Sunday, January 18, 2009

Fun Dinner Entre

I am one of those people who feels the NEED to plan their meals in advance. Every week before errand day, I sit down and make up a menu. I go through the fridge and the freezers to see what is there and what fresh foods I can use up before they go bad. With 5 kids, there is usually not much fresh left over :o) I made an exception last week when I found a recipe in the Everyday Food secion of Martha Stewart on-line. These pork Cutlets looked so good and I felt like making something special. I lucked out that I had everything on hand. Here is our meal - and wonders upon wonders - all kids ate A LOT!!

These took a little longer than I thought but were well worth the effort!
'Chinese Buffet' Green Beans
I discovered this recipe through 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven she is a mom of 9 kids and is so very organized!!!

Potatoes :o)
These are potatoes that I washed, cut up and mixed in a bowl with a tablespoon of olive oil, 2 cloves of minced garlic and a little salt. I put them on a cookie sheet in the oven at 350 degrees and left them there until the rest of the meal was done. We did not have any leftovers for the next night!!

Plain old salad.
The kids are vegetable mixing challenged.

Whole wheat bread from the bread machine.

Peanut Butter S'Mores
I saw this idea in the July/Aug 2008 issue of Taste of Home. I knew right away that it would be a hit with our family. I made chocolate chip cookies (fresh and gooey is best!), turned the bottom one upside down, drizzled with chocolate syrup, placed a warm marshmallow (warmed up in the microwave) on top, put on some mini reese's peanut butter cups that were in the cabinet and topped with another cookie. These were a COMPLETE hit!! I also made them last night for friends - a very easy, extremely yummy dessert!!! More cooking tonight!!


hakucho said...

Oh, boy...that is one meal fit for a king :) Everything looks delicious :)

Jenna said...

Great menu. I also menu plan its the only way to stick to a budget!

I love the smores idea.