Sausage Alfredo

Long time no blog!  I am still here.  I haven’t been blogging because my computer crashed and I did not go out and buy a new computer for over a year.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted a laptop or a desktop.  I finally decided to get another laptop.  I like the portability of it.  Since I am back online I will be blogging more often now.  I also decided to give the blog a new look and changed the format.  I like the new simple look that it has.

Now that we are empty nesters my cooking has changed a lot.  I no longer cook large amounts of food.  I generally cook recipes that are freezable and quick.  If a recipe says it serves 4 people, I will serve half and freeze the other half.  This method has helped with portions and stocked my freezer for more busier nights.  I have been getting into dehydrating, canning and making my own quick mixes in order to make things easier too.  Below is a good quick skillet meal that we both like and is one of the recipes I go to when I have to get something on the table fast.  It is freezable and can be warmed up in the microwave.  I serve this with a nice big dinner salad.

Sausage Alfredo

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 15 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 1 package smoked sausage, sliced (I use Hillshire Farm)
  • 8 ounces pasta, cooked and drained (I use elbow macaroni)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasonings (I use Tony Chachere’s)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan (fresh is always best!)

Prepare pasta. Cook and drain. Saute sausage for 5 minutes. Add cream and Cajun seasoning and boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture thickens. Stir in Parmesan. Add pasta and toss.

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Pressure Cooker Pizza Soup

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Our family has been hit hard with some kind of respiratory virus.  I have had a horrible cough for weeks and needless to say, I have not been wanting to cook much.  We haven’t had much of an appetite either.  It seems like soup is about the only thing that we feel like eating for the moment.  Luckily, after Thanksgiving last year I made up a big batch of Turkey Soup and froze it.  It has been great to just get that out of the freezer and heat up.  However, we have been wanting to eat something a little different but is still light enough to eat.  I decided to cook up a batch of this pizza soup.  It really hit the spot and was so quick to cook up in the pressure cooker as I don’t feel like standing around the kitchen much these days.  I served this up with a loaf of Italian bread. (Oh, and I cooked this up in my little 4 quart pressure cooker.)

1 can petite diced tomatoes (28 oz.)
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, sliced (or use 4 teaspoons of chopped garlic from a jar)
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon of dried oregano (I like oregano so I added about 1 1/2 teaspoons)
1 pound Italian sausage, cooked and drained
5 oz. mini-pepperoni (or cut up the regular size pepperoni, but I think the minis look cute)
1 green pepper, diced
1/2 cup dry elbow pasta (or any similar type pasta that you have on hand)
Shredded mozzerella for garnish

Brown the Italian sausage in the pressure cooker on the brown setting. If you do not have a brown setting then use a skillet. After the sausage is cooked drain off the fat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, green pepper and pepperoni. Continue to cook until the vegetables are soft. Add the chicken broth and can of diced tomatoes to the sausage mixture. Stir. Add the salt, ground pepper, oregano and dry pasta. Secure the lid on your pressure cooker and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes. Do a quick release and your soup is done!  Top with some shredded mozzerella cheese if you want!  Delicious! (Note: this can be cooked on the stovetop but will take longer to cook.  It could also probably be cooked in the slow cooker on low for about 6 hours.)

Slow Cooker Sochi (Russian) Chicken

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The television seems filled with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi this year.  I am not a big fan of watching but I have tuned in a few times this year which is unusual for me.  As I was doing the menu planning this week I came across Russian Chicken.  It has been a long time since I have had Russian Chicken and since the Winter Olympics are in Russia this year I thought it would be an appropriate dish to make this week.

The dish has chopped onions in it and my family doesn’t like onions, at all.  So I sliced the onions in big slices so the onions can be easily picked out for the picky eaters.  If your family likes onions then chop them.

Slow Cooker Russian Chicken

4-6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
1 small onion, chopped (or sliced)
1/2 cup chunky apricot preserves
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used Hellmann’s mayonnaise)
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Place chicken in slow cooker. Spread chopped or sliced onion on top. Combine mayonnaise, ketchup, and red wine vinegar in a small bowl. Stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the apricot preserves to the mayonnaise mixture. Stir to combine and pour over the chicken. Cover and cook on Low for 3 or 4 hours. Serve over rice.

