Friday, March 26, 2010

Menu for Week of 3/26/10

Buffalo Chicken Wing Salad
Just a big 'ole salad with carrots, celery, red onion, and cheddar cheese on top. Serve it up with some buffalo chicken wings and ranch dressing. Simple Friday night supper. I bought the chicken wings at Sam's Club, just heat in the oven and serve.

Tuna Noodle Casserole
This is a classic that my mom used to make. I don't have an exact recipe, but here is how I do it.
Tuna Noodle Casserole
half a bag of egg noodles, cooked
1 can cream of mushroom soup
frozen peas
1-2 cans tuna, drained
Velveeta cheese, sliced
2 pieces buttered toast, cut into 1/2 in. squares
Mix the cooked noodles with the soup, tuna, peas, and milk. Use enough milk to make it a little saucy, you don't want the casserole to dry out as it bakes. Put in a greased 11 x 7 in. glass baking dish. Top with sliced Velveeta cheese and toast squares. Cook at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Pork Fried Rice
I have two leftover fried pork chops from the other night. I "googled" suggestions on what to do with them and the top vote was make fried rice. This is a simple weekend meal that everyone likes.
Fried Rice
Make rice ahead of time and refrigerate. For some reason it works best with cold rice.
Scramble 1-2 eggs (depending on how much rice you are making) in a hot skillet. The woman who taught me to make this said you want to cook the life out of them, just keep scrambling. Then add chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook until onion is translucent. Add chopped carrots and stirfry 1-2 minutes. Stir in frozen peas and cook another minute. Add the rice, meat, and soy sauce to taste. Stir and cook until combined. This works great with a variety of frozen or fresh vegetables. I am just using what I have on hand.

Leftover Tuna Noodle Casserole, salad

Roast Chicken, oven roasted potatoes and gravy, cooked carrots
I bought a whole fryer when it was on sale a couple weeks ago and put it in the freezer. Roasting a whole chicken is very simple and makes and impressive meal. It is also very economical. I will have leftover chicken that I can shred and use next week for another meal.
Roasted Chicken
Moms and More Cookbook
1 whole 3 lb. chicken fryer
Mix and rub on outside:
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1.4 tsp. thyme
1.4 tsp. marjorum
1/4 tsp. celery salt
Salt the cavity also. cover with foil or glass cover. Put in a cold oven at 400 degrees for 1 1/2 hours.

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