The Cat Ate My Plant

Musings from a woman, wife, and mother

What’s For Dinner? The 12/11/11 Edition December 12, 2011

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Today’s dinner was inspired by a simple request. Hubs asked, “Can we have BBQ chicken?” hmmm, let me think about it. It’s quick, easy, and already in the freezer so I just have to reheat it. How could I say no!

Sad but true, this is almost exactly the same dinner we had on November 8th. Barbecue chicken and cheesy potatoes (also from the freezer) with green beans and a salad. Yumo! I added peanut butter, chocolate chip Amish friendship bread for desert and voila! A calorie laden dinner of deliciousness.

What did you have for dinner?

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What’s For Dinner? The 12/10/11 Edition December 10, 2011

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Do you remember the red sauce I made a while back? Well, today I decided it was what’s for dinner! A simple dinner of pasta, sauce, salad and garlic bread. I toyed with making this a meat sauce, but in all honesty, I don’t know that the richness of the meat would have complimented the sauce. So, I skipped it. But man, was it delicious!

I followed it up with some peanut butter friendship bread with chocolate chips. YUM. I made the recipe without the POM juice (because I didn’t have any) and without the standard sugar & cinnamon coating around the pan. I don’t get the cinnamon and peanut butter combo. I did leave the 1tsp. cinnamon in the recipe, but I would take that out next time. It overpowered the peanut butter. I also melted the peanut butter before I mixed it so that it was easier. I’m not 100% sure it helped, but I’d like to think it did.

What did you have for dinner?

 

What’s For Dinner? The 11/30/11 Edition November 30, 2011

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What’s for dinner has been kind of boring lately, hence the slowness of posts. Mainly, I’ve been trying to use leftovers up.  Tonight we had leftover beans & rice from Monday. E loves dipping chips in that! Yesterday, was hamburger browned and served over rice with leftover turkey gravy from Thanksgiving. I wasn’t sure how turkey gravy and hamburger would go together but it went surprisingly well. Nobody got sick, anyways.

What are you having for dinner?

 

What’s For Dinner? The 11/26/11 Edition November 29, 2011

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Catching up! I’ve been in a turkey coma the past couple of days. I may go back. It’s been delicious!

Saturday’s dinner was phenomenal. I was looking for something new to do with turkey because we have a lot of leftovers. And, you can only do so much turkey, stuffing, and gravy casserole. I have my limits.

So, when I found this recipe for turkey pot pie on Life As Mom, I got giddy.  I’m not lying, absolutely giddy. It sounded delicious and I had been making a lot of crusts for my mini-pie adventures. Oh, mini-pies. But I digress…

So, I made the turkey pot pie with my yummy lard & butter crust. I skipped the peas, but only because I forgot. With the lard, butter, and gravy, this dish needs peas, green beans, and a weight loss program.

turkey pot pie: action shot!

before baking

I brushed the top with olive oil to make sure it became golden brown. I also added some leaf cut outs because I was feeling crafty.

so.worth.it

A tender, flaky crust that stood up to all that gravy. It was so delicious, so comforting, so coma inducing. Too bad I had a hockey game to go to that night! I figured the cold would help me work off the calories, but I don’t think it did enough, so I skipped the nachos, splurged on a $3.50, 12oz Diet Coke and called it a night.

Is it sad my exciting girls night involves Diet Coke and college hockey? I hope not; it’s what I got!

What have you been eating?

P.S. I was going to show you what the inside looked like, but suffice it to say, the pieces we cut didn’t last that long.

 

Mini Pies!

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I have a thing for cherry pie. That’s how it started. Hubs doesn’t like cherry pie, and I can’t/shouldn’t finish a whole one by myself. Though, some days I want to!

So, a few years ago I got this genius idea to make mini pies. I used muffin tins to bake them and the first time I made them I made grasshopper, banana cream, and cherry. They did not last long.

It became a new passion of mine. They were the perfect size for someone trying to lose weight! Just 3-4 bites and your craving is gone. But, you can end up eating the whole batch anyways: dangerous! So, I leave a few out and quickly freeze the rest.

