Parmesan Breadsticks – 64¢/breadstick

Grated Parmesan cheese

Italian seasoning

White bread dough (Thaw it 24 hours ahead of time if its frozen)

Butter

Pizza sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine 3/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and 1 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning in a shallow bowl. Set aside. Divide dough into 32 sections. Roll each into a 5″ rope. Twist two pieces together. Moisten ends with water and pinch to seal.
  3. Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a small bowl.
  4. Dip in dough sticks in butter, then in cheese mixture.
  5. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 10-14 minutes. Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.

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Swiss-Onion Bread

Poppy seeds

Refrigerated tube or frozen unbaked loaf of white bread (I buy packs of 5 frozen loafs from The Superstore and always keep them on hand in the freezer. They are so versatile and easy to make so they’re great when they are in a pinch)

Swiss cheese

Green onions

Butter

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Shred 1 cup of Swiss cheese.
  3. Slice 3/4 cup of green onions.
  4. Melt 1/4 cup of butter.
  5. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp of poppy seeds into a greased pan. A fluted tube pan is best. The first time I used a loaf pan and it worked fine, but I’ve since accumulated a bundt pan, I use that now and it works great too. Cut the dough into 20 1″ pieces. Place half in prepared pan. Sprinkle with half of the cheese and green onions.
  6. Top with 1 tsp of poppy seeds. Drizzle with half of the butter. Repeat layers. Bake for 25 minutes. Immediately invert onto a wire rack. Serve warm.

Week 37

Shopping List:

Cream cheese

Garlic powder

Pkg of frozen creamed spinach

Swiss cheese (enough for 2 cups diced)

2 unsliced loaves of Italian or French bread (1 lb each) – I prefer French

2 bags of Tortilla chips – 1 regular and 1 ranch-flavored

Can of chili with beans (40 oz)

Can of chopped green chilies (4 oz)

Can of sliced ripe olives (2 oz)

8 oz of cheddar cheese

Pkg of refrigerated breadstick dough

Hot dogs

5 peaches

Bag of potatoes

Large zucchini

Popsicle sticks (optional)

[Also needed: ketchup, mustard, ranch salad dressing]

 

Lunch: Dog in a sweater, spinach dip with bread and tortilla chips, and a peach

Dinner: Casserole and potatoes (I like to spoon the casserole right on top of a diced roasted potato)

 

Dogs in a Sweater

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Separate an 11 oz package of refrigerated breadstick dough. Roll each piece into a 15 inch rope. Insert Popsicle sticks into hot dogs lengthwise, if you want, for easier eating. Starting at one end, wrap dough in a spiral around hot dog. Pinch ends to seal.

Place 1 inch apart on a baking sheet that has been coated with non stick cooking spray. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Serve with ketchup, mustard, and/or ranch salad dressing for dipping.

 

Chili Casserole

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine a can of chili with beans, a can of chopped green chilies, a drained can of sliced ripe olives, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, and 2 cups of crushed ranch-flavored tortilla chips in a bowl. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes.

 

 

Creamy Swiss Spinach Dip

Beat a softened package of cream cheese and 1 tsp of garlic powder in a small glass mixing bowl until smooth. Stir in a thawed packaged of creamed spinach and 2 cups of diced Swiss cheese. Cover and microwave for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, if you are serving this for company, cut a 4 inch circle in the center of one loaf of Italian or French bread. Remove bread, leaving 1 inch at the bottom of loaf. If you are not sharing this dish, or don’t care about presentation, skip this step. It looks awesome but if you don’t finish all the dip on the first day you make it, the bread dish gets soggy, gross, and inedible. I just dipped out of the bowl and it tastes the same.

I cubed one loaf of French bread and sliced another for variety. If you made the bread bowl, it will probably be easier if you cube the bread that came out of the middle. Then spoon the hot spinach dip into the shell, or don’t. Eat dip with bread cubes or slices or tortilla chips.

Week 10

Shopping List:

Tube of refrigerated pizza dough

Jar of sauerkraut

Thousand Island dressing

4 slices of corned beef

4 slices of Swiss cheese

Cheese-flavored snack crackers (like Goldfish, Ritz, or Cheez-Its)

4 chicken breasts (I always mean boneless skinless halves unless I state otherwise)

Small sour cream

Onion

8 oz jar of process cheese sauce (like Cheez Whiz)

1 lb of thinly sliced cooked roast beef (if you have some leftover from last week, use that instead!)

6 French or Italian sandwich buns

3 or 4 chayote squashes

5 nectarines

Old fashioned oats

 

Breakfast: Pumpkin oatmeal if you have any left. If not, go back to old-fashioned oats with nuts and whatever toppings you have on hand. Cup of coffee.

Lunch: Sandwich, reuben pastries, a nectarine, crackers, and leftover cheese

Dinner: Chicken, rice, and chayote squash

 

Cheesy Beef Buns

Chop up an onion. Saute it in a skillet with 2 Tbsp of butter. Stir in 8 oz of Cheez Whiz until melted. Cook and stir until heated through. Stir in 1 lb of thinly sliced (already cooked) roast beef until evenly coated.

Spoon onto 6 French or Italian buns. Wrap each in aluminum foil. They can now be stored in the fridge or freezer until you are ready to eat one. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until bread is crispy.

 

Cheesy Chicken

Place 1 Tbsp of melted butter in a microwave-safe dish and set aside. Combine 1 cup of crushed cheese-flavored crackers and 1/4 tsp of pepper. In a separate dish, melt 4 Tbsp of butter and dip each chicken breast in it. Spread each breast with sour cream (1/2 cup to cover all 4 chicken breasts). Now roll in the crumb mixture.

Place in the prepared dish. Cover loosely and microwave for 6-7 minutes. Make sure it’s cooked all the way through as older microwaves aren’t always as powerful. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. This is important. Meat continues to cook in the pan even after it has been removed from the heating source if it is not disturbed too much. Try not to cut into it too much. If you have to take a peek to see if its done, make a clean, small slit on the thickest part to take a look. Try not to let too many juices out!

 

Reuben Roll Ups

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll a tube of refrigerated pizza dough into a rectangle. Cut into 8 rectangles. Combine 1 cup of well drained sauerkraut and 1 Tbsp of Thousand Island dressing. Place half a slice of corned beef on each rectangle and top with about 2 Tbsp of the sauerkraut mixture and then half a slice of Swiss cheese. Roll up.

Place with seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Bake for 12-14 minutes.

 

Chayote Squash

Peel and eat it raw! It tastes like a cross between a cucumber and a pear. There is a seed in the middle you won’t want to eat, but everything else is edible. You can also roast it with a little bit of olive oil, sea salt, and pepper and it is a little more squash-like. Delicious and good for you either way!