than our normal $100 or so at the grocery plus $100 + of eating out a week.  We will see how it goes.  I have planned weekly dinners, 1 homemade dessert for the week, and 1 big breakfast on the weekend.  Links are provided for the recipes I located online.  Some of them I plan on tweaking.

Here is our plan for week # 1 -

Sunday - steaks, baked potatoes, and corn on the cob
Monday - lasagna, salad, and creamy onion garlic bread
Tuesday - chicken kabobs with pineapple & veggies, rice, and green beans
Wednesday - waffles and bacon and cheese mini souffles
Thursday - beef hard/soft tacos, tortilla chips, and taco dip
Friday - homemade pizza and bread sticks
Saturday - breakfast - baked french toast casserole /crock pot teriyaki chicken, white rice, and broccoli
Sunday -   chili and cornbread muffins

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Eat at Home October - Recipe - Chicken Enchiladas

We have eaten out way too much recently.  Over the past week I have been working on an October Eat at Home plan which will include eating out on Fridays and special occasions - this month we celebrate Madison's 11th birthday and cooking at home the other nights.  It took a lot of time to look for recipes, plan meals, and create a grocery shopping list.  I do love to cook and bake and am excited for our month of cooking and eating at home. Tonight I made Chicken Enchiladas and Double Chocolate Chunk Reese's Pieces Brownies.  They were both fabulous.

Chicken  Enchiladas -

2 cups cooked & shredded chicken (recipe below)
1 bottle Trader Joe's Enchilada sauce - soooo tasty
1 bag shredded Mexican cheese
6 flour tortillas

*Serves 3 - 2 enchiladas each. 

-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
-Spray a baking dish with Pam spray.
-Cover the bottom of the dish with a thin layer of enchilada sauce
- Heat tortillas for 30 seconds in the microwave.
-Spread enchilada sauce on each tortilla.  Fill with 1/3 c. of chicken and shredded cheese.

-Roll and place in dish.
-Repeat with the next 5 tortillas.
-Cover the enchiladas with the rest of the enchilada sauce and shredded cheese.

-Bake 25-20 minutes.
-Serve with shredded lettuce, sour cream, tomatoes, and guacamole

(This is the finished dish...after we had already served up 2 enchiladas)

*Chicken - I make mine in the crock pot.  This morning I put 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 can of chicken broth, and 1 package of chicken taco seasoning in the crock pot.  I cooked it on low all day - about 8 hours, shredded it, then returned it to the crock pot until I made the enchiladas.  This also makes a fabulous chicken filling for tacos, nachos, taco salads, and quesadillas.

(The cooked tastes better than it looks...believe me!)