Chow Mein (Dinner for Two Week 12)

Lunch: Pasta salad, Pear or Rhubarb, Peanut butter popcorn bars

Dinner: Chicken and broccoli chow mein or Turkey and stuffing pie, Cooler

 

Tricolor Pasta Salad                              I usually double this one and sometimes add chickpeas

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.

Combine the pasta, vegetables, and a drained can of sliced ripe olives in a bowl. [Add chickpeas if using them.] Combine 1 – 1 1/3 cups of Italian salad dressing and 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of garlic salt. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Refrigerate until serving. 

 

Turkey and Stuffing Pie

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If using raw turkey, cook 2 cups worth. If using deli, cube 2 cups worth. If using leftovers, shred 2 cups worth. Prepare 3 cups worth of stuffing (or use leftovers). Press stuffing onto the bottom and up the sides of a well-greased pie plate. Top with turkey and 1 cup of shredded Swiss cheese. Beat 3 eggs and 1/2 cup of milk. Pour over cheese. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. 

 

Chicken and Broccoli Chow Mein

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook and cube 2 chicken breasts. Chop up broccoli. Combine a can of cream of chicken soup, a can of chicken with rice soup, and a can of evaporated milk in a bowl. Stir in chicken and broccoli. Transfer to a greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 40 minutes. Stir. Sprinkle with chow mein noodles. Bake 5-10 minutes. 

 

Peanut Butter Popcorn Bars

Pop 3 bags of popcorn. Place in a large bowl. Set aside. Bring 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of light corn syrup to a boil in a pot over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat. 

Stir in 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract. Mix well. Pour over popcorn and mix under well coated. Press into a buttered pan. Cool slightly before cutting. 

 

Sunny Citrus Cooler

Combine a can of pineapple juice, 2 cans of thawed orange juice concentrate, and 3/4 cup of lemonade concentrate in a pitcher. Add 6 cups of ginger ale or white soda and mix well. Serve over ice. Garnish with orange slices. Refrigerate leftovers. 

 

SHOPPING LIST:

Swiss cheese

Eggs

Orange

6 pears

Rhubarb

Broccoli

Brussel sprouts

Celery

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Turkey (Leftovers, deli, or cook enough to get 2 cups worth)

2 pkgs of frozen California-blend vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots) [16 oz ea]

2 cans of frozen orange juice concentrate

Lemonade concentrate

Can of pineapple juice (46 oz)

Can of condensed cream of chicken soup

Can of condensed chicken with rice soup

Can of evaporated milk

Can of chow mein noodles

Can of chickpeas

2 cans of sliced ripe olives

Ginger ale or white soda

Light corn syrup

Popcorn

Stuffing

2 pkgs of tricolor spiral pasta (16 oz ea)

Whole-rolled oats

Chia seeds

Raw sliced almonds

Sunflower seeds

Garlic salt

[Also needed: sugar, vanilla, creamy peanut butter, milk, Italian salad dressing]

Fruit Galore! (Dinner for 2 Week 6)

Lunch: Sunshine Salad or Fruit Salad with Maple Cream Fruit Topping; Pear or Date; Roasted Mixed Nuts

Dinner: Turkey Broccoli Hollandaise or Fisherman’s Specialty; Black Salsify or Eggplant; Mock Champagne Punch

Maple Cream Fruit Topping

Combine 1 Tbsp of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1 egg in a pot until smooth. Ad 1 Tbsp of butter. Bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled. Whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Fold whipped cream into flour-maple syrup-egg-butter mixture.

Spoon on top of fruit salad or sliced melons.

Fruit Salad Suggestion: Sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwis, cubed honeydew melon, and squeeze a lime on top of everything to keep fruit tasting fresh and to prevent browning in the fridge.

Sunshine Salad

Drain a can of pineapple tidbits and a can of mandarin oranges, but reserve the liquid. Combine a package of instant lemon pudding with reserved fruit juices in a large bowl. Fold in pineapple, oranges, and 1 cup of quartered strawberries. Chill for at least 2 hours. Add a few slices of banana to each serving just before eating.

Turkey Broccoli Hollandaise

Cook and cube two turkey or chicken breasts or use leftover cooked chicken or turkey from a previous dinner. You will need approximately two cups worth.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place 1 inch of water and 1 cup of fresh broccoli florets in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a package of stuffing mix and an envelope of hollandaise sauce mix according to package directions.

Spoon stuffing into a greased baking dish. Top with 2 cups of cooked chicken or turkey. Drain broccoli. Arrange over turkey/chicken. Spoon sauce over the top. Sprinkle with a can of french-fried onions. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.

Fisherman’s Specialty

Crush 30 crackers into a pie dish or shallow bowl. Beat 2 eggs and a tsp of lemon-pepper seasoning in another shallow bowl. Dip 6 bluegill, crappie, or perch fillets in egg mixture, then coat with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle with another tsp of lemon-pepper seasoning.

Heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet. Fry fillets for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Roasted Mixed Nuts

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine 1 lb of mixed nuts 1/4 cup of maple syrup in a bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of brown sugar and an envelope of ranch salad dressing mix. Stir gently to coat.

Spread in a greased baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

Mock Champagne Punch

Combine equal parts of white grape juice and ginger ale in a punch bowl or individual glasses. Garnish with strawberries and raspberries.

SHOPPING LIST:

Heavy whipping cream

Eggs

Broccoli florets

6 black salsify roots

Eggplant

2 bunches of bananas

2-3 flats of strawberries

2 flats of raspberries

Honeydew melon

Lime

3 kiwis

6 pears

6 dates (If you don’t like to eat them on their own, chop them up and add to green salads)

6 bluegill, perch, or crappie fillets (2-3 oz each)

Chicken or turkey (use leftovers, breasts, deli, whatever works, but you will need roughly 2 cups worth)

1 lb mixed nuts

Saltine crackers

Can of french-fried onions

Can of pineapple tidbits (20 oz)

Can of mandarin oranges (11 oz)

Package of instant lemon pudding

Package of stuffing mix (6 oz)

Hollandaise sauce mix

Ranch salad dressing mix

Lemon-pepper seasoning

Ground cloves

White grape juice

Ginger ale

Maple syrup

All-purpose flour

[Also needed: brown sugar, vegetable oil, butter]

Week 19

Shopping List:

Pineapple juice

Orange juice

Ginger ale

Navel orange

Lime juice

4 chicken breasts

2 lbs ground beef

3 cans of baked beans

Can of tomato juice

Can of V8 juice

Envelope of chili seasoning

Your favorite leafy greens

3 grapefruits

Bread

Veggie of your choice to add to the greens to make a salad

[Also needed: 2 quarts of cranberry juice from last week, lemon juice, honey, soy sauce]

 

Lunch: Chili, bread, salad, 1/2 a grapefruit, and a glass of punch

Dinner: Chicken, rice, and greens

 

Picnic Fruit Punch

Combine 2 quarts of cranberry juice, 3 cups of pineapple juice, 3 cups of orange juice, and 1/4 cup of lemon juice in a large container. Slice naval orange and add to juice. Refrigerate. When you are ready to have a glass, pour 2 parts juice to 1 part ginger ale with some ice and an orange slice. You can play with the portions depending on how sweet/bubbly you like your punch.

 

Honey-Lime Grilled Chicken

Combine 1/2 cup of honey, 1/3 cup of soy sauce, and 1/4 cup of lime juice in a Ziplock or shallow glass container. Mix well. Add 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves and turn to coat. Seal or cover and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes.

Drain and discard marinate. Grill chicken, uncovered, over medium heat for 6-7 minutes on each side.

 

Baked Bean Chili

Cook 2 lbs of ground beef over medium heat in a Dutch oven. Drain. Stir in 3 cans of baked beans, a can of tomato juice, a can of V8 juice, and an envelope of chili seasoning. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

Week 23

Shopping List:

Apple juice

Pineapple juice

Orange juice

Ginger ale

Orange or pineapple sherbet

2 lbs of haddock or cod fillets

Graham crackers

Saltine crackers

Fresh or frozen broccoli

Onion

Can of reduced-sodium chicken broth

Cornstarch

Can of fat-free evaporated milk

Peas

Grapes

 

Lunch: Soup and grapes

Dinner: Fish nuggets, rice, and peas

Dessert: Sherbet punch

 

Low-Fat Broccoli Soup

Combine 2 cups of chopped fresh or frozen broccoli, 1/2 cup of chopped onion, and a can of reduced-sodium chicken broth in a pot. Simmer for 10-15 minutes. Puree half the mixture in a blender and return to the pot.

Whisk 2 Tbsp of cornstarch and 3 Tbsp of fat-free evaporated milk in a small bowl until smooth. Gradually add the rest of the can of milk. Stir into the broccoli mixture. Bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.

 

Fish Nuggets

Heat oil in an electric skillet or deep-fat fryer to 375 degrees. Cut 2 lbs of haddock or cod fillet into 1 inch cubes. Secure with  toothpick if necessary. Finely crush about 16 graham crackers to make 1 cup of crumbs and 25 saltine crackers to make 3/4 cup of crumbs and mix together with 2 tsp of seasoning salt in a shallow bowl. Roll fish cubes in crumb mixture until coated.

Fry nuggets, a few at a time, for 3 minutes. Drain on paper towels.

 

Fruity Sherbet Punch

Pour equal parts of apple juice, pineapple juice, and orange juice into a glass, filling it about halfway. Add ginger ale filling glass to be 2/3 full. Top with a scoop of orange or pineapple sherbet. You can play around with the juice and ginger ale portions to find the combination you like the best.

[My perfect proportion: 2 oz of each juice and 4 oz of ginger ale]