Friday, April 12, 2013

Cheyanne's Birthday

Cheyanne just turned 8 and she wanted to decorate her own cake.
 I think it looks great and she had a lot of fun creating it. You can not go wrong with marshmallows, M&M's, Skittles and Gummies.
Happy Birthday, Sunshine  !!!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Another Make Ahead Dinner

 I am really cooking today !

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8 servings

1 lb. ground beef
8 oz. spaghetti or pasta noodles
one 14.5 oz. can peeled, diced tomatoes
1 packet dry onion soup mix
1 cup sour cream (low fat)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt, pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large skillet over medium high heat, saute ground beef 5 minutes or until browned; drain excess fat. Prepare spaghetti according to pkg. directions; drain water.

In a 2 qt. casserole, combine ground beef cooked spaghetti, tomatoes, onion soup mix, sour cream, basil, garlic powder, salt, pepper to taste. Mix together well.

Cover dish, bake in preheated oven 15 minutes. Top with cheese, bake, uncovered, 15 more minutes.

 This looked so good, I can not wait to Wednesday to eat it.

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A Make Ahead Dinner

Now that I work work about 50 hours a week (if I am lucky), I love preparing meals on Sunday to have later in the week. It is cheaper and healthier than fast food.

One of the meals I like to make is Weight Watcher's Shepard Pie. What is also great about this recipe is the kids love chopping the vegetables and cooking the meat. 

Weight Watcher's Shepard's Pie

2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces (es)
1/4 cup nonfat sour cream
1 tablespoon reduced-calorie margarine
1/8 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 cup onion (chopped)
2 medium carrots (diced)
2 medium celery ribs, diced
1 lb uncooked ground turkey breast
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
2 cups canned chicken broth or 2 cups beef broth


1     Preheat oven to 400ºF.
2     Place potatoes in a large saucepan and pour in enough water to cover potatoes. Set pan over high heat and bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer 10 minutes, until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain potatoes, transfer to a large bowl and add sour cream and margarine; mash until smooth, season to taste with salt and set aside.
3     Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrots and celery; cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add turkey and cook until browned, breaking up the meat as it cooks, about 5 minutes. Add flour, rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper; stir to coat. Add broth and bring to a simmer; simmer until mixture thickens, about 3 minutes.
4     Transfer turkey mixture to a 9-inch, deep-dish pie plate. Spread mashed potatoes over top and using the back of a spoon, make decorative swirls over the top. Bake until potatoes are golden, about 30 minutes. Slice into 6 pieces and serve.

I keep the potatoes and meat mixture separate until I am ready to bake it.

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