Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 11 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 11 of 52

I don’t know about you, but I sure wish I could fast forward to canning season. I’m starting to get the itch and I’m not sure how much longer I can hold out. So if you suddenly see a bunch of canning recipes here on the blog…. you’ll know I couldn’t take it anymore and had to break out the canning equipment a little early. ūüėČ

Here are a few suggestions for breakfast, lunch and dinner this week:

Easy Quick Bread Recipes  Peanut Butter - Banana Bread

3 Breakfast Ideas

Chocolate Crepes with Bananas – If you are looking to blow the family’s mind this weekend, I suggest whipping up some of these crepes. ¬†They are delish. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

Peanut Butter Banana Bread – Quick breads make the best breakfasts ever. ¬†All you need for this one is a couple of over-ripe bananas and yogurt, the rest, you’ll likely have in the pantry. ¬† {Pin it for Later}

Apple Strudel Muffins РMuffins are basically just quick bread in bite-sized form.  These are always a hit around our house.  {Pin it for Later}

bbq chicken and bacon wrap

4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Whole Wheat Flour Tortillas – Homemade tortillas are awesome, and you pretty much always have what you need on hand. ¬†Make a big ol’ batch, and you can use them from wraps, enchiladas, quesadillas…the possibilities are endless. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

BBQ Chicken Wrap РThese make for a very gourmet lunch, or a quick on the go dinner.  Now that spring sports are starting, you can make these when you have time and then have the kids grab one out of the fridge before practice.  Best of all, since I am sure you made the above listed tortillas ;), you can feel good about the minimal ingredients.  {Pin it for Later}

Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken РYou can make this for dinner one night, and use the leftovers to make the tasty wraps listed above.  See a pattern forming?  {Pin it for Later}

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes – I love using the crock pot to make baked potatoes. ¬†Even more, I love having baked potato night. ¬†It’s a great way to use up left-overs {taco meat, crockpot shredded bbq chicken, etc.}. ¬†Plus, I pretty much love anything with melted cheese. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

Peanut-Butter-and-Nutella-Cookies

3 Sweet Treats 

Pineapple Buttermilk Pie – If you are looking for something different for dessert than your standard fare, give this pie a whirl. ¬†It’s sweet and delicious, but combines flavors that are a little different than your standard apple pie, chocolate cake, or cookie. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

Cinnamon Walnut Cookies – These cookies are moist, nutty and rolled in powdered sugar…what more could anyone ask for. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

Nutella Cookies РI love Nutella.  I love cookies.  Enough said.  {Pin it for Later}

Freezer Meal - Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Manicotti

Featured Freezer Meal Recipe

Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Manicotti РThis is a great time to stockpile your freezer meal supply, so that as the warm weather comes, you can spend more of your days soaking up vitamin D, and less tied to the kitchen.  {Pin it for Later}

Pickled Corn Relish

Featured Canning Recipe 

Pickled Corn Relish – This isn’t really a suggestion to make this week, so much as an idea of something you may want to can this summer. ¬†I thought I would showcase it now, in case you are planning your garden around what you want to put up. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Grapefruit Sorbet Recipe

grapefruit sorbet recipeSo remember when I bought a whole heap of grapefruit for a neighbor kid’s fundraiser? Well then I had to go about using all that grapefruit up. It’s been pretty fun to find some delicious grapefruit recipes. This sorbet recipe hit it out of the park {no surprise because Martha’s involved!}.

grapefruit halves

Ingredients
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

grapefruit sorbet recipe

Directions

In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the sugar, water, and grapefruit zest to a boil, stirring occasionally until the sugar dissolves. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for 5 minutes.

Stir in the grapefruit and lemon juices. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and set it aside to cool. Cover and refrigerate the sorbet base until it is thoroughly chilled, at least 4 hours.

Using an ice cream machine, process the sorbet according to the manufacturer’s directions. Transfer it to a tightly sealed container, and freeze until ready to serve. Enjoy!

grapefruit sorbet recipe

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Cooking From Your Pantry | Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes Week 10 of 52

Cooking From Your Pantry  Menu Plan Ideas, Freezer Meals and Simple Recipes

Since I left Monkey Boy and the HH to their own devices last week while The Girl and I explored the east coast, I thought it only fitting to let the menu suggestions show just how basic cooking can get. ¬†Here are some suggestions that are fitting for every kitchen skill set ¬†ūüėČ

Raisin-Bran-Muffins-recipe

3 Breakfast Ideas

Homemade Granola – I left the boys some granola, in hopes that instead of skipping breakfast, they would take the time to toss some in a bowl and pour a little milk over it. {Pin it for Later}

DIY Freezer Fruit and Yogurt Smoothie Bags РI figure, if you can press the on button on the blender, you can make a smoothie.  These pre-made bags mean you really only need 2 minutes in the morning until you are out the door, smoothie in hand.  {Pin it for Later}

Raisin Bran Muffins – Muffins are the easiest thing for me to make when I am going to be out of town, because one, I can be almost completely assured they’ll get gobbled up, and two, I can make enough to last the week. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

