Meal Swap: Wednesday’s April 2013 Menu and Recipes

April 2013 Menu:

All recipes serve 6 unless otherwise specified.

Your Choice

Kristine: Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

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2 1/2 c. diced chicken
2 c. fresh spinach
1 T chopped garlic
1 c. julienned sundried tomatoes
1 1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
1 jar sundried tomato alfredo sauce
1 box bowtie pasta

Prep Day Directions: Put all measured ingredients into a freezer bag and seal!

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag of mixed ingredients. Cook pasta according to package directions, then drain. In a large pot combine pasta, jar of sauce and bag of ingredients. Cover and cook on medium-low, stirring occasionally, until chicken is hot, spinach leaves are wilted and cheese is melted! Enjoy!

Kellie: Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Foil Packets

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1 package Stuffing mix; chicken flavor
1 1/4 cups Water
6 Boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6oz. each)
6 cups Broccoli Florets
1 1/2 cups Shredded cheddar cheese
6 slices Cooked bacon; crumbled (I used the already cooked bacon from Sam’s Club)
6 tbsp Ranch dressing, divided

Prep Day Directions: Spray 4 large sheets of heavy-duty foil with oil. Combine stuffing mix and water. Spoon 1/4 of the stuffing mixture onto the center of each foil sheet. Top stuffing with a 6oz. chicken breast half. Top chicken with 1 c. broccoli. Sprinkle with 1/4 of the cheese and 1 slice of bacon, crumbled. Drizzle with 1 T. ranch dressing. Bring up foil sides and fold to seal, leaving room for heat circulation inside.

Add’l Prep Day Directions: To freeze, I first froze each packet seperately and then the next day put them all in a gallon size ziploc bag.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw packets in fridge. Heat oven to 400 degrees and place packets on a cookie sheet and cook for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove packets and let stand 5 mins. Cut sits in foil for steam before opening. As a heads up, each packet that I made has a separate bottom and top piece of foil.

North American/European

Erin: Weeknight Red Beans and Rice

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1 medium onion, diced 1 bell pepper, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1 lb. smoked turkey sausage, sliced
1/2 tsp cayenne (I used 1/4 tsp)
1 tsp cajun seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 tsp minced garlic
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cans kidney beans
salt, pepper, hot sauce to taste

Prep Day Directions: Heat 2 Tbsp oil in large non-stick pan or Dutch oven. Add diced onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic. Saute until tender. Add sliced sausage and sauté until heated through and slightly browned. Add cayenne, cajun seasoning and bay leaf. Continue to stir and sauté about 3 min. Add diced tomatoes and beans (do not drain). Let cool and place in labeled freezer bag. Put 1 cup rice into labeled bag.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw and heat up on stovetop. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. Simmer about 15 minutes. Remove bay leaf. Serve over rice Simmer rice 15 minutes in 2-1/2 cups water.

Emily: French Market Sandwiches

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Makes 12 sandwiches

12 plain buns
1 cup butter, room temp
1/4 cup prepared mustard
1/2 teaspoon poppy seed
2 tablespoons finely minced shallots
2 lbs shaved ham
12 slices Swiss cheese

Prep Day Directions: Slice croissants in half horizontally. Mix butter, mustard, poppy seeds and onion together. Spread on half of each croissant. Top with 2 1/2 slices of ham and a slice of cheese. Put halves together. Wrap each sandwich in foil to be frozen or made fresh. To make from fresh warm wrapped sandwich in 350 F oven for 15 minutes.

Serve Day Directions: No need to thaw. Unwrap and put on cookie sheet. Bake at 325F for 25 to 30 minutes or till cheese is melted.

Italian/Mediterranean

Heather: Chicken Pesto Pizza

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1 Pillsbury Thin Pizza Crust (15″x10″)
1/4 cup pesto 2 cups rotisserie chicken
1/2 cup black beans
3/4 cup diced tomatoes
2 cups mozzarella cheese

Prep Day Directions: De-bone rotisserie chicken and place in bag. Measure pesto into bag. Measure black beans and tomatoes into bags. Place all bags, plus pre-packaged bag of mozzarella cheese, into freezer bag. Freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Heat oven to 400 degrees. Grease 15″x10″ or larger cookie sheet or pan. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet. Prebake dough 5 minutes. Spread with 1/4 cup pesto. Top with chicken, black beans, diced tomatoes and cheese. Bake 6 to 10 minutes longer – until cheese is melted and crust is golden. Enjoy!

