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Weekly Meal Plan June 12-18, 2011~Easy Summer Meals

Posted on 12 June 2011 by noelskitchen

We are moving into our first full week of summer vacation and I’m planning out some new summer meals for dinner to make it easier to be in the kitchen with the warm weather and easier at meal times. This month has already started off busy for me personally with the new membership addition to the site, summer book club and life as a working mom and managing the family.

So, I’m really looking forward to relaxing a bit more this summer with the family. We may just take a break from it all and go camping up at Sawmill. Located just up past Bowman Lake, it’s a beautiful, quiet and great for fishing. Since we love our family meal times together, I am hopeful the family will enjoy these easy summer meals and we’ll create some great summer memories.

I am very pleased how my summer meals will work well with my freezer cooking.

Sunday: Beans and Mexican Rice

Monday: Coconut Shrimp, Green Salad

Tuesday: Bliss Between Bread~Family Sub Sandwiches, Veggies, Homemade Baked Potato Chips

Wednesday: Grilled Cod, Broccoli Gratin and Quinoa Pilaf

Thursday: Pasta Salad with Chicken Ranch Chicken Pasta Salad

Friday: Pizza Night; (Grilled Pizzas I hear they are really good!)

Saturday: Grilled Southwestern Chicken

Come back tomorrow to see what I cooked up this weekend and share what you’ve been doing, too, to fill your freezer.

Enjoy your family mealtimes!

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Weekly Meal Plan:June 6-11, 2011

Posted on 06 June 2011 by noelskitchen

I’ve been busy working on some new membership features for this site to meet my deadline goal in July so I’ve been a little busy in the kitchen and organizing recipes and ideas.  Here’s this week’s menu. The kids have two more days of school left so this week is pretty simple and I’ve included meals this week that are kid-friendly and great for getting kids in the kitchen. Recipes will be posted throughout the week. Enjoy!

Monday: Crepes

Tuesday: Tilapia with Chili Lime Butter

Wednesday: Oven Baked Chicken Strips

Thursday: Chinese Noodles Playing it by ear. May just have a late lunch. We’re headed to Silver Springs; our niece is graduating from high school. Between my sister-n-law and us, that’s 2 down 6 kids to go.

Friday: Eat with your hands:Paninis!

Saturday: Kid’s Choice (when they decide, I’ll post.)

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Posted on 14 March 2011 by noelskitchen

As promised, here is one of the savory recipes for our meal plan this week. This is a busy month for us with lots of different activities so my meal plan for the week is pretty simple. Yesterday, we had Pork Chops slow cooked in a honey soy sauce served over rice, broccoli and some homemade rolls. The pork chops turn out really tender and tasty.

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Summary: A delicious meal made in the slow cooker that comes out tender and tasty.


4-6 pork loin chops (depending on size of your family)
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 cup orange juice
1 Teaspoon Chinese Five Spices


  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together soy sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, garlic, honey, orange juice and spices.
  • Place pork chops in slow cooker.
  • Pour honey soy sauce mixture over the top of pork chops.
  • Set slow cooker to low setting and cook for 6 hours.

Noel’s Quick Notes:

Plate pork chops over cooked  rice of your choice and spoon honey soy sauce mixture over the top. Serve with your family’s favorite steamed vegetables.


Can substitute beef or chicken in place of pork chops.

Serves: 4-6 people

Cooking Time: 6 hours

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Cook Time: 6 hours, 5 minutes

Meal Type: Dinner

My Family Rating: 5 stars


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Family Style Chili

Posted on 06 March 2011 by noelskitchen

There’s delicious flavor with a classic comfort food. Here’s another one of my Family Style Chili recipes with a touch of sweetness and just the right amount of kick. Makes enough for one family meal plus enough for lunch leftovers. Serve with your favorite toppings.

Family Style Chili


  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage, browned and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced and seeded or unseeded depending on amount of heat you prefer
  • 1 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can corn, drained
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 2 15-ounce cans tomato sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Taco seasoning
  • 2-3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Chopped onion (optional)
  • Dairy sour cream (optional)
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. In a skillet, cook and stir sausage, onion and garlic over medium heat until sausage is browned and onion is tender. Drain off fat.
  2. Add to slow cooker sausage mixture, jalapeno, kidney beans, garbanzo beans, corn, tomatoes, tomato sauce and seasonings. Set slow cooker to low setting and cook 6-8 hours.
  3. To serve, ladle chili into bowls or homemade bread bowls. If desired, top each serving with cheese, chopped onion, and/or sour cream, cilantro and crushed red pepper.

 What do you serve with your Chili?

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New Meals On The Menu

Posted on 13 February 2011 by noelskitchen

I have found that we are really enjoying Tilapia. Over the past few years, I’ve been introducing new types of seafood into our weekly menus and this fish is one that’s affordable and real simple to make. It can be baked, grilled or pan-fried. I’ll substitute fish on the menu for chicken or meat, depending on the grocery store deals for the week. If they are not at their best price per pound, I’ll stock up on fish.

Tilapia with a Creamy Lemon and Dill Sauce


6 tilapia fillets
3 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons Italian dressing
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup cream cheese
1 Tablespoon dill


Coat the fish on both sides with flour.

Heat dressing in a medium skillet on medium heat. Add fish; cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with fork. Remove from skillet; cover with foil to keep warm.

Add broth and lemon juice to skillet; cook 3 minutes or until reduced by half, stirring frequently with whisk. Add cream cheese and dill; cook 1 minute or until melted, stirring constantly. Pour over fish. Sprinkle with extra dill.

What are some new meals on your menus?

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