Wednesday, September 15, 2010

meal planning: overview

beau and i are making some changes.  one big change is that we're drastically cutting back on eating at restaurants.  i prefer home-cooked food.  it's healthier, cheaper, and we know what's going into it.  tonight, (with a little help from husband and bestie) i compiled a list of our favorite main-dishes (and a few things we want to have more often) so i can start meal planning!  i'm really excited about this.  in the past when we've stuck to meal planning, it added a nice sense of structure to the day.  anyway, here's the list, in no particular order, for when i need inspiration:

  1. tamale pie
  2. breakfast for dinner (goetta & eggs/pancakes/waffles)
  3. roast chicken 
  4. pork chops
  5. homemade pizza
  6. bean soup
  7. white chicken chili
  8. chicken & dumplings
  9. lentil soup
  10. falafel
  11. enchiladas
  12. salmon patties with dill yogurt sauce
  13. red beans & rice
  14. pot roast
  15. chinese chicken pasta salad
  16. sesame noodles
  17. minestrone
  18. fried chicken & mashed sweet potatoes
  19. chili & cornbread
  20. tacos
  21. lamb stroganoff
  22. mexican burgers
  23. turkey burgers
  24. spaghetti & meatballs
  25. spaghetti carbonara
  26. linguini & basil pesto
  27. baked salmon
  28. pork tenderloin
  29. meatloaf 
  30. baked tilapia
  31. ham (leftovers: ham salad, soup)
  32. tuna casserole
  33. quesadillas
  34. sausage & sauerkraut
  35. cabbage rolls
  36. stuffed peppers
  37. bbq sandwiches/quesadillas
  38. tilapia florentine
  39. homemade pretzels & soup
  40. grilled cheese & homemade tomato soup

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

fresh peach cobbler

i've never been a fan of peach cobbler.  when i've had it in the past, it's been doughy and dull, bland yet overly sweet.  THIS cobbler, however... this cobbler changed my mind forever.  and has probably ruined me for every other cobbler.

get ready for your life to improve significantly.

8 fresh peaches, peeled, pitted, and sliced
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp lemon juice

1 cup self-rising flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 stick salted butter, chilled and cut into small piece
1/4 cup water that's been microwaved for 2 minutes

3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon

-preheat the oven to 425'.
-in a large bowl, combine ingredients from first list in a large bowl, tossing to coat evenly.  pour into a 9x13" pan and bake for 10 minutes.
-while that's baking, combine the flour, sugars, and salt.  blend in the butter using your fingers until it resembles a coarse meal.  stir in the water until just combined.  you still want to see streaks of butter.
-remove peaches from oven, and drop spoonfuls of topping over.  sprinkle the top with the cinnamon sugar mixture.
-bake until topping is golden- between 20 and 25 minutes.

Friday, September 10, 2010

pink fluff

is it cranberry time yet?
1 lb whole cranberries
1 cup sugar
20 ounce can of crushed pineapple in water/juices
1 cup cream
3 cups mini marshmallows
Chop the cranberries or run them through the food
Mix the chopped cranberries, pineapple (juice and all)
and the sugar.
Just before serving, whip the cream. Fold the cream
and the mini marshmallows into the pineapple-cranberry