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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The quickest method (soft skins): Place potatoes in a glass dish and microwave for 5 minutes. Turn over and microwave another 3-5 minutes.
- 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.
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.
Extra sharp cheddar cheese (9 oz)
4 thin slices of deli cheese (I got one Swiss, one mozzarella, one Monterey Jack, and one cheddar)
Tube of large refrigerated biscuits
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)
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
Honey mustard salad dressing
Envelope of onion soup mix
Crushed red pepper flakes
Dried minced garlic
Dried minced onion
[Also needed: Seasoned bread crumbs, Milk, Butter]