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Aldi Meal Plan

We are back again with another meal plan that uses the produce and meat sales in this week’s Aldi ad. I love shopping at Aldi – the bulk of my purchases come from there and then a will pick up a few items that are on sale at other stores. So an Aldi meal plan is the best!

If you struggle with coming up with ideas for what to eat this week, I hope this post gives you some inspiration.

I’m a huge fan of using menu planning as a way to keep grocery costs down (my first point in this post on drastically reducing your grocery budget). No matter how many of these recipes you use, I highly recommend you get your downloadable menu plan template and put it to use. It has saved me so much money over the years:

This week, I’m not only going to include the sample Aldi menu, but I will also share what I’m feeding my family for the next week on my $170 a month grocery budget. This means twice as many ideas.

Aldi Produce and Meat Sales to Check Out (10/10-10/17):

These prices are in my local ad – your prices might vary.

  • Gala apples (1.49 for 3 pounds)
  • Oranges (1.99 for 3 pounds)
  • Red grapes (.85 a pound)
  • Pineapple (1.29 each)
  • Grassfed ground beef (4.49 a pound)
  • Bone in chicken thighs (.79 a pound)

Each week will include one or two vegetarian meals. This is a great way to keep your grocery budget down. Another tip for a lower grocery budget is to select just 4-5 of the listed suppers and eat leftovers the other nights. (This is also a time saver!)

Aldi Meal Plan

Suppers:

Potato Sausage Soup (use potatoes and kale leftover from last week)
Crispy Chicken Thighs (make extra to use in the chicken rice casserole)
Taco Salad with salsa and chips. (Use ground beef and/or beans)
Pasta Pomodoro
Chicken Rice Casserole (use the leftover meat from the chicken thighs)
Vegetarian 15 Bean Soup

Snack and Side Ideas:

Apples, oranges, grapes
Carrot and celery sticks
Roasted veggies (carrots, celery, potatoes, green beans, etc)
Homemade biscuits

Frugal Lunch Ideas:

Pancakes
Sandwiches
Rice Cakes (with peanut butter or meat)
Leftovers
Beans and Rice
Roasted Vegetables
Salad

Frugal Breakfast Ideas:

Oatmeal
Hard boiled eggs
Pumpkin muffins

$170 per month Menu Plan for this Week:

Okay, and now for my family’s menu for the week. I plan using the method I outline in my menu planning template:

Saturday
Pancakes for lunch
Chicken and Veggie Noodle Soup for supper

Sunday
Eggs and hashbrowns for lunch
Small groups for supper

Monday: Leftover soup

Tuesday: New spaghetti squash recipe (bought the squash when it was on sale last week)

Wednesday: Kids eat at church

Thursday: Leftover spaghetti squash

Friday: Pizza night

Breakfasts: Oatmeal, leftover pancakes, eggs

Lunches: PB sandwiches on homemade sourdough, veggies, fruit, salad, deli meat

Snacks: Grapes and pretzels

What’s on your menu this week?

Fresh Cranberry Recipes You Want to Try

Collage of the best fresh cranberry recipes out there!

Fresh cranberries are so tart and delicious. That means that fresh cranberry recipes are the best. Obviously there is a place for dried cranberries, but man, fresh is just unbeatable.

Frozen cranberries are a perfect substitute for fresh, so when you find a great deal on cranberries after Thanksgiving (I’ve gotten bags for 49 cents before) stock up on enough to last you the year and just store them in the freezer.

Maybe you find yourself wondering what exactly you should do with fresh cranberries. Perhaps the only way you’ve ever seen them used is in cranberry sauce that’s set out with the turkey (even though almost no one eats it).

Wonder no more.

This post is the ultimate list of fresh cranberry recipes. You can experiment and cook and bake to your heart’s content. There are things from muffins to appetizers to chicken to desserts.

Everything you could possibly want or need.

