Meal Swap: December 2015 Menu & Recipes

December 2015 Meal Swap Menu

Your Choice

Leah – Chicken Chow Mein

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1-2 lbs chicken breast (cubed or shredded)
1 can bean sprouts
1 can water chestnuts
1 C celery chopped
1 onion chopped
1 garlic cloved crushed
1 C low sodium chicken broth
⅓ C soy sauce
1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
pepper to taste
¼ C cornstarch w/ ⅓ C cold water
Crispy chow mein noodles

-You provide rice

Prep Day Directions: Cook chicken on stovetop or boil until cooked through Chop, combine and mix all the ingredients together (add the water and cornstarch at the very end) Mix the cold water and cornstarch together until it is smooth and all cornstarch has dissolved. Put in crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Prepare rice.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw the night before. Put ingredients from bag #1 in crock pot to cook on low for 6-8 hours. Prepare rice. Top with chow mein noodles. Enjoy!

 

Liz – Egg Muffins

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12 – 15 eggs

Note: use 12 eggs for individual silicone cups and 15 for larger silicone muffin pans. You can use less egg yolks and more egg white if you prefer.

1 tsp. (or more) Spike Seasoning (optional, if you don’t have Spike, use any type of seasoning blend that’s good with eggs.)
fresh-ground black pepper (optional)
1-2 cups grated low fat cheese (I like sharp cheddar or a blend of cheddar/Jack cheese, use less cheese if using meat)
Optional, but highly recommended, 3 green onions diced small.
Optional: chopped veggies such as blanched broccoli, red pepper, sauteed zucchini, sauteed mushrooms, etc. (Using veggies will reduce the fat content)
Optional: diced Canadian bacon, lean ham, or crumbled cooked turkey sausage

Prep Day: Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a Silicone Muffin Pan or Silicone Muffin Cups with non-stick spray or olive oil.

In the bottom of the muffin cups layer diced meat, if using, sauteed vegetables, if using, cheese and green onions. You want the muffin cups to be about 2/3 full, with just enough room to pour a little egg around the other ingredients.

Break eggs into large measuring bowl with pour spout, add Spike, and pepper (if using) and beat well. Pour egg into each muffin cup until it is 3/4 full. I like to stir slightly with a fork. Bake 25-35 minutes until eggs have risen and are slightly browned and set.

Once cooled wrap and freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw. Microwave on high about 45 seconds to one minute to reheat.

Note: Frozen muffins will release some water when they thaw.

 

North American

Ashley – beef stroganoff

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1 lb. ground beef
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt & pepper
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 Cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 block of Velveeta cheese cubed
4 ounces cream cheese
10 ounces bowtie pasta

Prep Day: Cook bowtie pasta. Brown ground beef and season with salt, pepper & garlic powder. Drain grease and add to crockpot. Stir in can of cream of mushroom soup, cup of milk and 2 tbs of butter. Mix until smooth. Then add 1/2 block of cubed velveeta to crock pot. Simmer on low for 6-8 hours. You can add more milk if too thick. Before serving, mix in cream cheese and cooked bowtie pasta.

Serve Day: Thaw and place into crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Add cooked bowtie pasta and ENJOY!

 

Nicole – Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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1 package (16 ounces) dried split peas (2 1/4 cups), sorted and rinsed
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
3 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch slices (1 1/2 cups)
2medium stalks celery, finely chopped (1 cup)
1medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
2Cup ham
7 cups water

Prep Day: Mix all ingredients package up. Package up ham. Freeze.

Serve Day: Mix all ingredients and water except ham in 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Add ham.

Cover and cook on Low heat setting 8 to 10 hours or until peas are tender.

Remove ham from cooker; place on cutting board. Pull meat from bones, using 2 forks; discard bones and skin. Stir ham into soup. Stir well before serving.

 
Southwestern

Anna – Chicken Enchiladas

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3 Large Chicken Breasts
1 Medium Onion, diced
2 Cups Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
6 Medium Flour Tortillas
2 Cans Red Enchilada Sauce
Optional: 1 Can Black Beans, Jalapeños, White Rice, Salsa, Sour Cream, Lettuce

Prep Day: Place 3 raw chicken breasts into a pot of water (or thinned chicken stock). Boil on high for 20 minutes, or until chicken is shreddable. Then using a cutting board, shred the chicken.

