Hey everyone! I hope your having a great week. Here is some more “real life” meals. I love hearing the comments on how this is what is really done in homes. We don’t always have the “Pinterest-perfect” looking meals, we make do with what we have. No one has gone starving-ever:) It works.
This week we did some baking and I wanted to try out this apple cupcake recipe that we had. I bought a container of caramel frosting at the discount store and I thought it would make a great frosting—it did. These cupcakes are so good, I only wish I had more diced frozen apples to use up.
I had two quart bags of diced apples so we made some mini cupcakes as well as………
some larger ones. These were so good. Click here for the recipe.
We used the canned caramel frosting for the top and the children had to put sugar sprinkles on—who cares if they are christmas ones right?!?!?
I also wanted to make a snack type food so I made this creamy cheddar taco dip. We have made one before but this called for chopped bacon—it was really good. Click here for the recipe. We served it with tortilla chips and then when those were gone, we used saltine crackers–still a good choice.
Then since last weeks waffles were so good, we made another huge batch. This served as many breakfasts and then I froze some and I used some for quick meals when I couldn’t make any. Baking day was busy, so we had an easy dinner. I made some chicken noodle salad. This served as leftovers for my husband for a few days.
I made some store bought—gasp:) chicken patties. I was out of buns so we just served them alongside the noodles. Easy meal–almost like chicken nuggets just a different shape:)
Chili is a good staple.I normally always have beans on hand. If I have taco seasoning and ranch powder, I can make this with anything. I had green lima beans this week–so we used some of those. I served with crackers. The link is the recipe I normally use, this week I used:
- pinto beans
- chili beans
- lima beans
- tomato sauce
- taco seasoning
- ranch powder
It is basically the same, just using a few substitutions.
The next day I made some hot dogs and we had those with chili. Some children just ate them plain.
chicken cordon bleu in crockpot. I served it with some egg noodles and veges. Easy meal–using up shredded chicken, ham lunchmeat, and creamy sauce.
I also made a large pot of cabbage vege soup. For whoever would eat this–I only have a select few children who like it and it was my main meal most days. I have been focusing on walking/running each night and this is a great healthy meal for me to consume. I froze some containers after a few days and it was easy to pull out in the morning to thaw for myself for dinner or lunch.
I made this meal for my men. I had some roast beef lunch meat and onions and peppers. I placed it in a bowl with some beef broth and let it cook while I was doing other cooking.
I didn’t get a photo of it on the actually bun—but the next day out of the refrigerator:) It was good. Like a philly cheese sandwich. I topped it with Provolone cheese. *Tip if your like my household and things disappear before you need them, I froze the cheese slices so that no one would eat them before this meal was made.
Then I started just cooking Kielbasa one day and was going to serve it plain with fettucine and sauce, then my daughter said, why not make Jared’s casserole.
So I did, Jared—was a person my husband worked with and he made this at one time similar to it. We have always called it Jared’s casserole. Basically: kielbasa, pasta, alfredo sauce, and tomato sauce. Click here for recipe. This was leftovers for two days.
This was another throw together day. I was unable to make anything before so I came up with this. Not bad:)
Boil some noodles and add it to canned vege soup plus a few other ingredients. Click here to see how we made it better.
These were our “real life” meals this week. Hope they give you some sort of inspiration to dig deep within your freezer and pantry:) Be blessed