Fresh Cranberry Recipes

Fresh Cranberry Muffins and Quick Breads

Delicious and healthy oat flour pumpkin muffins with cranberries and chocolate chips! So good and wheat free and refined sugar free. Great way to start your morning.

Oat Flour Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins
Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cream Cheese Muffins
Fresh Cranberry Muffins

Photo from abcs and garden peas White Chocolate Orange Cranberry Bread

Cranberry Orange Bread Loaf Cake
Gluten Free Cranberry Chocolate Bread
Cranberry Orange Bread
Cranberry Banana Bread
Cranberry Orange Chocolate Chip Bread
Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Bread
Homemade Cranberry Orange Bread Recipe
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
White Chocolate Orange Cranberry Bread
Cranberry Applesauce Bread
Cranberry Nut Bread

Fresh Cranberry Breakfasts

Photo by Recipes from a Pantry: Baked Sweet Potato Pancake

Bake Sweet Potato Pancakes with Orange Cranberry Compote
Ricotta Orange Pancakes with Ricotta Sauce
Cinnamon Cranberry Overnight French Toast Bake
Pistachio, Oat, and Cranberry Breakfast Pancakes
Slow Cooker Cranberry Eggnog Oatmeal
Cranberry Almond Donuts
Cranberry Vanilla Coffee Cake
Orange Cranberry Coffee Cake
Cranberry Orange Drop Biscuits
Chocolate Cranberry Scones

Fresh Cranberry Pies

Photo by House of Nash Eats: Cranberry Apple Pie

Nantucket Cranberry Pie
Pear, Apple, Cranberry Crumble Pie
Cranberry Apple Pie
Cranberry Pear Lattice Pie
Cranberry Pie

Fresh Cranberry Cakes

Photo by Mom Foodie: Sour Cream Bundt Cake

Cranberry Swirl Semolina Cake
Cranberry Orange Pound Cake
Cranberry Apple Muffin Cake
Cranberry Sour Cream Bundt Cake
Cranberry Orange Cake
Cranberry Upside Down Cake

Fresh Cranberry Cookies

Recipe from Hearth and Vine: Shortbread Cookies

Fresh Cranberry Shortbread Cookies
Cranberry Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Other Fresh Cranberry Dessert Recipes

Photo by Salt and Lavender: Rustic Cranberry Galette

Fresh Cranberry Shortbread Bars
Eggnog Cranberry Popsicles 
No Churn Cranberry Ice Cream
Cranberry Mini Vegan Cheesecakes
Low Carb Cranberry Swirl Cheesecakes
Rustic Cranberry Galette 
Apple Cranberry Tart Recipe
Slow Cooker Strawberry Cranberry Crumble Dessert
Cranberry Cream Tart
Gluten Free Cranberry Shortbread Bars

Fresh Cranberry Smoothies

Photo by All Nutribullet Recipes: Cranberry Oatmeal Smoothie

Low Carb Keto Cranberry Smoothie
Cranberry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe
Cranberry Smoothie
Cranberry and Orange Smoothie
Cranberry Mango Layered Smoothie
Pomegranate Cranberry Smoothie

Fresh Cranberry Appetizers

Ruby Red Cherry Cranberry Salsa
Cranberry Brie Pastries
Cranberry Pomegranate Baked Brie

Fresh Cranberry Side Dishes

Photo by Kudos Kitchen by Renee: Holiday Vegetable Saute

Cranberry Clementine Brussel Sprouts 
Holiday Vegetable Saute
Apple Cranberry Acorn Squash 
Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing

Fresh Cranberry Main Dishes

Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken
Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Cranberry Walnut Relish
Stuffed Delicata Squash with Beef and Cranberries
Spicy Cranberry Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches
Cranberry Chicken Thighs
Cranberry Orange Chicken

Homemade Cranberry SaucePhoto from Eat the Love: Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Best Cranberry Sauce Recipe Ever
Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Pineapple Cardamom Cranberry Sauce
One Minute Instant Pot Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry Beverages

Photo from I Heart Naptime: Wassail

Wassail
Orange Cranberry Holiday Punch
Cranberry Pineapple Mocktail
Homemade Fresh Cranberry Juice

Cranberry Butter

Photo from Cincy Shopper: Cranberry Butter

Fresh Cranberry Butter Recipe with Orange and Vanilla
Cranberry Butter

Non Food Uses:

Photo from Confessions of An Overworked Mom

Cranberry Stove Top Potpourri 
Cranberry Candle Centerpiece

Do you enjoy cranberry season as much as I do? What are your favorite fresh cranberry recipes?