Asian/Indian

Bridget: Asian Pork Chops

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5 tablespoons soy sauce
5 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
6 boneless pork loin chops (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick)

Prep Day Directions: In a large resealable plastic bag or shallow glass container, combine the first six ingredients. Add pork and turn to coat. Seal or cover.

Serve Day Directions: Drain and discard marinade. Grill, uncovered, over medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let meat stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Andi: Steak Stir Fry

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Cole slaw mix-16 ounce bag
6-8 ounces baby bella mushrooms
2 Tablespoons canola oil
1/2 pound stew meat
1 Cup Rice
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped-optional

Sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon Sriarcha chili sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon sesame oil
1 Tablespoon rice vinegar

Prep Day Directions: Combine all sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and pour in bag with meat. Seal bag Add mushrooms to veggie mix in another large freezer bag. Bag rice Place meat bag and rice bag in large freezer bag with veggies. Freeze

Serve Day Directions: In a large wok or skillet heat oil over medium-high heat. Salt and pepper the steak pieces and saute for 3 – 4 minutes. Remove meat from the pan and set aside in a bowl. Do not clean pan! Add another tablespoon of oil to the pan and saute mushrooms and cole slaw for a minute. Add meat and sauce back in just to warm. Serve over rice and garnish with chopped cilantro(optional)

Southwestern/Latin American

Kirsten: BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

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1.5 lb shredded chicken
18 oz BBQ sauce
1 small red onion, chopped
1 c chopped cilantro
1 1/2 c shredded Colby jack
12 large flour tortillas
Garlic salt for baking chicken
Oil (you provide)

Prep Day Directions: Bake chicken seasoned with garlic salt for 20 minutes at 325. Meanwhile, chop onion and cilantro and mix. Put in a freezer bag. When chicken is done, shred in food processor and mix with BBQ sauce. Put in a separate freezer bag. Bag tortillas and cheese separately as well.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bags completely. Mix chicken bag and onion/cilantro bag and heat in microwave or in a large pan on the stovetop. Put a large heap of mixture on one half of a tortilla and sprinkle with cheese, fold over and cook in frying pan with oil. Top with sour cream, guacamole and lettuce!

Lisa: Beef Fajitas

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1.5 lb. beef (Top Sirloin) , cut into strips
1 onion, sliced 2-3 bell peppers, sliced. I Used Trader Joe’s frozen peppers.
1 teaspoon of garlic
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 Tablespoons veg oil to Saute ( you provide)
1.5 c. Shredded Cheddar Cheese.
12 Fajita Sized Tortillas.

Prep Day Directions: Bag separately – 1. Meat and seasoning, 2. Peppers 3. Onions 4. Shredded cheese. 5. Tortillas > > Fit # 1 – 4 into one Labeled Gallon Size Bag. Label Tortillas as # 2

Serve Day Directions: Thaw in the refrigerator. Saute meat mixture. Add onions near the beginning. Add peppers about ½ way > through cooking. > > Warm tortillas. Serve with Cheese.

Soups/Stews

Nicole: Ham and Pea Soup

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Serving Size: 8

7 cups water
1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas (2 1/4 cups), sorted and rinsed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 1/2 cups)
2 medium stalks celery, finely chopped (1 cup)
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
3 cups of cut up ham

Prep Day Directions: Add salt, pepper, carrots, celery, onion and ham to freezer bag.

Serve Day Directions: Rinse and sort peas. Soak peas for quicker cooking time. Add peas and freezer bag to crock pot. Add water to crock pot.

Ashley: Italian Sausage and Potato Soup

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1 lb Italian Sausage
8 cups Chicken Broth
1 can Cannellini Beans
1 can Diced Tomatoes
2 cups Diced Potatoes
1 Bay Leaf

Prep Day Directions: Cook sausage in a skillet. Combine all ingredients into freezer bag. Freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw completely. Heat until potatoes are cooked. About 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf before serving. Serve with crusty bread.

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5 thoughts on “Meal Swap: Wednesday’s April 2013 Menu and Recipes

  1. Everything we’ve had so far has been great! But the broccoli chicken packets and the red beans and rice were a big hit in our house! Will make both again for sure!

  2. We liked the pizza and BBQ quesadillas (thanks for the precooked meat), red beans and rice, french market sandwiches and pork chops (huge portions). I would add more vegetables to the potato soup but we had plenty of sausage and more vegetable to the red beans and rice if making again.

  3. Favorites so far: red beans and rice(Addie couldn’t stop eating it), sausage potatoe soup, BBQ chicken, and chicken packets! Thx ladies and can’t wait to have the rest

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