Easy Does It Spaghetti

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I must admit, this is one of the best recipes for spaghetti that I have had. It is quick and easy and is ready when I get home from work.  It is the best ever.  Serve with some parmesan cheese sprinkled on top and some garlic bread.  This is so good to come home to after a long day at work!!

1 pound ground beef (I use leftover meatloaf in this so I don’t have to cook it.  I serve meatloaf the day before.)
1 tablespoon dry minced onion
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon each mace, allspice and pepper
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
3 cups tomato juice
4 oz. dry spaghetti broken in 4 inch pieces

Brown ground beef well in skillet and place in slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except dry spaghetti and stir well. Cover and cook on Low for 6-8 hours. (High for 3 1/2 hours) Turn to High the last hour and stir in dry spaghetti.

What to do with leftover cranberry sauce……

Love, love, love cranberry sauce.  I can’t eat turkey without cranberry sauce.  Just have to have it.  This year we had quite a bit of leftover cranberry sauce and I decided to do something with it.  I also had 3 very very ripe bananas that I needed to do something with very quickly.  I made Banana Cranberry Bread to use up both ingredients.  This bread is excellent for breakfast and freezes well.

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Banana Cranberry Bread

2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup shortening
3 eggs
3 mashed bananas
1 cup cranberry sauce (I only had about 1/2 cup but it worked out fine)
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease two 9×5 inch loaf pans. In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, and mix in bananas, cranberry sauce, milk, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Gradually blend flour mixture into the banana mixture. Fold in walnuts. Pour into the prepared loaf pans. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack, and cool completely.

What to do with leftover Sweet Potatoes……

I love sweet potatoes for Thanksgiving.  I just have to have sweet potatoes along with my turkey on Thanksgiving but for some reason the rest of my family isn’t too wild about eating it so I have lots of leftovers.  Here is my recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole.  It is a wonderful recipe.  I had lots of leftovers this year and I couldn’t eat it all by myself.  I decided to make it into something different.  I decided to make Sweet Potato Bread.  This bread will be perfect for breakfast on a rushed morning.  This is also a freezable bread.

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Sweet Potato Bread

1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/3 cup water
1 cup cooked and mashed sweet potatoes (or use leftover Sweet Potato Casserole)
1/2 cup chopped pecans (I didn’t add any because I added pecans to the casserole)

Combine sugar and oil; beat well. Add eggs and beat. Combine flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir flour mixture into egg mixture alternately with water. Stir in sweet potatoes and chopped nuts. Pour batter into greased 9×5 inch loaf pan (or 2 small loaf pans). Bake at 350 degrees F for about one hour.

Coming up tomorrow: what to do with leftover cranberry sauce!

Turkey Soup

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After Thanksgiving there is always the dilemma of what to do with all the leftovers.  This year I decided to make turkey soup instead of turkey and dumplings like I did  last year.  One advantage to make turkey soup is being able to put all kinds of vegetables in it.

This is the first year I made turkey soup and did not follow a recipe.  This turned out to be the best soup I have made.  I will briefly explain how I cooked it but really you can pretty much put whatever you want to in it.

To begin with I cooked the turkey carcass for about 3 hours.  After the 3 hours I took the carcass out and placed it in a bowl to cool off.  I strained the broth to make sure all bones were out.  Then I skimmed the top to remove the fat.  When the carcass cooled off enough I got what meat I could off of it and put that in the soup.

Then I added what veggies I had.  It ended up being 1 chopped onion, 1 package of sliced mushrooms, sliced carrots, sliced celery, about 8 cut up red potatoes and here is the best part.  I put the rest of the leftover green bean casserole in the soup too.  Green bean casserole has all the ingredients for a good soup already in it like cream of mushroom soup and french fried onions.

For seasonings I put in what I thought my family would like, salt and pepper, poultry seasoning, parsley, cumin, rosemary, thyme and no telling what else I put in there.

Then I simmered all that until the veggies were tender.

I added 1 cup of rice to the soup and cooked it until it was done.

Oh my!  This was good soup.  I made a huge pot full and ended up freezing some too.  Oh yes, serve with any leftover dinner rolls if you have any!

