Rainbow Jello Squares (3¢ / square!)

Combine one package of flavored gelatin and one envelope of unflavored gelatin in a bowl. Stir in 1 cup of boiling water until dissolved. Pour into a dish coated with nonstick cooking spray. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Combine a can of sweetened evaporated milk and 1 cup of boiling water in a bowl. Sprinkle two envelopes of unflavored gelatin over 1/4 cup of cold water in another bowl. Let stand for 1 minute. Stir in 3/4 cup of boiling water. Add to the milk mixture. Pour 1 1/4 cup of the creamy gelatin mixture over the first flavored gelatin layer. Refrigerate about 25 minutes.

Repeat from beginning of recipe twice, alternating flavored gelatin with creamy gelatin layers. Chill each layer 20-25 minutes before pouring the next layer on top. Make final flavored gelatin. Spoon over top. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour after completing last layer before cutting into 1 inch squares.

 

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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]

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.