Carrot Casserole

2 lbs carrots

Butter

Velveeta (or 6 oz of another process cheese)

Dill weed

Saltine crackers

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Peel and slice carrots.
  3. Cube Velveeta cheese
  4. Crush 15 saltine crackers.
  5. Place carrots in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes. Drain. Place in a greased baking dish.
  6. Melt 1/4 cup of butter and Velveeta cheese in a small saucepan. Stir often. Stir in 1/4 tsp of dill weed. Pour over the carrots. Toss crushed saltines with another 1/4 cup of butter. Sprinkle over carrots. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes

Coleslaw

Head of cabbage

3 carrots

Mayonnaise

Sugar

Cider vinegar

 

Shred cabbage. To shred by hand, cut into wedges, place cut side down on a cutting board, and cut into thin slices with a large sharp knife. For the crispiest coleslaw, shred cabbage and then immerse in ice water for an hour. Drain and blot dry. Refrigerate in a plastic bag until ready to use.

Shred carrots.

Combine shredded cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. Combine 1 cup of mayonnaise, 1/3 cup of sugar, and 1/4 cup of cider vinegar in a small bowl. Pour over cabbage mixture and toss to coat. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Corn State Broccoli Bake (Dinner for Two Week 14)

Lunch: Salad with honey poppy seed dressing, Watermelon cups, Nectarine or Orange

Dinner: Crispy chicken strips or Cheesy beef macaroni, Corn state broccoli bake or Citrus carrots, Cabbage

Corn State Broccoli Bake

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Crush a package of Chicken in a Bisket crackers. Combine with 1/2 cup of melted butter. Reserve 1/2 cup for topping. Combine a thawed package of chopped broccoli, a drained can of whole kernel corn, a can of cream-style corn, and remaining crumbs in a bowl.

Transfer to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with reserved crumb mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.

Citrus Carrots

Combine 3 Tbsp of orange juice, 1 tsp of melted butter, and 1/2 tsp of cumin. Set aside. Cut carrots into 3 inch chunks, then into matchstick strips. Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add carrots. Cook for about 2 minutes. Drain. Place in a serving bowl. Drizzle with orange juice mixture.

They taste great served straight out of the serving bowl, but for extra presentation/style points, cut a bundle of green onions lengthwise into ribbon-like strips and tie up a serving-sized bundle of carrots. It should kind of look like a bundle of firewood. So cute!

Honey Poppy Seed Dressing

Combine 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, 1/4 cup of honey, 2 Tbsp of cider vinegar, 2 tsp of poppy seeds, and 1/2 tsp of salt in a small bowl or jar with tight-fitting lid. Mix or shake well. Store in the fridge.

Serve over a plain lettuce salad or fresh fruit.

Salad suggestion: Lettuce, endive, cucumber, green beans, green onions, grapefruit, and mango. Squeeze a lemon and grate a little zest over the whole thing. Also add any leftover dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and cheese you have kickin’ around.

Watermelon Cups

Dissolve a package of watermelon gelatin in 1 cup of boiling water in a bowl. Stir in 1 cup of cold water. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, slice 4 limes in half lengthwise. With small scissors or a sharp knife, cut the membrane at each end to loosen pulp from shell. Using fingertips, pull membrane and pulp away from shell. Discard pulp or save for another use.

Fold 1/4 cup of mini chocolate chips into the gelatin. Spoon into lime shells. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Crispy Chicken Strips

Flatten 3/4 lb of chicken breasts to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 1 inch strips. Combine 1/2 cup of mashed potato flakes and 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Dip chicken in egg substitute equivalent to one egg, then in potato mixture. Cook chicken in 2 Tbsp of olive oil for 4-5 minutes in a skillet.

Cheesy Beef Macaroni

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook 1 lb of ground beef over medium heat in a large skillet. Drain. Add a drained can of whole kernel corn and a can of cream of chicken soup. Shred 8 oz of Velveeta and set aside 1/2 cup for topping. Stir remaining cheese into meat mixture until melted. Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions. Gently stir in 2 1/2 cups of macaroni until coated.

