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]

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Vegetables Galore! (Dinner for Two Week 5)

Lunch: Potato Salad or Green Salad with Buttermilk Dressing; Pear; Trail Mix

Dinner: Meat Loaf, Ham, or Chicken Strips with Hot Mustard Dip; Roasted Squash; Potatoes

Buttermilk Salad Dressing

Combine 3/4 cup of 1% buttermilk, 2 cups of cottage cheese, and an envelope of ranch salad dressing mix in a blender or food processor. Cover and process for 20 seconds. Pour into a small pitcher or bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Stir before serving with salad/veggies.

Salad Suggestion: Mixed greens (or your favorite kind of lettuce), cubed squash, tomato, grapes, raisins, apple, celery, green onions and leftover dried fruit, nuts, cheese

Pimiento Potato Salad

Cook 2 lbs of small red potatoes (about 12). Thinly slice 4 green onions and 3 celery ribs. Cut potatoes into 1/4 inch slices. In an ungreased dish, layer half of the potatoes, onions, celery, and a drained jar of pimientos. Repeat layers. Pour an 8 oz bottle of Italian salad dressing over all. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir before serving.

Easy Meat Loaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly beat 1 egg. Crush 33 butter-flavored crackers. Combine the egg, a can of French onion soup, and the cracker crumbs. Crumble 1 lb of lean ground beef over mixture and mix well. Shape into a loaf. Place in a greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

Pour a can of golden mushroom soup over loaf. Bake 1 hour longer. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing.

Honey-Dijon Ham

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place a 3 lb boneless fully cooked ham on a greased rack in a shallow roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, for 50-60 minutes. Combine 1/3 cup of honey, 2 Tbsp of Dijon mustard, and 2 Tbsp of brown sugar. Brush about 3 Tbsp over ham.

Bake 10-15 minutes longer. Stir 1 Tbsp of water into remaining glaze. Heat through and serve with the ham.

Trail Mix

Combine 2 lbs of roasted peanuts, 2 lbs of cashews, 1 lb of M&Ms, 1 lb of raisins, and 1/2 lb of flaked coconut in a large bowl. Store in an airtight container.

Hot Mustard Dip

Combine 1/4 cup of ground mustard and 1/4 cup of vinegar in a small pot. Let stand for 30 minutes. Whisk in 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 egg yolk until smooth.

Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture just begins to simmer and is thickened, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat. Whisk in 2 Tbsp of honey. Store in the fridge. Serve with pretzels, chicken strips, or anything else you like to eat with hot-and-spicy sauce.

SHOPPING LIST:

1% buttermilk

Cottage cheese

Eggs

Potatoes (12 small red and 6 medium-large yellow)

Green onions

Celery

Lettuce or mixed greens

2 yellow squashes (one spaghetti for roasting, one of something else for salad)

Tomato

2 small bunches of grapes (green and red)

Apple

10 pears

1 lb lean ground beef

3 lb boneless fully cooked ham

Frozen chicken strips

Can of condensed French onion soup

Can of condensed golden mushroom soup

Jar of diced pimientos (2 oz)

Italian salad dressing

Butter-flavored crackers

Ranch salad dressing mix

Ground mustard

Pretzels

Dry roasted peanuts (at least 2 lbs)

Cashews (at least 2 lbs)

Raisins (at least 1.5 lbs)

M&Ms (at least 1 lb)

Flaked coconut (at least 1/2 lb)

Vinegar

Brown sugar

[Also needed: sugar, honey, Dijon mustard]

Week 47 – Bonus Recipe!

Shopping List:

2 ripe avocados

Tortilla chips

Maple pancake syrup

Maple flavoring

8 chicken breasts

Can of condensed cream of celery soup

Can of condensed cream of cheddar cheese soup

Can of condensed cream of onion soup

2 6.5 oz cans of chopped clams

5 pears

Red onion

Jar of sun-dried tomatoes

Eggs

Spinach

Feta cheese

English muffins

[Also needed: salsa, lemon juice, salt, BBQ sauce, olive oil. Buy a 1 L of half-and-half this week]

 

Breakfast: Egg sandwich

Lunch: Chowder, guacamole, tortilla chips, and a pear

Dinner: Chicken, onions, and rice

 

Egg Sandwiches

Heat 2 tsp of olive oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 cups of fresh stemmed spinach and cook until wilted. Rinse, drain, and chopped 4 sun-dried tomatoes. Stir in with spinach and heat through, about 2 minutes.

