In the Kitchen with Linda & Dinner Menu

This week, I made my favorite Chicken Curry dish in the slowcooker instead of on top of the stove. It came out really good. There ended up being too much sauce, but that’s not really a problem, now is it? I will definitely make in in the slowcooker again.

chicken curry

I’ve made fried chicken a couple of times now this summer, after a break from making it of about 17 years. lol Of course, the family loves it! I used thin cut boneless skinnless chicken breast, but next time, I will probably cut them myself instead of paying extra for it. The cream gravy is the best! It really is an easy dish to make, just a little time consuming. Using the thin cut chicken speeds up the process. Of course, you have to have mashed potatoes to go with the gravy!The first time I made this, this summer, I had the kids peel the potatoes. I made extra, and put half in the freezer. It sure was nice to just pull the mashed potatoes out of the freezer, instead of making them again!

fried chicken dinner

 

I don’t make pork that often, but my husband picked some out at the store. These were boneless, so they took less cooking time. I  served them with oven fried potatoes, peas and carrots, and homemade applesauce.

pork dinner

 

I just love my cast iron skillet. I use it all the time. I actually have 5 cast iron skillets, but I use this big 12 inch one the most. I can get a nice brown on my fried chicken and pork in this skillet without using a lot of oil.
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fried chicken     fried pork

 

 

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

Saturday – quick & easy- Leftovers

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Pizza

Monday – chicken –  Slowcooker Chicken, onions, potatoes, and carrots

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Skillet spaghetti, broccoli

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

Thursday – chicken – Skillet Chicken Alfredo, green beans

Friday beef –    Chili Beef & Cabbage, rice

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

 

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Chicken with potatoes, onions, and carrots, in the slowcooker is my go to meal if I don’t know what to do with the chicken. It’s quick, easy, I can put it in the slowcooker in the morning and forget about it, and my family loves it. Sometimes we have it once a week, and sometimes we go a month without having it. It depends on how busy life is, and how creative I am feeling in the kitchen.

chicken potatoes onions carrots in slowcooker

It’s so simple, it doesn’t even need a recipe. Place cut up potatoes, carrots, and onions in the slowcooker. Use how ever many you need to feed your family. Place boneless, skinless chicken breast on top. Again, enough for your family. Season with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder to taste. I use not quite a teaspoon of salt, about 20 grinds on the pepper grinder, and about a teaspoon each of onion and garlic powder. I like a lot of onion an garlic. You could use fresh garlic, if you have it. Sometimes, I add about a half a cup of water, sometimes I don’t. lol  I cook on high for 5-6 hours, or on low all day. Cooking time depends on how much food you have, and hot your slowcooker gets.

 

I deviated from tacos a little for taco night. I made Steak and Cheese tacos. Except they weren’t really tacos. Just steak and cheese on a tortilla. We’re having it again this Wednesday because I cooked a big package of meat, and the other half is waiting in the freezer.

 

steak and cheese taco

Because freezer meals get precedent over me having to cook. lol

I made milkshakes for the family last night. Our favorite milkshake recipe is Magic Milkshakes from Hillbilly Housewife. They are quick and easy. Just throw everything in the blender. No ice cream needed!

milkshakes

 

 

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- Leftovers

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Pizza

Monday – chicken –  Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Chicken Pasta Salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- beef or chicken – Steak & Cheese tacos (I guess that’s not really a taco lol, but I’m serving it on tortillas)

Thursday – chicken – Chicken Curry, rice

Friday beef –    Pork chops, fried potatoes, carrots, homemade applesauce

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

 

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We had green beans from our garden last week, the first of the year. They were so good! I know have a shopping bag full of fresh green beans to take care of.

green beans

We had chicken, carrots, potatoes, and onions in the slowcooker last week. I uses boneless, skinless chicken breasts so there isn’t a lot of chicken fat. You could certainly use other pieces of chicken, though.

slowcooker chicken

 

This one of our favorite meals. It’s so good, it’s on the menu again this week.

 

 

 

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- Subs

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Chicken tenders, homemade mac & cheese, salad

Monday – chicken –  Chicken Alfredo, Amish bread, salad

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Pizza, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- beef or chicken – Steak & Cheese tacos (I guess that’s not really a taco lol, but I’m serving it on tortillas)

Thursday – chicken – Chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions in slow cooker

Friday beef –    Baked Spaghetti, salad

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

 

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Wednesday is Taco Night here. The whole family loves them. And my family will eat lots of vegetables on them! I usually only eat one taco, but last week, I was still hungry. Another taco would have been too much. So I made a lettuce taco. Without the meat. lol And it was just enough to feel satisfied.

lettuce taco

My son thought I was crazy, though! lol Speaking of my son. On Saturday we had his birthday party. He picked the menu. He didn’t do too back. Except he didn’t pick and vegetables. Just popcorn chicken and macaroni and cheese. lol So I added some vegetables. And some cupcakes!

 

Zach birthday cupcakes

 

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

Saturday – quick & easy- Popcorn Chicken, homemade macaroni & cheese, green beans, corn, and cupcakes! Birthday party for 15 year old, he choose the menu!

