Bamboo Sprouts

Walnut Dusted Fettucine

(taken from Vegan on the Cheap)

3 T olive oil

1 chopped onion

3 cloves chopped garlic

1t dried thyme

1/2 t. dried savory (omitted)

1/2 t salt

1/4 t/ pepper

1/3 c. apple cider vinegar

1/3 c. brown sugar

1c. vegetable stock

1 diced bell pepper (omitted)

1 butternut squash, peeled, halved, seeded and diced to 1/2 inch

8 oz sliced mushrooms

1 lb fettucine

2 T. minced fresh parsley

1/3 c. ground toasted walnuts (I crushed them and browned over low/med heat in small skillet)

In large skillet, heat 2T. oil over medium.  Add onion, cover and cook until soft (5 min).  Stir in garlic, thyme, savory, salt and pepper.  Reduce to low, stir in vinegar and sugar and simmer about 5 mins to dissolve sugar.  Add stock, pepper and squash.  Cover and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 15 mins.  Stir in mushrooms and cook 5 mins more.  Keep covered over warm heat.

While veggie mix is staying warm, cook pasta.  Drain well, return to pot and add veggie mix and 1T oil and toss.  Sprinkle with parsley and walnuts and serve hot.

A new favorite for us (except Levi!).

This is a super easy potpie recipe that I have been relying on for years for those evenings when I am not up to doing much more than this.


I use 1 pkg/2 premade Pillsbury crusts (the rolled up kind in the fridge section at the grocery)

2 chicken breasts, cubed and browned (cooked through)

1/2 onion, diced

1 can cream of anything soup (chicken being the obvious choice)

1/2 c. milk

10 oz bag of frozen peas and carrots (steamed)

Brown the chicken and onion and season if you prefer (I add a little poultry seasoning but probably not needed).  Steam the frozen veggies while you cook the chicken.   Also put one crust in a pie plate and bake it empty for a few minutes in the oven.  Stir chicken, veggies, soup and milk together and pour into partially baked crust.  Top with second crust, poke some holes to vent and bake at 350 for about half an hour.

I have also done this with no bottom crust and just a sheet of puff pastry on top and it is very good this way too and just less…crusty.  🙂


Hungarian Goulash

Monday- visitors over for a bbq.  burgers, dogs, baked beans, chips, fruit salad, homemade ice cream and PW texas sheet cake

Tuesday- roast is in crockpot to make into french dip sandwiches with sweet potato fries, left over baked beans and applesauce

Wednesday- chicken divan and salad

Thursday- penne and marinara, garlic bread, salad

Friday- tacos, refrieds, mex rice

Saturday- homemade pizza

Sunday- something with ground beef!  (have too much on hand right now-lol)

Hungarian Goulash
1/4 c. shortening (old recipe!  LOL  I wouldnt use this, just brown up some cubed beef in a sprayed skillet or use a little olive oil)
2 lb stew beef in 1 inch cubes
1 sliced onion
1/8 t minced garlic
3/4 c catsup
2 T worcestershire
1 T brown sug
2 t salt
2 t paprika
1/2 t dry mustard
dash of cayenne pepper
1 1/2 c water
Plus 1/4 c water and 2 T flour
Brown beef and onion and garlic in shortening (or olive oil!).  Drain.  Add all other ingreds and simmer 2-3 hours (or transfer to crock on low for a few hours).  Stop here if freezing.  If serving now, shake 1/4 c water and 2 T flour and add to mixture to thicken.  Serve over hot egg noodles. 

chicken pot pie

Monday- date night

Tuesday- sloppy joes, sweet fries, applesauce

Wednesday- glazed salmon, rice, veggies

Thursday- soup and grilled cheese

Friday- nachos

Saturday- french dips, chips, fruit and veggie tray

Sunday- pizza

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe-

10 oz frozen peas and carrots

2 chicken breasts cooked and cubed

1 can cream of chicken soup

1/2 or so soup can amount of milk

poultry seasoning

puff pastry from freezer section

Microwave the peas and carrots a bit to thaw, mix with chicken, soup and milk.  Put in sprayed pie plate or 8×8 square glass baking pan.  Sprinkle with poultry seasoning.  Top with one sheet of the puff pastry, coat with egg wash if desired.  Bake at about 375 for 30 mins or until puff pastry is golden and pot pie part is bubbly.  Recipe easily doubles for a 9×12 pan, just roll the puff pastry out thinner to fit.


Cinnamon Cake shown above, recipe below.

Monday- pulled pork in crockpot, homemade macncheese, veg

Tuesday- easy chicken pot pie and salad

Wednesday- salmon and rice and veg

Thursday- homemade chicky soup, breadmaker bread

Friday- homemade pizza with breadmaker crust, canned peaches

Saturday- leftovers or out

Sunday- london broil, mashers, green beans, rolls

Cinnamon Cake recipe (really a coffee cake)-

Topping: 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/4c. flour, 1/4 c. room temp butter (I melt it), 1t. cinnamon- combine all with a fork and set aside

Cake: 1 1/2c. flour, 2 1/2 t. baking powder, 1/2t. salt- sift these ingredients together

Mix- 1 egg, 3/4c. sugar, 1/3 c. melted butter, 1/2 c. milk, 1 t. vanilla. 

Add the sifted ingreds to the wet ingredients.  Put into a sprayed or greased pan that is either 8″ square or 9″ round.  Top with the topping mixture.  Both batters are stiff so just kind of squish it around in the pan and then squish the topping on top. 

Bake at 375 degrees for 25 mins.  Enjoy with some milk or coffee or hot chocolate.  Yum.  🙂