Monday, May 2, 2016

Two Ingredient Sweet and Sticky Sausage

I cook a lot of Kielbasa around here. It's probably one of my top 5 favorite meats. I fondly remember my mom making Jambalaya and only picking out the kielbasa to eat, leaving the rest behind. So good. I also like to try out different ways to prepare it to keep things interesting, and give me an excuse to eat it more often.

This recipe is CRAZY easy, and you can use regular Smoked Sausage instead of Kielbasa if you like. I've done both and they are equally yummy.

Two Ingredient Sweet and Sticky Sausage

Ingredients:
1 Package Kielbasa, or Smoked Sausage
1 cup Pure Maple Syrup

(Costco always has one of the best prices for Maple Syrup around!)


Start by cutting up your sausage into 1 inch-ish slices.



Add your sausage to a large skillet on the stove, then pour the maple syrup over the top.


Turn the heat up to high. After the syrup starts  boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20-30 minutes. I usually turn each sausage over half-way through.


Remove from pan and serve! So easy, right?! You can also put the ingredients into your slow cooker on low for 2-3 hours. These would be awesome as an appetizer, but I love serving them for dinner the most. Mm-mm!




Monday, April 18, 2016

Meal Plan Apr 17th-23rd

Something important to remember about meal planning is to stay flexible. My plan changes 90% of the time based on last minute meetings, sicknesses, running out of something, McDonald's Monopoly is going on, or i'm just too dang tired to go downstairs and cook something one. more. time. 


Sunday

Lunch: Snacks
DinnerPregnancy Cravings: Pasta, French Fries with Malt Vinegar, and Carrot Sticks

Monday

Lunch: Mac and Cheese, Leftover Pasta
Dinner: Breakfast for Dinner

Tuesday

Lunch: Pizza
Dinner: Maybe going out to eat after my son's very first T-Ball practice!

Wednesday

Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: Cheesy Potato Soup with Artisan Bread

Thursday

Lunch: Out to eat with out-of-town family
DinnerSmoked Sausage with Mashed Potatoes

Friday

LunchPB&J's with Apple Slices
Dinner: Lasagna

Saturday

Lunch: Maybe Del Taco? :D
Dinner: Snacks while prepping for a Group Date Night

Monday, April 11, 2016

Pizza Quesadillas

It's hard to call this a recipe, because it's so basic. Sauce and cheese on a tortilla. We love it around these parts though because we almost always have the ingredients on hand, they are quick, easy, and everyone in the house will eat them. And truthfully, you can add whatever your heart desires to these and customize them for every family member. These are great kid's lunches and quick last minute it's-5:30-and-I-haven't-even-thought-about-dinner-yet meals. You can freeze them in a single layer and heat up quickly in a microwave, toaster oven, regular oven, griddle, or in a skillet on the stove. Your choice.

Also, for such a simple recipe, you're getting very simple cell phone pictures. Haha!

Pizza Quesadillas

Ingredients:

Flour tortillas
Pizza/Marinara Sauce
Mozzarella Cheese
Any toppings you like


Spread a layer of sauce on your tortilla and then top it with cheese. I've added some fresh grated Parmesan and a teensy tiny sprinkling of Italian seasonings to mine.



Top that with another tortilla and throw em (gently transfer them to) a preheated griddle or skillet, medium-high heat. Flip after a minute or so. Just check for some nice golden browning on the bottom.



 Cut up and serve. I love using my pizza cutter for this purpose.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Meal Plan Apr 10th-16th

I thought it might be easiest for me to get back into blogging by starting with my meal plan for the week. That way I will (hopefully) make what is on the meal plan, and share the recipes along the way. Here goes!

Everyone gets to choose whatever they like for breakfast so that meal isn't included. My hubby buys lunch at work or takes leftovers, so lunches listed are for my kids and myself (mostly geared towards my children.)

Sunday

Lunch: Nachos with Apple Slices
Dinner: Cream Cheese Chicken Pillows with sauteed Asparagus and Green Grapes

Monday

Lunch: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Greek Yogurt and Strawberries
Dinner: Quesadillas (Flour Tortillas) with Mexican Rice

Tuesday

Lunch: Green//Fruit Smoothies with Crackers and Cheese
Dinner: Spaghetti with Artisan Bread and Bacon Green Beans

Wednesday

Lunch: Leftovers
Dinner: "Food Storage" Chicken Casserole with White Rice and Cheesy Toast

Thursday

Lunch: PB&J's with Apple Slices
Dinner: Hopefully heading out for dinner

Friday

Lunch: Chicken Nuggets (for kids) and Lentils with Rice (for me)
Dinner: Waffles with Bacon

Saturday

Lunch: Frozen Pizza
Dinner: Chili with Cornbread

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