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Tuna sandwiches or hot dogs

Monday – chicken –  Chicken, onions, carrots, potatoes in the slow cooker

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Pizza, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- beef or chicken – Chicken Tacos with all the fixings

Thursday – chicken – Chicken from the freezer, homemade alfredo noodles, green beans

Friday beef –    Chili Beef and Cabbage, rice

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

 

 

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My family loves Jag. It’s a Portuguese one pan rice dish that you can change the ingredients to use what you have on hand. It’s my husbands all time favorite meal.

Jag One Pan Rice Dish Recipe

I got sick from the heat on Saturday, and laid down to rest. I ended up taking a THREE hour nap!! I woke up at 6 to my husband making supper. That works for me! lol

Did I tell you that I got a dishwasher?! I haven’t had a dishwasher in about 7 years or so. So I have to get a new kitchen routine. I need to make sure it’s just about always ready to fill with dirty dishes. I’m going to train my family to load their dishes as soon as they are done with them. Wish me luck! lol

 

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- Chicken tenders, oven fries, corn – Husband cooked!

Sunday – soup & sandwich dayJag

Monday – chicken –  Fried Chicken Breasts, slow cooker mashed potatoes, gravy, broccoli, corn

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Pizza, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- beef or chicken – Beef Tacos with all the fixings

Thursday – chicken – Chicken from the freezer, homemade alfredo noodles, green beans

Friday beef –    Chili Beef and Cabbage

 

 

For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

 

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One of my favorite meals from last week was Chicken  Bacon  Ranch Pockets. The bacon was turkey, the pockets were wheat, and I used chicken from the freezer that I made last week.

 chicken bacon ranch pocket

It made a nice meal, that was quick, easy, and didn’t heat up the kitchen too much.

 

On Wednesday last week, I cooked 5 pounds of hamburger. We had tacos that night, and I put 3 – 1  1/2 cup bags of taco meat in the freezer. I also put 3 – 1 cup bags of cooked hamburger in the freezer, too.  Most likely, I will use it for spaghetti. But you never know.

freezer hamburger

That’s why I like to put plain meat in the freezer, so I can change my mind on what I am going to make if I want to. lol

 

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

Saturday – quick & easy- Chicken Stir Fry

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Turkey bacon, eggs, toast

Monday – chicken – Oven baked Chicken breast, rice, broccoli

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Pizza, salad

Wednesday – Taco Night- beef or chicken – Beef Tacos with all the fixings

Thursday – chicken – Chicken from the freezer, homemade alfredo noodles, green beans

Friday beef –    Steak & Cheese pockets, broccoli

 

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For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday

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I made this One Pot Pasta again last week. I made a couple of changes this time. I used canned tomatoes, instead of fresh. And I added some cooked hamburger I had in the freezer.

skillet spaghetti

This dish tastes great, and is very easy to make.

I was out of canned diced tomatoes, so I used whole tomatoes and cut them up. I dumped all the tomatoes in the pan, and used my kitchen scissors to cut them up.

Quick & easy! And no cutting board to wash! lol

cutting tomatoes with scissors

 

I also made Easy Chicken Curry last week. This has become a family favorite. It also only uses one pan and is easy to make.

chicken curry

I serve it over rice, but I have eaten it the next day for lunch without rice. It’s good that way, too.

chicken curry rice

I cooked up a couple of chicken breasts in coconut oil on Saturday to put in the freezer. The coconut oil adds a great flavor. If you let the chicken brown, it will get a little crispy on the outside, without any flour or batter. I love this on salads, or to make a quick chicken salad sandwich. Just defrost & eat! I love having my own homemade convenience foods!

chicken coconut oil

I also sliced two chicken breasts and sauteed them in the coconut oil for supper that night. I served them with alfredo noodles, and peas & carrots. I did have some slices left to put in the freezer for another meal, too. :)  This was my plate, and I did have more chicken on it. I remembered after I started eating to take a picture! lol

chicke alfredo noodles

Yes, those are noodles from a package! I bought a few of these to have on had for when my daughter’s teeth hurt after brace adjustments. They are easy for her to make whenever she wants one. Turns out, the family loves them. So I serve them once a month or so to keep them happy. It’s easy for me, too! lol I need to come up with a one pot alfredo noodle recipe!

I talked before about how I went from cooking for seven to cooking for 5. (One son moved out, another buys his own food & cooks for himself) My daughter left on a mission trip two weeks ago, so I have been down to cooking for 4. I don’t know how to cook for 4 people! lol This morning I dropped my youngest off at camp, then next week he goes to another camp. So I’m down to cooking for 3 people for the next couple of weeks. I have no idea how I am going to just cook for thee people! lol

 

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- Chicken sauteed in coconut oil, alfredo noodles, peas & carrots

Sunday – soup & sandwich day – Chicken tenders, homemade macaroni & cheese, green beans

Monday – chicken – Chicken, turkey bacon, lettuce & tomato stuffed pita pockets

Tuesday – pizza/pasta – Spaghetti with homemade meat sauce, green beans

Wednesday – Taco Night- beef or chicken – Beef Tacos with all the fixings

Thursday – chicken – Baked chicken, rice, beets

Friday beef –    Fish fillets, oven roasted potatoes, carrots

 

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For more ideas, visit Menu Plan Monday