This week's meal plan moves us into February. You'll love the 15 minute Sausage Alfredo!
February 4th is National Homemade Soup Day so why not check out these simple soup recipes and celebrate?
📅 Food Holidays
We celebrate a couple of fun food holidays this week. They're silly little holidays but it gives us an opportunity to make some memories and have some fun!
- January 29 - National Corn Chip Day is the perfect time to enjoy this Frito Chicken Casserole.
- January 30 - How about learning to make my simplified croissants for National Croissant Day ?
- January 31 - Make some hot cocoa bombs with the kids for National Hot Chocolate Day.
- February 2 is National Tater Tot Day. Try your hand at making Tater Tots from scratch and then give this easy casserole a try.
💭 Tips for success
These tips will help you save time and money this week:
- Chop all the onions for ALL your recipes at once. It's easiest in the food processor. Keep the chopped onions in a storage container in the fridge and measure out what you need for each recipe. Do the same with other vegetables.
- Use leftover carrots in the Cajun pot roast.
- Even easier? Buy the frozen chopped onions, frozen chopped peppers, or seasoning blend at the grocery store.
- If a recipe calls for chicken breast and pork loin happens to be on sale you can usually substitute it.
- Make a couple of batches of these garlic breadsticks. They go with so many recipes!
🍹This week's cocktail
If you haven't tried this easy vodka and ruby red grapefruit juice cocktail yet you're missing out!
This easy poppyseed chicken casserole is super creamy with fall apart tender chicken in a cheesy sauce and buttery Ritz crackers baked on top. Takes just 30 minutes. Serve a salad or some steamed asparagus as a side dish.
Sweet and Spicy Roast Carrots
No one turns down these delicious maple chipotle roast carrots!
Stuffed Monkey Bread
Chocolate & cream cheese stuffed monkey bread with pecans and a buttery praline sauce? Yep! It works as a dessert or as a weekend brunch recipe! Either way - YUM!
Cajun Pot Roast
This slow cooker cajun pot roast is pretty much a one pot meal. It's got a little spicy kick to it but it's not too spicy for the kids. Might want to add a salad to the table for crunch. Save some roast for later in the week.
If you grew up in the 60's you for sure remember Noodles Romanoff, a cheesy side dish that's as easy as can be. It's a great fit with the pot roast, too!
Red Velvet Cake
This gorgeous red velvet cake is too yummy to wait for Valentine's Day to make it!
Meatloaf Stuffed Peppers
These stuffed peppers look complicated but it's not! Meatloaf mixture is stuffed in bell pepper halves then wrapped in bacon and baked. AMAZING!
If you love Boston Market creamed spinach you'll be all over this extra rich creamed spinach recipe! Best of all? Just 3 net carbs!
Gooey Butter Bars
The first time I added chocolate chips to my gooey butter bar recipe was an accident but let me tell you - it's the only way I make them now!
Beef Taco Skillet
Remember the beef from the 30th that I said to save? Well use it instead of ground beef in this easy taco skillet to make it quicker and easier! Started with cooked beef cuts the time and leftovers make it budget friendly!
Green Bean Salad
This tangy green bean salad adds flavor and crunch to the table.
Creamy, no bake lemon cheesecake like the one served at Woolworth's lunch counter. It's so easy to make and it tastes even better than you remember. (and if you've never had it you've got to try it.)
Brown sugar and Garlic Chicken is a 30 minute dinner the family will ask for again and again! You can make it in the oven (best) or in the slow cooker.
Creamed corn is one of my favorites - and if you've never had it homemade you'll definitely want to give it a try.
Lemon Bundt Cake
Finish the meal with this moist and tangy lemon bundt cake. I make it with Meyer lemons when I can find them but any lemons will do.
Smoked Sausage Alfredo Skillet
Hearty Smoked Sausage Alfredo Skillet is an easy 15 minute dinner - you'll love it... and so will the family. Cheesy goodness in every bite.
This cheese & bacon fougasse is similar to a focaccia. It's easy to make and the smoky, chewy bread is delish with the ravioli!
Old fashioned m&m's cookies are such a treat!
Dr Pepper Ribs
Tender, country style ribs are simmered in the slow cooker until they're ready to fall apart.
Cheddar & Pepper Rolls
Fluffy dinner rolls made with Cheddar cheese and cracked pepper are just right with this soup!
No Bake S'mores Pie
If you love s'mores you'll love this easy no bake pie! I brown the top with a plumber's torch but you can put it under the broiler for a minute if you prefer.