Monday, November 29, 2010

Broccoli Turkey Supreme

Our day after Thanksgiving tradition is this casserole.  It utilizes the leftover turkey without feeling like I'm being forced to eat leftovers.  I love it that way.  Now that I've said that,  here is my big however.  Although we have loved the flavor of it, we've always had an issue with the rice getting cooked all the way through.  It always took more liquid.  More time.  More...something.  This year, I wasn't going to deal with crunchy rice anymore.  I was going to figure out how to tweak the recipe so that I wasn't going to have crunchy rice.  By golly, I got it!  Now I feel confident sharing the recipe with you, so here it is. (Photo from Taste of Home)

4 cups cubed, cooked turkey breast (we have also made it with chicken before)
1 can cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1 package (10oz) frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained (I usually use a 16oz package)
1 package (6.9oz) chicken flavored rice mix (Rice-a-Roni)
1 1/3 cup milk
1 cup chopped celery
1 can water chestnuts, drained
3/4 cup mayonnaise
½ cup chopped onion
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules

In a skillet, cook the rice according to the package directions, minus the flavor packet.
In a large bowl, combine the turkey, broccoli, celery, water chestnuts, onions, and the cooked rice.
In another bowl, whisk together the soup, mayonnaise, milk, rice flavor pouch and chicken bouillon granules.
Pour over the turkey mixture and stir well to coat everything.
Pour into a greased 3qt casserole dish.
Bake uncovered at 325° for 30-40 minutes or until heated through.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

MPM 11/29

I'm aware that as of late, my posts are weekly, and only about my menu plan.  Mom, I'm sorry!  I've just been in a blogging funk I guess.  It's not intentional.  In fact, I think all week about writing this post or that post, and next thing I know, it's Sunday and time to get my menu posted again.  Rinse and repeat.  And so the rut is formed.  However, I will try to sidestep it.

If you are curious how our Thanksgiving went, it was wonderful.  We spent the day at my sister's in-laws.  I know, sounds a bit different.  And our grandparents were there.  The boys were able to play with their cousin, and that's always a good thing.  Food?  Yes, there was a ton of it.  Literally.  It was almost a shame there was so much food, because after dinner, just about everything looked like it had hardly been touched.  And everybody's plate was overflowing full.  I was informed that I needed to bring my rolls (or else don't show up!)  I obliged by making 6½ dozen.  We only came home with about six rolls.  I think they were a hit. =)  I also made Ruby Pears - another crowd pleaser.  (I'll post the recipe for this soon.)  Because we weren't home for Thanksgiving, we weren't going to have all the turkey leftovers that we'd want, so we cooked our own turkey on Friday, and then the dinner consisted of the turkey and all leftover side dishes.  It was a beautiful thing!

 I'm pretty sure that after the gluttonous day we had, we don't really need to eat this boys on the other hand would disagree.  They feel as though I'm torturing them if they don't eat every 15½ minutes.  Poor pathetic growing boys! *wink*  So, since I'm not going to get away with not feeding them, here is what I've come up with for the week.  Three of the recipes are new to us....fingers crossed!

Monday - Pinto Beans and Rice
Tuesday - Mexican Eggs
Wednesday - Lasagna Soup
Thursday - Thai Beef over Rice
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - David and I are at a Dining Out (formal military ball) and the boys are at a friend's house
Sunday - Chicken Fajitas

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Monday, November 22, 2010

MPM 11/22 Thanksgiving Edition

My favorite holiday is almost here!  I'm so excited!  This year we will be spending the holiday with my sister's family, so my cooking/baking responsibility is greatly reduced.  That will be nice on the wallet.  And since we won't be home on Thanksgiving, we'll still need to cook our own turkey so that we can still enjoy our share of turkey sandwiches and our day-after-Thanksgiving dinner tradition.  We just won't fix all the helpings with the turkey.  Well, maybe we'll have some mashed potatoes...can't have a turkey without the mashed potatoes!!

Monday - Pancakes
Tuesday - Taco Pasta
Wednesday - Leftovers and/or sandwiches
Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday - cooking our own turkey
Saturday - Broccoli Turkey Supreme (our family tradition)
Sunday - Pizza Bites

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

MPM 11/15

Wow, another week down.  This is getting to be a bit crazy, the speed in which the days are flying off my calendar.  If anyone has any suggestions for slowing it down, I'm interested.  Last week went well, menu-plan speaking.  We stayed on track, so that's always a good thing.  Jordan's birthday party was a success.  That's good.  And then on Friday (his actual birthday), things went downhill for me.  We took him to see Megamind (which was a surprise), and I spent the day getting sicker and sicker.  Stupid cold....I'm now on day #3, and only feel like I'm getting worse.  Lovely...  Right now, I'm very thankful that I was feeling extremely adventurous a few days back and had my menu for this coming week already planned out.  Simply sitting here typing it out is about all the energy I have for today.  So, I'm reserving the right right now to change anything on here at any given point of the week, should the need arise.

Monday - Pinto Beans and Rice
Tuesday - French Toast
Wednesday - Shepherds Pie and carrots
Thursday - Broccoli Cheese Soup and Baked Potatoes
Friday - Quesadillas
Saturday - Grilled PB&J
Sunday - Spaghettios or sandwiches

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

MPM 11/8 Birthday Edition

Earlier this week while we were sitting at the dinner table, Kelton asked me why we never have BELTs anymore.  I replied with "no one has asked for them".  I should have known better.  Both boys asked if we could have BELTs the next night for dinner!  After a good laugh at their enthusiasm, I told them that it wouldn't be this week as the menu was already set (and I didn't have any bacon) but that I would add it onto the menu for the next week.  I bet they'll be excited to have dinner Monday night!

A winner from the week was the Pizza Bites.  Screamin' good I tell ya!  I'd say they are like Totino's pizza rolls, but those are little.  These are more like a dinner roll with cheesy pepperoni goodness hidden inside.  They were quite yummy, and when I get rave reviews from my lactose intolerant husband, I know it's a keeper recipe.

Well, as you can tell by the post title, someone in our house has a birthday this week.  It's a big one, too.  Double digits!  I can't believe my baby is going to be 10 - - but they've been the best ten years of my life, being Mom to an incredible boy.  The kids don't have school Thursday and Friday, so we're being a bit unorthodox and doing his birthday party Thursday night.  He is having a couple friends spend the night.  Should be fun...movies, Wii, bunches of snacks and no bedtime!  Isn't that what kids love?!

Without further ado, here is the plan for the week...

Monday - BELTs
Tuesday - Omelet Roll (we didn't have it a couple weeks ago - there was a parchment paper issue)
Wednesday - Chili
Thursday - Pizza and Texas Sheet Cake
Friday - Tri-tip, mac and cheese, salad and peach crisp (J's requested meal)
Saturday - Sandwiches or leftovers
Sunday - Bacon Potato Chowder and rolls (new recipe - I'll post it if its any good)

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