So this recipe used up the rest of the turkey and the green bean casserole.  Next post will be about what to do with leftover mashed potatoes.

Halloween Casserole

Hello peeps!!  Long time, no write.  I have been continuing my dieting.  Got a long ways to go but I will get there.  Since it is Halloween I thought I would cook a Halloween Casserole.  I found some of the cutest pasta shapes so I decided to use it in a casserole.

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I measured 2 cups of pasta into a pan of boiling water.  I boiled it for 10 minutes, drained it and poured it into a greased baking dish.  Then I cooked 1 pound of ground beef, drained it and added it to the pasta.  You could add Italian sausage instead of ground beef.   Then I mixed in 2 cups of marinara sauce.  I had some homemade sauce in the freezer but the canned marinara sauce would work just as well.  I mixed everything up and put the baking dish in a 350 F oven for 30 minutes.  Then I put grated cheddar cheese on top and put it back in the oven for 5 minutes.  You could also use mozzarella cheese.

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It turned out really good.  Everyone seemed to like it.

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I served it up with a nice fresh green salad.  Oh and don’t forget to sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top too!  Happy Halloween!!

Hot Weather Menus

Just like the Weekly Breakfast Menus, the Hot Weather Menus should be put on index cards with the recipes filed behind them. In the upper right hand corner of each card write x6 because you will use these recipes 6 times in a year.   If you keep an inventory of everything you have, then your grocery shopping should be easy.  You can pull the menu and recipe cards and take them with you shopping.  You can make your own Hot Weather Menu by using your family’s favorite dishes.

Weekly (April – September) Hot Weather Menu Week 1

Sunday-Chicken  Fried Steak with gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Corn on the Cob

Monday-Quick Skillet Supper, Salad

Tuesday-Chicken Enchiladas Au Gratin, Beans, Corn

Wednesday-Beef Stroganoff, Peas, Salad

Thursday-Pizza

Friday-Tuna Fish Patties, Peas, Macaroni and Cheese

Saturday-Crockpot BBQ ribs, Ranch Style Beans, Corn in the Cob

Weekly (April-September) Hot Weather Menu Week 2

Sunday-Swiss Steak, Rice, Salad

Monday-Baked Chicken, Green Beans and New Potatoes

Tuesday-Sausage and Potatoes Au Gratin, Salad

Wednesday-Tamales and Beans

Thursday-Manicotti, Salad, Garlic Bread

Friday-Saucy Fish Bake, Salad

Saturday-Leftovers or Sandwiches

Weekly (April-September) Hot Weather Menu Week 3

Sunday-Church Supper Casserole, Salad

Monday-Oven Fried Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Green Beans

Tuesday-Tacos

Wednesday-Grilled Hamburgers, Potato Chips

Thursday-Pizza

Friday-Teriyaki Salmon (Marinade salmon in your fav teriyaki sauce. Bake or grill salmon), rice, steamed broccoli, salad

Saturday-Leftovers or Sandwiches

Weekly (April-September) Hot Weather Menu Week 4

Sunday-Slow Cooker Continental Chicken, Rice, Broccoli, Salad

Monday-Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Peas

Tuesday-Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread

Wednesday-Tuna Casserole, Salad

Thursday-Easy Garlic Chicken, Green Beans and Potatoes

Friday-Pigs In A Blanket (hot dogs wrapped in a crescent roll and baked), Beans, Corn

Saturday-Fettucine Alfredo with imitation crab, garlic sticks/bread, salad

Weekly Breakfast Menu

I have been working on a “perpetual” menu that is kind of like a perpetual calendar.  It can be used yearly instead of having to write a menu plan every week or month.  It makes things so much easier.  Of course we won’t stay on this menu every single day.  When holidays and other activities come up then we will plan something different but for the most part we will be sticking to the plan.  It makes things so much easier.  Since there will be only 2 of us to cook for I will be freezing a lot of dishes to have ready when I need them.  You can make your own perpetual menu by asking your family what their favorite meals are and then go from there.

For each week I write up a card with the menu written on the front.  Behind that card there are separate cards with the recipes written on them.  The first card would look like this:

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Notice that I wrote a X12 in the right hand corner of the card.  This indicates how many times that recipe or menu will be used in a year’s time.  There are 4 Weekly Breakfast Menus.  One card for each week in a month.  Each month uses the same 4 cards.

