FREE Menu Plan & Shopping Guide

“What’s for dinner?” my husband asks on a regular basis. I used to answer “I’m not sure yet.” A few short weeks after being married I decided I needed to start planning our dinner meals so I could have a more organized and ‘put together’ answer for him. It was so nice to be able to know what meals we had planned for the week, the items that I needed to buy at the grocery store and what had to be taken out of the freezer in the morning. To make things simple and organized, I created this Menu Planning and Shopping Guide – oh what a great tool! This has made my life so much easier and I want to help make yours easier too.  Please feel free to share this post with others and print the guide off each week so when your husband asks ‘what’s for dinner’ you will have a perfectly planned answer too!   Download – FREE Menu Plan & Shopping Guide

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Creamy Spinach Eggs

Ohhh the joys of creamy, baked eggs! I absolutely love how delicious and simple this dish is. This is one of those breakfast traditions soon to be made. I am such a fan of egg dishes that tastes as amazing as it looks – simple to make – only 15 minutes and breakfast is served!

This recipe is for one, single serving.

Items needed:

  • personal sized cast iron skillet
  • dollop of butter
  • chopped garlic (I use the kind you buy in a jar)
  • some spinach
  • 1/4 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 eggs (cold from fridge)IMG_6510
  • some shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place skillet on stove and melt butter. Add garlic and spinach and saute about 1 minute. Remove from heat and add cream. Gently add the eggs and top with cheese and salt and pepper.

Place in oven and bake for 12 minutes. Let set for a minute before eating. Enjoy!

Note… do not substitute milk for cream to save on calories – it just wont turn out right and you will be disappointed.

Cheap Summer Treats

2017-05-23 19.03.13Looking for a way to cool down this summer? Now that the weather is warming up… What better way to beat the heat than homemade lemon-aid pops. This anytime treat is so simple, tasty and affordable – it kinda feels like cheating!

Slice fruit such as strawberries, peaches, apples, kiwi and add to pop molds. You can also add blackberries, blueberries and raspberries too.

Next, fill with lemon-aid. Note: don’t fill completely to the top… leave just a little room for the stick to insert to avoid juice spill over.

My next attempt will be with sweet tea and sliced peaches – yum!

Creamy Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This soup is so yummy! It is a copy-cat recipe of Olive Garden’s soup. I love to try and recreate restaurant style meals. You wont be disappointed in this one. It doesn’t really qualify for healthy but is does qualify for delicious.

Prep (about 15 minutes):

  • 2-3 cups of cooked chicken
  • Onion (chopped)
  • Carrot (1-2 chopped)
  • Celery (1-2 stalks chopped)
  • Garlic (chopped)
  • Spinach (2-3 cups remove stems & lightly chop)

Cook (about 5 minutes):

  • 3-4 tablespoons butter
  • Onion – Carrot – Celery – Garlic

Add & Simmer 20-30 minutes:

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • chicken
  • spinach

Cook Gnocchi for 3-4 minutes & slowly add 1/3 cup flour to soup and stir to dissolve.

Add 2-3 cups heavy whipping cream and gnocchi and cook until soup reaches just the point of boiling – (don’t boil or cream will chunk up and ruin soup).

You can now lower stove to lowest setting or put in crock pot on warm to eat later.

Top with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

 

No cheating on the cream or butter (it won’t be as tasty – I promise)

Simple Summer Salad

This delicious salad not only tastes great but is impressive in presentation. Great for a quick weeknight dinner or a special occasion. And… it takes only 15 minutes to prepare! What could be better?

Ingredients:

  • Shrimp (raw and cleaned)
  • Olive Oil
  • Garlic Salt & Mrs. Dash Lemon Pepper
  • Tomatoes
  • Avocados
  • Cilantro
  • Balsamic Salad Dressing

To Do:

  1. Over medium heat, cook shrimp in olive oil with garlic salt and mrs. dash until shrimp are thoroughly cooked about 5-8 minutes.
  2. While shrimp are cooking, slice tomatoes and avocados and arrange on plate(s).
  3. Top with shrimp and drizzle balsamic dressing over salad.
  4. Top with fresh cilantro.
  5. Enjoy!