Sunday, August 23, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Here we go, I missed last week... I don't even know why... How's that for organization??
Lots of chicken this week, the hub brought a bunch home from work and since its a "we're-broke" week, we'll be using that up!
Recipes are below!!

Monday: Artichoke Chicken

Tuesday: Enchilada Casserole

Wednesday: BBQ Chicken Packets

Thursday: Beef and Broccoli Macaroni

Friday: Cilantro Chicken

Saturday: Tuna Melts

Sunday: Chicken Caccitore

Once again, breakfasts are usually cold cereal, oatmeal and sometimes Boug just wants toast and a banana! Lunches usually are leftovers or sandwiches paired with yogurt or fruit generally. My meals are usually a bit heavier in meats and chickens as hub is a butcher and brings so much home for free or next to nothing!! Check out more Menu Plan Monday entries at orgjunkie!!


Artichoke Chicken: (from Kraft)
3 c. uncooked instant rice
3 c. warm water
6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 c. artichoke hearts, quartered, drained
2 c. chopped tomatoes
1/2 c. italian dressing
1/4 c. pesto

Preheat to 400 degrees. Mix rice and water. Prep to make foil packets- using aluminum foil, cut into 6 large sheets. Spoon rice mix onto center of foil sheet. Top with chicken, then artichokes and tomatoes. Then drizzle with combined dressing and pesto. Bring up the foil on the sides and fold up. Place packets on a baking sheet and cook for 30-35 minutes.

Enchilada Casserole (Thank you Org Junkie! Recipe from Taste of Home)
1 pound ground beef
1 can (10 ounces) enchilada sauce
1 cup salsa
6 flour tortillas (10 inch)
2 cups fresh or frozen corn
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese

In a large skillet, cook ground beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in enchilada sauce and salsa; set aside.
Place two tortillas, overlapping as necessary, in the bottom of a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover with one-third of the meat mixture; top with 1 cup corn; sprinkle with 1-1/3 cups cheese. Repeat layers once, then top with remaining tortillas, meat and cheese.
Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until bubbly.

BBQ Chicken Packets (from Kraft)
4 chicken breasts
3/4 c. bbq sauce
1 can corn, drained
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper

Place chicken on a piece of foil, top with bbq and veggies. Wrap up into a packet. The recipe at kraft calls to cook on the grill, I prefer to bake in the oven (plus I have no gas left in the outdoor grill...) I bake at 375 for about 30-35 minutes.

Beef and Broccoli Macaroni

1 lb. lean ground beef
2 cups water
1 pkg. Macaroni & Cheese
3 cups chopped broccoli
1/4 cup ketchup

Brown meat in a skillet and drain, add in water and macaroni. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer on low for about 5 more minutes. Add in broccoli, simmer for 5 more minutes or until macaroni is tender, then stir in ketchup and cheese sauce.

Cilantro Chicken
4 boned, skinned chicken breast halves
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Mix lime juice, cilantro, garlic, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour over chicken and turn pieces to coat evenly. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes. Grill chicken over medium heat until no longer pink!

Tuna Melts (from Kraft)
1 can white tuna in water, drained, flaked (about 1/4 cup)
2 Tbsp. Chive & Onion Cream Cheese Spread
1 pita bread (6 inch)
3 Tbsp. shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
1 Tbsp. finely chopped mixed fresh vegetables ( cucumbers, carrots and/or radishes)

Preheat oven to 400. Mix tuna and cream cheese. Spread onto the pita and top with cheese. Bake for 2-3 minutes and then top with veggies.

Chicken Caccitore
4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 pkg. (16 oz.) frozen bell pepper and onion strips, thawed, drained
1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Cook chicken in a skillet for about 2 minutes each side, add in veggies, cover and cook about 5 minutes. Stir in spaghetti sauce and simmer about 5 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Top with cheese.

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