Not Your Same Ol’ Spinach, Swiss, and Artichoke – $1.94/serving

photo (7)Unsliced round loaf of sourdough bread

1 lb of Monterey Jack cheese Butter Green onions Poppy seeds

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Slice 1 lb worth of Monterey Jack cheese.
  3. Melt 1/2 cup of butter.
  4. Chop 1/2 cup of green onions.
  5. Cut the bread lengthwise and crosswise without cutting through the bottom crust. Insert cheese between cuts. Combine butter, onions, and 1 Tbsp of poppy seeds. Drizzle over the bread.
  6. Wrap in foil. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Uncover. Bake 10 minutes longer.

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Chuck Wagon Dinners (Dinner for Two Week 4)

Breakfast: Smoothie

Lunch: Burger or Chili Baked Potato, Cheese Wedges, bananas or strawberries

Dinner: Chicken Cordon Bleu or Cube Steak; rice or baked potato; mixed vegetables

Chuck Wagon Burgers

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine 2 lbs of ground beef, an envelope of onion soup mix, and 1/2 cup of water in a bowl. Mix well. Shape into 8 3/4 inch patties. Grill, uncovered, or broil 4 inches from the heat for 5-6 minutes on each side.

Meanwhile, take apart a tube of large refrigerated biscuits on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle with an 1/8 tsp of seasoning salt. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Split. Top each biscuit with a hamburger.

5-Can Chili Topping

Combine a can of chili with beans, a drained can of mixed vegetables, a drained can of whole kernel corn, a can of diced tomatoes, and a can of green chilies in a pot. Heat through.

Baked Potatoes (4 Methods – Pick the one that works best for your schedule!)

Rub potatoes with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and prick them with the tines of a fork.

  1. The original method for (crispy skins): Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Lay potatoes directly on the rack or place on a baking sheet. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
  2. The traditional method (soft skins): Preheat oven to 435 degrees. Wrap potatoes in tin foil. Lay potatoes directly on the rack or place on a baking sheet. Bake for 45-60 minutes.
  3. The quickest method (soft skins): Place potatoes in a glass dish and microwave for 5 minutes. Turn over and microwave another 3-5 minutes.
  4. The working-girl method (soft skins): Wrap potatoes in tin foil and place in slow cooker. Cook on low for low for 8-10 hours.

Top with chili, sour cream, chives or green onions, cooked and crumbled bacon, and cheddar cheese.

Broiled Chicken Cordon Bleu

Place 4 chicken breasts on the rack of a broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 3 minutes. Turn and broil 3 minutes on the other side. Brush with 1/4 cup of melted butter. Continue turning and basting about 4 minutes.

Place a slice of deli meat on each chicken breast. Broil for 1-2 minutes. Spread 1 Tbsp of honey mustard dressing over each. Top with a slice of deli cheese. Broil for 30 seconds.

Note: You can do them all the same if you want, as in all with ham and Swiss, for example. I like to make them all different so it feels like a different meal when we reheat leftovers the next day. Plus, I prefer stronger flavored cheeses, like sharp cheddar and Monterey Jack, while my boyfriend prefers milder ones, like mozzarella and Swiss. With a variety to choose from, it kind of feels like we went out for dinner at a restaurant!

Seasoned Cube Steaks

Combine 1 cup of soy sauce, 1 tsp of dried minced garlic, and 1 tsp of dried minced onion in a large Ziplock bag. Add 4 cube steaks. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, turning once.

Drain and discard marinade. Place steaks on a greased broiler pan. Broil 4 inches from the heat for about 4 minutes on each side. Serve with mixed vegetables and rice or baked potatoes.

Cheese Wedges

Cut a package of extra sharp cheddar cheese into 1/2 inch slices. Cut each slice in half diagonally. Combine 1/3 cup of seasoned dry bread crumbs and 1/2 tsp of crushed red pepper flakes in a shallow bowl. [Note: You can omit crushed red pepper flakes if you don’t like spice.] Beat an egg in another bowl. Dip cheese triangles into egg, then in crumb mixture.

Place on a greased baking sheet. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 2-3 minutes. Serve cheese wedges warm with pizza sauce for sipping.

Strawberry Banana Shakes

Place 2 Tbsp of milk, 1/2 cup of strawberry ice cream,  and 1/2 firm banana (sliced) in a blender. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into glasses. Garnish with whipped cream and a strawberry, if desired.

