Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Home made "Hot Pocket" style calzone

I had a few minutes this morning to catch up on some blog reading and I loved this idea over at Thrifty Florida Mama. She makes homemade Hot Pockets. I remember when I used to do that, too. Somehow, we got out of the habit. It was really nice to have something quick and easy ready to heat up and eat. So, inspired by her post, we made up a batch of biscuit dough, rolled and cut with biscuit cutter, then rolled them out flat (the boys really had fun with this part), chopped up some hot dogs, mixed in chili and a handful of shredded co-jack. We put a tablespoon of filling into each circle, folded over, sealed and baked. We made 20 of these for $2.20 or .11 cents each. Quick, easy and better for you than the store bought stuff, plus much more tasty. I think we'll try to make some with pizza sauce, cheese and black olives (oldest ds's favorite kind of pizza) either later this week or next week.

There are lots of great ideas like this over at Thrifty Florida Mama for Make it Yourself Monday. Check it out!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I've been MIA for a few weeks as we've taken turns being sick - several times. We are finally back to normal - I think. Here's the plan for suppers for this week. I'm so excited about this menu because it is using things we already have in our pantry or freezer. We've been building our pantry stockpile for a while now (maybe 6 months) and finally, our shopping seems to be replenishing our pantry and not so much for items needed to make specific meals. Its so comforting to me to know that we could avoid shopping all together (if we needed or wanted to) and still have varied and healthful meals.

Monday - baked chicken (freezer), pan roasted zucchini and summer squash with peppers (freezer), salad (garden!), rolls (homemade).
Tuesday - Baked stuffed shells (freezer) with white sauce (homemade) and red sauce (canned), green beans (freezer), bread sticks (homemade)
Wednesday - Roast (freezer), rice (pantry), broccoli (garden) and salad (garden)
Thursday - BBQ roast sandwiches (hamburger buns are in the freezer), carrot sticks (refrigerator)
Friday - leftovers

Also I'm going to make broccoli cheese soup (garden broccoli, homemade white sauce, cheese in freezer) and try to replicate fire roasted tortilla soup from Jason's Deli. I'll post the recipe if I figure it out. We love soup here and the boys will often have it as a snack, so its nice to have some around.

Check out more menus at I'm an Organizing Junkie.