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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Weekly Menu 12/22+


baked ranch chicken
baked potatoes
green beans


tortilla soup
Merry Christmas

your family

salisbury steak
broccoli & cheese

chicken spaghetti

impossible cheeseburger pie
home fries

--Cook a few extra potatoes tonight and keep them in your fridge unpeeled until Friday night. 
--If your potatoes are not very large (like <4” long) they will likely be cooked in the 45 minute baking time.  If you opt for larger potatoes get them started in the microwave for a few minutes so they will finish at the same time as your chicken. 
--If you have any kids that you can make this cake with, it could be a great object lesson for the season.  Thanks Cindy for sharing the link. 
--Bake extra chicken for Wednesday

Baked Ranch Chicken
Sprinkle dry ranch dressing mix on pieces of chicken.  Bake at 375 degrees about 45 minutes.
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans
Jesus’ Birthday Cake (Squidoo)


Christmas Eve
Tortilla Soup
1 quart chicken stock
2 c cooked chicken/turkey
Sliced carrots
1 can Rotel
Chopped onion
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp oregano
1 c corn
Corn tortillas, cut in strips, or chips
Optional toppings: avocado, cilantro, sour cream, cheese
Combine items through corn together in saucepan and simmer for at least 20 minutes.  Serve in bowls and add your favorite toppings.

Merry Christmas
Enjoy your family’s favorites

Salisbury Steak
1 lb ground meat (or at least 1 patty per person)
8 oz mushrooms
¼ c sliced onions (or more)
1 package brown gravy mix
2 c water
Form patties and brown both sides in a skillet.  Patties don’t need to be completely cooked through at this point, but remove to a plate and cover.  Drain fat if needed.  In same skillet brown onions and sautee mushrooms until they begin to get tender.  Return patties to skillet.  Add 2 c water and gravy mix.  Simmer until gravy is thickened and patties are cooked to your liking. 

Broccoli w/Cheese

--This recipe makes a LOT of chicken spaghetti.  This is a good one to share with a neighbor or friend, or put in your freezer. 

Chicken Spaghetti
1 boiled or otherwise cooked chicken removed from the bones ~3-4 c.
1c chopped celery
1c chopped onion
1 chopped bell pepper
16 oz spaghetti, cooked in chicken stock
1 stick butter
If you need to boil the chicken today, reserve the liquid for cooking the spaghetti.  Melt butter and saute celery, onion and pepper; combine with chicken in 9x13 pan.  Add in spaghetti. 
1 stick butter
1 c flour
4 c milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 lb velveeta
Stir these ingredients over a low heat until well blended.  Pour sauce over chicken, veggies and spaghetti mixture in pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. 

Garlic Bread

Impossible Bacon Cheeseburger Pie (Betty Crocker)
¼ c real bacon bits
1-2 c cooked ground beef
¼ t pepper
1c chopped onion
¼ c ketchup
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
½ c bisquick
1 c milk
2-3 eggs
Heat oven to 400°F. Spray 9-inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. Sautee pepper and onion over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally, add in cooked ground beef.  Stir in ketchup. Spread in pie plate; sprinkle with cheese and bacon.   In medium bowl, stir remaining ingredients with wire whisk or fork until blended. Pour into pie plate.  Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.  Serve with additional ketchup if desired.

Home fries
Peel and cube leftover baked potatoes from Sunday.  Heat oil in large skillet.  Add potatoes and brown until crisp.  Add onion slices if you’d like. 

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