Monday, May 23, 2011

MPM 5/23

Oh menu plan...I have missed you.

I've been feeling like I'm spinning in circles come dinner time, and that is a feeling I'm not too fond of.  So yes, I was serious when I said I missed you.

Granted, it's hard to execute any kind of plan when you're sick.  And there is nothing wrong with serving oatmeal for dinner if that's the best I can do for that day.  However, a pretty little plan, hanging on the refrigerator can aid things along...especially for the other adult in the house to point things towards the right direction. 

Ok enough.  My point has been made.  The past is behind us.

Moving on...

Here is the plan for the week.

Monday ~ It's a game night, so it's Sandwiches at the ball park
Tuesday ~ Cowboy Spaghetti with garlic bread and a side salad
Wednesday ~ Corn and Ham Frittata (new recipe)
Thursday ~ Salads with chicken or tuna
Friday ~ Homemade Pizza (sausage and onion)
Saturday ~ Grilled Pork chops with side salad, roasted potatoes and asparagus
Sunday ~ Tuscan Lemon Chicken with brown rice, carrots and side salad (new recipe)

There you have it.  For more ideas, check out

Monday, May 9, 2011

Italian Dressing Mix

I've enjoyed looking for recipes that allow me to make my own mixes at home because it saves money and time...and I know what ingredients are in it.  In an attempt to come up with a different salad dressing other than just oil and vinegar, I found this Italian dressing mix.  I always have the ingredients on hand, and it's quick and easy to throw together.  We've found that it tastes so much better than any Italian dressing you can buy.  Yes, we love it that much!  And it can be used as an incredible marinade for chicken and pork chops, or as a dipping sauce for bread.  Versatile is good!

The Dry Mix:
2 Tablespoons dried oregano
1 Tablespoon dried parsley1 Tablespoon garlic salt
1 Tablespoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon salt (I use Kosher)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper (I fresh grind it)
1 teaspoon dried basil
¼ teaspoon dried thyme¼ teaspoon celery salt

In a small bowl, mix together all of the above ingredients. Store in a tightly sealed container.

To Make Dressing:
Whisk together 1/4 cup white vinegar, 2/3 cup canola oil, 2 tablespoons water and 2 tablespoons of the dry mix.  

** This post has been linked to LifeAsMom's Frugal Friday**