The Final Two

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hamburger Soup - There wasn't any redeeming value to this soup. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't especially tasty, either. Also, while the soup was thawing, the potatoes soaked up all the broth, so it wasn't a soup at all (which is fine with my anti-soup husband). We served it with lots of cheese and ketchup to kick up the taste.

No-Tuna Noodle Casserole - Since we left out the tuna for my batch, I had to add some meat. I added some caribou kielbasa, a can of creamed corn, and some cajun seasoning. After all those alterations, it was absolutely delicious! So delicious that I did the exact same thing for the second batch.

We have eaten almost all of the meals now, save for some more of the hamburger soup, and the second helping of black bean chicken, and the second asian pork. I look forward to our next round of cooking on the 30th!

More Reviews

Friday, March 12, 2010

Chicken with Black Bean Salsa - Similar to Morgan's review. Only needed 5 hours to cook, and the chicken fell apart when the cream cheese was added, so it looked a bit like chunky vomit! We served it over rice and it was pretty good, but didn't look great and probably would have been better as a dip or something.

Sloppy Joes - Needed more sauce - I added ketchup, worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar, and the taste was better.

Tace Bake - Very tasty! Would have been just as good with a corn muffin mix on the top, which is a little bit healthier than Bisquick. Next time we should freeze it a bit before adding the tin foil, because the foil stuck to the Bisquick mix on top.

Pork with Apples and Pears - Really yummy! We really enjoyed this one. I forgot to put it in the crock pot earlier, so I cooked it at 350 in the oven for one hour, and it still turned out great.

Beef and Lentil Stew - Pretty good, especially considering how healthy it is. My only complaint is that the broccoli didn't look very appetizing after cooking so long.

Only two left to try: non-tuna noodle casserole, and hamburger soup.

March Cooking Plan

Monday, March 8, 2010

Here's the link to our day of cooking plan: March Cooking Plan. I think it looks great!

March Grocery List

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I've already started the grocery list for this month here's the link to it: March Grocery List. So, google docs doesn't "do" fractions. I uploaded my original excel/open office document into my google docs and it converted all my carefully placed fractions into decimals. Oh well.

So there are a couple of recipes that have options for the meat mostly because I bought a bunch of the pork butt when it was on sale at Fry's and now have a freezer full. I know you mentioned that it wasn't your favorite and that's why there are choices.

Shepherd's Pie - could use pork butt or ground beef
Sweet and Sour Pork - could use chicken or pork butt

I was thinking that we'd sign up like we did last time. It would probably make sense for you to provide the basics since we'll be doing the cooking at your house. I've already marked a few things on the list but if you want to go through first and then I'll go through and mark what I have and then we'll divide what's left.

For the granola we can skip the coconut and the raisins, I do have some non-raisin dried fruit that we can use instead. I think we have pineapple, papaya and mango.

We have 4 different recipes that call for 28 bell peppers. I have 8 yellow & orange bell peppers that we can use, they're fresh now but most of the peppers require being chopped up so I'll chop them and freeze them. Also I have some (6?) frozen red peppers that we can use as well.

Tentative Menu for March Cooking

Friday, March 5, 2010


1. Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins -

2. Granola - 

Dinners Requiring Cooking:

1. Chicken Enchiladas -

2. Calzones - 

3. Phyllo Spring Rolls with Halibut instead of crab -

4. Shepherd's Pie - I have a good recipe in one of my cookbooks

5. Stuffed Peppers -

6. Stuffed Pasta Shells -, or

Dinners Requiring Assembly Only:

1. Meatloaf - I use a good recipe in the America's Test Kitchen cookbook

2. Lemonade Chicken -

3. Sweet and Sour Chicken -

Possible Meals

Thursday, March 4, 2010

1. Chicken Enchiladas - - except I would like to substitute half of the chicken in the recipe for beans (saves some money and increases the nutritional value).

3. Stuffed Pasta Shells -, or - but just using a jar of pre-made spaghetti sauce instead of the sauces they suggest.

4. Phyllo Spring Rolls with Halibut instead of crab - - I have lost of Alaskan Halibut, plus 24 oz of phyllo dough that give me the stink eye every time I open my freezer!

Let's decide on our final menu by Tuesday, March 9, as they next day my daughter has a doctor's appointment near Costco and I can swing by and pick up some needed items in bulk.

Crock Pot Meal Suggestion

Next time we put meals in bags we need to stand them up while they're freezing. I had flattened everything out and it took a bit of effort to get the frozen meal to fit into the crock pot.

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