Mix cheese, onion, chicken and 1 can red enchilada sauce in a bowl. (Optional ingredients can be added at this point.)

With a large scooper, fill each tortilla with mixture. Roll it up and place it in large 9×13 baking dish with seams down. Repeat until all chicken mixture is used.

Pour the second can of enchilada sauce over the top. Top with cheese. Freeze.

Serve Day: Preheat oven to 350F. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes, until melted and bubbly. Serve with sour cream, salsa, lettuce beans or rice.
Asian

Katie and Brittney – Sesame Chicken Strips

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½ C. honey

¼ C. orange juice
2 T. soy sauce
1 envelope oriental sesame dressing mix
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 ¼ lb) cut lengthwise into ¾ inch wide strips

 

Prep Day: Mix honey, juice, soy sauce, and dressing mix in large bowl until well blended. Place chicken strips in freezer bag. Pour marinade over chicken.

Serve Day: Thaw chicken and thread skewers through each chicken strip. Broil 4 inches from heat or grill over medium coals 8-10 minutes or until cooked through, turning frequently.

 
Italian

Kellie – Stromboli

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1 loaf frozen pizza dough, thawed (Usually found in packs of 3)
1/8 lb. (2 oz) deli salami, thinly sliced
1/8 lb. (2 oz) deli ham, thinly sliced
1/8 lb. (2 oz) pepperoni, thinly sliced
2.5 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian spices (~1 tsp each: basil, oregano, parsley, thyme)
1 tsp pepper
1 jar pizza sauce
1 egg yolk, beaten – you provide

Prep Day: Thaw dough on the counter for a few hours. When thawed, stray plastic wrap with olive oil cooking spray (like Pam) and wrap up. Then put in fridge overnight. In the morning, take out of fridge and put on counter unwrapped on the oiled plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Once doubled, punch down and lightly stray with olive oil. Roll onto a 15 X 12 rectangle jelly roll pan strayed with olive oil. Arrange the salami, ham, and pepperoni over the rectangle. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasonings and pepper. Roll up rectangle jelly roll style beginning with the long side. Seal seam and ends. Place seam side down. Wrap in the same plastic wrap as before. Wrap again in tin foil and freeze.

Serve Day: Thaw. Remove foil and plastic wrap. Brush top with egg yolk. Bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving with pizza sauce for dipping.

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Meal Swap: November 2014 Menu & Recipes

November 2014 Menu

***All recipes serve 6 unless otherwise specified.***

North American
Leah-tater tot hot dish

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Serving Size: It SAYS it serves 8

1 pound lean ground turkey
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of mushroom soup
1 can (10 3/4 oz) cream of celery or chicken
1 small onion diced
1.5 cups frozen green beans
1.5 cups frozen corn
1/2 cup milk (but maybe add a little milk when you put it in the crockpot)
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
salt and pepper
1 bag of tater tots

Prep Day Directions: Brown ground beef in a skillet with onion, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Add the soups and milk, stir to combine. Fold in green beans to meat mixture. Spray your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray or use a crock pot bag. Place entire bag of tater tots on the bottom of your slow cooker. Pour the meat mixture over the tots. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Add cheese to top, and unplug slow cooker. Let set for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Note: you could also cook tots separately if you wanted.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag of mixture. Spray crock pot with cooking spray or use a liner. Put tater tots in the bottom of the crock pot. Pour thawed mixture on top and cook on low for 4 hours.

Bridget-Hawaiian haystack

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2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup flour
Onions diced
3 garlic minced
2 cups chicken
2 cups rice
Coconut
Pineapple
Chowmein noodles

Prep Day Directions: Make sauce with chicken and freeze. Put rice, coconut, pineapple, chowmein in separate bags and label.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw and heat sauce. Make rice. Place chow mein noodles on plate top with rice and sauce. Add coconut, pineapple and other toppings you want I.e. celery, green onions, bell pepper, corn, almonds, oranges, cherries or peas.

Jenica-brown sugar meatloaf

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1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup ketchup
1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
3/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 cup finely crushed saltine cracker crumbs

Prep Day Directions: Mix ketchup and brown sugar. Put in freezer container.

In a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly all remaining ingredients and shape into a loaf. Wrap for freezing and freeze with sauce container.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw meatloaf on a rimmed pan or rimmed cookie sheet. Spread glaze over and bake 350 for 45 minutes.