This year I decided to make cherry pomegranate, pumpkin, and apple cranberry mini pies. I’ve so far only made the cherry pomegranate and pumpkin. Apple Cranberry is on deck!

I used the cherry pomegranate recipe from The Frugal Girls.

pomegranate seeds

Hubs de-seeded the pomegranate. He’s never encountered a pomegranate. He said they looked like corn kernels. I can’t say he’s wrong!

pies with cherries

I was able to put 7 cherries plus some sauce in each pie.

pomegranate seeds: action shot!

I then sprinkled a generous portion of pomegranate seeds on top. It went something like this…

Some for the pies

Some for me

repeat

plain pomegranate & cherry pies

Then, I got all crafty. And made leaves to go on top.

cherry and pomegranate pie!

And, finally, just before I devoured it…

nom nom nom

And, just to be fair, here’s the pumpkin.

pumpkin pie

I’m not a huge fan. Can you tell? But, Hubs likes them. So, I make him a pumpkin pie once a year. Or mini pies. And sometimes, I get crafty and put a pumpkin on the top. Side note: I pureed that pumpkin myself. I’m hardcore! ha ha

 

The Day After November 25, 2011

It is the day after Thanksgiving. This is the first time in maybe five years that I didn’t go Black Friday shopping. With trying to get out of debt and promising to watch my friend’s one-year-old, I was not in the mood.

We still scoured all of the ads and tortured ourselves with all the things we wanted to buy. An immersion blender and food processor would make my cooking adventures so much easier! And new pillows… Have I mentioned I have a thing about buying new sheets? I like to get new sheets. And cream sweaters. I have about five cream sweaters (that’s just the non-maternity wardrobe).

I don’t get it either.

Back to today…

So last night after dinner I threw the turkey carcass in a pot and started on stock. I am in love with homemade stock! I first tried making stock a few months ago and it was wonderful. I didn’t use it in soups, but definitely in cooking and I truly felt like there was a difference in flavor.

I ran out of stock a few weeks ago but didn’t want to get a bird just for stock purposes, knowing Thanksgiving was just around the corner. And yes, I do have three turkey/chicken carcasses in my freezer that I could have used, but that’s just too logical.

It took me a while to settle on a stock recipe, but I found this one from Kitchen Stewardship and I really like it! It’s easy, and I can start it at night so all the ‘hard’ work is done while the kiddos are in bed. I don’t remember reading this on her site, but I do end up adding a lot of extra water. By the morning when I wake up, it’s boiled down pretty low. I’d guess that I add an extra three quarts of water throughout the cooking process. Just a guess!

Do you make your own stock? And if so, how? I’m always looking for new ideas!!!

 

 

What’s For Dinner? 11/9/11 Edition November 9, 2011

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I’m still on a ‘what’s easy?’ kick. I’m not sure why.  It could be the weather changes, the fact that I’ve been going to bed too late, or some other random reason that I don’t know about  But that’s the way things go! Thank goodness I prepared a lot of freezer meals before the baby was born. I went through a huge cooking phase the past two months and barely used any of it, so now it’s time.

Tonight for dinner we’re having spaghetti with meat sauce and garlic rolls.  The sauce is a recipe from a church friend of mine, and is amazing! It is rich, hearty, and smokey! Not something I expected from a meat sauce the first time I tried it. The secret is bacon! I added some parmesean cheese rinds that I had in the freezer when I cooked it up for a little extra flavor (as if it needed it).

The rolls are a new favorite of our family. Bread Machine Butter Rolls are a recipe I got from Crystal at MoneySavingMom.com. We’re in love and I’m pretty sure I make them once a week.  Maybe more. My only issue with the rolls is that I can’t seem to get them all uniform in size and shape. That’s a pretty serious offense! 🙂

I’ve been experimenting with add-ins to switch up my pitch-up a little bit. Tonight, I threw in 1T of garlic powder and some parsley. That might be a lot of garlic for some, but I really like garlic. Ask the hubs!

So it was a good, hearty, carb loaded meal tonight. What did you have for dinner?