Monday Meal Planning

Well, we have been all moved into our new place for about two weeks now and it is about time I get back on track with the meal planning. Last week we blew a whole bundle of money on grocery shopping and with no game plan. Today I decided to change things up and start out with a plan! Three Main Dishes: Chicken Tacos Benison Burgers Brats on the Grill Two Side Dishes: Roasted Baby Red Potatoes Coconut Curry Sweet Potato Fries One Extra: Peaches & Cream Scones And yes, brats count as meal planning. What you don’t see on this list is cold cut sandwiches and tuna sandwiches…or the mac and cheese from a box. I only post the semi-cool stuff, not the cheap-o not-so-healthy foods that we eat in the middle! Sorry…no photos for this post since there is no “Last Weeks Low Down” going on! … [Click Here For the Full Story]

How to make “benison”…

Since I’ve started my Monday Meal Planning (yeah, I need to get back on that!) there have been a few questions about what exactly this benison stuff I speak of is. Basically, benison is my way of using up all of the ground venison in our freezer. I am married to a deer hunter…a deer hunter that is quite good at shooting deer right in the rump. This makes for a lot of ground venison. We are not the biggest fans of plain ground venison so I had to get creative…this is where benison comes into play. Ground Venison + Ground Beef = Ground Benison! All you need is a pretty little Kitchen Aid with the meat grinder attachment…or really, any type of meat grinder. When I make benison I use a 2:1 ratio – 2lb venison, 1lb beef. I alternate between beef and venison as I put the meat through the grinder so it really is benison at the end. I choose to grind everything up together. Technically a person could just mush the two meats together by hand but … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Recipe: Blended Frozen Mocha

When I need to get things done on the computer – budgeting, applying for jobs, etc – I prefer to head to a coffee shop. I’m not sure why but I am rarely consistently productive anywhere but a coffee shop…or library, but that sounds less cool. I think it might have something to do with the fact I feel foolish reading blogs while sitting in public, drinking over priced coffee! Just a few days back I read about Mama Pea’s Blended Iced Chai Latte creation and decided I would give it a shot – but with coffee. Blended Frozen Mocha Ingredients: 1 cup of strongly brewed coffee 1/2 – 1 cup vanilla ice cream 1 T cocoa powder 1/4 cup milk ice cube tray blender of sorts Directions: 1. Brew up a strong cup of coffee – flavored or otherwise – let cool for a while and then pour into an ice cube tray. This should fill an entire tray. 2. Once the ice cubes are fully frozen take about 8 coffee cubes and put them in the blender with … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Monday Meal Planning

It was another good okay week of meal planning…especially considering we didn’t go grocery shopping until after my silly meltdown on Wednesday! Unfortunately not all of the recipes were worth posting…or even eating! Last Week’s Low Down Three Main Dishes: 1. Homemade Pizza – recipe – the only recipe we skipped, I let to dough sit too long! 2. Slow Cooker Meatballs – recipe – didn’t make, simply because we didn’t need another meal 3. Tuna Patties – made Monday, but not post-worthy…not very tasty at all, a tuna sandwich is better! Two Side Dishes: 1. Roasted Eggplant Dip – definitely not worth post, or eating…it turned out pretty bad, I’m not sure if it was just me or the recipe. I’d like to give this idea a shot with a whole new recipe. 2. Corn Chowder – recipe – made Sunday morning, leftovers for at least 3 meals! One Extra Something: 1. Peanut Butter Reese’s Cookies – recipe – made Friday morning and taken home Saturday – gone in just hours! This Week’s Happenings Three Main Dishes: 1. Homemade … [Click Here For the Full Story]

Recipe: Corn Chowder with Bacon

Corn Chowder with Bacon I’m not much of a soup eater, which would explain why I never really make any form of soup – except chili, but that doesn’t count. I found this recipe in a “lunchbox” recipe book I got from Kohl’s and it sounded easy enough so I thought I’d give it a shot, with a few modifications! This is an easy, straightforward way to make a pretty delicious and hearty soup, I was impressed! Ingredients: 2 T olive oil 1/2 large onion, chopped 1/2 cup carrots, chopped 2 potatoes, chopped 1 bay leaf 4 cups vegetable stock 1 1/4 cup milk 1 can of corn (15 oz),  drained 4-6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled Salt & Pepper to taste Directions: 1. Heat the oil in a large sauce pan, add the chopped onions and fry for about 7 minutes, or until soft. Add the carrots, potatoes and bay leaf. 2. Add the vegetable stock and milk, bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 10 minutes. Dump in the corn and simmer for … [Click Here For the Full Story]