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Menu Plan Monday January 25, 2016 Edition

The Snowpocalypse of 2016 thankfully missed our house. The kids got to enjoy three days off from school though. They played outside and went sledding with the little bit of snow we did get.  They had lots of fun and thoroughly enjoyed their mini vacation. They were off Monday too for Martin Luther King day so they only went one day this week. Not that they were complaining by any chance!
This week’s menu features great buys that I got from Aldi’s and Kroger’s. If you have never checked out Aldi’s do so. They have a whole line of gluten free products called LiveGFree which includes frozen foods like Blueberry Pancakes, Cheese Pizzas and even Chicken Nuggets and snacks like Double Chocolate Brownie Muffins. Another line they have is called Fit & Active which is their lower fat line. We personally like the Fit & Active® Lean Turkey Polska Kielbasa. It’s great sliced into spaghetti sauce for baked spaghetti casserole.
My big savings this week was a Cook’s ham at Kroger. The ham was an eleven pound ham for a little over eight dollars that was originally listed for $22.00. I’m cooking it right now and once it cools, I’ll divide it into meal sized portions to freeze. I have a FoodSaver® 4980 Automatic Vacuum Sealing System that I picked up from Costco before the holidays started. This has really saved our family time and money since I can buy food in bulk and divide it into portions for our family.

Menu Plan for January 25- January 31

Monday
Funeral Sandwiches (recipe courtesy of Clever Housewife, http://www.cleverhousewife.com/2013/09/funeral-sandwiches-nothing-mourn/)
Dutch Apple Pie w/ Whipped Cream (Aldi’s special – twenty five cents for the pie!)
Tuesday
Baked Pork Chops
Cheesy Julienne Potatoes
Mixed Vegetables
Wednesday
Salisbury Steaks
Steamed Rice
Green Beans
Rolls
Thursday
Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
Garlic Bread
 (Darling husband is cooking tonight. I’ll be out of town with Gabriel at an appointment.)
Friday
Pancakes
Sausage
Eggs
Saturday
Hot Dogs
Macaroni and Cheese
Baked Beans
Sunday
Roasted Chicken Thighs
Stuffing
Sweet Peas
Gravy
Breakfasts: Cereal, French Toast, Mickey Waffles, Oatmeal etc
Lunches: Leftovers, Sandwiches, etc
hughes-midsummer-eve-victorian-art
I was looking for something pretty for this post and I came across this lovely painting. It’s called Midsummer’s Eve and was painted in 1908 by British painter Edward Robert Hughes (1851-1914). Hughes worked mainly in watercolors and was part of the artistic movement called Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. With all the cold weather everyone has been having lately, I thought a picture of something warm would be great.
Until next time…

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Chinese "Fake Out’"

There aren’t too many people out there who don’t enjoy good Chinese take out food. Chinese food is full of bright colorful veggies, meat and wonderful seasonings. Unfortunately not all of us are close enough to  great Chinese take out place. Even if you are close enough to said Chinese restaurant price for an order of Beef Lo-Mein about $9.50 on average. Not exactly cheap eats especially if you want to feed the whole family since those cute little take-out cartons only feed one  person. Let’s be honest a lot of times after we eat that cute container of Lo-Mein we’re still hungry. This sent me on a quest to create a cheap and kid friendly Lo Mein recipe that is quick, easy and great tasting to boot.
I decided to use thin spaghetti noodles instead of the traditional lo-mein noodle. Thin spaghetti is more easily accessible than actual lo-mein noodle and often times cheaper. Add to this some beef, veggies and sauce you to can replicate Beef Lo-Mein too.

Kid Friendly Beef Lo-Mein
1 1.5 pound beef skirt steak cut into thin strips (if your meat is partially frozen it cuts easier)
1 16 oz bag frozen California Blend Style vegetables
2 cloves garlic minced

8 ounces of thin spaghetti broken in half, cooked and drained

Sauce
1/4 cup beef stock
1/4 cup Teryaki Sauce/Marinade
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons MSG powder (optional- if you don’t have it don’t worry about it.) 

Oil for frying
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1. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat until a drop of water sizzles in it. While the pan heats up combine sauce ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.  Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add beef strips and cook until almost done stirring constantly. When meat is almost done add the minced garlic and continue to cook until done.

2.Add frozen vegetables and stir-fry for about 3-4 minutes. Cover with lid and lower heat to medium. Cook for 7-9 minutes or until vegetables are cooked.

3. Add cooked and drained thin spaghetti to meat and vegetable mixture. Add sauce and stir to coat. Cook until heated through.

4.  Serve in bowls with extra teriyaki sauce to pour on if desired.

There you have it. A quick, tasty and kid friendly lo-mein that’s easy to make.

Until next time…

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