Sunday, January 25, 2015

What's for Eats? Sunday January 25th, 2015

Meal planning is a great way to save money on groceries and you won't be standing in front of the fridge at 4pm, wondering what to make!

Weekly Meal Plan Dec 14, 2014 www.hunwhatsfordinner.com
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Happy Sunday! How's is everyone's weekend so far? Ours is good. Queenie and I were in the kitchen all day yesterday. She came home with an assignment for school, which requires her to bring a recipe to school. So, she wanted to make something, then use the recipe for her assignment. She is so proud of the way it turned out. Look for the recipe at the beginning of next month.

My nephew has been visiting from Alberta and is heading back home tomorrow. It was great to see him again, since it had been about a year or so, since he last visited. I'm sure he'll miss having someone cook for him, LOL. This week is a short week for us, school wise. The kids have a PA day on Friday. I am grateful, because I think I am starting to catch a cold. I've been taking echinacea in hopes of keeping it at bay. This week's menu is going to be simple. I still haven't roasted my turkey, mainly because I keep forgetting to take it out of the freezer, LOL. I will do it as soon as I'm done here. Here is my plan for the week:

  • Roast Turkey, with dauphinoise potatoes (new recipe), asparagus and 30 Minute Rolls

30 Minute Dinner Roll Recipe

Parmesan Roasted Broccoli Recipe

  • leftovers
  • Turkey and Potato Empanadas (new recipe) with mango salsa

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

Crispy fried perogies are the star in this hearty sausage and butternut squash stew.

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

Is anyone else sick of winter? I have to say that though we technically didn't get the majority of our snow until late December, I am ready for Spring and Summer! I'm tired of having to start the car 5-10 minutes before I head out somewhere. I'm tired of helping both kids put on snow pants, snow coats, hats, mittens, scarves, boots. I'm tired of washing the tile floor in my entry way, because no body seems able to stay on the area rug, even though it's gigantic. I'm tired of the cold, the wind, the below zero temperatures...... maybe I'm just tired?

What I'm not tired of, is the hearty soups and stews I've been making this winter. Meals that will warm you up from the inside out. That will comfort even the most tired soul. That is what this Perogie Stew does. I got the idea to make this, when I was taking inventory of what was in our freezer. I had tons of Italian Sausage (hubby seems to think there will be some sort of sausage shortage), and I had a huge bag of perogies. I also had a butternut squash that has been staring at me, for the last two weeks. So I decided to throw everything together and see what I could come up with. I have to say, it was pretty delicious! My nephew who is visiting really enjoyed it and said that the butternut squash went really well with the sausage and tomato based sauce. Queenie opted for a bagel and fruit for dinner and Mr.B said it was one of the best dinners I've made this winter. Hubby happily dug into the leftovers when he got home from work, late that night. It's a deliciously easy and quick weeknight meal.

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

Sausage & Perogie Stew with Butternut Squash

1 Tbs olive oil
1 lb mild Italian sausages, casings removed
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 tsp coarse sea salt
fresh ground pepper
2 carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
1 medium sized butternut squash, peeled and chopped into cubes
1 tsp oregano
2 C tomato juice, or V8 juice
1 C beef broth
20-25 perogies, boiled
2 Tbs butter
1 Tbs olive oil
sour cream (optional)
shredded marble cheddar (optional)

In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the sausage and break up with a wooden spoon. Cook sausage until no longer pink. Add in the onions and season with salt and pepper; cooking until onions are translucent (3-4 minutes).

Add carrots and butternut squash and season with oregano. Cook for 2 minutes, then pour in the tomato juice and beef broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until carrots and squash are cooked through; about 15 minutes.

While stew is simmering, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add in perogies and cook until perogies are floating to the top; approximately 3-5 minutes. Drain perogies.

Heat a large skillet with the butter and 1 Tbs of olive oil, over med-med high heat. Once butter begins to sizzle, add the perogies, making sure they are in one layer in the pan (you will have to do two to three batches). Cook until lightly golden, then flip to cook the other side; about 3 minutes per side. Place perogies in a baking dish and keep warm in a low oven (200 degrees F), while you fry remaining perogies.

To serve ladle some stew into a bowl. Top with 3-4 perogies and top with an additional ladle of stew. Top with sour cream and grated cheese, if desired.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Crock Pot Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken

Tender chicken is bursting with flavour, tossed with a garlic and brown sugar glaze.

Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken in the Crock Pot

I originally saw this recipe on Pinterest (via Six Sister's Stuff) and it had my tummy rumbling so hard, that I knew I had to make it. I had chicken in the freezer, so decided to make this chicken on a day where I would be helping at school all day. Nothing like walking into the most amazing smell, when you get home from a busy day! 

I love that this recipe is so simple, yet it is out of this world delicious. Sweet and savory combine, to coat this tender chicken. It literally fell apart as I tried to remove it from the crock pot. Once tossed with the thickened glaze, I served it with cooked rice/fried rice and some fresh snap peas. It was an amazingly fantastic crock pot meal, that I will be making again and again.

Brown Sugar and Garlic Chicken in the Crock Pot

Brown Sugar Garlic Chicken
adapted from Six Sister's Stuff

6 skinless boneless chicken breasts
1 C brown sugar
1/2 C vinegar
1/3 C ginger ale soda
4-5 large cloves garlic, minces
2 Tbs soy sauce
fresh ground pepper
2 Tbs corn starch
2 Tbs water

Place chicken in a 6 qt crock pot. 

In a mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, vinegar, ginger ale, minced garlic, soy sauce and pepper. Pour over chicken breast. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hrs.

Remove cooked chicken from slow cooker and and cover loosely with foil. Pour cooking liquid into a sauce pot and heat to boiling. Combine the cornstarch and water, in a small bowl. Remove pot from heat and whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Return pot to the heat and whisk until mixture comes to a boil and thickens. Cook for 2 minutes.

Shred chicken and place in a serving bowl. Pour thickened glaze over chicken and toss to coat. Serve with rice or noodles.

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Monday, January 19, 2015

Simple Supper Tuesday #96

Welcome back to Simple Supper Tuesday, the party featuring QUICK, EASY recipes, perfect for those busy weeknights. So, please share your crock pot, 30 minutes or 5 ingredient recipes (easy desserts are also welcome)!!

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