Meal Plan – 2/12

 

Baked Ziti: with a side Caesar salad and garlic knots

Salisbury Steak Meatballs: served on mashed potatoes with side of broccoli, new recipe

Breakfast for Dinner: pancakes, Mom’s breakfast potatoes, eggs and bacon

Lemon Pepper Chicken: with instant mashed potatoes and green beans

I told you there’d be a lot of repeats.

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Jalapeno Popper Mac and Cheese

Original post is here.

Ingredients

2-3 jalapenos, seeded and diced (I’ve always used 3 and could probably be okay with a 4th. Husband would probably prefer more than that or a spicier pepper used)

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream cheese, 1 block (8 oz)

2 cups milk

1 cup water

8 oz dried pasta

8 oz shredded Monterey jack cheese

1/2 cup bread or cracker crumbs

1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400*.

In a large skillet, saute peppers with garlic powder and salt, cooking until softened (about 5 minutes).

Stir in cream cheese. Mix until until melted.

Add milk, water, and pasta. Bring to boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes on medium or until the pasta is cooked through. Stir regularly.

Add in cheese; stir to melt.  Transfer pasta/cheese mixture to an oven safe pan.

In a small bowl, mix crumbs with oil to evenly coat.  Add to the top of your mac and cheese.

Bake for 5-10 minutes or until brown on top.

Notes

The original post calls for 1 medium onion, diced, to be cooked with the jalapeno in step one.  Husband isn’t a big fan of onions and I force them on him in enough other meals that I figure I’d spare him on this.

Usually makes 4-5 servings, depending on how hungry we are.

I’ve done some variations.  I’ve added bacon before – 6 slices just chopped up and mixed in.  I’ve switched pastas – penne, cavatappi, rotini.  Monterey jack cheese as listed sometimes or switched with cheddar or colby-jack or pepper jack depending on my mood.  Most recently I used the Monterey jack cheese and added slices of pepper jack cheese on top of pasta/cheese mix and below the crumbs.

I have made this on several occasions and it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite meals.  It doesn’t take too long to make, not too difficult, and is super delicious.

Meal Plan – 2/5

I’m really late writing about this one.  I’m actually also really late in actually cooking any of the below too.  We hosted a Super Bowl party on Sunday and ended up with a lot of leftovers that we’d been eating through the past few days.  Don’t be surprised when next week’s list is a lot of the below

Baked Ziti: with a side Caesar salad and garlic knots (forgot the ricotta last week so held off on this until this week, or given the above, maybe next week again…)

Chicken with Rainbow Veggies: new recipe

Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese: with a side Southwest salad. I really need to write about this. Have made it several times.

Cheeseburgers: with side french fries and corn

Salisbury Steak Meatballs: served on mashed potatoes with side of broccoli, new recipe

Breakfast for Dinner: pancakes, Mom’s breakfast potatoes, eggs and bacon