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What’s For Dinner: Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fried Rice

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What’s For Dinner: Teriyaki Chicken with Stir Fried Rice

Posted on 19 March 2012 by noelskitchen

Tonight’s dinner idea is a Stir Fry meal. Chicken marinated in a simple Teriyaki sauce served with Stir Fried Rice and Vegetables. This is a great make-ahead meal for busy families. The chicken and vegetables marinate in the fridge for 24 hours or can be popped into in a zip-loc freezer bag and placed in the fridge to marinate in the morning.  By the time dinner rolls around you’ll be ready to cook. It’s as simple as that!

Stir frying is really one of the best techniques we busy moms can have up our sleeves. Because they cook so quickly, you can have a stir fry on the table in about the time it takes to chop up your vegetables! Plus, stir fries are a great way to clear out the fridge and use up produce.

Need a little meal planning inspiration? Check out my Recipe Index which is updated daily with new recipes that include a grocery shopping list!

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Are you wondering what to make for dinner tonight for your family? You’ll love my easy, make-ahead and money-saving recipes on what to cook your family for dinner! You are encouraged to not only list your dinner plans below, but to request ideas, make suggestions and of course add your favorite recipes!

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Tags: Applesauce, Muffins, Oatmeal,

Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

Posted on 19 March 2012 by noelskitchen

These moist and flavorful muffins are made with Homemade Applesauce and are a super addition to any day of the week.

Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins

Makes: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins, optional
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup homemade applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease or paper line 12  muffin cups.
  3. Combine oats, flour, sugar, raisins, baking power, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in a large bowl.
  4. Combine applesauce, oil, egg and vanilla in a separate bowl. Add all at once to oat mixture, stirring until just moistened. Divide evenly among prepared muffin cups.
  5. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
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Weekly Meal Planning: March 18-24, 2012

Posted on 18 March 2012 by noelskitchen

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home.

For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. Some of the recipes you’ll find on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

My Weekly Meal Plan

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

Breakfasts

Will remain the same with some variety: Scrambled or Fried Eggs, Breakfast Burritos, Oatmeal Packets, Green Smoothies, Oatmeal-Applesauce Muffins, Homemade Granola Bars, Cold Cereal.

Lunches

Are usually a bit more flexible, as often times we’ll simply have leftovers from a previous night’s meal, but if not, I always have ingredients on hand in the pantry for: Egg Salad Sandwiches, Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Peanut Butter and Jelly or regular sandwiches like Ham, Turkey and Cheese all served with fresh fruit and veggies.

In addition to our weekly menu, we have a baking day on a weekly basis. Every Sunday afternoon, we will rotate through restocking some nutritious snacks and baked goods, such as granola, protein bars, granola bars, muffins, and/or biscuits for various meals. 

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week)

Sunday: Baked Potato Bar

Monday: Stir Fry

Tuesday: Chili in the Crock Pot (prepping and cooking beans on Sunday)

Wednesday: Coconut Chicken

Thursday: Crock Pot Lasagna

Friday: Family Night - Pizza with homemade pizza dough ( homemade pizza is a family favorite.)

Saturday: Pork Chops in the Crock Pot

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Weekly Meal Plan and Shopping List

 

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What’s For Dinner: Baked Potato Bar

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What’s For Dinner: Baked Potato Bar

Posted on 18 March 2012 by noelskitchen

Tonight’ dinner idea is a Baked Potato Bar. A Baked Potato Bar  is always a big hit with the family and with a variety of toppings to choose from, everybody can pick and choose as they please. Store all the toppings in containers with lids and your clean up is a breeze!

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There’s lots of toppings to choose from:

  • broccoli
  • shredded Cheddar cheese
  • crumbled bacon
  • tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • green onions

You could also top with chili, jalapenos, olives, black beans or another type of cheese.

Need a little meal planning inspiration? Check out my Recipe Index which is updated daily with new recipes that include a grocery shopping list!

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Are you wondering what to make for dinner tonight for your family? You’ll love my easy, make-ahead and money-saving recipes on what to cook your family for dinner! You are encouraged to not only list your dinner plans below, but to request ideas, make suggestions and of course add your favorite recipes!

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Storing Family Recipes and Weekly Menus

Posted on 16 March 2012 by noelskitchen

How are you storing your family’s favorite recipes and weekly menus? Do you have a favorite organized format for quick reference? Have you found a way to easily rotate your menu? Please leave a comment in the section below, I’d love to hear what you do!

Over the past year, I’ve found an easier way to store my family’s favorite recipes and weekly menus. I was doing some research online and came across MomsToolBelt.com.

For only $5 a year, I have access to “tools” for managing the household, recipe organization, meal planning forms,  homeschooling, and everything else a busy mom needs to manage life at home.  I’ve created a binder system; similar to my home management binder. Nothing fancy, but I can keep it handy and it’s ready to use anytime I need it.

This helps to keep all my weekly recipes along with my meal plans organized and I can refer to previous meal plans easily.  When it’s time to do my menu planning, I can easily pull out the binder and flip through to find recipes to include for the week.

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