In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

I’ve been using  FreezEasy the last couple of weeks for a review. I’ve made a few things for the freezer so far. I pulled out one of the dishes last week to cook. Chicken Fajita Bake. It was so good! I served it with rice and green beans. The family loved it! This one will definitely be in our meal rotation. Look for my review of FreezEasy coming soon.


Chicken Fajita Bake


There was a little bit left, so I made up to meals for my adult son to take home.


Chicken Fajita Bake tv dinners


My 17 (18 in a few days!!) year old daughter saw a recipe on FB that she wanted to try. Nacho Cheese Chip Chicken Strips. She made them, and I made the sides. They came out pretty good. The house was divided. Some liked it, some didn’t. I liked them. They were not good as leftovers, though. The chips got all soggy and didn’t crisp up again during reheating in the oven.


Nacho Cheese Chip Chicken mashed potatoes corn


She crushed the chips with her bare hands because that’s what she saw in the video. lol She asked me to crush some more chips while she was in the middle of coating the chicken. So I just jumped in with my bare hands, too. That’s a great way to end up with orange hands for a while! lol


cooking hands


I bought some chicken, legs & thighs, and some pork chops on sale. I packaged them for the freezer. I got three meals of chicken, 2 BBQ and 1 Italian chicken. I got 2 pork chop meals, 1 plain and 1 Italian pork chops.


chicken pork chops for freezer


Want to know my “secret” to the Italian chicken & pork chops? Italian salad dressing! I know, not much of a secret. But it works really well as a marinade for meat.


I got up one morning last week and decided to make french toast. Which is very unlike me. I don’t like to cook breakfast, and do it rarely. I made extra and put it in the freezer for quick breakfasts in the future. That’s my kind of breakfast. lol Pull it out of the freezer and warm it up. lol I always put waxed paper between the layers of french toast inside a freezer bag. That way we can pull out just the number of pieces that we need.


homemade french toast for freezer


We had a cookout last weekend and my daughter made a fruit and veggie platter. It looks pretty and tastes pretty good!


fruit veggie platter


We love having cookouts, but they can be a lot of work. Especially at the last minute. Grabbing everything from the fridge. Then it always seems we forget something have have to come back inside for it.


This time, I tried making up baskets ahead of time.  This is the fridge basket. I put all the things that we would need at the cookout but have to stay in the fridge until right before eating. The mayonnaise, the cheese, the ranch dip, etc. I included the hot dogs, since they don’t take long to cook. The hamburgers were put on the fire first, before this basket was brought out.


condiment basket for cookout


I like to leave the s’mores ingredients in the house until we are ready for it. If I don’t, the chocolate always melts in the Kentucky heat and humidity. So I made a s’mores basket.


s'mores basket for cookout


This basket idea worked great! If you are having a cookout, check out my post How to Prepare for a Large Cookout. You’ll find ideas, tips, and recipes to help you get ready for your next cookout. Whether your having 2 guests or 20!


In the Kitchen with Linda



In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu


Now…. to answer the question that I get asked about a hundred times a day……….What’s For Dinner?


Saturday – quick & easy- Cookout!

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Cookout leftovers!

Monday – chicken or turkey –  Smoked sausage, macaroni salad, salad – Still finishing up those cook out leftovers! lol

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with meat sauce, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- Tacos with all the fixin’s

Thursday – pork or venison – Italian Pork chops, mashed potatoes, beets, homemade applesauce

Friday venison  – Venison roast, potatoes, & carrots in slow cooker,



For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday



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