I have included in this post all of the Breakfast Menus and recipes.   In the next post I will post the Hot Weather Menu and then the Cold Weather Menu.  I tried to use recipes that the family liked and were easy to cook, using make ahead and freezable dishes whenever possible.

Here are the breakfast menus and recipes:

Weekly Breakfast Week 1

Sunday-Ham and Cheese Potato Bake, fresh fruit, juice

Ingredients:

2 cups cubed cooked ham

1 2lb. bag hash brown potatoes

1 can cream of chicken soup

2 cups sour cream

1 stick of butter

1/2 tsp pepper

1/4tsp onion powder

2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 sleeve Ritz crackers and 2 tbs melted butter for a crunchy topping

Assembly:

In a large bowl, combine soup, sour cream, melted butter, cheese, pepper, and onion powder. Stir in cubed ham and hash brown potatoes. Pour into Ziploc freezer bag or aluminum pan, cover with plastic wrap and aluminum foil.  May freeze Ritz crackers and butter in a separate bag.

Serving Day:

Thaw completely. If in a Ziploc bag, pour into 9″x13″ pan. Bake @ 350 degrees for 35 min. Crumble Ritz crackers and melt butter…mix together and sprinkle over top casserole and bake for another 10-15 min (until bubbly and golden). Your total baking time will be 45-55 min depending on how thawed it was going in and how quickly it bubbles and heats throughout…I am finding some of the meals take a little longer to bake than the directions say (including my own frozen and thawed meal).

May take out smaller portions to cook.  Be sure to reduce cooking time.  For example, I would use a small cast iron skillet to cook for just hubby and I.  Keep the rest frozen for another day.

Monday-Blender Pancakes, fresh fruit, juice, fried ham or bacon

1-3/4 cups of milk

2 medium sized eggs

1/4 cup of shortening or cooking oil

2 cups of flour

2-1/2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of salt

Be sure to add the ingredients in the order listed. Start by adding the 1-3/4 cups milk, 2 eggs, and 1/4 cup of shortening. Next, add the 2 cups flour,  2-1/2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon of salt. If your blender has a hard time blending thicker ingredients, try adding the flour in steps. For example, blend in the first cup until a smooth texture is reached, then add the remaining flour and dry ingredients and blend on high. Continue blending on high until a smooth texture is reached and you can see a good flow in the blender letting you know all of the ingredients are blended evenly. You may find that for whatever reason your batter is still a bit too thick. You can add a bit of milk at a time and continue to blend until a desired consistency is reached. It should be fairly easy to pour but not runny.  On a slightly buttered or greased preheated griddle or fry pan, pour out a quarter cup or so of the batter. Watch for the batter to begin to bubble and brown one side, then turn the pancake over and brown the opposite side. This should make about 15-18 4 inch pancakes.

This can be made ahead of time and frozen.  Just take out as many pancakes as needed and heat up in the microwave.  I also cook the ham or bacon ahead of time and freeze it.

As you are cooking the pancakes fresh blueberries can be sprinkled on top.  Yum!

Tuesday-Apple-Oat Breakfast Treats, juice, fruit

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2-1/2 cups old-fashioned oats

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 to 1-1/4 cups apple pie filling

Directions

In a bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; add to the creamed mixture and mix well.

Drop by 1/4 cupfuls 6 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Flatten into 3-in. circles. Make a slight indentation in the center of each; top with a rounded tablespoonful of pie filling. Bake at 350° for 16-20 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool for 5 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: 10 servings.

Freeze.  Take out as many needed night before and let thaw in the refrigerator.

