Monday, February 04, 2008


ok all you mad monday menu makers (marne, tami, tiff) here are a few recipes that are so all three of these recipes have ingredients that are on sale right now at Smith's- oh and this morning I went shopping and I think I will always shop early monday mornings- there was a ton of good meat that was "reduced for quick sale"

These recipes feed our small family comfortably- one serving each with leftovers for lunch the next day so you might want to double them.

This one is so simple and a food storage delight! Soo good

Creamy Tortilla Soup

2 cans (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes with chilies (I made it with medium heat- a little zingy- Smith's has Del Monte canned tomatoes with chilies mild on sale right now)
2 cans (14.5 ounces) chicken broth
1 can refried beans (I love the brand Rosarita- you can buy a large case of these at Costco for $6 something- oh I puree these for Chay-He doesn't like the texture of beans)
1 cup canned corn- I put in the whole can
2-3 cups cooked chicken shredded or cubed
cilantro, sour cream, Monterey Jack Cheese

Combine tomatoes and broth. Stir in beans and corn. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes stirring frequently. Add Chicken and heat through- Top with sour cream, cilantro, cheese, chips- I think it would be good with a bread bowl-

This turned out to be so tasty- better than the restaurant

Broccoli and Beef stir-fry

4 tbsp corn starch
1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp water
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1 lb round steak- cut into strips (I used sirloin top steak- found it super cheap at smith's)
olive oil- you can use vegetable oil obviously- grape seed oil is by far the best to stir fry with- it is so good for you- plus it cooks the best- albertson's sells it.
4 cups fresh broccoli
1 onion cut into wedges
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp ground ginger
Cooked brown rice

In a bowl, combine 3 tbsp cornstarch with 3 tbsp water until smooth. Add beef strips and toss. In a large skillet or wok over medium heat- stir fry beef in 1 tbsp oil until beef reaches desired doneness; remove and keep warm. Stir fry broccoli and onion (add other vegetables too if you want) for 5-6 minutes. Return beef to pan. Combine soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, ginger, and remaining cornstarch and water until smooth; add to the pan- cook and stir for 2-3 minutes- serve over rice.

Ok the next recipe I am passionate about- I am not joking- it is so incredibly delicious- Chay still talks about it- I think I will make this for my family in Orlando- I feel like Rachael Ray when I am making it-

Italian Rigatoni

1 (12 ounces) package Rigatoni
1 1/2 pounds italian sausage cut into 1 inch pieces (on sale at Smith's- I used only 3 sausage links)
1 large onion chopped
3 cloves garlic minced
2 cans (14.5 ounces) italian diced tomatoes undrained (basil, oregano and garlic Del Monte diced tomatoes are on sale this week for $.50 a can- not incredibly cheap but they are so dang good- so who cares- I bought 25 cans today.
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 tsp basil leaves- or ground I suppose
1 tsp thyme leaves- ground if you want
salt and pepper to taste
3 tbsp butter- secret ingredient- so it’s a little fatty- but come on- just enjoy it.

In a large skillet, cook sausage until brown. Add onion and garlic and sauté with sausage. Add tomatoes, cilantro, basil, thyme, salt, pepper and butter. Cover and let simmer for 20 minutes. Serve over rigatoni pasta. Garnish with cheese of choice-Mozzarella and/or Parmesan


Marne said...

Yummy yummy April! I will be putting these on my menu list. Thanks! Chad saw me looking at your blog and said, "Hey that looks good!" Guess I need to make them now.

joette said...

APRIL!!! you are my idol. Let's make all of these in Florida!! I want to be just like you when I grow up.

The Wright Stuff said...

Ok, you are way cooler than Rachael Ray! I want to be just like you when I grow up too! Where's the corned beef and hash MRE's? Do you have those on your menu too?? LOL

April said...

oh Jaynee I would seriously love to eat MRE's with you right now in the middle of nowhere, on top of some mountain in the freezing cold rain- with no kids of course-

Tami said...

Yeah!! I have new recipes to try. Can you also post your family recipe for those Sweet & Sour meat balls I had at your house. Those were yummy!

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Calie said...

Yum April! Its a good thing I just ate lunch because if not I think I would have eaten the screen...those looked so good. thanks for sharing.

Tara said...

April... hopefully you didn't just have the tortilla soup. We were going to make cordon bleu for Gage's birthday party but changed it to Mex, so we could make tortilla soup. Yikes!

Heather said...

Hey April!! How are you? Your food looks so good, I am sure that it tastes good also, how do you do it? Mine doesn't taste or look good!!! LOL Do you mind if I link your page on my blog? Here is my blog...

Love you!

The Wright Stuff said...

I made the Creamy Tortilla Soup tonight and everyone LOVED IT! I added some cumin and chili powder to it and a can of cream of chicken soup. It was so awesome! Thanks for sharing!