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    Making dinner can be so hard sometimes! I don’t mean the amount of time spent, although that too is a factor, but it’s choosing what to make!! Lately, I have been meal planning. It makes my life SO much easier and my grocery bill much smaller. What I do is this:
    I have on my computer, a list of all the foods that I know how to make
    I start with a blank sheet of paper and put down the days of the week
    Filtering through my list I pick out a dinner with a veggie that I would like to make
    I go through my pantry and make a list of the food items I need according to my dinner plan
    Lastly, I pick a desert

    Now, if I decide that I’m sick of eating the same type of meals over and over I hop on the internet and browse through some VERY delish recipe sites and add what ever strikes my palate to my week of meals.
    Here are a couple of tried and true recipes that are CONSISTENT hits in my house.


    Macaroni & Cheese:
    3 c. elbow macaroni
    1 tsp. salt
    9 T. butter
    1 tsp. pepper
    ¾ c. flour
    1 lb. sharp or Velveeta cheese
    3 c. milk
    Preheat oven @ 350. Cook macaroni and drain. In a large pot, melt butter and then add flour. Slowly stir in milk, salt, pepper, and then add the cheese. Stir until all is melted. Then add cooked macaroni to the cheese sauce and stir all together. Pour into a greased 9 x 13 in. pan. Bake for 30 min.
    (with this recipe I let it cool and then I cut it into blocks and freeze it in portions for Cylas’ lunches!)

    Meatloaf on a Bed of Potatoes – Crockpot ****
    2 T olive oil
    3 large russets, cut into 1 to 1-1/2” chunks
    2 lb ground sirloin
    2 large eggs, beaten
    3/4 cup crushed saltine crackers
    3/4 cup ketchup
    2 T dehydrated onions (optional)
    1 tsp salt
    Freshly ground black pepper

    Topping
    3/4 cup ketchup
    1/3 cup brown sugar
    1 tsp Dijon mustard

    Combine oil and potatoes in crock pot, toss to coat. Spread in an even layer on the bottom of the crock. In a large bowl, combine beef, eggs, crumbs, ketchup, onion, salt and pepper. Mix gently, do not compact. Shape into oval or round, place on top of potatoes. Spread with topping. Cover and cook on High for 1 hour. Reduce heat to Low and continue to cook for 6-7 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 160º to 165ºF.

    (this one is SUCH a mouthwater-er. With the meager amount left, I save for sandwiches the next day!!)

    Sweet Meatballs
    3 lb grnd beef
    2 cup oatmeal
    13oz milk
    2 eggs
    1 cup chopped onion
    ½ tsp garlic powder
    ½ tsp pepper
    2 tsp salt
    2 tsp chili powder
    2 or 3 apples shredded and peeled (medium)
    Mix and make small balls. Put on cookie sheet for 30 min @ 375
    Sauce
    ¾ cup sugar
    2 cups water
    1 cup ketchup
    ¼ cup vinegar
    2 or 3 tbl cornstarch
    Mix and boil. After meatballs are done, pour sauce on them and put back into the oven for another 15 min.
    (I put these over noodles, al dente, with a salad on the side. Also, if you find that you don’t have enough ketchup add any type of spaghetti sauce)

    Von de Leigh, these are for you!! Post and let me know if you find them as yummy at we do! (any one can drop me a note)

    You do the exact same thing I do! How funny! I know what you mean, trying to decide what to cook is way more difficult than actually cooking! Right now I’ve got our meals planned all the way out till next Monday. =) Keep posting recipes, awesome!

    9 Apr 2009, 11:25pm
    by Music Eloquence

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    Thanks so much. The ingredients are making my mouth water. Okay, I admit I’m not as organized as you but you truly inspired me to be more so. I know I asked for the meatballs recipe but the other two sound like winners too. Thank you mucho. (Never made REAL homemade mac n cheese… can’t wait to try it.) Love you.

     

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