Monday, October 20, 2014

Chicken Spaghetti. Pot Roast. Wild Rice + Sausage Soup {What We Ate}

Hey there! I am writing this Sunday night and I am beat. Last week was crazy and our weekend was so full. A good full. A fun full. Just a lot going on. And on top of having places to be I decided this weekend to be the weekend I move furniture around and clean out my closet. So not only am I tired my house is a wreck. But, honestly, I am too tired to care. So I am blogging instead.

Ok, so last week I planned to make 4 meals, 2 of which I was going to double the recipes and freeze half but only ended up making 3 meals and going to the grocery store FIVE TIMES. Last week was not my best meal planning week but at least I now have a couple really good dinners stored away in the freezer for a later date.



The Pionner Woman's Chicken Spaghetti
recipe [here]

This is one of the freezer meals I made. So I thought my family really liked this chicken spaghetti. Well, ok, Aaron doesn't love it but he doesn't hate it either but I remember making it not to long ago and Elle liking it but she didn't this time and Harry didn't devour it like he usually does food. So I'm kind of sad that I made a second 9x13 and froze it. I hate to feed it to my family again if they don't like it. Maybe I'll gift it to someone one day.


I mean. He ate it. He'll eat anything. He just didn't have seconds. And was "all done" very quickly. However, he did enjoy making one of his mealtime messes. They're epic, let me tell you.


Kale Caesar Salad:
kale (I buy the prewashed and cut bag of kale)
red onion, very thinly sliced
hard boiled egg (I do one egg per bowl of salad)
Brianna's Caesar Dressing

If you like kale you will love this salad! It is one of my favorites. I used to make a homemade Casear dressing until I tried the Brianna's and nothing beats it in my opinion.


Slow-cooker Pot Roast
recipe [here]

I completely forgot to take a picture this night. The night we ate this was the night I went to see Gone Girl with my girlfriends and was quickly trying to feed my family and get out the door so the last thing I thought about was snapping a quick pic. Oops. BUT.... I didn't really like this recipe anyway. I need a good crockpot Pot Roast recipe, so if you have one send it my way! I need to try PW's next time, I'm sure it's good. I've never made anything of hers I didn't like.

Do you get the Kraft Foods Food and Family magazine? That's where I originally saw this recipe. I don't get the magazine, but looked at a friends one day and there were so many great recipes. I bookmarked several and then my magazine just disappeared.



Wild Rice and Sausage Soup
makes 8 generous servings

1 box Uncle Bens Fast Cook Long Grain & Wild Rice
1/2 lb regular sausage**
1/2 lb spicy sausage**
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced celery
1 cup carrots, thick sliced
2 cups chicken broth
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 1/2cups milk
2 cans mushrooms
1 tsp seasoned salt
black pepper to taste
**with the leftover 1 lb of sausage I like to make sausage balls. Recipe [here].

Cook rice according to package directions. Brown sausage with veggies in a large pot until the meat is brown and the veggies are tender. Drain fat. Add the cooked rice, cream of mushroom soup, milk, 1 can of mushrooms with liquid, 1 can of mushrooms drained, seasoned salt and black pepper to the pot. Stir to combine. Set heat to low. Cover pot and let simmer for at least an hour.

This could also be made in the slow-cooker. Just cook the rice, brown the meat with the veggies and add all the ingredients to the slow-cooker and set on low for a few hours!

We had this soup for the first time last Christmas at my Mimi's house in Colorado. She got the recipe from a friend at church I think. It is such a good hearty meal and both my kids really like it (Elle picks out the mushrooms). I've made it several times over the last year and found that using the quick cooking wild rice saves so much time and also throwing it in the crockpot allows you to leave it and forget if you need to go run a few errands or pick the kids up from school. Its a great Sunday afternoon meal to come home from church to and makes for some awesome leftovers during the week. OH and don't forget the Jiffy corn muffins.

This was the other meal that I double the recipe and froze half. This will be perfect for a snowy day. Which we are projected to have a really bad winter this year. Already dreading it.

Happy Monday friends. Hope you all have a wonderful week.


1 comment:

  1. Here is my family's favorite roast recipe. Enjoying your blog!


    Chuck pot roast
    1 packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix
    1 packed of Au Jus Gravy mix
    1 stick of butter
    Pepperoncini peppers

    Put chuck pot roast in the Crockpot.
    Sprinkle one packet of Hidden Valley Ranch mix and one packet of McCormick Au Jus Gravy mix on the roast.
    Place one stick of butter on top of the roast.
    Put the pepperoncini peppers on top of the roast. The recipe calls for 4 or 5, but I normally put a lot more than that on mine.
    Do NOT add any water to the roast.
    Cook on low for at least 8 hours