Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars (Dinner for Two Week 19)

Breakfast: Pineapple Ham Bake, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars, or Yogurt

Lunch: Leftovers + prunes, figs, grapes, raisins

Dinner: Italian Flank Steak, Mini Sausage Pizzas, or Honey Mustard Chicken, rice or potatoes with onion, parsnip and shallot

Dessert: Key-Lime Avocado Pie

Italian Flank Steak

Combine 2 envelopes of fat-free Italian salad dressing mix, 2 Tbsp of vegetable oil, and 1 Tbsp of lemon juice. Brush onto both sides of a 1 lb flank steak. Place in a shallow dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Grill over hot heat for 3 minutes per side.

Mini Sausage Pizzas

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cook 1 lb of bulk pork sausage in a large skillet over medium heat. Drain well. Beat 2 5 oz jars of sharp American cheese spread, 1/4 cup of butter, and 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper in a small mixing bowl. Stir in sausage. Split 12 English muffins. Spread cheese mixture on cut sides of each muffin half.

Place on a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes.

This pizzas freeze really well. Wrap them individually and freeze for up to 2 months. When ready to eat, unwrap, place on a baking sheet, and bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. 

Key-Lime Avocado Pie

To make the crust: In a food processor, combine 3/4 cup of shredded unsweetened coconut, 1/4 cup of unsalted macadamia  nuts, 1/2 tsp of lime zest, and 1/8 tsp of salt, and chop coarsely. Add 1 tsp of lime juice and 1/2 cup of chopped dates and process until it sticks together. Sprinkle a 9″ pie plate with 2 Tbsp of coconut and pat the crust on top and up the sides of the plate. Chill while making filling.

To make filling: Combine 1 1/2 cup of avocado, 1/3 cup of fresh lime juice, 1/3 cup of honey or agave, 4 Tbsp of refined coconut oil, and 1/4 tsp of salt in a blender. Blend until smooth. You may have to add more lime juice and honey/agave depending on the moisture in the avocado. If it needs more liquid, I recommend adding equal parts of both. Adjust flavors to taste. Pour over crust and chill 4-6 hours. Garnish with zest of half a lime and some lime slices.

Note: Unrefined coconut oil can be used, but it will give the pie a more coconut flavor. I prefer it that way, but some like the traditional key-lime flavor better. 

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper comes over the sides. (You’re going to lift it up later to easily remove the bars from the pan without making a mess.)

Mix 1/2 cup of vanilla whey protein powder, 1/4 cup of your choice of flour, 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/2 cup of spelt flakes, 1/3 cup of spelt bran, 1/4 cup of wheat germ, 1/2 tsp of sea salt, 2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, 1/8 tsp of cardamom, 1/8 tsp of allspice, 1/2 cup of organic dried apples and 1/2 cup of peeled and grated apple in one bowl.

Mix 2 Tbsp of honey or agave, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2 Tbsp of melted coconut butter, and 1 tsp of vanilla in another bowl.

Combine well by stirring with a spoon. The batter should be chunky.

Pour the batter into the lined baking pan and use another piece of parchment and even off the surface.

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove the pan from the oven and lift the parchment paper ‘handles’ out. Allow the bars to cool for about 15 minutes and then slice into 8 even rectangles.

Pineapple Ham Bake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 2 undrained cans of crushed pineapple, 2/3 cup of packed brown sugar, 1 Tbsp of vinegar, and 2 tsp of ground mustard in an ungreased baking dish. Mix well. Cut 1 lb of fully cooked ham into bite-size pieces. Stir into pineapple mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes. Serve with a slotted spoon.

Honey-Mustard Chicken

Flatten 4 chicken breasts to 1/4 inch thickness. Combine 1 cup of dry bread crumbs and 1 tsp of Dijon mustard in a shallow bowl or pie plate. Combine 3 Tbsp of honey and 2 Tbsp of Dijon mustard in another shallow bowl or pie plate.  Dip chicken in honey-mustard mixture and then coat with crumbs.

Cook chicken in 2 Tbsp of butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat on both sides for about 8 minutes.

SHOPPING LIST:

Yogurt

Gluten-free pie crust (9″)

12 English muffins

Bread

Onion

3 parsnips

2 avocados

Lrg bag of potatoes

Shallot

Prunes (6 loose or a container)

6 figs

Apple

4 limes (or 1 lime, plus lime juice)

Dates

Lemon (or lemon juice)

Grapes

1 lb flank steak

1 lb bulk pork sausage

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

2 cans of crushed pineapple (8 oz each)

Dried apples (organic preferably)

Raisins

Spelt flakes

Spelt bran

Allspice

2 envelopes of fat-free Italian salad dressing mix

Coconut butter

Refined coconut oil

2 jars of American cheese spread [like Cheez Whiz] (5 oz ea)

Frozen blueberries

[Also needed: lemon juice, vegetable oil, shredded (unsweetened) coconut, unsalted macadamia nuts, dry bread crumbs, ground mustard, salt, Dijon mustard, vanilla whey protein powder, honey, flour, rolled oats, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, sea salt, wheat germ, cardamom, brown sugar, agave nectar/syrup, vanilla, cayenne pepper, vinegar, unsweetened applesauce]

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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 18 – Special Week! 5 Recipes!