Baking with cranberries is on my list to do as soon as possible. Both the tart sweet and tart savory combinations  are perfection.

Collage of the best fresh cranberry recipes!

Aldi Meal Plan October 5

meal plan chalkboard and an aldi meal plan for this week

Do you struggle with coming up with meals to make each week? This Aldi meal plan will give you the inspiration you need to come up with a weekly meal plan for your family.

You can use this meal plan for your week as written or choose just some of the recipes from it to combine them with your family favorites or a recipe you’ve been meaning to try for months.

I’m a huge fan of using menu planning as a way to keep grocery costs down (my first point in this post on drastically reducing your grocery budget). No matter how many of these recipes you use, I highly recommend you get your downloadable menu plan template and put it to use. It has saved me so much money over the years:

Aldi Produce and Meat Sales to Check Out (10/3-10/9):

  • Grape tomatoes
  • Green grapes
  • Acorn, butternut, and spaghetti squash
  • Multi colored bell peppers
  • Boneless chicken breast
  • Boneless whole port butt roast

Each week will include one or two vegetarian meals. This is a great way to keep your grocery budget down. Another tip for a lower grocery budget is to select just 4-5 of the listed suppers and eat leftovers the other nights. (This is also a time saver!)

Aldi Meal Plan

Suppers:

BBQ Pork Baked Potatoes – if not using for two meals, freeze half the bbq pork for another week or cut the recipe in half. Serve with raw veggies. (Save the rest of the bag of potatoes for a soup next week)
Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein
Chopped Salad Serve with homemade muffins or bread
Pork Tacos topped with lettuce and corn served with homemade salsa and chips (stretch the meat with black beans and freeze half for another week)
Cheesy Lentil Pie Serve with fresh or roasted veggies and fruit. (Lentils can be hit or miss at Aldi, so when you find them stock up! )
Easy Kale Sausage and White Bean Soup (Save the rest of the kale for another soup next week or use in a smoothie for breakfast)
Spaghetti (with ground beef or meatless). Serve with raw vegetables and french bread.

Snack and Side Options:

Fruit: grapes and apples
Raw Vegetables: Carrots, celery, bell pepper strips, grape tomatoes
Roasted Squash and root vegetables
French Bread
Pretzels

Frugal Lunch Ideas:

Sandwiches
Rice Cakes (with peanut butter or meat)
Leftovers
Beans and Rice
Roasted Vegetables
Salad

Frugal Breakfast Ideas:

Oatmeal
Scrambled Eggs
Baked Pancakes

What are you going to make this week? Do you use an Aldi meal plan? Basing your menu off of what’s on sale (or what you picked up on clearance or sale the weeks before and put in the freezer) is a great way to stretch your dollar and feed your family on a budget.

 

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein Recipe

If you haven’t jumped on the spaghetti squash train yet, this is the recipe to do it on! Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein is so good.
spaghetti squash chow mein in the shells. this recipe is so good and healthy!

I’ve had some spaghetti squash flops over the years, but this recipe is not one of them. In fact, I eagerly await squash season so I can make it again each year.

My girls (2 and 7) eat seconds of this and even my (not a fan of squash) husband gives this a thumbs up. I suppose it doesn’t hurt that one of his favorite meals is the regular kind of chow mein.

This dish is loaded with veggies. If you want it to be vegetarian, leave off the chicken. For the omnivores out there, the chicken adds a tasty touch.