Wednesday-Egg Biscuit Sandwiches, fruit and juice

1 dozen eggs

Either your own biscuit recipe or cans of biscuits (enough for 12) or  12 English Muffins

About 1 cup of grated cheddar cheese

A muffin pan

A baking sheet

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Grease the muffin tin. Crack one egg into each muffin cup.  Salt and pepper each egg a little bit.  Put biscuits on baking sheet if using biscuits.   Bake the eggs 10-15 minutes.  Bake the biscuits as directed.  After biscuits and eggs are done, it is time to assemble the sandwiches.  Cut biscuits or English muffins in half.  Place some grated cheese and egg inside each biscuit.  May also add a slice of Canadian bacon or a slice of cooked sausage.  Place all your sandwiches on a baking sheet and put in freezer for an hour.  Then wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and put all sandwiches in a freezer bag.  This will keep for 2 weeks.  To reheat wrap sandwich in a paper towel (this is important because it absorbs extra moisture so sandwich won’t be soggy). And microwave for 1 minute or bake 20-25 minutes at 300 degrees.

Thursday-Cold cereal, fruit, juice

Friday-Hot cereal, fruit, toast, juice, sausage

Saturday-Breakfast Burritos

1 dozen eggs

1 pound breakfast sausage

About 1/2 pound grated cheddar cheese

12 flour tortillas

Salsa

My family doesn’t like veggies but sautéed onions, green peppers, etc can be added to this.

Cook sausage in a skillet, breaking it up as it cooks.  Drain off grease then crack 12 eggs into it.  Stir it around until the eggs are cooked.  Fill warmed flour tortillas with the egg/ sausage mixture.  Top with some grated cheese and roll up.  Place all the burritos on a baking sheet and place in freezer for one hour.  After one hour take out of the freezer and wrap each burrito in foil or plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag,  Freeze.  To serve take out as many burritos as you need unwrap and then wrap in paper towel.  Microwave for about a minute or 2 depending on size of burrito. May also bake foil wrapped burritos in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes.   Serve with salsa.

Weekly Breakfast Week 2

Sunday-Nutty French Toast, eggs, sausage, juice, fruit

12 slices French bread (1 inch thick)

8 eggs

2 cups milk

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3/4 cup butter, softened

1-1/3 cups packed brown sugar

3 tablespoons dark corn syrup

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Place bread in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. In a large bowl, beat eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon; pour over the bread. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, cream butter, brown sugar and syrup until smooth; spread over bread. Sprinkle with nuts. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 hour or until golden brown. Yield: 6-8 servings.

Monday-Waffles, fruit, juice, bacon

This is similar to the pancake recipe.

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

1 1/2 cups milk

1 1/2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Mix all together in blender.  Don’t over beat.  Pour into waffle iron.

Tuesday-Apple Cranberry Breakfast Cookies, fruit, juice

1/4 cup margarine, no-salt soft variety

3/4 cup dark brown sugar

2 large eggs

1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

1 1/2 cups whole-grain wheat flour

1/2 tsp table salt

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 cups uncooked quick oats

1/2 cup dried apple(s), chopped

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1 spray butter flavour cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Combine margarine and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer; beat until light and fluffy, about 1 minute. Add eggs and beat for 30 seconds; add applesauce and beat just to mix.

In another bowl, stir together flour, salt, cinnamon and baking soda; add to mixer and beat to form batter. Add oats, apples, cranberries and walnuts; combine by hand.

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or coat with cooking spray. Drop batter by heaping tablespoons 1 inch apart. Bake until cookies are lightly browned and firm, about 13 to 15 minutes.

Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Move to wire rack and cool completely. Yields 1 cookie per serving. (Note: Store leftovers in an airtight plastic bag or container in the freezer.)

Wednesday-Hearty Morning Muffins, fruit, juice

2 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 cups shredded carrots

1/3 cup chopped dried apricots

1/3 cup sunflower kernels

1/3 cup flaked coconut

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1 medium ripe ripe banana, mashed

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda and cinnamon. Add the carrots, apricots, sunflower kernels, coconut and chocolate chips. Stir in the banana. Beat eggs, oil and vanilla; stir into carrot mixture just until moistened.

Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Freeze.  To serve:  take out number of muffins needed and let thaw overnight on kitchen counter, covered. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.

