Welcome to my Recipes!!

Last week I talked to you about meal planning for a week and using that plan to shop for your groceries. I hope you try doing that, it really does help save money, especially if you only buy the items on your list.

Today, I thought we could talk about some specific menu ideas to help you plan your meals. Meal planning isn’t always easy for everyone, just trying to think of what will be good and healthy for my family to eat, can get a little overwhelming at times.

Have you ever stood and just looked through your cabinets and refrigerator and tried to figure out what to make? I have made it a game for myself, at times, by only allowing myself to use what I have on hand, and not going to the store to get just one ingredient. I can guarantee, when I do that, I end up buying more than one thing. It is surprising what you can come up with for a meal.

Also, I hope you know, you can also make a breakfast meal for your lunch or dinner, and/or a dinner meal for breakfast. I had a wonderful Home Economics teacher in high school that told us you can have pizza for breakfast. It has protein, starch and vegetables in it, so if you heat it up and give it to your children for breakfast, along with some fruit, you know you have helped them get a good start for their day and also your day. 

Oatmeal and rice are two perfect examples of lower cost food that can go a long way, and be used for any meal. Buy it in the larger sized packages because it is less expensive, and it will last awhile for you. Also, watch for sales, I just bought eggs at Aldi the other day for 58 cents a dozen. What a deal!! I have learned that a block of cheese is cheaper than shredded cheese, and that oats are also cheaper per serving than the processed cereals. Also, the boxed macaroni and cheese is processed and not nearly as good or good for you as making it from scratch, and it takes about the same amount of time to prepare it. So, let’s take eggs, oatmeal and cheese and see what kind of delicious meal we can make. Here is your menu that can be served for any meal of the day and the recipes to go with it:

Salsa Cheese Omelet

Steamed Rice

Apple Crisp

Prepare both recipes and bake in the oven together while you are cooking your rice on the stove. You really have a great meal that is nutritious and tastes wonderful. Plus, you have filled their bellies! If you have children and they are old enough, have them help beat the eggs and sour cream together. Measuring also helps them to learn a little math along the way. This can be a fun meal to make together.

Apple Crisp (serves 6 or 8)

6 medium apples

1 and ½-cup brown sugar (or less)

1-cup flour

1 and ½-cup quick-cooking rolled oats

1-cup butter or margarine

Set oven at 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8-inch round casserole with a bit of butter. Cut apples in quarters. Peel; cut out core. Slice thin; put apples in casserole dish.

Mix oats, sugar and flour. Mix butter in with your fingers. Mixture will be crumbly.  Put mixture on top of apples. Bake about 35-45 minutes until mixture is bubbly and top is golden.

Salsa Cheese Omelet (serves up to 8)

6 eggs, beaten well

1 cup sour cream

Cheddar, shredded

Salsa

1. Salsa goes into oiled pie plate
2. Cheese goes on top of salsa
3. The egg is mixed with the sour cream and goes on top. Then either cover and refrigerate until going into oven or bake immediately after assembling.  

Rub pie plate lightly with oil or butter/margarine. Place about one-half cup of salsa on the bottom of the pie plate, top with about one cup shredded cheese. Beat together eggs and sour cream until well blended. Pour egg mixture over salsa and cheese. Place in 350 degree oven, bake for about 45 minutes. When done, slice in pie shape, turning over onto serving plate with salsa and cheese on top. You can serve it with sour cream and a dab of salsa on top. This is a favorite at our house.

Try it and Enjoy!! You have cooked with love!

Lonnie Sundermeyer, Saint Vincent de Paul at St. Michael’s Conference

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