Monday, September 28, 2015

Menu Plan–Sept 28

Our recipe highlight from last week went to the zucchini pizza casserole.  It also comes together really quickly, making it a weeknight winner. 

We also made these Great Pumpkin Cookies for life group and they were a hit. 


Here’s the menu for this week:

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Apple Cider Baked Donuts
Cinnamon Raisin French Toast

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole

Cheesy Green Bean Skillet

Italian Sausage and Vegetable Cheese Bread with Cheese Bread
To do: make cheese bread, make Great Pumpkin Cookies


Sweet Potato Mac and Cheese, steamed green beans
To do: thaw Italian sausage

Penne with Broccoli and Sausage

Fall Party

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Menu Plan–Sept 20

Fall is here!  The trees are starting to turn colors, and the bumper apple crop is in full swing.  We made our fist batch of homemade country spice applesauce last week and it was definitely the highlight of our menu!

On to his week:

Apple Cider Baked Donuts
Pumpkin Spice Granola
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes with Apple Topping
Zucchini Bread Baked Oatmeal
Egg Bake
Apple Carrot Zucchini Muffins

Grilling – Brats, Italian Sausage, Corn, Potato Wedges, steamed carrots
To do: Make applesauce, granola, shred zucchini, groceries

Zucchini Pizza Casserole
To do: Make pumpkin cookies, prep veggies for soup

Cheese Crusted Lasagna Soup
Life Group Dessert: Great Pumpkin Cookies
To do: Dehydrate apple slices

To do: Prep veggies for pie

Fajita Pie with Tortilla Crust, steamed carrots
To do: Dice squash and apples

Roasted Apples Squash and Sausage {new}, green beans and carrots
To do: Prep buns for sloppy joes, thaw chicken

Apple Danish
Crockpot Sloppy Joes, steamed/roasted veggies
Fireman’s Chicken with Grilled Sweet Potato and Corn Salad {new}
Apple Cinnamon Rice Krispie Treats & Popcorn

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Zucchini, Ham and Rice Casserole

We have a few abnormally large zucchini fruits from our garden.  Oops!  It’s been hard to keep out the garden with our 7.5 month old Little Chef this summer, but we’ve sure tried. 


When we do get out there to harvest, we often find overgrown zucchini.  This recipe was perfect for using them up! 


Zucchini, Ham and Rice Casserole – Adapted from Roxana’s Home Baking


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C ham, diced
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 large zucchini, shredded
  • 1/2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 C cottage cheese
  • 3/4 C minute brown rice, uncooked
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Begin by combining the shredded zucchini, diced bell pepper, minced garlic, eggs, salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Stir well. 


Add in the diced ham, 2 C cottage cheese and 3/4 C minute rice.  Stir to combine.


Pour the mixture into a lightly greased 9x13 glass baking dish.  Top with 6 slices of cheddar cheese. 


Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, until cooked through.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chips Squares

These healthy, filling sweet squares are the perfect after school treat!  Omit the chocolate chips, and you have a snack perfect for little eaters. 


Free from eggs, dairy and wheat, these are also an allergy friendly snack!  Just be sure you also use allergy friendly chocolate chips. 


Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Squares – Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen CafĂ©


  • 5 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 C unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 C sugar {or honey}
  • 4 1/2 C old fashioned oats
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 C chocolate chips, divided


Begin by pulsing the 4 1/2 C of oats in a blender or food processor until finely ground.  Mix in 1 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. cinnamon and 1/2 tsp. salt. 


Blend together the 5 overripe bananas, 1/2 C applesauce, 2 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 C sugar. 


Mix the wet and dry ingredients together.  Stir until moist.  IMG_6506

Stir in 2/3 of the chocolate chips, reserving 1/3 of them for the top of the squares.  IMG_6508IMG_6507

Pour into a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish and top with the remaining chocolate chips. 

Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes until the edges are lightly browned and the center is set.


Cool and slice into squares. 

Serve and enjoy!


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