A lot of spaghetti squash recipes don’t hold up well as leftovers, but we enjoy this one the next day just as well. I’m all about cooking once and eating at least twice!

This recipe, as written, fed my family of 5 twice, so I’d say it would serve 6-8 as adult portions. I bought 3 spaghetti squashes that totaled 6 pounds.

The method of cooking spaghetti squash that’s in this recipe is my go to. It always turns out fabulous and once I cut the squash in half, it’s super simple.

Another of my favorite spaghetti squash recipes is this one: Tex Mex Spaghetti Squash! Yum!
A bowl of spaghetti squash chow mein. Amazing and healthy recipe that even kids love!

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein
Serves: 6-8 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 6 pounds spaghetti squash
  • 6 stalks of celery, thinly sliced (around 3 cups)
  • 4 carrots, peeled and grated (around 2 cups)
  • 2-3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
  • ¼ cup soy sauce, coconut aminos etc
  • 1-2 cups diced, cooked chicken (optional)
  • Oil
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Cut spaghetti squash in half and scrape out the seeds and stringy insides. Drizzle lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place cut side down on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool until you can handle them. Use a fork to scrape across the squash short ways to make "noodles".
  2. In a large skillet heat a tablespoon of oil and saute the onions 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and continue to cook a few more minutes.
  3. Add the carrots and celery to the skillet. Stir and cook a few minutes.
  4. Add the cabbage and cook until all the vegetables are tender.
  5. Add the spaghetti squash to the skillet and combine.
  6. Drizzle ¼ cup of soy sauce (or alternative) over the mixture.
  7. Season with salt and pepper and additional soy sauce to taste.

 

I’m curious, where do you stand on spaghetti squash: lover, hater, or never tried? If you are a fan, what’s your favorite way to eat it?

P.S. If you are curious the way I made it and it flopped, it was a spaghetti squash carbonara recipe. I’m perfectly okay never attempting that one again. 😉

spaghetti squash chow mein in the shells. this recipe is so good and healthy!spaghetti squash chow mein in the shells. this recipe is so good and healthy!A bowl of spaghetti squash chow mein. Amazing and healthy recipe that even kids love!

The Best Homemade Fluffy Pancakes

Mmmmm. Light, airy, hot off the griddle. This is the best homemade fluffy pancakes recipe out there.

Homemade Fluffy Pancakes stacked on a plate is one of the best sights. You'll never make pancakes without these tips again.

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Many a Saturday morning growing up, my dad would pull out the big giant green Tupperware bowl and mix up a humongous batch of pancakes. We ate dozens of these things each week. I can remember him even feeding numerous neighbor kids.

Now that I have kids of my own, pancakes or waffles are a typical Saturday lunch.

(I have an apple whole wheat pancake recipe right here for another fun option.)

Maple syrup is our go to topping but fruit and/or butter would also be delicious.

There are two things that help make these pancakes extra fluffy.

Let’s start with the buttermilk.

Buttermilk makes amazing pancakes (and rolls – I’ll have to share that recipe soon). If you don’t have buttermilk, you can do the trick of adding a little vinegar to the milk and letting it sit a few minutes.

*Decrease the amount of milk mixture by 1-2 tablespoons if not using real buttermilk.*

You can also use almond milk and vinegar for a dairy free substitute.

The egg whites.

This is the second secret. Separate your eggs and beat the egg whites until they are stiff. The final step before cooking your pancakes will be to fold the egg white mixture into your batter. I love using a silicone spatula for this. Mine are from The Pampered Chef, but these ones on Amazon seem to have good reviews too!

You guys, this is so good! You might dirty an additional bowl but it’s worth it.

This recipe also calls for an optional extra – a little bit of cinnamon. Give it a try!

In the pictures above, I made a triple batch.

