Sunday, September 28, 2008

Weekly Menu

I'll be sharing my menu from the past week. This way, I can share photos and reviews.
Our weekly menu:

Spaghetti Pizza Pie (blogged about it here)
Caesar salad

Chicken cordon bleu
mashed potatoes
steamed mixed veggies

Sun dried tomato pesto with penne (thanks mom!)

brisket sandwiches
- I put a dry rub on the brisket, cooked it on low all day (from 8:30-3:00) in the crockpot. Then, I basted it with barbeque sauce and cooked it in the oven on 300 for 3 more hours. It was good!
mac n cheese

cheeseburgers with hawaiian bread rolls and garlic mayo
french fries

chicken puffs
salad with homemade Thousand Island

Chicken Puffs (from Allrecipes)
2 chicken breasts- cubed
3 Tbsp. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic
6 oz. cream cheese
6 Tbsp. butter
3 10-oz. cans refrigerated crescent roll dough (I didn't have crescent rolls, so I found a recipe and made my own. Recipe follows)
Preheat oven to 325.
In saucepan over medium heat, slowly cook and stir chicken, onion and garlic. Cook until onions are tender and chicken is lightly browned. In a bowl, blend chicken mixture, cream cheese, and butter.
If using crescent rolls, unroll and divide in half to make rectangles. Place a Tablespoon of chicken mixture on each rectangle, and fold up. Bake for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

MY chicken puffs
I used 2 cans of chicken breast. Chicken is so expensive! I either buy canned chicken breast or frozen chicken in a bag. I usually only get the packaged chicken when it's buy one, get one free!
And, I didn't have crescent rolls, so I found a recipe and made my own dough. This dough is so good!! I can't wait to make it again and I'm already thinking of other yummy fillings to try.
Crescent Roll Dough
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
3/4 c. warm water
1/2 c. white sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1/2 c. shortening
4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 c. butter softened

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Once dissolved, add to a large bowl, and stir sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth, then mix in remaining flour until smooth. Knead dough, then cover it and let rise in a warm place (I put it in the laundry room) until double (about 1 1/2 hours).
Risen dough
Punch down dough and divide in half.
I cut it into rectangles and rolled thin. My helper and I added chicken mixture to the middle.
Then fold it up, and make sure no chicken is peeking out anywhere.
Let sit for another hour, to rise again. Brush with softened butter, and bake for 13-15 minutes. I also sprinkled with garlic powder.
All done!This dough really is amazing, it tasted awesome and was easy- you just need a few hours:)

Wow, this was a long post. Maybe next time, I will just do the menu as it's own post, and any recipes I share as their own post. Well, thanks for sticking with it- any suggestions are always welcome.


Deborah said...

Have I mentioned how much I am loving this blog?! You are so creative, and it's nice to see that someone else in this world loves to cook (every day) for their family!!

Keep it up, sister! Who knows whom you might inspire to start cooking for their family? You have certainly inspired me to post more recipes and food-related things on my blog.

BTW--If I were into chicken right now, I would totally copy that chicken puff recipe. I guess I'll have to wait for the aversion to die down! Ooooh, wait a about some lean beef taco bundles? I believe I'll give it a try!

Laura said...

I like your new blog. I am NOT into cooking but do enjoy feeding my family so the tips are great! D is our chef of the house but of course time doesn't always allow him to cook on week nights. I will enjoy browsing and learning from your blog. :)

jennifer said...

I love all of your ideas and you make everything look super easy! Thanks for sharing!

Sydney said...

YUM. hamburgers with hawaiian rolls.

Anonymous said...

I'm new to your site and enjoying it very much. Thanks for the great recepies. You encourage me to do better. BB