Shopping List:

Jar of sharp American cheese spread (like Cheez Whiz)

Orange marmalade

Seasoning salt

Beef flank steak (1 1/2 lbs)

Hot dogs

Chili sauce

Bread

3 green peppers

3 grapefruits

Whole wheat flour

Eggs

Coconut oil

Unsweetened applesauce

Natural creamy peanut butter

Cranberry juice (2 quarts)

[Also needed: butter (you’ll need 2 sticks of unsalted, 1 stick of your choice), all-purpose flour, lemon-pepper seasoning, vegetable oil, dill pickle relish, regular mustard, salt, leftover jam/jelly – you should still have grape and plum or apple left]

 

Breakfast: Pop tart and eggs

Lunch: Sandwich, turnover, and 1/2 a grapefruit

Dinner: Steak, potatoes, and 1/2 a green pepper

Dessert: Cupcake

 

Orange Marmalade Turnovers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/2 cup of softened butter and a jar of sharp American cheese spread in a bowl. Add 1 cup of all-purpose flour. Stir until mixture forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 3 inch circles. Place 1/2 tsp of orange marmalade on each circle. Fold pastry over and seal edges with a fork. Cut slits in top of pastry.

Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 5-9 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

 

Seasoned Flank Steak                                                                            (Note: Steak must marinate for 1-2 hours)

Combine 1/4 cup of vegetable oil, 2 Tbsp of water, 2 Tbsp of lemon-pepper seasoning, and 2 tsp of seasoning salt in a large Ziplock. Add a 1 1/2 lb beef flank steak. Seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours, turning occasionally. [2 is better if you can wait that long]

Grill steak, uncovered, over medium-hot heat for 6-12 minutes.

 

Hot Dog Sandwiches

Mince 6 hot dogs. Combine hot dogs, 1/2 cup of dill pickle relish, 1/4 cup of chili sauce, and 2 Tbsp of mustard in a small bowl. Mix well. Spread on six pieces of bread and top with another piece of bread. Freeze for up to 2 months. Remove sandwich from the freezer at least 4 hours before serving.

 

Whole Wheat Toaster Pastries (aka Pop Tarts!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Put 2 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 tsp of salt in a food processor with the dough blade and pulse it together briefly.

Meanwhile fill a glass measuring cup with ½ cup water and add a few ice cubes to it.

Take 1 cup of unsalted cold butter straight out of the fridge and cut it into ½ inch chunks. Sprinkle the pieces of butter on top of the flour in the food processor. Be careful to spread out the butter as opposed to letting it all clump together in one piece.

Turn on the food processor and blend until the mixture resembles a crumbly meal. While the food processor is still running add ⅓ cup water through the top. Watch the dough come together and add 2 – 3 more teaspoons of water as needed so a dough ball will form. If some of the dough is in a ball and some is stuck to the sides that is okay…you can fix it with your hands. At this point the dough could be stored in the fridge in plastic wrap for up to 3 days or in the freezer (in a freezer safe container) for up to 6 months.

Remove the dough from the food processor and put it on a lightly floured counter or large cutting board. With a rolling pin (and another sprinkling of flour) flatten out the dough to one big rectangle or square that’s no more than a quarter inch thick. Trim any uneven ends and use those to patch other edges as necessary.

Using a knife cut out 14 to 16 rectangles of dough. Actually you could make them any shape or size that you want at this point. Lay half of your dough shapes onto the parchment lined baking sheet. Spoon about a tablespoon of jam down the middle of those bottom dough pieces.

Top them with matching dough shapes and seal around the edges by pushing down with a fork. Make a few holes in the top with the fork as well. Lastly, brush the tops of the uncooked toaster pastries with the egg wash (1 egg beaten with a splash of water).

Bake for 18 – 24 minutes. Cool the cooked pastries on a cooling rack (if you have one) then either eat them right away or store them in the fridge for 3 days or the freezer for several months. They can be eaten cold or reheated. Enjoy!

 

Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 375°F.

Line a muffin pan with 6 paper cups.

Combine 1/2 cup of almond flour, 3/4 tsp of baking powder, 1/8 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tsp of espresso powder, and 4 packets of Stevia together in a bowl. Set aside.

In another smaller bowl, combine 5 tsp of melted coconut oil, 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce, 2 eggs, and 2 tsp of vanilla extract.

Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

Fill the paper cups 3/4 full.

Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Allow the cupcakes to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.

Mix 3 Tbsp of melted coconut oil, 1/4 cup of natural creamy peanut butter, 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 packets of Stevia together and spread a little bit on each cupcake.

Week 6

Shopping List:

1 lb of ground turkey

Bran cereal

Ketchup

Grape jelly

Lemon juice

1 3/4 lbs boneless top round steak (you may have to ask the butcher for it and if they don’t have it, ask for something similar)

Apricot preserves (You’ll find it in the jelly section. It’s like jam but with extra fruit chunks in it)

Steak sauce

Shake n Bake seasoned coating mix

1 lb of ground beef

Hamburger buns

Lettuce

Lime

Broccoli

Almond milk

 

Breakfast: Bran cereal with almond milk

Lunch: Burger or turkey meatballs with rice and a glass of water with a wedge of lime to liven things up a bit

Dinner: Steak, half a hamburger bun with butter, lettuce and broccoli salad with honey mustard dressing

 

Turkey Meatballs

Combine 1 lb of ground turkey and 1/4 cup of bran cereal in a bowl and mix well. Shape into 1 inch balls. Combine 1 14 oz bottle of ketchup, 1 cup of grape jelly, and 3 Tbsp of lemon juice in a Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Add meatballs. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 30-35 minutes, stirring several times.

 

Apricot Round Steak

Place steak on broiler pan rack and broil for 6-8 minutes on each side. Meanwhile, in a pot, combine 3/4 cup of apricot preserves, 1 Tbsp of lemon juice, 1/2 tsp of salt and 1/8 tsp of hot pepper sauce. Cook until preserves are melted. Set aside 1/2 cup and brush remaining sauce over steak.

Broil 2 minutes longer. Slice meat on the diagonal and serve with remaining apricot sauce.

 

Oven-Baked Burgers

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 1/4 cup of steak sauce and 2 Tbsp of Shake n Bake in a bowl. Crumble beef over mixture and mix until combined. Shape into 4 patties. Measure out 1/3 cup of Shake n Bake. Dip both sides of patties in coating.

Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes, turning once. Serve on buns with lettuce, leftover cheese if you have any, and/or mustard and/or BBQ sauce, if you want.

Week 2

Shopping List:

3-4 cups worth of raspberries. Buy a fresh flat if you can afford it, or buy one or two bags of frozen ones and then let them thaw.

2 lemons

Orange

Vegetable oil (the big one! You will use this a lot!)

Boneless sirloin steak

Can of mandarin oranges

Can of whole-berry cranberry sauce

Pkg of cream cheese

6 onion bagels (or another flavor, if you prefer)

1 lb. thinly sliced deli turkey (or 500 g)

Arugula

Grapes

Pkg of whole oats

Pkg of chia seeds

Pkg of ground flax

[Also needed: garlic, tea bags, sugar]

 

Breakfast: Whole oats with flax and chia seeds with a bit of milk and brown sugar. Super healthy (if you use the sugar in moderation of course)

Lunch: Turkey bagel, grapes, and a glass of raspberry iced tea

Dinner: Steak, arugula with ranch salad dressing, and potatoes

 

Cranberry-Orange Turkey Bagel

Drain the can of mandarin oranges and then mash them in a bowl with a fork. Stir in the cranberry sauce. Spread cream cheese on the bagel and top with some turkey and a spoonful or two of the cranberry-orange mixture. I think onion bagels are the best, but other good ones for this combo are poppy, sesame, and wheat.

 

Raspberry Iced Tea

Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Stir in 2/3 cup of sugar until it dissolves. Remove from the heat and add 5 tea bags. Steep for 5-8 minutes and then discard the tea bags. Add 4 more cups of water to dilute.

In another pot, bring 3-4 cups of raspberries and 1/4 cup of water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 3 minutes. Strain and discard the pulp. Add raspberry juice to the tea mixture. Serve over ice.

 

Citrus Sirloin Steak

(Note: This recipe requires marinating so must be started 9 or more hours before you intend to eat it)

Cut the lemons and orange into quarters. In a skillet, cook the lemon and orange wedges in 1/2 cup of vegetable oil over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir often. Add 1 clove (or 1 tsp) of minced garlic. Cook and stir for 1-2 more minutes. Place steak in a shallow glass baking dish. Pierce meat every inch with a fork. Pour citrus mixture over the steak and then turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, turning 3 or 4 times.

Drain and discard of the marinade. On a BBQ, covered grill, or whatever kind of grill you can come up with, cook steak for 9-10 minutes on each side over medium-hot heat or until it reaches desired doneness. I believe its a crime to cook steak well-done so the meat thermometer should read between 140 and 150 if you have one. If not, cut into the middle after the first 10 minutes and see how you’re doing! Garnish with a bit of fresh parsley if you have some leftover from last week.