Monday, July 27, 2015

Shepherd's Pie Casserole


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 4 medium potatoes
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups green beans (one can)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese (optional)
  • paprika to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium heat and sauté onion and garlic until soft. Add ground beef and cook until brown. Remove grease. Add rosemary, sage and beef broth to ground beef and simmer for 5 minutes (or until broth is almost gone). Salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into bottom of a 2-1/2 quart casserole dish. Spread green beans on top of ground beef.

While cooking the ground beef, peel and slice potatoes and boil in hot water (hint: you're making mashed potatoes!). Boil until potatoes are soft. Drain water and begin mashing potatoes, adding milk and the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Salt and pepper to taste. Add milk as needed for desired consistency. Spread mashed potatoes over the green beans evenly. Sprinkle with cheese and paprika as desired.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until heated throughout. Serves 6.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Weekly Meal Planning {July 6-19}

Monday (6th) -- Potato & Ham Chowder
Tuesday (7th) -- Italian Herb Chicken and green salad
Wednesday (8th) -- Country-Style Pork Loin, mashed potatoes and green beans
Thursday (9th) -- Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas with homemade Fajita Seasoning
Friday (10th) -- Chicken Sausage with Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Saturday (11th) -- Grilled chicken thighs, corn-on-the-cob and green salad
Sunday (12th) -- Cream Cheese Chicken Bacon Wrap and roasted asparagus
Monday (13th) -- Turkey Chili and cornbread
Tuesday (14th) -- Spaghetti with meat sauce and green beans
Wednesday (15th) -- LEFTOVERS
Thursday (16th) -- Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes with cheese and chili, and green beans
Friday (17th) -- DATE NIGHT ♥
Saturday (18th) -- Grilled Pizza with green salad
Sunday (19th) -- TBD (family birthday)

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rosemary Turkey Stroganoff

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 (8 oz) can sliced mushrooms
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup plain Green yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley for garnish
  • Egg noodles, cooked per package directions
Melt butter in large skillet or stock pot and sauté onion and garlic until soft. Add rosemary and ground turkey and brown. Add flour, mushrooms, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 minute. Add cream of mushroom soup and water. Simmer for 10 minutes, uncovered. Add Greek yogurt and serve hot over egg noodles, garnished with parsley. Delish!

I like to serve this dish with a side of green beans :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Weekly Meal Planning: Weeks 3 & 4

June is crazy busy in our house so I will be planning fairly simple meals two weeks at a time!

Monday (June 1) -- leftovers
Tuesday (June 2) -- Grilled burgers, baked beans and corn on the cob
Wednesday (June 3) -- Grilled pork chops, seasoned rice and grilled veggies
Thursday (June 4) -- Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken with asparagus
Friday (June 5) -- Tomato soup (canned) and grilled cheese sandwiches
Saturday (June 6) -- Spaghetti and meatballs with green beans
Sunday (June 7) -- leftovers
Monday (June 8) -- Chicken sausage, Noodles Alfredo and green peas
Tuesday (June 9) -- TBD 
Wednesday (June 10) -- Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes with chili and green beans
Thursday (June 11) -- Grilled chicken, seasoned rice and green salad
Friday (June 12) -- Tacos with tortilla chips and Guacamole
Saturday (June 13) -- Takeout
Sunday (June 14) -- Grilled pizza

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Meal Planning: Week 2

So, my three-year-old oven is currently out of commission (and I'm not happy about it!), so for now all my meals will be stove-top cooked, grilled, slow-cooked or eaten out ;)

Monday  -- Memorial Day! Grilled burgers, potato salad, tortilla chips and Guacamole
Tuesday  -- Slow cooker green chili chicken over rice with sautéed bell peppers
Wednesday -- Grilled pork chops, seasoned rice and grilled veggies
Thursday -- Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes with cheese and chili, and green beans
Friday -- DATE NIGHT ♥
Saturday -- Greek Chicken Kebabs with Tzatziki Sauce
Sunday -- Grilled Pizza and green salad

Friday, May 15, 2015

Weekly Meal Planning: Week 1

Monday  -- Skinny Meatballs with tomato sauce over baked spaghetti squash with green beans
Tuesday  -- Turkey Chili and cornbread
Wednesday -- Teriyaki grilled chicken and veggies with rice
Thursday -- Ground beef taco salad with fresh Guacamole
Friday -- Leftovers
Saturday -- Chicken Sausage with Simple Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Sunday -- Oven Baked Chicken Fajitas with homemade Fajita Seasoning

Monday, July 28, 2014

Meal Planning -- August 2014

  2. Mexican Chopped Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing and chicken
  3. Pesto Grilled Shrimp, Grill-Roasted Rosemary Potatoes and corn-on-the-cob
  4. Grilled pizza
  5. Baked chicken thighs, easy boxed rice and green beans
  6. Leftovers
  7. Easy Crockpot Tortellini Soup
  8. Chicken Fajitas
  9. Girls' Spa Night! Tea Sandwiches & Spinach Salad
  10. Grilled Chicken Sausage (We like Sabatino's Smoked Mozzarella Chicken Sausage from Costco!) with Simple Roasted Brussells Sprouts
  11. Grilled chicken and Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad
  12. Chicken Tortilla Soup
  13. Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice with pot-stickers 
  14. Grilled pork chops with roasted parsnips and carrots
  15. Nasty Nachos with roasted asparagus
  16. Leftovers
  17. Spaghetti with meat sauce, green salad and garlic bread
  18. Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes with all the fixin's
  19. Beef & Bean Oven Tacos and green salad
  20. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken with Lightened Up Coleslaw
  21. Breakfast for dinner!
  22. Takeout
  23. Grilled chicken with rice and teriyaki grilled veggies
  24. Salsa Verde Turkey Burger and Sweet Potato Fries
  25. Baked Ziti (Tip: Double the recipe and freeze one pan for another dinner later!)
  26. Sloppy Joes and green salad
  27. Corn and Black Bean Quesadillas
  28. Mediterranean Baked Chicken
  29. Tortellini Skillet Lasagna and green salad
  30. DATE NIGHT ♥
  31. Simple Ground Beef Enchiladas and green salad