Asian/Indian

Nicole-mango chutney chicken curry

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4 chicken breast halves (about 3 lb)
1 can (15 oz) garbanzo beans, drained, rinsed
1 bag of stir-fry vegetables
3/4 cup water
2 tablespoons cornstarch (you provide if desired)
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 jar (9 oz) mango chutney
4 cups hot cooked rice or couscous (you provide)

Prep Day Directions: Put all ingredients into bag except cornstarch and mango chutney. Freeze. Put chicken in bag before other ingredients.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw bag of ingredients. Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add bag with ingredients, mango chutney and cornstarch to crockpot. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 6 to 7 hours or until vegetables are tender and juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (at least 165°F).

Ashley- sweet sour meatballs

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30 frozen meatballs
1 can pineapple chunks, with juice
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp minced garlic

Prep Day Directions: Put all ingredients in freezer bag. Freeze flat.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw. Put entire contents of freezer bag into crockpot. Cook on low for 4 hours.

*optional, add sliced peppers and onions in last hour if desired.

Serve over rice (not provided)

Italian/meditterean

Kellie-Stromboli

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Serving Size: 8

1 loaf frozen pizza dough, thawed (Usually found in packs of 3)
1/8 lb (2 oz) deli salami, thinly sliced
1/8 lb (2 oz) deli ham, thinly sliced
1/8 lb (2 oz) pepperoni, thinly sliced
2.5 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 1/2 tablespood dried italian spices (~1 tsp each: basil, oregano, parsley, thyme)
1 tsp pepper 1 jar pasta sauce
1 egg yolk, beaten – you provide

Prep Day Directions: Thaw dough on the counter for a few hours. When thawed, stray plastic wrap with olive oil cooking spray (like Pam) and wrap up. Then put in fridge overnight. In the morning, take out of fridge and put on counter unwrapped on the oiled plastic wrap and let rise until doubled. Once doubled, punch down and lightly stray with olive oil. Roll onto a 15 X 12 rectangle jelly roll pan strayed with olive oil. Arrange the salami, ham, and pepperoni over the rectangle. Sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, Italian seasonings and pepper. Roll up rectangle jelly roll style beginning with the long side. Seal seam and ends. Place seam side down. Wrap in the same plastic wrap as before. Wrap again in tin foil and freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw. Remove foil and plastic wrap. Brush top with egg yolk. Bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving with pasta sauce for dipping.

Your choice

Brittany-shrimp scampi

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2 pounds shrimp
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons dry white wine
12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
1/4 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons minced parsley leaves
1 teaspoon minced rosemary leaves
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 egg yolk
2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried bread flakes)
salt
pepper

Prep Day Directions: Place the shrimp in a mixing bowl and toss gently with the olive oil, wine, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.

In a small bowl, mash the softened butter with the garlic, shallots, parsley, rosemary, red pepper flakes, lemon zest, lemon juice, egg yolk, panko, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper until combined.

Arrange the shrimp in shrimp in a single layer cut side down with the tails curling up and towards the center of a disposable foil baking dish. Pour the remaining marinade over the shrimp. Spread or scatter clumps of the butter mixture evenly over the shrimp. Cover, label and freeze.

Serve Day Directions: To prepare, remove from freezer and allow to thaw. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes until hot and bubbly. If you like the top browned, place under a broiler for 1 minute.

Sarah- beef sandwiches

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1 (3lb) beef chuck roast
4 clove garlic
1 (16 oz.) jar pepperoncini or banana peppers
Provolone Cheese

Prep Day Directions: Make small cuts in roast and insert garlic slices. Place roast and entire jar (including juice) of pepperoncini’s in a freezer bag.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw. Put in crockpot and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred beef and put on buns with cheese.

SW Latin/latin

Katie-white chicken chili

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Recipe To Come…

Meal Swap: November 2014 Menu

November 2014 Menu

North American
Leah-tater tot hot dish

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Bridget-Hawaiian haystack

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Jenica-brown sugar meatloaf

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Asian/Indian

Nicole-mango chutney chicken curry

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Ashley- sweet sour meatballs

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Italian/meditterean
Kellie-Stromboli

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Your choice

Brittany-shrimp scampi

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Sarah- beef sandwiches

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SW Latin/latin

Katie-white chicken chili

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Recipes to come in November!