Cooking-Ground-Beef-in-the-Crock-Pot4 Lunch Ideas and Dinner Ideas

Crock Pot Ground Beef w/ Taco Seasoning – Whenever I get beef from Zaycon, I immediately make a giant batch of taco meat. ¬†That way, on taco night, all I have to do is pull it out fo the freezer and heat it up. ¬†I figure, even if the boys just scoop meat onto tortilla chips, I’ll call it good. ¬†Who knows, maybe they’ll get crazy and sprinkle a little cheese on top for some nachos. {Pin it for Later}

Crock Pot Baked Potatoes РThis is about the easiest way ever to make baked potatoes {except the microwave, I suppose}.  Wrap those little suckers in foil and toss them in for a couple of hours.  Call it a day.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Sloppy Joes РI love these because they warm up perfectly for lunch the next day.  {Pin it for Later}

Homemade Peanut Butter – In honor the the unfathomable amount to PB&J sandwiches Monkey Boy is sure to consume over the next week, I thought I’d include this recipe suggestion. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

Homemade-Granola-Bars13 Sweet Treats 

Homemade Granola Bars РI love these things.  Seriously delicious.  {Pin it for Later}

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe on the Planet – I consider myself a cookie connoisseur, mostly because I’ve painstakingly tried about a million recipes {for the art of cooking, of course} and this recipe is hands down the best one I’ve ever come across for chocolate chip cookies. ¬†Because I am shooting for mom of the year, I am considering making a batch and freezing them, so the boys can grab some out at their heart’s desire. ¬† {Pin it for Later}

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream – Homemade ice cream is so far superior to the store bought stuff, it’s almost a crime. ¬†If you have an ice cream maker and can use a whisk and crack an egg, this recipe is for you. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

freezer pancakesFeatured Freezer Meal Recipe

Freezer Pancakes – These take about 5 minutes to make the first time, and throwing them into freezer bags takes even less time than that. ¬†The best part is that they’ll cost you pennies compared to the over-priced boxed grocery store version. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

Fast and Easy Strawberry Freezer JamFeatured Canning Recipe 

Fast and Easy Freezer Strawberry Jam – Okay, so not exactly canning, but it is preserving…and freezer jam is the perfect place for a novice to start. ¬†{Pin it for Later}

What are YOU planning on making this week?

~Mavis

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Simple Cheesecake Recipe

simple cheesecake recipe
I was in Costco the other day {shocking, right?} when I saw a cheesecake that made my mouth water. I was about to buy it when I remembered I had all the ingredients at home. So I went straight home and whipped this up using some thawed blueberries I had stashed away last summer. I don’t have the Costco one to compare it to, but if I did, I suspect my cheesecake would win a taste test. It was freakin awesome.

simple cheesecake recipe chocolate bottom

Ingredients

Crust:
2 cups crushed chocolate wafer cookies {you could use graham crackers or Nilla wafers here}
8 tablespoons butter {1 cube}, melted

Filling:
2 {8 oz} blocks of cream cheese, softened
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream
1 dash vanilla extract

cheesecakeDirections:

Preheat oven to 325 F.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine crushed cookies and butter until moist. Spray the bottom and sides of an 8-inch spring-form pan with cooking spray. Press the crumbs into the pan using a flat bottomed surface {I used a measuring cup}.  Try to form the crust about 1-inch up the sides. Chill in a refrigerator for about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, make the filling. Using a stand mixer {or electric mixer}, beat the cream cheese on low for 1-2 minutes or until lump free and smooth. One at a time, add the eggs and beat until combined. Add the sugar and beat for about 2 minutes, or until creamy. Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat until incorporated. Make sure you do not over mix! Pour mix onto crust and smooth top with a spoon or spatula.

Place on a cookie sheet and bake for 45 minutes. Do not overcook. Cool completely. Cover loosely and place in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours to set before serving. Top with your favorite fruit and serve. Enjoy!

simple cheesecake

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Chocolate Cake Brownies with Chocolate Icing

iced chocolate brownies

This has got to be the most fattening and unhealthy recipe for chocolate brownies on the planet. But they are sooooo good, I just had to share. ūüėČ After all, it’s not like you have to eat the whole pan or anything. Right? Perfect for bake sales, potlucks and sports banquets. I hope you like them, we sure do.

making homemade chocolaty brownies

For the Brownies

2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 shortening
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 cup water
1/2 buttermilk {how to make buttermilk}
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 eggs

icing for chocolate brownies

For the Icing

1/2 cup margarine
6 tablespoons milk {I used 2%}
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
16 oz. powdered sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

 

iced chocolate browniesDirections

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line an 11×16 pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Put the flour and sugar in a large mixing bowl and set aside. In a large saucepan, put the margarine, shortening, cocoa powder and water together and bring to a boil {stirring constantly}.  Pour the mixture into the flour mixture and mix well. Slowly add the buttermilk, baking soda, eggs and vanilla and stir until combined.

Pour batter on to lined pan and bake at 375 for 18-22 minutes.

To make the icing, place the margarine, milk and cocoa in a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat, stir in powdered sugar and vanilla. Ice brownies while hot.

Let set for 15-20 minutes and then serve. Yummm a roo!

~Mavis

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