Monday, April 26, 2010

Menu Plan Monday 4/26/10


  • Chicken Cacciatore (Don’t Panic-Dinner’s in the Freezer cookbook) *new*

  • Chili Con Carne and White River Sour Cream Cornbread (Don’t Panic-Dinner’s in the Freezer cookbook) *new*

  • Beef Pita Tacos (Don’t Panic Dinner’s in the Freezer cookbook) *new* and Whole Wheat Pita Bread *new*

  • Macaroni and Cauliflower Cheese Bake (Jamie’s Food Revolution) This was ok but the kids didn’t like the cheese sauce with the Parmesan so next time I’ll make it full cheddar. *new*

  • Zuppa Toscana (not even sure where I got my original recipe for this Olive Garden clasic, recipe for how I make it at the bottom of the post)

  • Breakfast  for dinner pancakes or muffins, eggs of choice (scrambled or omelet) and bacon (looking for a pancake or muffin recipe I want to try this week will post when I find one that I have the ingredients for)
I’m trying to post more so I plan on coming back and posting pictures and recipes as I make them. My husband always jokes when I ask if he liked what I made because he says I won’t make it again since I always have new meals we’re trying with few favorites in between.  If you want to check out more menu plans check out Orgjunkie!

Zuppa Toscana
  • 1 lb  italian sausage ( I use turkey or chicken italian sausage)
  • 4-6 bacon, cut into 1/2” slices (can use turkey bacon but I prefer the good stuff)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2-1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 2-3 potatoes, cut in half lengthwise and slice into 1/4”-1/2” pieces
  • 1 cup cream (I use whatever I have on hand, cream, half n half or milk. I do prefer cream or half n half)
  • 1 bunch of Kale, cut or tore into pieces
Brown crumbled italian sausage, drain and set aside. Cook bacon, be sure not to crisp, drain and set aside. Cook onion in a little olive oil until translucent, 5-10 mins, then add garlic and red pepper flakes until fragrant. Add chicken stock, sausage, bacon, and potatoes, cook until potatoes are tender. Then add cream, simmer for 5 mins. Add kale and simmer a few minutes longer. Salt and Pepper to taste.
I know these aren’t the best instructions but I’m a cook by taste type of person and it really just comes together.


  1. your blog is so awesome and yummmy thanks for posting that recipe...ill have to make it soon!

  2. Thanks for the idea on what to use with some kale I got at the farmer's market! It was crazy good!