Lunch & Dinner

|Sandwich Secret|

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“When dad’s away, mom doesn’t cook.” 

That’s exactly how I felt today when I got home from work. Rhett has fever, I’m just exhausted, and who really wants to cook over a hot stove for thirty minutes when it’s 100+ degrees outside? [Not this wife/mom.]

With that being said, I made hot sandwiches for dinner. Super easy, and actually really delicious. It’s delicious because I have a little secret….. After you make your sandwich how you want it, heat the skillet up on medium-high with just a dab of olive oil. Once it’s nice & hot, spread some MAYO on the OUTSIDE of one slice of your bread. Plop it wet side down in the oil and let it sizzle! It literally takes 1-2 minutes per side. Before you flip, make sure you spread mayo on the upright side. Flip and let cook for another 1-2 minutes. It gives the bread a nice creamy crust! Super YUMMY and QUICK! This mom is done for the day! Signing out before 7pm and I foresee my bed before 9pm. Happy Tuesday readers!

[Sandwich pictured above features sliced pepper jack cheese, fresh deli sourdough bread, deli honey baked ham, and mayo on the inside and out. Easy as that!]

 

|Weeknight Catalina Salad|

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We just got back from vacation on Friday and my sweet husband had to leave yesterday to go out of town for a week for work. Bummer. With him being gone, it’s just Rhett and I to hold down the fort and I wanted to make this weeks dinners super easy!

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|Easy Vodka Sauce|

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Easy Vodka Sauce 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can tomato sauce 8oz
  • 1/4 cup vodka
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 heavy cream
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to:

  1. Heat tomato sauce, vodka, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in pan until bubbly.
  2. Add in garlic, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine completely.
  3. Add crushed red pepper and combine. 
  4. Cook until heated through and cheese is completely melted and combined. 
  5. Enjoy!

Serve with any type of pasta! We enjoy it served on top of rotini and topped with extra Parmesan!

Great week night meal made fast with little clean-up. 

|”Soup-er” Easy Taco Soup|

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Fall is here, the leaves are changing colors and the weather is starting to stay cool which means it’s time for some comfort food. So what do you eat on a cold, fall Sunday? Soup! Ever since we’ve started the subscription to Blue Apron, we really have neglected the grocery store and keeping our pantry “stocked” full of food. But really, there hasn’t been a point. We’ve finished our Blue Apron meals for the week and we are craving some fall comfort food. Taco Soup it is! I scrounge through the pantry cabinets to see what we can throw together. It’s all there! This recipe is literally just thrown together and “soup-er” easy to make [hence the name].

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|Spicy Korean Chicken Wings|

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Blue Apron has yet to disappoint me. This meal has to be by far the •easiest• that I have made over the last five or six weeks that I’ve been subscribed.IMG_1345

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Doesn’t that look just absolutely delicious?? Well, it was! When I say it was super easy, it was super easy, and surprisingly quick to make. The most work was tapping my fingers on the countertop waiting for the oven timer to go off while the chicken was roasting. Total time? Probably 40 minutes, and 30 of that was cook time for chicken. Tommy and I were both skeptical about the “Bok choy and rice cakes”, but it paired perfectly with the flavors of the chicken. Obviously this meal is kid friendly, at least my kid ate it! Rhett absolutely tore the rice cakes up! [I’m pretty sure he ate more than I did] Great meal! Two thumbs up! I keep raving on and on about Blue Apron, but I have yet to find a negative within this company. It truly is worth the experience.

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|Southern-Style Burgers with Green Tomato Chow-Chow|

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Typically, when I think of eating a burger, I’m ordering it in the drive thru of McDonald’s or Sonic…that was until I was introduced to Blue Apron. [sign up here, you won’t regret it] Now, when I think of eating a burger, I think of all the options that there truly is to make a plain burger GREAT. The first burger I cooked with Blue Apron was beyond great, it was just downright DE-LISH! It was super easy to make [as is just about everything from BA], and tasted like it come from a super high dollar restaurant that I would never be able to afford. It was that one word… you know, GOURMET! I’m pretty sure the green tomato chow-chow was my favorite part of the entire burger – the mustard seed in it was fantastic and super tasty!

 Rating: 10/10

|Cheesy Crisp Chicken Casserole|

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Yesterday’s thoughts: I just got home from work, it’s Monday, and what a “great” Monday it was. [You can insert sarcasm where you please.] I thawed chicken out last night in hopes that I would come up with something new to cook today. I’m all about throwing stuff together as long as it tastes good, quick and easy to make and doesn’t require me going to the store for additional ingredients. You know, I’m all about saving money and not throwing anything away, so I found some out of date [so far out of date I won’t even tell you how bad] crackers that I wanted to use. My inner Giada de Laurentiis came out on this meal. My husband was surprised at how well it tasted so I have included the recipe below. Try it out, add some other stale/out of date products if you like… Just kidding, I don’t advise you to use out of date products. I’m sure there is a reason these products have expiration dates, however I am very frugal and a rebel – dates don’t mean anything to me, unless it’s milk, I can’t do out of date milk. [Well, sometimes I can.]


Cheesy Crisp Chicken Casserole

1 lb. chicken [or however much you want to eat]

1 tbsp salt

1 tbsp pepper

Milk [just enough to cover chicken to soak]

Breadcrumbs [or in my case, I used crackers with pretzels on the flip-side that I put in the food processor]

1 tbsp Tony’s Creole [add to breadcrumbs]

Shredded Cheese [about 1 cup…ish]

For Chicken Sauce:

1 can cream of chicken

1 tbsp butter

2 tbsp mayo

1 tbsp milk

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Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Soak chicken in milk for about 5 minutes – don’t ask me why because I don’t know why. Ha!

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  • After soaking, cover chicken in breadcrumbs.

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  • Place in casserole pan, or whatever deeper pan that fits the chicken.

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  • Cover with shredded cheese.

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  • Add salt and pepper. [more or less to taste]
  • Add some of the milk that you soaked the chicken in, you kind of have to eyeball it. You don’t want it all to float, but just enough to make it ALMOST soggy. I would guess about 1/4 cup. [I don’t like to measure things]

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  • Cover with tin foil & bake at 400 for about 25 minutes.
  • Take off tin foil and place back in oven for about 5 minutes.
  • Change setting to broil [while chicken is still in oven] and broil for 5 more minutes. [watch this, cheese may burn]

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  • Remove and let cool before eating.

While the chicken is in the oven, you can make your chicken sauce.

Chicken Sauce Directions:

Mix can of Cream of Chicken, butter, mayo and milk in sauce pan until heated through. [easy right?]


To Plate: Place a piece of chicken on plate [we put it on a bed of boxed stuffing] and add the chicken sauce on top.

Tasty, easy and CHEAP. Score!

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Note: This recipe is great with a side of boxed stuffing and homemade mashed potatoes with skins.


One of the things Tommy and I do together that we truly enjoy is cooking. It normally consists of me cooking and Tommy sitting at the bar while we converse about our days, the food, life, whatever comes to mind. Closeness and communication are some of the things that keeps us together and will keep our marriage successful. These are our times and We are The Marshall’s.