Freezing Instructions:

I love to whip up a giant batch of these homemade fluffy pancakes and put the leftovers in the freezer. Be sure and freeze them in a single layer and after the pancakes are frozen transfer them to a zipped freezer bag.

To eat, pull one out of the freezer and put it in the toaster for the perfect, easy weekday breakfast.

Homemade Fluffy Pancakes stacked on a plate is one of the best sights. You'll never make pancakes without these tips again.

P.S. We even make these into whole wheat pancakes! Freshly ground soft white wheat is the best for that.

Homemade Fluffy Pancakes

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Homemade Fluffy Pancakes
Serves: 6-7 pancakes
 
Ingredients
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see notes for substitute)
  • 2 T oil (or melted butter)
  • 1 C flour
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 t. baking powder
  • ½ t soda
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • opt.dash or two of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and optional dash of cinnamon in a mixing bowl.
  2. Separate the egg.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the egg yolk, oil, vanilla, and milk.
  4. Pour over the dry ingredients and mix with a fork until lumps are gone.
  5. In another bowl beat the egg white until stiff.
  6. Gently fold the egg whites into the pancake batter with a silicone spatula.
  7. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  8. Put a ⅓ of a cup of batter onto a hot skillet and cook until golden. (Watch for small bubbles to come up and the edges to look a little more firm.) Flip and cook the other side.
  9. Serve with toppings of choice.
Notes
Buttermilk Substitute: use regular milk or almond milk, decreasing amount by 2 tablespoons. Add a scant tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice and let stand for 5 minutes.

 

If you are looking for some other breakfast ideas, check out:

 

Yummy! Homemade Fluffy Pancakes stacked on a plate is one of the best sights. You'll never make pancakes without these tips again.Homemade Fluffy Pancakes stacked on a plate is one of the best sights. Please make this! Amazing recipe.

Best Simple Fried Rice Recipe

I love, love, love fried rice! When you combine it with easy and get a simple fried rice recipe, it’s a winner all around!

best simple fried rice recipe

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Secret ingredients are always a good sign! This recipe has a couple and the extra pop of flavor makes it the best fried rice.

I love using basmati rice when making this. I’ve even used brown basmati. If you don’t have that, try using a long grain white rice.

Try using cauliflower rice if you are limiting your carbs. Shredded cabbage you saute with the rest of the veggies would also likely work.

bowl of dry rice for simple fried rice recipe

If you have a super busy day, this recipe is perfect because you can prep your vegetables the day before (or even several days before). You can also use leftover rice because day old rice makes the best fried rice. See, I told you this is a simple fried rice recipe. 🙂

Did you know you can also freeze fried rice? (I wouldn’t do this with cauliflower rice.) Simply make the fried rice and let cool completely. Place in freezer storage bags or food storage containers and place in freezer. Pull out of the freezer the night before or morning of when you are going to use them and let thaw in the fridge. Saute in a skillet for 5-10 minutes until warm

simple fried rice recipe ingredients

If you don’t mind reheating in the microwave, this would also be perfect to freezer in single serving amounts to pack for work lunches.

Secret Ingredients!

There are a couple ingredients that put this simple fried rice recipe over the top.

  1. Fresh ginger. Of course fresh garlic is involved, but the ginger adds a little something special.
  2. Toasted sesame oil. If you’ve never had this, you are missing out! My picky, opinionated 5 smelled the bottle and proclaimed how good it smelled. Do yourself a favor and get some for this recipe and for making the best Asian salad dressings. (I’ve linked to it on Amazon, but I’ve found it at Aldi for a great price before.)
  3. Sambal. Okay, this is totally optional. My kids don’t use it, but I’m obsessed. It adds a kick and a little extra punch of flavor. I blame my dad for turning me onto this years ago. You could also use siracha (I’ve also found the equivalent of this at Aldi).

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Favorite tool!

I LOVE using a microplane for the ginger and garlic. It makes it fast and super easy.


P.S. I love using fried rice to sneak in lots of veggies. 🙂  In these pictures, it’s the amounts listed in the recipe, but often times I add in extra.

