Banana Stuffed French Toast

Banana Stuffed French Toast

Banana Stuffed French Toast
Special K Challenge & Beyond, pg. 74

Breakfast for dinner! I haven’t met a single soul who does not like breakfast for dinner. To accompany our french toast, we made a couple cups of coffee. Sam and I will probably regret this decision in the morning when the alarm clock chirps at 5:30am. Eh, who am I kidding. I’ll just start the coffee pot right back up. *WARNING* I am a coffee addict. No I do not go to meetings. Meetings are for people who want to quit.

Change to the recipe:

1. The recipe calls for 1-inch thick multi-grain bread, but our grocery store didn’t carry it today. Instead, I went over to the bakery and bought fresh French Bread and sliced it at home.

Eggs In A Cup

Eggs In A Cup

Sam was the cook in the kitchen this morning and he did great! Breakfast on the patio..

Eggs In A Cup

1 cup egg beaters
Dash of salt

1. Pour egg beaters in a large cup.
2. Put eggs in microwave for 1 minute.
3. Stir eggs and place back in microwave for 1 minute.
4. Repeat, or microwave until eggs are how you like them.

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken Noodle Casserole
Campbell’s Favorite Recipes, pg. 119

My new adventure of the day was learning how to shred chicken. Google is usually my “go to” for finding info, so I did just this to find the best way to “cook to shred” the chicken. I bought boneless, skinless chicken breasts and boiled them in a large pot. I added some sea salt, ground pepper, and a tablespoon of butter to give the chicken a little flavor. I boiled the chicken for about 30 minutes and set it aside to cool while I finished the rest of the above recipe. After the chicken cooled, I cut the breasts into halves and was able to tear it apart easily.

Disclaimer: Depending on how you cook the chicken and which type you buy, just make sure it is cooked thoroughly before adding it to the casserole!

Change to the recipe:

1. We used whole grain egg noodles to give our dinner a healthier spin.

Chicken Dijon with Noodles

Chicken Dijon with Noodles

Chicken Dijon with Noodles
Campbell’s Favorite Recipes, pg. 86

No changes made to this recipe! I served this dish with a side of steamed broccoli.

The broccoli is a story all in itself. Up until today, I have never cooked broccoli that didn’t come in a bag. I stared at the broccoli in the produce section deciding on whether to confront a new obstacle, or fall back to the good ole frozen “easy to steam” broccoli. After a few moments, I decided to try something new. I looked at all of my choices, of course not knowing how in the world to choose “good” broccoli. In the end, I decided to go with the green veggie motto, “green is good, all other colors are bad.” First obstacle completed: buy the broccoli. Second obstacle: How in the world do I cut this so it looks like all the cute broccoli heads on the veggie platters? A call to my mother confirmed I was on the right path to tackle this large crown of broccoli. In the end, the broccoli was steamed and served!

I thought the broccoli turned out okay. Sam said it was either
A. He’s fibbing (this is a Good Husband Get Out Of Jail Free card…only when it comes to food)
B. He threw it away when I wasn’t looking OR
C. It was actually pretty good

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops & Rice

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops & Rice

Creamy Ranch Pork Chops & Rice
Campbell’s Favorite Recipes, pg. 70

Six days into the new year and this family is fast-food for dinner free! At first, I hesitated with this recipe. A part of me thought, “Ranch….and pork chops??? Ranch…in the rice???” I was completely wrong because this combination was delicious! A recommendation from the husband, “Smother the rice in gravy. You can never have too much gravy.”

Changes to the recipe:

1. Instead of white rice, brown rice works just as well.