Transfer to a greased baking dish. Top with reserved cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes.

SHOPPING LIST:

Egg substitute

8 oz process cheese (like Velveeta)

Orange juice

4 limes

Lemon

Grapefruit

Mango

6 nectarines

6 oranges

Lettuce

Cucumber

Endive

Cabbage

Green beans

2 bundles of green onions

1 lb carrots

1 lb ground beef

3/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts

Frozen chopped broccoli

Can of whole kernel corn (15 oz)

Can of cream-style corn (15 oz)

Cider vinegar

Elbow macaroni

Chicken in a Bisket crackers

Mashed potato flakes

Pkg of watermelon gelatin

Mini chocolate chips

Poppy seeds

Ground cumin

Gluten-Free Corn Flour

[Also needed: seasoned bread crumbs, olive oil, vegetable oil, honey, salt, butter]

Cinnamon, Spice, and Everything Nice Fruit Dip (Dinner for Two Week 13)

Breakfast: Coconut granola and strawberries

Lunch: Pasta bean or French bean salad, Fruit dip with apples, pears, strawberries, pineapple slices, apricots, and watermelon

Dinner: Ravioli casserole or Oven-roasted potatoes, Chayote squash or Chinese cabbage

Dessert: Cake

 

Gluten-Free Angel Food Cake

  1. Place 10 egg whites in a large bowl. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift 3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup of cornstarch, 1/4 cup of white rice flour, 1/4 cup of tapioca flour, and 1/4 cup of potato starch together twice. Set aside.
  2. Add 1 1/2 tsp of cream of tartar, 3/4 tsp of salt and 3/4 tsp of vanilla to egg whites. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add 1/2 cup of sugar, about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold in flour mixture, about 1/2 cup at a time.
  3. Gently spoon into an ungreased tube pan. Cut through the batter with a knife to remove air pockets. Bake on the lowest oven rack for 45-50 minutes. Immediately invert pan; cool completely, about 1 hour.
  4. Run a knife around side and center tube of pan. Remove cake to a serving plate. Top with fresh fruit. I recommend balls of cantaloupe, cape gooseberries, and kiwi as it makes the cake look more interesting that your typical berry mix. 

 

Coconut Granola

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine 3 cups of whole-rolled oats, 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/2 cup of raw sliced almonds, 1/2 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds, and 1/4 tsp of salt in a large bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/3 cup of coconut oil, 1/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1/4 cup of honey.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry , and mix well so the oat mixture is fully coated.
  5. Spread mixture in an even, single layer on the prepared baking sheet. (Work in batches or on multiple sheets if necessary!)
  6. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  7. After removing the granola from the oven, stir in 1/2 cup of coconut flakes. Store in an airtight container and enjoy!

 

Pasta Bean Salad

Cook a package of tricolor spiral pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, place a package of frozen California-blend vegetables in a glass dish. Cover and microwave for 7-8 minutes. Drain. Drain pasta and rinse in cold water.

Drain a can of sliced ripe olives and drain and rinse a can of your favorite beans. Combine pasta, vegetables, olives, and beans in a bowl. Combine 1 1/3 cups of Italian salad dressing and 1/2 tsp of garlic salt. Pour over salt and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving.

 

Ravioli Casserole                              I usually double the recipe using a second kind of ravioli for variety throughout the week

Preheat oven to to 350 degrees. Cook and drain a package of cheese ravioli. Spread 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce in an ungreased baking dish. Layer with half of the ravioli, 1 1/4 cups of spaghetti sauce, 1 cup of cottage cheese, and 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving.

[8-10 cups of cooked ravioli may be used instead]

 

Oven-Roasted Potatoes

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Slice 2 lbs of red potatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Combine potatoes, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and an envelope of dry onion soup mix in a large Ziplock bag. Shake until well coated. Empty bag into an ungreased baking pan.

Cover and bake for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bake for 15 minutes longer.

