Maple Cream Waffles and Lemonade Fruit (& Technically Veg) Salad – $4.18/person

Pumpkin Pie Waffles

  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cup of vegetable oil
  • 1 Tbsp of sugar
  • 4 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of salt
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice (adjust amount for your personal taste)
  1. Preheat waffle iron
  2. Beat eggs with hand beater until fluffy.
  3. Beat in remaining ingredients just until smooth.
  4. Spray waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour mix into iron. Cool until golden brown. Serve hot.

Maple Cream Sauce

  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 8 oz pkg of cream cheese
  • 2 splashes of rum extract
  • 3 Tbsp of spiced rum
  1. Combine syrup and butter and cook over low heat in a pot until butter is melted.
  2. Stir in brown sugar until dissolved and remove from the heat.
  3. Soften cream cheese in microwave and stir/smooth by hand.
  4. Gradually pour maple butter mixture into cream cheese, mixing well.
  5. Add rum and rum extract and stir until combined.

Store leftovers covered in fridge. To reheat, melt in microwave until it reaches desired consistency.

Whipped Cream

With a hand beater, beat 1 cup of heavy whipping cream in a large bowl until soft peaks form. I use the organic 36% stuff and it’s delicious. It’s heavier than the non-organic, which is usually 33%. Using a large bowl is important as it will expand a lot. ‘Soft peak’ means that if you touch the surface, a tiny foamy mountain will remain where your finger touched the surface. Turn the beater off to do this. Not just for safety, as its also easier to see. Add 1 tsp of vanilla extract and 1 Tbsp of icing (confectioners) sugar. Continue beating until it reaches the consistency you want. Don’t overbeat or it will start to get clumpy. Don’t be surprised if this whole process takes longer than you expected. It took about 7 minutes of steady whipping for my little old electric hand beater to get the job done. If you are doing it by hand, it will take a lot longer.

Toppings

Crush 6 ginger snaps. Sprinkle on top of waffles. Drizzle with 3 Tbsp of maple cream sauce and 3 Tbsp of maple syrup. Top with a large dollop of freshly whipped cream.

 

Fruit (& Technically Veg) Salad

Slice 1 lb of fresh strawberries and cube 3 pears.

Slice 3 ribs of rhubarb and place in skillet with 3 generous splashes of Grand Marnier and 2 generous splashes of honey. I tell people that it’s 3 Tbsp of GM and 2 of honey, but let’s be real here… When it comes to sugar and alcohol, my hand turns into lead. Stir frequently on low-medium heat for about 6 minutes. Add rhubarb and any remaining liquid to bowl of strawberries and pears.

Serve with a dollop of lemonade cream (see below).

Lemonade Cream

In a pot, combine 2 eggs, 3/4 cup of lemonade concentrate and 1/3 cup of sugar, cover, and bring to a boil over low heat. Remove from heat and bring to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

Meanwhile, whip your whipping cream. Follow the same directions as above, but don’t add vanilla or icing sugar. Just keep beating until it starts to look like Cool Whip and then STOP.

When the lemonade mixture reaches room temperature, fold into the whipped cream. Voila!

 

Price Breakdown:

Pumpkin Spice Waffles $1.07/waffle

Maple Cream Sauce & Crushed Ginger Snaps $1.56/serving

Fruit Salad 54 cents/serving

Lemonade Cream $1.01/serving

Total: $4.18/person

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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]