SHOPPING LIST:

Extra sharp cheddar cheese (9 oz)

4 thin slices of deli cheese (I got one Swiss, one mozzarella, one Monterey Jack, and one cheddar)

Whipped cream

Sour cream

Eggs

Tube of large refrigerated biscuits

Bananas

Strawberries

Chives or green onions

Potatoes (about 20)

4 cube steaks (1 1/4 lbs)

2 lb ground beef

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves

4 thin slices of deli cold cuts (I got 2 ham and 2 turkey)

Bacon

Strawberry ice cream

Can of pizza sauce

Can of chili with beans

2 cans of mixed vegetables

Can of whole kernel corn

Can of diced tomatoes

Can of green chilies

Soy sauce

Honey mustard salad dressing

Rice

Envelope of onion soup mix

Crushed red pepper flakes

Dried minced garlic

Dried minced onion

Seasoning salt

[Also needed: Seasoned bread crumbs, Milk, Butter]

Week 42

Shopping List:

1 lb chicken breasts

Sour cream and onion potato chips

Spicy brown mustard

Orange

2 lb ham steak

2 cans of great northern beans (15 oz each)

2 jars of picante sauce (16 oz each)

Chicken (You need 4 cups of cooked cubed chicken. Buy a whole cooked chicken and shred it. Buy it from the deli. Use leftovers. Cook a couple extra chicken breasts. Whatever method works best for the prices in your area)

Ground cumin

Monterey Jack cheese

Corn chips

Your favorite bread or buns

Pineapple

Radicchio

Treat yourself to an Egg McMuffin one time this week. Just for fun 🙂

[Also needed: ranch salad dressing, honey]

 

Breakfast: Muffin

Lunch: Chili, chicken bites, and pineapple slices

Dinner: Ham, potatoes, and radicchio

 

Chicken Chili

Combine 2 15 oz cans of rinsed and drained great northern beans, 2 16 oz jars of picante sauce, 4 cups of cubed cooked chicken, and 2 tsp of ground cumin. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Sprinkle individual servings with shredded Monterey Jack cheese. Eat with crunchy corn chips and warm bread.

 

Tangy Ham Steak

Combine 1/3 cup of spicy mustard, 1/4 cup of honey, and 1/2 tsp of grated orange peel in a small bowl. Brush over one side of a 2 lb ham steak. Broil or grill, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 7 minutes. Turn and brush with mustard mixture. Cook for about 7 minutes.

 

Ranch Chicken Bites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut 1 lb of chicken breasts into bite-size pieces. Place in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup of ranch salad dressing and stir to coat. Let stand for 10 minutes. Add 2 1/2 cups of finely crushed sour cream and onion potato chips and toss well. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes.

Week 41 – Bonus Recipe!

Shopping List:

Frozen sliced peaches

Orange juice concentrate (Put 1/4 cup aside and make the rest into juice)

2 lbs of ground beef

Jar of salsa (16 oz)

Tube of refrigerated biscuits

8 oz of Colby-Monterey Jack cheese

Iceberg lettuce

Onion

16 oz jar of sauerkraut

4 oz of Swiss cheese

3 tubes of refrigerated crescent rolls

5 persimmons

5 beets

2-3 carrots

Apple (get a tart one, like Granny Smith)

[Buy a 1L of milk this week. Also needed: sugar]

 

Breakfast: Muffin and a smoothie

Lunch: Turnover and a persimmon

Dinner: Tostado, beet, and a glass of orange juice

 

Tangy Beef Turnovers

Preheat oven t 375 degrees. Cook 1 lb ground beef and a chopped onion in a skillet over medium heat. Drain. Drain, rinse, and chop a 16 oz jar of sauerkraut. Add to meat mixture. Add a cup of shredded Swiss cheese. Mix well. Unroll 3 tubes of refrigerated crescent roll dough and separate into rectangles. Place on greased baking sheets. Pinch seams to seal.

Place 1/2 cup of beef mixture in the center of each rectangle. Bring corners to the center and pinch to seal. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

 

Biscuit Tostados

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook 1 lb of ground beef over medium heat in a skillet. Drain. Add 1 1/2 cups of salsa. Heat through.

Take apart a tube of large refrigerated biscuits and split each biscuit in half. Flatten into 4 inch rounds on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Top with meat mixture, 2 cups of shredded Colby-Monterey Jack cheese, 2 cups of shredded lettuce, and remaining salsa.

 

Peach Smoothies

Combine 1/2 cup of milk, 1/2 cup of frozen unsweetened sliced peaches, 1 Tbsp of orange juice concentrate, 1/2 Tbsp of sugar, and 2 ice cubes in a blender. Cover and process until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.

 

Good-For-You Morning Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour, 1 cup of whole-wheat flour, 3/4 cup of ground flaxseed, 3/4 cup of sugar, 2 3/4 tsp of baking powder, 2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 3/4 tsp of salt, and 1/4 tsp of baking soda. In another bowl, beat 4 egg whites, 1 whole egg, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 1/3 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of canola oil and 2 tsp of vanilla extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in 2 cups of grated carrots, 1/2 cup of chopped pecans, 1/2 cup of flaked coconut, 1/2 cup of raisins and a peeled and shredded apple.

Coat muffin cups with cooking spray or use foil liners; fill three-fourths full. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

Note: Original recipe specifically says to use King Arthur flour, though it didn’t seem to be sponsored by them. I didn’t use King Arthur when I made it, so I didn’t specify.

