Thursday, January 26, 2012

I'm so excited to start this great blogging journey with my great friend, Lauren. We can't wait to share all of the fun (and sometimes maybe even the "not so fun") things we get in to! What better way to start the blog than with a week's worth of menus and grocery lists planned out for you?? So here it goes, no turning back...

Meals for the week: Simple Chicken & Noodles, Minute Steak, Easy Lasagna, and Mexican Pizza Individuals

The Grocery List (also known as the "handiest" part):
1 lb. ground beef
4 (1/2 lb) cube steaks
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts*

1 can refried beans
15 oz. can Great Northern beans
14 ½ oz. can diced tomato
10.5 oz. can condensed French Onion Soup
15 oz. can Green beans (for side)
26 oz. can condensed cream of chicken soup
10.75 oz. can condensed cream of mushroom soup
3 (14.5 oz.) cans chicken broth
15 oz. can Corn (for side)
Head of lettuce

6 tablespoons Mexican mix cheese*
6 tablespoons sour cream*
1 cup cottage cheese*
1 ½ cup shredded Italian cheese blend*

6 no-boil lasagna noodles
6 small tortillas*
Mexican Rice

2 teaspoons onion powder*
1 envelope taco seasoning
1 ½ tablespoon minced garlic*
1 teaspoon seasoning salt*
½ teaspoon garlic powder*

2 (9 oz.) packages frozen egg noodles

6 tablespoons salsa*

(*Items that if you do not already have on hand, you may have to buy in bigger sizes than the recipes for this week call for. We do our best to try to make sure that no food goes to waste and we will incorporate our following week’s menus off of this. Always place food items that expire quickly in the freezer to ensure longer life.)

***And what good would all of this be without the recipes??? Let us know how they turned out!!***
Simple Chicken & Noodles
1 (26 oz.) can condensed cream of chicken soup,  1 (10.75 oz.) can condensed cream of mushroom soup, 3 (14.5 oz.) cans chicken broth 2 teaspoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon seasoning salt ½ teaspoon garlic powder, 2 (9 oz.) packages frozen egg noodles, 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (cooked and diced)

In a large pot, mix the cream of chicken soup, cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, and chicken meat. Season with onion powder, seasoning salt, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil, and stir in the noodles. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes.

Servings – 6
Sides: Corn
Minute Steak
4 (1/2 lb) cube steaks, 10.5 oz. can condensed French Onion Soup

Preheat oven to 350 °F. In a large skillet over medium heat, briefly brown the cube steaks. Arrange meat in a single layer in a 9x13 inch baking dish and pour the soup over the top.

Bake @ 350°F for one hour.

Servings - 4
Sides: Green beans

Easy Lasagna
6 no-boil lasagna noodles 1 cup cottage cheese (divided), 15 oz. can Great Northern beans (rinsed, drained and slightly mashed and divided), 1 ½ cup shredded Italian cheese blend 14 ½ oz. can diced tomato, 1 ½ tablespoon minced garlic

Place 2 lasagna noodles in greased 8”x8” baking pan. Place half of beans, then half of cottage cheese, then 1/3 cup shredded cheese. Repeat layers, ending with 2 lasagna noodles. In a separate bowl, combine tomatoes and minced garlic, then spoon over lasagna.

Bake uncovered @ 375° for 30 minutes.

Sides: Salad
*Serve with French bread (optional) This is one that you can cook the night before, place the refrigerator and put in the oven before dinner the next night!

Mexican Pizza Individuals
1 lb. ground beef,  1 envelope taco seasoning,  6 small tortillas, 1 can refried beans, 6 tablespoons Mexican mix cheese, 6 tablespoons salsa, 6 tablespoons sour cream

Brown ground beef; drain. Add taco seasoning as directed on envelope. Preheat oven to 450°. Place tortillas on an 11”x17” baking sheet. Place ground beef, beans, and cheese evenly over the six tortillas. After baking, top with sour cream and salsa.

Bake at 450° for 5 to 6 minutes.
Sides: Mexican Rice


  1. How fun.... I love new blogs! Espeically ones that I know will have fun and "real" things on them from Moms that are in the same spot as I am with the ages of their kids! Good luck to keeping it going - I'm sure you both will add a great part of yourselves to this adventure!