Monthly Archives: January 2011

Famous Butter Chicken

This was my first attempt at baked chicken.. and yeah I know, but I love the ease of ground beef over chicken. Regardless, it was super easy and not as scary as I thought it would be.

I altered the recipe a little and added more spices and flour to the Ritz crackers for some oomph. I only cooked it 30 minutes instead of 40, and it was so incredibly moist so I am glad I didn’t cook it the extra 10 minutes.

I’m definitely baking chicken more! And mashed potatoes because I am on a huge mashed potato kick right now. Yummy.

Yum foods.

This is my favorite time of the week. Planning out the meals for the week, even if we don’t end up eating it as I planned. I love scouring the internet and magazines for new recipes. I even have the Enchilada recipe here again.. the hubs and I both loved it.

WEEK 1/30/11 – 2/6/11
Sunday – Turkey Burgers (adapted)
Monday – Famous Butter Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Corn on the Cob
Tuesday – Enchiladas and Spanish Rice
Wednesday – Easy Tortellini Toss
Thursday –
Friday – Chili with Cornbread
Saturday – Cajun Chicken Pasta
Sunday – SUPERBOWL!!!!

Mexican Fiesta Salad Pizza

I totally forgot that I made this the other night! The recipe was really easy and fast. Plus, it involved crescent rolls and those are my favorite things ever. Yummy. And it called for ground turkey as opposed to ground beef, and I was so shocked that I could not taste the difference. Ground turkey is so much healthier for you, too, so I feel pretty pleased with myself. We are making some ground turkey burgers tonight, so I am excited to see how that tastes without other flavors infused with the meat.

Superbowl Party ideas

Here is my working list, not yet finished, list of foods for the superbowl party! I am so so so excited cause I love all of these foods. I am going to keep tweaking it, up until food time arrives.


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Chicken Tater-Tot Casserole

My sister in law made this the other night and it felt like the epitome of comfort food. It’s basically broccoli cheddar soup with chicken and tater tots, but I think I will make it again. It took a while to bake, per my own impatience, but it was worth it. :) I am keeping this recipe and making it again!

Beef enchiladas and Spanish rice

Joey and I both made dinner tonight, and I loved every second of it. This is the first meal we both worked on and it was so much fun. The enchiladas were so easy, while the Spanish rice was a little scary cause it was covered in 28 oz. of tomatoes. And my husband does not particularly like tomatoes. In fact, we spent 5 minutes after picking out big chunks of tomatoes…. but it was worth it. This was definitely a mexican inspired and spicy (not to mention totally yummy) meal!


1 1/2 cup cooked beef

2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 onion
1 can (4 oz.) chopped green chilies
1 can (10 oz.) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (10 oz.) tomato soup
1 can (10 oz.) enchilada sauce
12 corn tortillas

1. Combine beef, 1/2 cheese, onion and green chilies, and set aside. Combine soups and enchilada sauce in a separate bowl.

2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Soften tortilla shells in microwave for 50 seconds. Top each tortilla with one heaping tsp of meat mixture. Roll and place seamside down in a 13×9 dish. Pour sauce over and top with remaining cheese.

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Makes 6 servings. Enjoy!

I went missing…

But now I’m back!

WEEK 1/16/11 – 1/22/11
Sunday – Red Robin (Dear dad’s birthday!)
Monday – Beef Enchiladas & Spanish Rice
Tuesday – Chicken Tater-Tot Casserole
Wednesday – Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches
Thursday – Spaghetti and Meatballs
Friday – Southwest Chicken Burgers
Saturday – Chili
Sunday – Mexican Fiesta Salad Pizza

Cleaning Machine!

My kitchen is so clean right now, you guys. Probably cleaner than when we moved in. Well maybe. We just have mopping left and then I will have a sparkly clean, completely reorganized kitchen. I can’t wait to cook in it! Our crockpots have homes, and our kitchen table LOOKS like a kitchen table! It’s the coolest thing! Haha. So I don’t think we are going to be cooking tonight…. I really really don’t want it to get messy. I’ll take pictures of the cleanness though, once we have everything in order.

Tomorrow’s plan is to clean the rest of the house that has gotten ignored today while our kitchen got completely revamped. Not as fun. But I do love a good vacuuming. And! Our Christmas stuff has all been put away. I feel so productive today. :)

Now if only football wasn’t on. I thought today was Saturday?! Ha.

Spaghetti & TGIF

No pictures, cause I accidentally started eating before I remembered to take a picture. Story of my life!

I’ve been having some wisdom tooth pain, so I’ve been kind of blah feeling lately. But believe me, I have no forgone my new years resolutions. I promise to get back in the swing of things tomorrow. And thank god it’s Friday!

In other news, I think I am going to try this recipe. I first tasted this fantastic dip at my niece’s 6th birthday party. My sister-in-law made it, and I was officially obsessed.  I love the idea of celery too. And I got a new crock pot from Joey’s mom for Christmas, it’s tiny and red and so cute

– 2 (10 ounce) cans chunk chicken, drained
– 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
– 1 cup Ranch dressing
– 3/4 cup hot sauce
– 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
– 1 bunch celery, cleaned and cut into 4 inch pieces
– 1 (8 ounce) box chicken-flavored crackers

1. Heat chicken and hot sauce in a skillet over medium heat, until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Cook, stirring until well blended and warm.

2. Mix in half of the shredded cheese, and transfer the mixture to a slow cooker.

3. Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top, cover, and cook on Low setting until hot and bubbly.

4. Serve with celery sticks and crackers.

Lazy and tired

Well we forgot to defrost chicken. Or beef. So while at work, someone was eating chicken tenders and against my better judgement, I HAD TO HAVE THEM.

So we went to Dairy Queen. The $3.99 chicken basket. 4 chicken tenders, fries and texas toast. Holy moly.

A bazillion and a half calories? Yes.
Tasty? Yes.
I could keep going. But I won’t.

No picture today, friends. The menu continues tomorrow. Now I must go barf all over the place due to the fried food and ranch.