Wednesday, May 6, 2009

30 meals- recipes for nannygoat

I'm all about streamlining and simplifying things. Here's an idea from nannygoat. They are putting together a list of 30 meals that their families love and then streamlining their grocery shopping and recipe organization. I like the idea, but I love way more than 30 meals!

I recently 'streamlined' our meals, by typing them out onto 'cheat sheet' if you will. I saw somewhere on line where someone else did it with their baking recipes. It is in a word doc and simply has the name of the item, list of ingredients and cooking times and temps. It's just the recipes I make a lot and know how and what to do, just need a little help with ingredients or cooking information. I was constantly having to search through books for specific recipes just to check a detail or two, like "Do my stuffed green peppers have canned tomatoes and fresh tomatoes?" or "Do little cheddars have 1/2 cup or 1 cup milk?" Now, I just have to glance at a cheat sheet on the fridge. For things I don't make as often, I still have to dig out the recipe, but I have organized them in small photo albums. The cheat sheet has also has saved time when making my grocery list since I don't have to dig all my recipes out to check ingredients. Hubby has said he can help he make my cheat sheet into a sharable file this evening, I'll post it another day.

Anyway, the gals over at nannygoat are asking friends to share a few favorite family recipes so they can build up their family's 30 favorite. Here are a few of our favorites (that I already had typed up- cause I'm lazy like that):

Teriyaki shish kabobs
Chunk pineapple (fresh or canned)
Fresh mushrooms
Green pepper pieces
Onions (chunked)
Cherry tomatoes
Beef strips
½ c ketchup
½ c sugar
½ c soy sauce

-mix ketchup, sugar, and soy sauce together. Marinate all ingredients (except tomatoes) for a few hours plus. Thread onto skewers and grill, broil or bake, or just put everything in a glass dish and bake until the meat is done (about 20 min).

Little cheddars
1 egg
¾ c milk
1 c cheddar cheese
½ c oats
1 t salt
1 pound ground beef
2/3 ketchup
½ c brown sugar
1 ½ t mustard
Mix top section of ingredients together and form into little meatloaves. Mix bottom 3 ingredients and top little loaves with the sauce. Bake at 350° for 40 min

Ramen noodle casserole
¾ lb ground beef (cooked)
2 pkg ramen noodles- beef flavored
Water from one pkg of noodles
1 can cream mush soup
1 can water chestnuts- chopped
Cook both packages of ramen noodles in the water for 1 package. Add both seasoning packets. Cook per directions. then combine all ingredients in a casserole dish and bake at 350° for 30 min

Crock pot chicken broccoli
Chicken breast (3 or so)
1 can cream mush soup
1 c water
½ pkg dried ranch dressing
1 c sour cream
1 c cheddar cheese
1 bag frozen broccoli
combine all in crock pot and cook for 6+ hours. Serve with rice or noodles

Italian beef hoagies
Med onion
Italian diced tomatoes (undrained)
¼ c tomato paste
Shredded mozz cheese
Hoagie buns
Combine all (except cheese and buns) and cook in crockpot all day. Shred beef. Serve on buns, topped with cheese.

Stuffed green peppers
Par boiled green peppers (clean peppers out, boil for 15 or so minutes)
1 box Spanish rice
½ jar Salsa
½ lb gr beef
¼ lb sausage
Diced tomatoes
Cook up meat. Cook up rice as per directions. Combine all ingredients and stuff into peppers. Bake at 350° for 30 min

Baked spaghetti
1 box spaghetti noodles
¾ lb ground beef
Garlic clove
3 eggs
3 c mozz cheese
6 oz parm cheese
Sm. Cottage cheese
Lg. jar prego
brown beef with garlic. add prego. combine eggs, cooked noodles, and cheeses in separate bowl. make a few layers of noodles and sauce. Bake in 9x13 at 350° for 45 min

Cheesy broccoli Rigatoni
Penne noodles
3 cloves garlic
¼ c butter
¼ c flour
1 t salt
2 ½ c milk
5 c broccoli
2 c mozz cheese
in sauce pan: garlic & butter, cook 2 min. add flour and salt. add milk, boil, 2 min. add cheese. add cooked broccoli. toss with noodles. bake at 350° for 25 min

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