Simple Fried Rice Recipe

Best Simple Fried Rice Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • ½ inch ginger, peeled and minced/micro-planed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced/micro-planed
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup frozen green beans
  • ½ cup frozen peas
  • 6 cups cooked cold rice
  • 1-2 cups cooked, diced meat (optional)
  • 3 scrambled eggs (optional)
  • oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Sambal or siracha (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add a little cooking oil (can use butter).
  2. After heated, add the onions and stir and cook 5 minutes. (Lower heat if needed.) When beginning to soften add garlic and ginger and continue to cook another 3-7 minutes until fragrant and tender.
  3. Add carrots and continue to saute. After a few minutes add the frozen vegetables and continue to saute until everything is hot and tender. (Add meat at the end of this time if using.)
  4. Add rice to the pan and stir over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes. Add soy sauce and and sesame oil and stir to combine.
  5. Take off heat and adjust soy sauce and salt and pepper if needed.
  6. Add scrambled eggs if using.
  7. Serve with sambal or siracha on the side.

 

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Easy Gluten Free Meals You Need to Try

Easy gluten free meals.

Easy gluten free meals that are tasty and healthy! These will make menu planning to much easier. Ideas for breakfasts, lunch, snacks, supper, and dessert!

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We’ve been talking wheat free the past couple of weeks. I shared about our wheat free experiment and gave 9 suggestion to make going gluten free easier for your family (and on a budget). One of the hardest things can be coming up with recipes. A comment I heard several times from friends was “I just don’t know what I would do if we had to go wheat free. I wouldn’t know what to eat”.

Today, I’ve compiled a list of easy gluten free meals to help make your menu planning a little easier.

They are recipes that use ingredients you likely already have in your house or can easily purchase at your local store. Hopefully you can find some great meal ideas whether or not you are wheat free and also see that there is an abundance of food you can still enjoy even if you are cutting out wheat.


If you are new to gluten free eating, on the recipes that use soy sauce, be sure you read the labels because many contain wheat.

Easy gluten free meals that are tasty and healthy! These will make menu planning to much easier. Ideas for breakfasts, lunch, snacks, supper, and dessert!

Easy Gluten Free Meals:

Breakfast:

Lunch:

Supper:

Snacks:

Desserts:



Easy gluten free meals that are tasty and healthy! These will make menu planning to much easier. Ideas for breakfasts, lunch, snacks, supper, and dessert!

What are your favorite easy gluten free meals? I’m always looking for new, tasty recipes to try!

Easy gluten free meals that are tasty and healthy! These will make menu planning to much easier. Ideas for breakfasts, lunch, snacks, supper, and dessert!

Mandarin Salad

This easy mandarin salad is a delicious salad dinner option that's husband approved. We love the crunch of chow mein noodles and the sweetness of the pineapple. Yum!

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Salads are one of my favorite things to eat! In fact, I don’t think there can be too many salads in your repertoire. Who knew a plate full of fresh produce can yield so many different flavors? This Mandarin Salad is a fun one – crunchy chow mein noodles and juicy pineapple! Yum.

We’ve been making this recipe for over 20 years! When I was a kid, some friends made this salad and we loved it and requested the recipe. Growing up, we simply called this Mandarin Salad, “Mrs. Bowen’s Salad”. 😉

I know we think of salads as health food, but salads can actually be full of not so great ingredients. This salad is a bit of a splurge with an ingredient I don’t buy for anything else – chow mein noodles! But considering it’s just a topping – I’m okay with it.

Besides, this salad is a fun twist on the typical salad flavors and is one of my husband’s favorites.

These are the noodles they have available at our Wal-Mart. Maybe a health food store would have something a little better.

