Our Dinner Recipes for the Week

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Every week, I try to come up with a few recipes for the upcoming evenings. As a full time teacher, I have very little energy for detailed recipes, and we don’t have enough of a budget to eat out every night. Here is our menu for the week:

Homemade Pizza

I love to buy pre-made pizza crusts, instead of making my own. I’ll admit, I have yet to be successful with pizza crust and breads, despite my best efforts, and to be honest, I don’t have time to conjure up a crust on a Monday night. I love to take advantage of Amazon Prime Pantry, which is where I was able to find 3 pack Flatzza Pizza Crust. These crusts do not require pre-baking, so they are optimal for weekly meals!

I toss a few dollops of Ragu Pasta Sauce to the crust, and spread it around. I do not like a lot of sauce, so I usually only use about 3 teaspoons of sauce, I purposefully use pasta sauce instead of Marinara sauce. Marinara sauce is hard to reuse, and I prefer the pasta sauce taste. I add shredded Cheddar and Colby Jack cheese on top of the pizza, sliced tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, and olives. The beauty of this recipe is that it can be topped with anything you like. Once topped, bake this pizza on 500 degrees for 10 minutes.

Roasted Garlic Veggies with Chicken Breast

Roasted veggies can really be delicious, and this week, I’ll be making my favorites. I roast broccoli florets and brussel sprouts in olive oil and minced garlic. It is so easy. Lather your broccoli and brussel sprouts in olive oil, salt, pepper, and minced garlic (I use about a teaspoon). Bake your veggies at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

At the same time, saute your chicken breast (I like to thinly slice the breast before I cook it) in lemon pepper seasoning. It is easy and tasty!

Pancakes and Homemade Syrup

This barely counts as a recipe because I am mixing up Bisquick to make some tried and true pancakes. I will top my pancakes with homemade syrup. If you’ve never made homemade syrup, you’re missing out. It is so easy!

For this syrup, you mix equal parts water and brown sugar. Simmer your simply syrup on low heat, and toss in a little bit of Maple Extract (the amount is up to you).

Cold Chicken Pasta

This week is parent-teacher conference for my school district, so I have to do a little meal prepping. This Cold Chicken Pasta is perfect.

I boil some penne noodles in salted water, drain, and toss in about a tablespoon of butter, fresh spinach, diced tomatoes, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. Top with the dressing of your choice, I’ve made Carmy’s Homemade Garlic Dressing. Carmy has a very similar Cold Chicken Pasta, that I love, from which I adapted this recipe!

Blue Apron – Seared Steak and Roasted Potatoes

Doesn’t this look delicious? This will be delivered straight to my door Friday. I will be enjoying seared steak, roasted potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms. It is a fan favorite, and I cannot wait. All ingredients are included. Isn’t this an awesome Valentine’s day celebration?

Are you interested in trying a Blue Apron meal? To the first person that comments with your first and last name and email, you will be sent a free Blue Apron meal of your choice! You will get a meal request from me (Kendra!), for which you will pay absolutely nothing for one subscription box! It’s a Valentine’s day gift from my family to yours!

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Super Bowl Watch Party Recipes

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Hello, all! I know many of you are planning to throw a watch party this Sunday. Here are a few of my absolute favorite Super Bowl finger food recipes!

Copycat El Acapulco Queso

My grandpa has had this family recipe for years, and it has constantly received complement after complement. It is a tangy yet creamy version of the ever loved Mexican restaurant queso. Like El Acapulco’s queso, this recipe is a yellow cheese dip. You and all your guests will love it!

For this recipe, you will need:
– 4 Tbs flour
– 1 stick of butter
– 1 + c. milk
– 1 can Rotel
– 24 slices of American cheese
– 1 tsp cumin seed
– 1 tsp ground cumin
– 1 tsp chili powder

You will start by making a roux. This is incredibly easy. Melt the butter over medium-high heat, and add the flour. Cook the butter and flour mixture for a minute – your flour should begin to look golden brown. This roux will make your queso creamy. If you were to skip this step, you would have a soup, rather than a dip.

Add 1 cup milk and Rotel to your roux. You will mix this all together, to blend in the roux with the liquids. At this time, you will add the cumin seed, ground cumin, and chili powder.

Once it is all mixed, You will add the cheese, one slice at a time, constantly stirring. Once everything is mixed together, continue stirring until the dip is the consistency you prefer. You will add more milk during this time. You just add as much milk as you prefer. I like my cheese dip to be really creamy, so I usually add around 2-3 cups of milk.

Serve immediately with tortilla chips or Doritos!

Homemade Tortilla Chips

This recipe comes from Live Healthy, and it is incredibly easy, tasty, and fresh. These chips will go wonderfully with any dip or guacamole!

For this recipe, you will need:
– flour tortillas
– olive oil
– onion powder
– garlic powder
– dried parsley
– dried basil
– salt and pepper

You will start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. You will then cut your tortillas into fours. Lightly cover the tortillas with olive oil, and sprinkle your tortillas with onion powder, garlic powder, parsley, basil, salt, and pepper. You want to add seasoning before baking your chips.

After your tortillas have been seasoned, bake your tortillas until they are crispy and golden brown. This will be about 10-15 minutes.

The chips are easily adapted to your preference, too. If you prefer spicy chips, you can top your tortillas with chili powder, paprika, salt, and pepper. You can also make dessert chips with sugar and cinnamon.

Copycat BWW Spicy Garlic Wings

I love making this recipe for every event! The only thing you actually have to make is the Spicy Garlic sauce, which can be preserved in the freezer for months.

For this recipe, you will need:
– fried boneless chicken wings
– 1/2 c. Red’s Cayenne hot sauce
– 3/4 tsp garlic powder
– 1/2 tsp sugar
– 1/4 tsp black pepper
– 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp water

Begin by combining all ingredients in a saucepan on low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, and apply to fully cooked wings. Serve with Ranch Dressing or Blue Cheese Dressing.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Carrie from Eating on a Dime really out did herself with this one. This is such a crowd pleaser, and though it isn’t great for a diet, it tastes so good! You can make a bunch of these little sliders at a time, making it perfect for a crowd.

For this recipe, you will need:
– 12 King’s Hawaiian Rolls
– 3/4 c. melted butter
– 1 Tbs Dijon Mustard
– 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
– 1 tsp brown sugar
– 1 tsp Poppy Seeds
– 2 tbs dried minced onions
– thin sliced deli ham
– thin sliced Swiss cheese

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and combine butter, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, poppy seeds, and minced onions. Set aside.

Slice your Hawaiian rolls to make a sandwich. You will do this in one piece, instead of breaking the rolls into individuals. This saves a ton of time.

Place the bottom of your Hawaiian roll “sandwich” inside the bottom of a baking dish. You will then layer the thinly sliced ham and cheese atop the rolls. Place the top of your “sandwich” on the cheese, and top with your butter mixture.

Bake for 20 minutes, or until the rolls are golden brown. Cut along the original roll lines and serve.

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