 

Cinnamon ‘n’ Spice Fruit Dip

Combine 2 cups of whipped topping, 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/4 tsp of cinnamon, and a dash of nutmeg in a small bowl. Store in the fridge. Serve with fresh fruit – apples, pears, pineapple slices, and strawberries are best.

 

French Bean Salad

Cook and crumble 3 bacon strips. Combine 2 cups of thawed French-style green beans, 2 Tbsp of chopped onion, and bacon in a serving bowl. Stir in 1/4 cup of ranch salad dressing. Refrigerate until serving.

 

SHOPPING LIST:

Cottage cheese (16 oz)

Mozzarella cheese (16 oz)

Parmesan cheese

2 apples

2 pears

6 apricots

5 cape gooseberries

Kiwi

Pineapple

Watermelon

Cantaloupe

Chinese cabbage

3 chayote squash

2 pkgs of strawberries

2 lbs red potatoes

Onion

Bacon

Whipped topping

Frozen French-style green beans

Pkg of frozen cheese ravioli and pkg your favorite frozen ravioli other than cheese (28 oz ea)

Pkg of frozen California-blend vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)

Can of sliced ripe olives (2 oz)

Can of your favorite kind of beans

Can of whole kernel corn (15 oz)

Can of condensed cream of chicken soup (11 oz)

Ranch salad dressing

Spaghetti sauce (28 oz)

Coconut oil

Dry onion soup mix

Pkg of tricolor spiral pasta

[Also needed: brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, vegetable oil, Italian salad dressing, garlic salt, salt, maple syrup, honey, coconut flakes, vanilla extract]

Week 41 – Bonus Recipe!

Shopping List:

Frozen sliced peaches

Orange juice concentrate (Put 1/4 cup aside and make the rest into juice)

2 lbs of ground beef

Jar of salsa (16 oz)

Tube of refrigerated biscuits

8 oz of Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Iceberg lettuce

Onion

16 oz jar of sauerkraut

4 oz of Swiss cheese

3 tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls

5 persimmons

5 beets

2-3 carrots

Apple (get a tart one, like Granny Smith)

[Buy a 1L of milk this week. Also needed: sugar]

 

Breakfast: Muffin and a smoothie

Lunch: Turnover and a persimmon

Dinner: Tostado, beet, and a glass of orange juice

 

Tangy Beef Turnovers

Preheat oven t 375 degrees. Cook 1 lb ground beef and a chopped onion in a skillet over medium heat. Drain. Drain, rinse, and chop a 16 oz jar of sauerkraut. Add to meat mixture. Add a cup of shredded Swiss cheese. Mix well. Unroll 3 tubes of refrigerated crescent roll dough and separate into rectangles. Place on greased baking sheets. Pinch seams to seal.

Place 1/2 cup of beef mixture in the center of each rectangle. Bring corners to the center and pinch to seal. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

 

Biscuit Tostados

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook 1 lb of ground beef over medium heat in a skillet. Drain. Add 1 1/2 cups of salsa. Heat through.

Take apart a tube of large refrigerated biscuits and split each biscuit in half. Flatten into 4 inch rounds on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Top with meat mixture, 2 cups of shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, 2 cups of shredded lettuce, and remaining salsa.

 

Peach Smoothies

Combine 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of frozen unsweetened sliced peaches, 1 Tbsp of orange juice concentrate, 1/2 Tbsp of sugar, and 2 ice cubes in a blender. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.

 

Good-For-You Morning Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 cup of whole-wheat flour, 3/4 cup of ground flaxseed, 3/4 cup of sugar, 2 3/4 tsp of baking powder, 2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp of salt, and 1/4 tsp of baking soda. In another bowl, beat 4 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 1/3 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of canola oil and 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in 2 cups of grated carrots, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, 1/2 cup of flaked coconut, 1/2 cup of raisins and a peeled and shredded apple.

Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use foil liners; fill three-fourths full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Note: Original recipe specifically says to use King Arthur flour, though it didn’t seem to be sponsored by them. I didn’t use King Arthur when I made it, so I didn’t specify.

