Summer Sippin’ (Dinner for Two Week 8)

Lunch: Snowball Peaches, Green Salad with Balsamic Salad Dressing, Papaya or Guava

Dinner: Hamburger Casserole or Beef Bake, Bell Pepper or Artichoke, Mint Iced Tea Cooler or Lemonade Slush

Balsamic Salad Dressing

Combine 3/4 cup of tomato juice, 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar, an envelope of Italian salad dressing mix, and 2 tsp of sugar in a jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake well. Store in the fridge.

Salad suggestion: Leaf lettuce and red cabbage with carrots, grilled asparagus, a can of drained mandarin oranges, chopped or dropped cherries, and cranberries

Snowball Peaches

Beat 2 packages of softened cream cheese and 2 Tbsp of apricot preserves in a small mixing bowl until blended. Drain a can of pineapple tidbits. Stir 1 cup of pineapple into cream cheese. Drain 3 cans of peach halves and place peaches cut side up on a lettuce-lined serving platter. Fill with cream cheese mixture. Garnish with fresh mint.

Tortilla Beef Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef over medium heat in a skillet. Drain. Stir in a can of cream of chicken soup. Sprinkle 1 1/2 cups of crushed tortilla chips in a greased shallow baking dish. Top with beef mixture, a jar of salsa and 1 1/2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.

Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes. Sprinkle with 1 more cup of crushed tortilla chips. Bake 3 minutes longer.

Hearty Hamburger Casserole

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook 1 lb of ground beef over medium heat in a skillet. Drain. Stir in a can of ready-to-serve chunky vegetable soup and set aside. Prepare stuffing mix according to package directions. Spoon half into a greased baking dish. Top with beef mixture, 1/2 cup of shredded cheese, and remaining stuffing. Bake, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes.

Mint Iced Tea Cooler

Steep 3 peppermint-flavored tea bags in 7 cups of boiling water for 5-10 minutes. Discard tea bags. Pour tea into a pitcher or large bowl. Stir in 1 cup of cranberry juice and 3/4 cup of pink lemonade concentrate. Cover and refrigerate overnight (so flavors can fully blend). Serve over ice.

Lemonade Slush

Combine 1 1/2 Tbsp of partially thawed lemonade concentrate, 2 Tbsp of milk, 1 1/2 Tbsp of water, 1/8 tsp of vanilla, and a drop of yellow food coloring in a blender. Cover and process. Crush 2 ice cubes. While liquid is processing, slowly add crushed ice. Process until slushy. Serve immediately. Enough for one serving.

SHOPPING LIST:

Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

2 pkgs of cream cheese

Leaf lettuce

Red cabbage

Carrot

Asparagus

3 bell peppers

2 artichokes

 Cherries

Cranberries

3 guavas

Papaya

Fresh mint

Cranberry juice

Tomato juice

2 1/2 lbs of ground beef

2 lemonade concentrates (one pink and one yellow)

Can of ready-to-serve chunky vegetable soup (19 oz)

Can of condensed cream of chicken soup

Can of pineapple tidbits

Can of mandarin oranges

3 cans of peach halves (15 oz each)

Salsa (16 oz)

Apricot preserves

Package of instant stuffing mix (6 oz)

Peppermint-flavored tea

Italian salad dressing mix

Tortilla chips

Yellow food coloring

Balsamic vinegar

[Also needed: milk, vanilla extract, sugar]

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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 30

Shopping List:

Cranberry-apple juice (1 gallon)

46 oz can of pineapple juice

6 oz lemonade or orange juice concentrate

Can of pineapple rings or tidbits

Cranberries

Mint

Lemon-lime soda (like 7Up or Sprite)

1 lb of perch fillets (or haddock)

Pancake mix

Boneless sirloin tip roast (about 4 lbs)

2 envelopes of Italian salad dressing mix

Jar of mild pepper rings

18 hoagie buns

Zucchini

Cantaloupe

[Also needed: pepper, oil]

 

Lunch: Hoagie and a few slice of cantaloupe

Dinner: Perch, roasted zucchini with sea salt, pepper, and olive oil, rice, and a glass of juice

 

Italian Beef Hoagies

(This recipe is huge, so I recommend freezing half of it right away and then either thawing it out when you are finished eating the first half or saving it for another week when you find yourself short on food or money. Also note that this is a slow cooker recipe so it will take about 9 hours)

Place a 4 lb boneless sirloin tip roast that has been cut in half in a slow cooker. Combine 2 envelopes of Italian salad dressing mix and 2 cups of water and pour over meat. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

Remove meat and shred with a fork. This is the point where you should freeze half if you are going to. Freeze half the buns as well. Return the half you are not freezing to the slow cooker. Add half a 16 oz jar of mild pepper rings (don’t drain it) and heat through. Spoon 1/2 cup of meat mixture on a hoagie bun.

 

Perch Fillets

Pour 1 1/2 cups of lemon-lime soda in a shallow bowl. Add 1 lb of perch fillets and let stand for 15 minutes. Combine 2 cups of pancake mix and 1/4 tsp of pepper in another shallow bowl. Remove fish from soda and coat with pancake mix.

Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry fish for 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on paper towels.

 

Cranberry Quencher

Fill half your glass with cranberry-apple juice. Pour in pineapple juice until the glass is 3/4 full. Stir in a Tbsp of lemonade or orange juice concentrate. Garnish with a pineapple ring, a couple cranberries, and a couple mint leaves. Play with the juice proportions to suit your taste.