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Wednesday Swap’s July ’14 Menu & Recipes

Wednesday Swap’s July ’14 Menu & Recipes

Jenica – Tomato, Basil, Feta Hamburgers


Serving Size: 6

1.5 pound ground beef
1/3 cup fresh basil, chopped
1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles
1/3 cup diced roasted garlic tomatoes

Prep Day Directions: In a large bowl, mix together all of the ingredients until well incorporated. Make a large ball of the meat and then divide into hamburger balls and then mold into patties.

Serve Day Directions: Do not defrost – cook frozen on hot grill for 3 minutes on each side or until hamburgers are cooked to desired doneness. Serve on buns with additional toppings if desired.

Bridget – Mediterranean chicken


Serving Size: 6

2.5lbs chicken
Roasted red pepper, to your liking
1 Can black olives
Italian seasoning , to your liking
1t oregano
Salt and Pepper

Prep Day Directions: Blend red bell pepper and black olives together and add to Italian seasoning then add all to bag with chicken and oregano.

Serve Day Directions: Put in oven or crock pot and cook until cooked. Add over noodles

Katie – Rustic Herb Pork Tenderloin


Serving Size: 6

Pork Tenderloin package of 2 (2+ lbs total)
2 T rustic herb seasoning from Tastefully Simple
1 cup OJ

Prep Day Directions: Add all to ziplock, freeze.

Serve Day Directions: thaw and grill when ready. Serve with rice or noodles and veggies.

Brittany – Orange Thai Beef Skewers


1 orange
1/4 C soy sauce
1/4 C seasoned rice wine vinegar
1 T honey
1T sesame oil
1 t ground ginger
1 t coriander
4 cloves garlic
2-4 t Sriracha chili sauce* ( used 1 t)
1 1/2 lb flank steak skewers (if using wood/bamboo make sure to soak them in water for at least 30 minutes before use.)

Prep Day Directions: To the orange mixture, add soy sauce, vinegar, honey, sesame oil, ginger, coriander, and garlic. Then add Sriracha to your liking. Take the flank steak and slice it across the grain into about 1/4″ slices. It helps to pop the steak into the freezer for 20 minutes or so before hand. Place steak in a zip-lock bag and pour the marinade in. Swish it all around and pop the bag in the fridge. It’s best if it can sit for at least 4 hours.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw overnight Soak your skewers for 30 minutes before threading meat and grilling Take your skewers (pre-soaked if you’re using wood/bamboo ones) and thread on the strips of meat, just like you’re stitching. You don’t want them to be too smooshed on there. In order for them to cook evenly, stretch the meat out a bit. Place them on the grill. These cook really fast. Overcooked flank steak will be tough and chewy, so don’t over do it! They should only take about 3-4 minutes on each side. Flip half way through.

Kellie – Cheesy Broccoli Chicken Foil Packets


Serving Size: 6

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 separately 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.

Ashley – Tequila Lime Chicken


Serving Size: 6

1 lb. Flank Steak
3 tbsp. Garlic
1/4 cup Lime Juice
1/4 cup Tequila
1/4 cup Soy Sauce
1 bundle of Cilantro, chopped
1/2 tsp. Cumin

You Provide: (optional) Tortillas, Radishes, Cheese, Avocado, Tomatoes, Hot Sauce

Prep Day Directions: Combine all ingredients in freezer bag. Freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw in fridge. Heat grill to medium heat. Grill steak to desired doneness. Reserve marinade and boil in a saucepan to sterilize. Use the marinade on your steak after it is grilled, either on it’s own, or in tortillas as fajitas.

Sarah – Lucy’s Ham sandwiches


Serving Size: 6

1 stick of butter
1 T mustard
1 T worcestershire
2 T brown sugar
1 T poppy seeds
Small buns
Swiss cheese

Prep Day Directions: Bring butter, mustard, worcestershire, brown sugar and poppy seeds to a boil in a saucepan. Set aside. Make sandwiches with small buns, ham, and swiss cheese. I use Hawaiian Sweet Rolls because I think they’re delicious. Place sandwiches in baking dish.

Serve Day Directions: Pour sauce over the sandwiches. Cover and marinate in fridge for 24 hours or overnight. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes covered then 10 minutes uncovered.

Nicole – Mexican Burgers


Serving Size: 6

1.5 pound ground beef (used 2 pounds), can also use chicken
1 envelope taco seasoning mix (use 1/2 of package for less of a kick or less sodium)
6 slices Colby Jack or Monterey Jack cheese
1 avocado sliced 1/4 cup thick and chunky salsa (gave 1 cup)

Prep Day Directions: Mix ground beef with seasoning and put in freezer bag. Put salsa and cheese in separate bags and freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw. Grill or cook in pan until done. Top each patty with cheese, put on grill for two minutes if desired. Serve on buns topped with avocado and salsa.

Kirsten – Grilled Orange Chicken

Serving Size: 6


1 1/2 lb chicken breasts
3 Tbsp chopped fresh orange (I used cuties)
1/3 c orange juice
1/4 c olive oil
3 tsp lime juice
4-5 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp thyme
2 tsp oregano
2 tsp cumin

Prep Day Directions: Mix all ingredients and coat chicken in freezer bag. Freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw completely in refrigerator so chicken can marinate. Cook low and slow on grill!



I’m a married mother of 3. Who loves living in Minnesota, prep ahead cooking, and couldn’t live without them now. No more worries about the age old question “What’s for Dinner?”. I am also transitioning my family into the slow food and clean eating movement. I believe it’s best if we can eat food in it’s most natural state. I love to share the information I have been gaining through this whole experience. I’m also a trained personal chef. Cooking is a passion and hobby of mine. Hope your are enjoying the content of my blog.

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