Week 28

Shopping List:

1/2 lb ground beef

Can of tomato sauce

Mozzarella cheese

2 tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls

Spaghetti sauce

Egg noodles

Pkg of imitation crab meat

Jar of Alfredo sauce

Chives

Chicken broth

4 carrots

Heavy whipping cream

Sugar snap peas

Watermelon

[Also needed: oregano, seafood seasoning]

 

Breakfast: Eggs (save 2 eggs for next week though)

Lunch: Soup, pizza roll ups, and watermelon

Dinner: Crab noodles and sugar snap peas

 

Cream of Carrot Soup

Bring 4 cups of chicken broth and 4 large carrots, cut into chunks, to a boil in a pot. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes. Cool slightly.

In a blender, cover and process soup in small batches until smooth. Return to the pan. Stir in 1/2 cup of heavy whipped cream and 1 tsp of sugar. Heat through.

 

Crabby Alfredo

Cook 2 cups of dry egg noodles to make 4 cups of cooked ones according to package directions. Combine the noodles, a 16 oz package of chopped imitation crab, and a 16 oz jar of Alfredo sauce in a large pot. Cook and stir until heated though. Sprinkle with seafood seasoning and minced chives.

 

Pizza Roll Ups

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook 1/2 lb of ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. Drain. Remove from the heat. Add an 8 oz can of tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1/2 tsp of dried oregano. Mix well.

Separate 2 tubes of crescent rolls dough into 8 rectangles, pinching seams together. Place about 3 Tbsp of meat mixture along one long side of each rectangle. Roll up, jelly-roll style, starting with the long side. Cut each roll into 3 pieces. Place, seam side down, 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes. Warm up a couple Tbsp of spaghetti sauce for dipping.

Week 15

Shopping List:

Unflavored gelatin

Boneless pork shoulder roast (3-4 lbs)

Liquid Smoke [optional, but HIGHLY recommended]

Bananas

Chicken broth (at least 5 cups worth)

4-5 carrots

Spinach

Pkg of refrigerated cheese tortellini

Yellow summer squash

3-4 guavas

Cabbage

All-purpose flour

2 apples

Nutmeg

6 packets of Stevia (or seriously, steal them from a coffee shop)

[Buy a 1L of milk this week. You’ll also need to buy Nesquik if you don’t normally have it on hand. It’s one of those things I always have in my cupboard for making chocolate milk. Also needed this week: sugar, soy sauce]

 

Breakfast: Oatmeal

Lunch: Soup and a guava or banana

Dinner: Pork roast, cabbage, and potatoes

Dessert: Chocolate quivers

 

Chocolate Quivers                           (Needs to be made 6 hours ahead of time)

Dissolve 2 envelopes of unflavored gelatin in a bowl with 1 cup of milk. Combine 1/2 cup of instant chocolate drink mix, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 cup of milk in a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring until chocolate and sugar are dissolved. Add to the gelatin mixture and mix well.

Pour into a square pan. Cool at room temperature for 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until firm. This will take about 5 hours. Do not freeze). Cut with a knife or cookie cutter.

 

Hawaiian Pork Roast                                           (This recipe must be started 13 hours before consumption)

Trim a 3-4 lb boneless pork shoulder roast and place on a big piece of heavy-duty foil. Sprinkle with 4 tsp of Liquid Smoke (if desired) and 4 tsp of soy sauce. Wash two unpeeled bananas and place at the base of each side of roast. Pull sides of foil up around meat and add 1/2 cup of water. Seal foil tightly and wrap again with another large piece of foil. Place in a shallow baking pan and refrigerate for 8 hours, turning several times.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place foil-wrapped meat in a roasting pan. Bake for 1 hour. Reduce heat to 325 degrees. Continue baking for 3 1/2 hours. Drain and discard bananas and liquid. Shred meat with a fork.

 

Tortellini Soup

Combine 5 cups of chicken broth, 3 1/2 cups of shredded carrots, and 1 cup of chopped yellow summer squash in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Stir in 3 cups of torn fresh spinach and 1 package of refrigerated cheese tortellini. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.