Beat 2 eggs with a dash of water. Stir eggs into the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and add a pinch of garlic powder, 1/4 tsp of oregano, and a little fresh ground pepper. Using a spatula, stir the eggs until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the feta. Divide the eggs between two English muffins and eat hot.

 

Clam Chowder

Combine a can of cream of celery soup, a can of cream of cheddar cheese soup, a can of cream of onion soup, 1/4 cup of chopped red onion, and 3 cups of half-and-half cream. Cook over medium heat until heated through. Add 2 cans of drained chopped clams and heat through. Do not boil! The clams will lose their texture if it cooks for too long.

 

Maple Barbecued Chicken

Combine 3/4 cup of BBQ sauce, 3/4 cup of maple pancake syrup, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 1/2 tsp of maple flavoring in a bowl and mix well. Remove 3/4 cup to a small bowl for serving. Cover and refrigerate. Slice 1/2 a red onion into rings.

Grill chicken, uncovered, over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. Add onion rings to the grill. Grillchicken 6-8 minutes longer, basting with remaining sauce and turning occasionally. Serve with reserved sauce and grilled onions.

 

Guacamole

Peel and chop 2 avocados. Place in a small bowl. Sprinkle with 1 Tbsp of lemon juice. Add 1/4 cup of salsa, 1/4 cup of chopped red onion, and 1/4 tsp of salt. Mash coarsely with a fork. Refrigerate until serving. Eat with tortilla chips.

Week 35

Shopping List:

Cream cheese

Chocolate syrup

Jar of marshmallow creme

Couple apples

Pint of strawberries

Bananas

Pkg of stuffing mix (6 oz)

2 1/2 cups of cubed deli turkey (You can use leftover turkey instead if you can get a hold of some)

Frozen cut green beeans

Jar of turkey gravy

Cantaloupe

Orange Juice

Fresh mint

3 mangoes

Onion (small)

[Also needed: pepper. lime juice, cinnamon]

 

Breakfast: Muffin

Lunch: Soup, 1/2 a mango, apple/banana/strawberries with fruit dip, and a glass of orange juice

Dinner: Turkey casserole

 

Chilled Cantaloupe Soup

Peel, seed, and cube a cantaloupe. Place cantaloupe and 1/2 cup of orange juice in a blender or food processor. Cover and process until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl. Stir in 1 Tbsp of lime juice, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 1/2 cups of orange juice. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

 

Thanksgiving in May

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 6 oz package of stuffing mix according to package directions. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Top with 2 1/2 cups of cubed deli turkey, 2 cups of cut green beans, a 12 oz jar of turkey gravy, a chopped onion, and pepper to taste. Cover and bake for 30-35 minutes.

 

Chocolate Cream Fruit Dip

Beat a package of softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup of chocolate syrup in a small mixing bowl. Fold in a 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme. Cover and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat it. Eat with apple wedges, fresh strawberries, and banana chunks.

Week 24

Shopping List:

Mayonnaise

Sour cream

Envelope of vegetable soup mix

Pkg of frozen chopped spinach

Can of water chestnuts

Pick 4 different kinds of veggies this week that you love to eat raw. I recommend sugar snap or snow peas, cauliflower, mushrooms, and bell peppers. Try to pick a variety of different colored things.

Can of cream of shrimp or cream of mushroom soup

Seafood seasoning

Pkg of frozen cooked medium salad shrimp (1 lb)

Rice

Pkg of mixed salad

Your choice of a ready made dessert (I like McCain’s Chocolate Cake)

 

[Note: I had company this week, which blew my budget. I had to be a little creative and use leftover things in my cupboard to create edible meals for the rest of the week]

 

Lunch: Veggies and dip

Dinner: Shrimp, rice, and salad

Dessert: Whatever you chose

 

Shrimp Newberg

Combine a can of condensed cream of shrimp or mushroom soup, 1/4 cup of water, and 1 tsp of seafood seasoning in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Stir in a 1 lb package of previously frozen cooked medium salad shrimp (it should be thawed at this point). Heat through. Cook rice according to package directions. Serve shrimp over rice.

 

Veggie Dip

Combine 1 cup of mayonnaise, 1 cup of sour cream, and an envelope of vegetable soup mix in a bowl. Stir in a package of frozen chopped spinach that has been thawed and squeezed dry and a can of water chestnuts that has been drained and chopped. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours so the flavors set together.