Week 36

Shopping List:

Tube of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Tomato sauce

Italian seasoning

10 slices of pepperoni

Monterey Jack cheese

4 bone-in pork loin chops

Long grain rice

Orange juice

Can of chicken with rice soup

Can of sliced potatoes

Pkg of frozen creamed spinach

Dried basil

5 nectarines

2 parsnips

Applesauce (You can eat all but 1/2 cup of it)

[Also needed: vegetable oil. Buy a 1L of milk this week]

 

Breakfast: Applesauce

Lunch: Soup, mini pizza, nectarine and a glass of orange juice

Dinner: Casserole with roasted parsnips

 

Spinach Potato Soup

Combine 3 cups of milk, a can of sliced potatoes, a thawed package of creamed spinach, 1/2 tsp of dried basil, and 3/4 tsp of garlic salt in a pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Cool slightly.

Transfer mixture to a blender. Cover and process until small pieces of potato remain. Return to the pan and heat through.

 

Pork Chop Casserole

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown 4 pork loin chops (bone-in) in 1 Tbsp of vegetable oil in a large skillet. Drain. Place 1 1/3 cups of uncooked long grain rice in an ungreased shallow baking dish. Pour 1 cup of orange juice over rice. Top with pork chops and a can of condensed chicken with rice soup.

Cover and bake for 40-45 minutes.

 

Lunch Box Pizzas

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Flatten 10 buttermilk biscuits into a 3 inch circle and press into a greased muffin cups. Combine 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and 1 tsp of Italian seasoning. Spoon 1 tsp into each cup. Top each with a slice of pepperoni and about 1 Tbsp of shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

Bake for 10-15 minutes. Eat right away or store in the fridge.

Week 26

Shopping List:

Cream cheese

4 oz of cheddar cheese

Broccoli florets

Bacon

3 boxes of crackers (one must be cheese flavored)

Envelope of taco seasoning

6 chicken breasts (about 2 lbs)

2 oz Monterey Jack cheese

Can of chopped green chilies

Pick two or three of your favorite veggies to eat raw

Pkg of mixed salad

Pkg of Spanish rice

Rhubarb

[Also needed: pepper]

 

Lunch: Crackers and broccoli-cheese ball, a little bit of rhubarb that I roasted for a couple minutes with honey (maple syrup or even just sugar would work too), and a few veggies

Dinner: Chicken, Spanish rice, salad, and veggies

 

Taco Chicken Rolls

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Finely crush 1 cup worth of cheese-flavored crackers. Combine the cracker crumbs with one envelope of taco seasoning in a shallow dish. Set aside. Flatten 6 chicken breasts between two sheets of waxed paper to 1/4 inch thickness. Cut Monterey Jack cheese into 6 sticks. Place a cheese stick and 1 Tbsp of chopped green chilies on each piece of chicken. Turk the ends of chicken in and roll up. Secure with a toothpick.

Coat chicken with crumb mixture. Place in a greased baking dish. Bake, uncovered, for 35-40 minutes. Remove toothpicks.

 

Bacon-Broccoli Cheese Ball

Beat a package of cream cheese, 1 cup of finely shredded cheddar cheese, and 1/2 tsp of pepper in a mixing bowl until blended. Stir in 1 cup of finely chopped broccoli florets. Shape into a ball. Cook 6 strips of bacon and crumble. Roll cheese ball in bacon. Cover and refrigerate. Remove ball from fridge 15 minutes before eating. Eat with crackers!

Week 20

Shopping List:

Pkg of instant vanilla pudding mix

Whipped topping (like Cool Whip)

Graham crackers

Can of cream of chicken soup

4 oz of cheddar cheese

Pkg of frozen California-blend vegetables

Rice

150 g deli ham cut as a 1 cm thick steak

2 cans of tomato soup

Chili powder

Oyster crackers

Monterey Jack cheese

Leek

3 pomegranates

Natural cane sugar

[Buy a 1 L of milk this week. Also needed: miniature semisweet chocolate chips]

 

Lunch: Soup and 1/2 a pommegranate

Dinner: Ham and rice bake

Dessert: Ice cream sandwich!

 

Icebox Sandwiches

Mix a package of instant vanilla pudding mix and 2 cups of cold milk according to package directions and refrigerate until set. Fold in 2 cups of whipped topping and a cup of miniature semisweet chocolate chips.

Place 24 graham crackers square on a baking sheet. Top each with about 3 Tbsp of filling. Place another graham cracker on top. Freeze for 1 hour. Wrap individually in plastic wrap. Freeze. Eat frozen.

 

Ham and Rice Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine a can of condensed cream of chicken soup and 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese in a large pot. Cook and stir until cheese is melted. Stir in a thawed package of California-blend vegetables, a cup of cooked rice, a cup of cubed deli ham, and a sliced leek (just the white and pale green part – compost the dark green part unless you want to make soup out if it).

Transfer to a greased baking dish. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup more of cheese. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.

 

Zesty Tomato Soup

Combine 2 cans of condensed tomato soup, 2 2/3 cups of water, and 2 tsp of chili powder in a pot. Heat through. Garnish with oyster crackers and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

 

Instant Impromptu Soup Tips!

Create instant soup by combining leftover vegetables with chicken or beef broth in a blender and processing until smooth.

OR

Add chicken or beef broth to leftover rice and stir in some lightly sauteed vegetables.

Heat just until warmed through.

Make soup out of leftovers and then freeze to eat on a later date.