Mandarin Salad

Mandarin Salad
Recipe type: Salad
 
This is a delicious and unique salad you'll want to add to your meal rotation.
Ingredients
Almonds
  • ¼ c. sliced almonds
  • 1 T. sugar (I omit the sugar)
Salad
  • 1 head romaine or green leaf lettuce
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1 large can pineapple tidbits, drained well (can substitute fresh)
  • 3-4 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
  • chow mein noodles
Dressing
  • ¼ c. oil (I use olive oil)
  • 2 T. sugar (I use a pinch of stevia)
  • 2 T. vinegar
  • 1 T. snipped parsley (or 1 t. dried parsley)
  • ½ salt
  • dash pepper
  • dash Tabasco sauce
Instructions
Almonds
  1. Cook almonds and sugar over low heat until the sugar is melted and almonds coated. Cool and break apart. (Note: I simply lightly toast the almonds with no sugar)
Salad
  1. Wash and tear lettuce into small pieces.
  2. Place salad ingredients into separate dishes for a build your own salad meal (our preferred method) or toss together all salad ingredients except for the almonds and chow mein noodles. Top with chow mein noodles, dressing, and almonds right before serving.
Dressing
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mason jar. Shake well and refrigerate until serving.

This easy mandarin salad is a delicious salad dinner option that's husband approved. We love the crunch of chow mein noodles and the sweetness of the pineapple. Yum!This easy mandarin salad is a delicious salad dinner option that's husband approved. We love the crunch of chow mein noodles and the sweetness of the pineapple. Yum!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe. These cookies are buttery, thin, chewy and oh so good!

I associate memories or people with a lot of foods. These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of the recipes that we made when I was growing up that my mom got from her mom. Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, sugar cookies, and molasses cookies are always the first recipes I associate with my grandma and they are all delicious.

These are a fun twist on a traditional chocolate chip cookie. Perfect for when you want something a little different extra or maybe even just want to feel healthier about your dessert indulgence. (Because anything with oatmeal has to be healthier, right?!)

When I made these this last time my husband commented, “You know, normally I think oatmeal ruins a chocolate chip cookie but these are actually really good.” If you know Shaun’s love of a good chocolate chip cookies, that’s saying something. Besides, I really don’t think you can have too many cookies in your repertoire. 

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Delicious oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. These cookies are buttery, thin, chewy and oh so good!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 1¾ cups flour
  • 1 t. soda
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 c. butter
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • ¾ c. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t. hot water
  • 2 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugars.
  2. Add eggs, water, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Combine 1½ cups flour, baking soda, and salt. Add to the butter mixture and mix well.
  4. Add oatmeal and combine. Add up to an extra ¼ cup of flour depending on your dough consistency.
  5. Stir in chocolate chips.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes.
  7. Makes 2 - 2/12 dozen cookies.

 

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Super yummy oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. This recipes came from my grandma and the cookies and a thin and chewy perfection.

Menu Plan

Okay, so guess what? Life hasn’t slowed down and I still haven’t gotten in a good habit of blogging. I think I’m just going to have to make myself start. We have had more fun visiting others in my family and are still going to make another trip to see the rest of them.

Our menu lately has been kept super simple and not that exciting, but sometimes easy is just what you have to do. Leftovers have been a lifesaver. Cooking once and eating 2 or 3 times? I’m all over that. Life has been crazy enough that I’ve had to choose not to stress over making boring meals and not eating as healthily as we normally do.

This week’s suppers are consisting of:

Our menu plan this week is easy and full of leftovers - just what I need!

A new deep dish pizza cooked in the cast iron skillet we tried last week! Pretty yummy but New York and brick oven pizza is still more my thing.

Lunches are bean and cheese tortillas with apples and cucumbers.

Breakfasts are:

  • Fruit
  • Plain Yogurt and Granola
  • Eggs

See, I told you! No gourmet cooking happening around here. Sometimes it’s okay to take a break and do less and the weather kind-of, sort-of feeling fall like makes me happy because it means soups and we all know that soup leftovers are the best! Mexican, split pea, and potato sausage have all made an appearance in the last few weeks.

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