Sunday, June 29, 2014

Baked Pasta

This recipe makes two deep 8x11 (disposable foil) pans - one for dinner and one for the freezer.  You could also make a single pan, but it would need to be an extra deep 9x13 or a 10x15.

16 ounces fusilli pasta (or any bite size pasta)
2 pounds ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 jars pasta sauce (I used Aldi's Simply Nature brand - one Traditional and one Tomato and Basil)
2 small zucchini, diced
12 slices provolone cheese
1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups sour cream
Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350.  Spray two 8x11 pans with cooking spray.

Brown ground beef with onion, garlic powder, and pepper.  Drain grease.  Add jars of sauce and zucchini.  Simmer while pasta is boiling.

Boil pasta according to package directions in lightly salted water to just al dente.

In each pan:  layer pasta, meat sauce, 6 slices of provolone, sour cream (spread on provolone), pasta, meat sauce, mozzarella.  Top with parmesan.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until sauce bubbles and cheese is melted.  Serve with green salad.

For the frozen pan, thaw in refrigerator for 24 hours before baking as normal.  Check with meat thermometer to be sure it is heated through.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Weekly Menu

Saturday lunch:  Out
Saturday supper:  Chicken, rice, green beans
Sunday lunch:  Sandwiches, chips, fruit
Sunday supper:  Baked Ziti
Monday:  Crockpot Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya
Tuesday:  Red beans and Rice (double)
Wednesday: Chicken Taco Soup
Thursday:  OKC - Deliver freezer meals
Friday: OKC

Make freezer meals this week:
Chicken Taco Soup
Red beans and Rice
Baked Ziti

Monday, June 23, 2014

What's In a Name?

This weekend, I spend some quality time selecting a new paint color for the kitchen.  I love some of the names of the colors I chose.  Bagel to Go, Fresh Bread, Butter Cookie, and Caramel were just some of the choices.  I really, REALLY, wanted to choose Fresh Bread.  Isn't that a great name for a kitchen color?  But in the end, Honey Beige was the clear winner.  It sounds boring - beige? - but it's a very pretty color.  Maybe I'll make up my own, less "beige" name for it.  How do you feel about Buttered Toast?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Weekly Menu

Saturday lunch:  Leftovers or pbj
Saturday supper:  Pool party
Sunday lunch:  Backyard Burgers
Sunday supper:  Steaks, potatoes, cucumber salad
Monday:  Buffalo chicken strips, mac and cheese, broccoli
Tuesday:  Brisket sandwiches, cottage cheese, cucumber and onion
Wednesday:  Chinese
Thursday:  Brats, tots, carrots
Friday:  Pizza

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Weekly Menu

Saturday lunch:  Brats, cottage cheese, carrots
Saturday supper:  Out
Sunday lunch:  Leftovers or vegetable soup and crackers
Sunday supper:  Out with Christina
Monday:  Buffalo chicken strips, mac and cheese, broccoli
Tuesday: Hot ham and cheese, tots, fruit
Wednesday:  Tacos with rice
Thursday:  Burgers, fries, cucumbers and onions
Friday:  Pizza