Thursday-Cold cereal, fruit, juice

Friday-Hot cereal, toast, fruit, juice, sausage

Saturday- Breakfast Burritos  ( recipe in Week 1)

Weekly Breakfast Week 3

Sunday-Egg Biscuit Bake, fruit, juice

5 oz. evaporated milk

8 oz. Velveeta, cubed

3/4 cup cubed ham

1/2 cup frozen peas

2 tablespoons butter

10 eggs, beaten

One 12 oz. tube buttermilk biscuits

In a saucepan, combine milk and cheese.  Cook over low heat until smooth, stirring constantly.  Stir in ham and peas.  Melt butter in large skillet, add eggs.  Cook over medium heat until set.  Add cheese and stir gently.  Spoon into an ungreased shallow 2 quart baking dish.  Separate biscuits and cut each in half so that you have half circles.  Place with cut side down around the outer edge of dish.  Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until biscuits are golden.  Can make this the night before but don’t bake.  Cover and refrigerate.

Monday-Family Style French Toast, fruit, bacon, juice

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup butter, melted

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

6 eggs, lightly beaten

1 3/4 cups milk

1 pound loaf French bread, cut in 1 inch slices

Confectioner’s sugar

Combine brown sugar, butter and cinnamon; spread evenly in a greased 15x10x1 pan. Set aside.  Combine eggs and milk in a shallow pan; place bread in pan and soak for 5 minutes, turning once.  Place over brown sugar mixture.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees or until golden brown.  Serve brown sugar side up; dust with confectioners sugar.  Make this night before and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Tuesday-Sausage Cheese Puffs, fruit, bacon, juice

1 pound Italian sausage

3 cups Bisquick

4 cups (16 oz.) shredded cheddar

3/4 cup water

Cook and crumble sausage; drain.  In a bowl combine bis quick, cheese; stir in sausage.  Add water and toss with a fork until moistened.  The mixture will be dry.  Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls.  Place 2 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.  Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until puffed and golden.  Cool on wire racks. (4 dozen). Freezes well.  To reheat- 400 degree oven for 7-9 minutes.  Do not thaw.

Wednesday-Ham and Cheddar Cups, fruit, juice

2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

6 eggs

1 cup milk

1/2 pound ham, cubed

1/2 cup shredded cheddar

1/2 pound bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 small onion, chopped

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder salt and pepper.  Beat eggs and milk; stir into dry ingredients.  Stir in ham, cheese, bacon a d onion.  Fill well greased muffin cups 3/4 full.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.  (20 cups). Make day ahead and zap in microwave.  Freeze leftovers.

Thursday-Cold cereal, sausage, juice

Friday-Hot cereal, fruit, juice, bacon

Saturday-Breakfast Burritos (recipe in Week 1)

Weekly Breakfast week 4

Sunday-No Turn Omelets, fruit, toast, juice

8 eggs, beaten

2 cups crumbled sausage or ham

2 cups Velveeta

2 cups milk

1 cup saltines (about 24)

1/4 cup chopped onions

1/4 cup chopped green pepper

1/4 cup chopped sweet red pepper

1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt

Combine all ingredients, pour into greased shallow 3 quart or 13x9x2 pan.  Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until knife comes out clean.  Let stand 5 minutes before serving.  This can be prepared, covered and refrigerated overnight.  Remove from refrigerator 30 minutes before baking.

Monday-Chocolate Chip Pancakes, fruit, sausage, juice

1 cup flour

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup chocolate milk

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Sliced strawberries

Sliced bananas

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Combine egg, milk, oil, vanilla and chips; add to dry ingredients and mix well.  Pour batter by 1/4 cup onto greased griddle.  Stir batter before pouring each batch.  Top with strawberry, banana and syrup.  Makes 8 servings. Can mix up batter the night before and refrigerate.

Tuesday-Blender Bran Muffins, eggs, fruit, bacon, juice

2 bananas

1 egg

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup apple juice concentrate

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cup All Bran cereal

1/2 cup raisins

Place bananas and next 7 ingredients in blender.  Blend in cereal.  Stir in raisins.  Coat muffin cups with spray, fill 1/2 full.  Bake 400 degrees for 16-18 minutes.  Makes 1 dozen muffins.  Can make ahead and freeze.

Wednesday-Croissant Breakfast Sandwich, fruit, juice (same recipe as Egg Biscuit Sandwich Week 1 but use croissants)

Thursday-Cold cereal, ham, fruit, juice

Friday-Hot cereal, fruit, sausage, juice

Saturday-Breakfast Burritos (recipe in Week 1)