Veggie Rice Salad

My friend Cheryl shared this recipe with me this week and I just loved it it. Like most of the recipes I use, it can be adjusted based on what you have on hand. You could change the seasonings or the vegetables used or make it vegetarian by omitting the meat to make a completely […]

Creole Chicken in Green Chili Cream Sauce

Chicken is quick and easy to prepare and with the availability of individually flash frozen chicken breasts, cooking is simplified because you can choose the amount you want to cook. Many producers also make available “quick cooking, “even cooking” or “thin” breasts which are perfect for stove top meals. This somewhat spicy stove top chicken […]

Stovetop Chicken

This easy chicken dish is featured in our Planned Leftovers: Roast Chicken resource, which is a free bonus with either of our two dinner menu subscriptions (see links on the left). Learning how to make the best use of leftovers prevents waste and saves money. Whenever you have had chicken, particularly a rotisserie or roast chicken, pick the remaining meat off of the bones and make some broth with the bones and skin. Use the broth and leftover meat to make Stovetop Chicken, which can be adapted to whatever ingredients you have on hand.

How To Cook Dried Beans for the Freezer

Using dried beans instead of canned beans is an easy way to save money. Cooking dried beans takes several hours but only requires checking on them a couple of times. For our menus, you can cook a bag (or two if your pot is large enough) of dried beans and freeze the beans in their own juice. These bags of frozen beans, which are far less expensive, can be used in place of canned beans.

Grilled Marinated Chicken for the Freezer

A feature of Menus4Moms menus is having food prep already done before dinner time, and one way we accomplish this is by bulk cooking and freezing chicken in meal-sized portions. Here is a wonderful recipe for cooking chicken in bulk. Have grilled chicken for dinner the night you cook it, then chop and freeze the leftovers in dated freezer bags. The longer the chicken marinates in this mixture, the more flavorful it will be.

Tomato Tortellini Florentine Soup

Looking for a dressed up version of tomato soup? This delicious and satisfying version is perfect. You can serve it alone or add grilled cheese for more hearty appetites. Try a grilled cheese with a different kind of bread and a fancy cheese for a real treat.

Crockpot Orange Chicken

“This was a big hit, definitely making again!” Crockpot Orange Chicken is not only tasty but makes a beautiful dish. You’ll need a little extra prep time to get it started but if you cook it on high you could start it about 3 hours before dinnertime and have it ready when everyone gets home from their evening activities.

The Ham Plan – Part 3

Ham Plan page 1 | 2 | 3 The following recipes are adapted from Dinner’s Ready by Andrew Schloss and Ken Bookman, a “chain cooking” cookbook, where you make completely different meals out of leftovers from previous meals. Where there is a leftover used, I posted that recipe too, in case you wanted to do […]

The Ham Plan – Part 2

Ham Plan page 1 | 2 | 3 Sliced ham for sandwiches/dinner: Pretty self-explanatory, we also microwave or bake slices (wrapped in foil or covered) until nice and hot, serving with mashed potatoes and green beans. This is a perfect quick and easy dinner and doesn’t need a fancy sauce on top; it’s great by […]

The Ham Plan

Here is my “Ham Plan”. I am finding it easier and more economical to have bulk cooking plans for when meats and veggies are on sale or in season. I do a big cooking that lasts a few months (Hopefully! I am still new at this) so I don’t have to cook that particular meat again for a while. I am hoping my chicken will last a while so I can focus on other meats. Here are some of the recipes I made around Easter (next time I will make a big ham or a few medium ones, last time the 20 pound ham was a bit hard to turn every half hour!).

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