I know there seems to be quite a lot of talk about food lately. So, I thought, why not talk even more? I've been pretty darn good about planning meals lately. Before Josef, we would just eat a grilled cheese sandwish (Shane) or miso soba noodles (me and Caleb). But now that we have Josef, it seems more important to provide variety in our diet. So here's what my menu is for this week.
Easy Tamale Casserole
This recipe was in Whole Foods "Meals for Four under $15" flyer. If you use another brand of corn bread mix, be aware that all the ingredients after the corn bread mix (on list of ingredients) is what the box of corn bread calls for. Also this is supposed to feed 8, so will last us two days.
Stuffed Red Peppers
I made some alterations. I bought 6 red peppers from Costco, so I'll use 6 instead of the 4 called for in the recipe. Also, I like to use sausage instead of the ground pork and beef. Lastly, I don't like to spend the money on the jarred cheese and salsa, so I just use 1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar and 1/4 cup salsa (since we always have this stuff around).
Zatarain's Black Beans and Rice mix
I will just make this as the box directs (won't add anything). I realize that the peppers already have rice and meat and could be a meal in itself. But I want to stretch it out so this will last two days for us.
Pig in the Blankets
My mom used to make this (as maybe everyone's mom did) for my brother and i when we were little and i loved it! Buy:
2 containers of crescent rolls
1 package of Lit'l Smokies Smokes Sausage
I usually get the reduced fat crescent rolls, cause I can't tell the difference and the smokies are not so good for you.
Just wrap the smokies in the crescent dough and bake as directed on the crescent roll container. That's it!
Also, I will make:
Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
You might have trouble finding the frozen butternut squash. They had it at the Giant in Manassas, but don't have it here at the Giant in Arlington. I'm hoping I will find it at Whole Foods. Also, I plan on substituting the cream for buttermilk since I will have leftover from the Tamale Casserole.
I hope this inspires you!!