Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

I was able to try this recipe by following one of the Pre-made weekly menu plans over at I tried several new recipes that week but this one was by far one of our favorites and it was so easy!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


• about 1 lb. of prepared, frozen meatballs
• 20 oz can pineapple chunks, drained – reserve the juice
• 1 – 1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
• 1 onion, chopped
• 1 clove garlic
• water to add to the juice to make 1 1/2 cups
• 6 Tbs. vinegar
• 6 Tbs. brown sugar
• 4 Tbs. soy sauce
• 2 Tbs. cornstarch
• cooked rice

Thaw the meatballs in the microwave. In a skillet, saute the onion and garlic in a bit of oil. Add in the carrots and cook for a few minutes.

In a bowl, combine the pineapple juice with enough water to make 1 1/2 cups. Stir in the vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce and cornstarch. Add to the skillet and stir till thickened. Add the meatballs. Simmer until the meatballs are hot and the
carrots are tender-crisp. Serve over rice.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Taco Stew!

I had tried a different recipe for Taco Stew a couple of years ago. I had posted it here but after trying this recipe I have removed it. This was so good. This was my first time trying out one of the weekly Menu Plans from the Eat At Home blog. I've been a reader for quiet some time and wanted to try someone Else's menu plan for a change. Her menu plans are awesomely put together because she has a PDF file you can download for that week that has your grocery list ready to print as well as all the recipes for that week! This is the week that I tried. I will do it again sometime in the future :)

Taco Soup

From: Eat at Home - Taco Soup

Large package of hamburger (2 lbs. or so)
Large onion, chopped
2 cans Black Beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans Dark Red Kidney Beans, drained and rinsed
2 cans Corn, drained (you could use frozen)
1 can Tomatoes with Green Chilis (Rotelle)
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 15oz can Tomato Sauce
1 can Beef Broth
2 packages of Taco Seasoning
2-3 cups of Water
Cheddar Cheese
Corn Chips

Brown the meat and onion together. I like to rinse the hamburger under very hot water to get rid of the extra fat. Add in all the other ingredients and cook until it’s hot.

Serve with cheddar cheese and corn chips.

Serving Suggestion: tossed salad

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

I've made this bread on Several occasions. I even made it for a Christmas Potluck party earlier this month. It's always so yummy! It goes especially well with Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti.

The dough I used for it is the Everything Dough that is my go-to dough for almost everything. I discovered this recipe from my Friend Brie and She discovered it at The Frugal Girl's Blog.

Pull-Apart Garlic Bread

1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1 pound of bread dough, either frozen (which should be thawed first) or homemade

In a small bowl, combine the butter, parsley, garlic powder and garlic salt. Cut dough into 1-in. pieces (about 15-20). Roll into balls and dip into butter mixture. Layer in a 9×5 or 4×6 loaf pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.