To say it's been a busy summer doesn't quite cover it. Somehow a month has gone by and it's really been that long since I managed to sit down with a solid meal plan and get my act together.
That being said I have five words for you.
Chili Cheese Corn Dog Muffins.
Yes. Let's say that again.
Chili. Cheese. Corn. Dog. Muffins.
It is just that awesome.
I will admit I used canned Chili for simplicity's sake, but next time I'm going to plan this to go with a pot of fresh made chili. They were good, easy and a good one for Alice to help with. She mixed the batter, sliced the hotdogs and then proceeded to make such a huge mess attempting to put the batter into the muffin tin that I took over at that point. She did a great job though.
After going through everything, it's a pretty cheesy week, which was completely unintentional. I'm quite confident that cheese makes everything better though so it's ok.
Put 1 cup of brown rice in the rice maker.
Steam 12 oz broccoli (approx. 10 minutes) and set aside.
Chop 8 oz chicken thighs into bite size pieces.
Dice ½ an onion.
Chop 1 small onion.
Heat 2 tbs olive oil in a large pan and add:
2 cloves minced garlic
1.25 lbs ground turkey
(Little side note. I totally forgot the taco seasoning. Rather upset about it. Leaving that out made the whole thing a little bland and only ok; Pretty much just turned it into pasta with turkey meat sauce. It was good, but definitely not what it was supposed to be. I will attempt this again and hopefully get it right next time.)
2 cups chicken broth
19 oz can red enchilada sauce
8 oz uncooked rotini
Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
Uncover and simmer for 5 more minutes to let the sauce thicken. Stir in 1 cup of cheese.
I then refrigerated it for leftovers. When reheating I topped with additional cheese and then served with black olives and green onions.
Again, it was basically just pasta with a turkey meat sauce. So upset I forgot the seasoning! Let me know how yours goes!
Chili Cheese Corn Dog Muffins
Spray muffin tin.
In a large bowl mix:
2 packets sweet yellow corn muffin mix
1 cup milk
2 tbs vegetable oil
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp onion powder
Add 1 package sliced hotdogs & 1 cup Colby jack cheese
Spoon into muffin tin & bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes (mine took 25 and probably could have come out a little earlier).
Heat Chili on stove while muffins bake.
Serve muffins topped with chili, sour cream, additional Colby jack cheese and sliced green onions.
I also served a salad and some frozen mixed veggies for the girls that I heated up while the muffins baked.
Chicken & Broccoli Rice Casserole
This one doesn’t have a lot of seasoning in the recipe and so I did add a few extras that I think helped quite a bit.
Heat 1 tbs olive oil in a large pan and add:
½ tsp minced garlic
8 oz sliced mushrooms
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp black pepper
1 tsp dried oregano
Dash of ground red pepper
In a medium bowl combine 1 ½ cups milk and 3 tbs flour. Whisk until smooth.
Once chicken is cooked through, stir milk mixture into pan with chicken and cook for a couple minutes until it starts to thicken.
Remove from heat and mix in:
½ tsp salt
Cooked Brown Rice
1 cup cheddar cheese