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Chicken Stir Fry

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Chicken Stir Fry

Posted on 07 March 2012 by noelskitchen

This week I’m working on quick weeknight meals. I’m using ingredients that are right in my freezer, pantry and fridge. I’m adding a few new dishes to the week’s menu giving my family a variety of great tasting meals!

This meal idea came from a bulk purchase of ingredients from Costco of sweet red peppers, broccoli and chicken breasts. Once I got everything  home, I broke these ingredients down to meal size portions, place in zip-loc freezer bags and placed in the freezer. This worked out well for my meal prepping day and allows me to pull out from the freezer with ingredients already prepped to use when I need them for another meal.

A few changes to this meal:

  • Meat: use beef or pork instead of  chicken
  • Veggie Ideas: spinach, green peppers, water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, baby corn, snow peas, zucchini, green onion
  • Sauce: any type of oriental sauce will do like Terryaki, Peanut Sauce, Sweet and Sour
  • Rice: This would be great over spaghetti or rice noodles, or even soba, whatever you have!

Chicken Stir Fry

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth, plus 1/4 cup
  • 3 Tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 cups broccoli
  • 1 1/2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1 1/2 cup sweet red pepper, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken pieces in a medium bowl.  Drizzle lightly with soy sauce and sesame oil. Add chicken broth. Set aside.
  2. Have all of the vegetables cut up and ready to be added as you cook. (very important step in stir fry)  In a small prep bowl, combine 1/2 cup soy sauce with 3 tablespoons brown sugar.  Stir well and set aside.
  3. Heat a skillet or wok over high heat.  When it is heated, add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil.  Add the chicken to the skillet and fry quickly, stirring around for 2-3 minutes.  When brown and just cooked through, remove to a separate bowl with a slotted spoon.  Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to the skillet.  Add onions and cook for 1 minute.  Add red pepper and cook for 30 seconds.  Add garlic and stir well.  Add the carrots, stir well, and cook for 45 seconds.  Add the broccoli, stir well and cook for 45 seconds.
  4. Pour in the 1/4 cup chicken broth and soy sauce mixture.  Add in 1 teaspoon rice vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil.  Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and stir.  Add the soy sauce/brown sugar mixture. Stir together, then turn off heat.  Sauce should become thicker. Serve over cooked rice.

 

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Week 6 of the Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge

Posted on 05 March 2012 by noelskitchen

Planning a weekly menu helps you make the most of what you already have and serves your family delicious meals without spending a lot of money.

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? This week, for my Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge, I’m sharing easy meals created from what’s already on hand in my freezer and pantry.

Weekly Meal Plan

This week, I’m replenishing my freezer with more make-ahead meals. Yesterday, my day started with:

To Do List:

  • Homemade Pizza Dough-4 balls
  • Chicken Enchiladas
  • Baked Ziti
  • White Bean Chicken Chili
  • Hamburger Patties
  • Scones
  • Banana Muffins
  • Cranberry Oatmeal; Chocolate Chip Cookies

The Weekly Meal Plan:

Monday: Chicken Stir Fry 

Tuesday: Just Plain Good Hamburgers 

Wednesday: Spicy Pork Tacos

Thursday: Spaghetti Carbonara

Friday: Grilled Chicken Quesdadillas

Saturday: Spicy Meatball Hoagies

Plan Your Meal By What’s On Sale!

As you’re writing out your weekly meal plan, remember that there are some items that are always going to be on sale at the grocery store. This month, college basketball’s March Madness, so there’s going to be lots of great deals on classic ballgame-watching foods–chips, dips, veggies, cold cuts for sandwiches, and ground beef.

Seasonal fruits and veggies items on sale: fresh strawberries, naval oranges, limes, lemons, cuties (kids love these!), avocadosasparagus, broccoli, green peppers and cucumbers .

Remember to keep an eye out for those extra coupons this week in your local grocery store ad on Wednesday.

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What’s For Dinner: Home Style Macaroni and Cheese

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What’s For Dinner: Home Style Macaroni and Cheese

Posted on 02 March 2012 by noelskitchen

Tonight’s Family Meal Plan idea is Home Style Macaroni and Cheese served with Sun-Dried Tomato Sausage. The ultimate kids’ favorite and a life-saving dinner dish for parents. Our children prefer this home style version macaroni and cheese to the store bought box version. It’s creamy, cheesy and a fast and easy casserole dish! Here are some ways to create Macaroni and Cheese at home:

  • Add 1 cup of chopped fresh, ripe tomatoes
  • Add 1 cup of Make-Ahead Ground Beef seasoned with a little salt and pepper.
  • Spoon the macaroni and cheese into a serving bowl and top with strips of grilled sausage.

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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Week 5 of the Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge

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Week 5 of the Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge

Posted on 29 February 2012 by noelskitchen

The crock pot provides easy meals when mom’s under the weather and time is short to get my family satisfied with fresh tasting dishes.

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? This week, for my Just In Time Family Meal Planning Challenge, I’m sharing easy meals using one of mom’s best friends in the kitchen–the crock pot.

My Weekly Meal Plan

Our weekly meal plan took a bit of a detour this week. Our youngest daughter and I both were a little under the weather. I didn’t have the slightest bit of energy in me to do any type of meal prepping or cooking at the beginning of this week. Thank goodness for a freezer stocked with some make-ahead meals , quick, thrifty meals and ready-to-go ingredients for the crock pot.

Today however, I’m back on track feeling somewhat better and I’ve got the rest of the week’s meal planned out. Here’s a look at the rest of the week ahead with recipes posting throughout the week:

Sunday: Breakfast For Dinner; Make-Ahead French Toast

Monday: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Tuesday: Crock Pot Cola Roast with Mashed Potatoes and Quick Biscuits (leftover roast will be used for sandwiches)

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Thursday: Crock Pot Spinach Lasagna

Friday: Home Style Macaroni and Cheese

Saturday: Cheeseburger Pizza

Plan Your Meal By What’s On Sale!

As you’re writing out your weekly meal plan, remember that there are some items that are always going to be on sale at the grocery store. This week, seasonal items on sale: fresh strawberries, naval oranges, cuties (kids love these!), avacadosbroccoli, green peppers and cucumbers . Remember to keep an eye out for cold weather fixings for chili, soups and stews.

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Spaghetti Florentine

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Spaghetti Florentine

Posted on 26 February 2012 by noelskitchen

Here is an extra-thrifty, nutritious one-dish meal.

 

This meal is not only extra-thrift but can be halved. If you have the time to bake it, it tastes even better and freezes well.

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound (16-ounces) spaghetti
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 1/2 cups make-ahead ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 1 (14-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 10 ounces fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for about a minute. Add the onion and garlic. Add the make-ahead ground beef, stirring until all ingredients are combined. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper, basil, oregano and spinach. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Drain the spaghetti thoroughly in a colander, and toss with the sauce in the skillet. Sprinkle with cheese, and serve hot with a green salad or loaf of french bread.

*The make-ahead ground beef makes preparing this meal quick. However if you need to cook the ground beef, do so at step #2, push ground beef aside once browned then add the onion and garlic and continue to cook until onion is soft.

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