Weeknight Dinners Giveaway

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 1.13.31 PMNeed to change up dinnertime and try something new? Would you rather serve a homecooked meal instead of ordering take-out? Weeknight Dinners is here to help! In addition to over 250 delicious recipes like you expect, each chapter in this cookbook is devoted to a different theme…you’ll breeze through the week!

For Meatless Monday, serve up hearty, veggie-packed dishes like Incredible Potato-Mushroom Soup and Vegetarian Meatballs. Tuesday is Tex-Mex Night…they’ll cheer for flavorful favorites like Fiesta Soft Chicken Tacos and Chopper’s Chipotle Pork Chili. On Wednesday, it’s Italian Night. Your family will love Speedy Skillet Lasagna, Grandma’s Sicilian Pizza and Joe’s Italian Steak Sandwiches… so much better than take-out! Comfort Food Thursday brings Cheddar Meatloaf Roll-Ups, Baked Swiss Chicken and other scrumptious down-home dishes. At week’s end, it’s Just-for-Fun Friday, with terrific dishes like Cheeseburger Macaroni and Saucy Chicken Drumsticks…perfect for feeding the kids’ sleepover guests or just relaxing together. With these inspiring themes, Weeknight Dinners is like getting five cookbooks in one!

Each chapter includes quick & easy salads, breads and desserts to round out your dinner…anyone for Chocolate-Covered Cherry Cake? Mix & match among chapters for even more menu ideas. With easy tips for saving time in the kitchen and clever ways to make family meals fun, you’ll turn to this book again & again.

Gooseberry Patch literally has done it again.  There are so many great recipes in here to make every night.  The recipes are easy.  They are made with things you will easily find in your home.  If you can’t find a dinner recipe in here to make, there is something wrong!  I love that you can use these for lunch too!  LOL

Here is one of the many recipes we tried out of Weeknight Dinners:

Yummy Chicken Italiano
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 - 2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast cut into 1 inch cubes
  • ¼ c. water
  • .7 oz pkg Italian salad dressing mix
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 10¾ oz can fat free cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • 8 oz pkg., reduced fat cream cheese, cubed
  • 16 oz pkg rotini pasta or wide egg noodles
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in slow cooker ; sprinkle with water and salad dressing mix. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  2. Spray a large saucepan with non-stick vegetable spray; saute onion and garlic for one to 2 minutes. Add soup, broth, and cream cheese to saucepan. Stir until cream cheese is melted and mixture is smooth.
  3. Add soup mixture to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for an additional hour.

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Get Your Plate In Shape

As many of you may or may not know, I have been making a lifestyle change in my home. I have been losing weight (about 17lbs in 6 weeks!). I have been slowly making changes for my entire family like skim milk (instead of 2%) and whole wheat bread (instead of white bread). The cool thing is that my kid haven’t really even noticed (my husband is another story for another post). That all being said, I never thought of swapping out mushrooms for meat, but you can! Plus, for people like me trying to lose weight, I can definitely use meals with the lower calorie count! Increasing the intake of lower calorie foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of those higher in calories, like ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing calories and fat while still feeling full and satisfied after a meal. This approach of replacing some ground beef, turkey or other meat with mushrooms is known as “swapability.” It works because mushrooms’ hearty texture and rich flavor allow them to blend seamlessly with meats. The mushroom and meat “swapability” technique is an economical way to make family meals more nutritious and works great in family favorites like lasagna, burgers, tacos or chili. This simple three-step “swapability” strategy is perfect for family favorites like burgers, lasagna, pizza, chili – or any dish that calls for ground meat:

o Chop up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground beef or turkey;

o Cook and season mushrooms the same way you would meat;

o Combine the cooked meat and mushrooms and use the mix to complete your recipe.

Who doesn’t want to eat better and save money?

The other question I have gotten is why mushrooms. Mushrooms are low in calories and fat-free. Their flavorful umami content allows for less salt to be used in a dish, without compromising taste. Mushrooms are the only fresh fruit or vegetable with vitamin D. Within the produce aisle, mushrooms are a leading source of the antioxidants selenium and ergothioneine; these antioxidants help maintain a healthy immune system. Mushrooms also provide B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid; B vitamins help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

If this sounds pretty cool, there will be a Twitter party  on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM EST. The event hashtag is #Mushrooms and there will be prizes awarded. (US and Canada, 18+). You can RSVP at: http://resourcefulmommy.com/8634/mushroom-channel-twitter-party/

Hopefully, I have inspired you to look at mushrooms a little different and have given you some new ideas in the kitchen!

Ways to Save on Your General Shopping and Grocery Expenses

This is a guest post.

Are you one of those who gets all jittery when your cashier punches out your total grocery expenses? Are you constantly looking for ways to limit your grocery spending but still end up paying the same amount every time you shop? The fact is that groceries today are much more expensive and will continue to be so, especially in light of current financial difficulties and high oil prices. But the good news is that there are effective ways by which one can save on grocery expenses. Here’s how:

Eat Before You Shop

One mother advises fellow homemakers that it is better to go shopping with a full stomach to prevent having to spend extra on meals unless you have the budget to do so. This will let you keep a focused and rational mind, while planning your family meals.

Create a Shopping List

Shopping is one of life’s greatest temptation and when you go unprepared, you end up paying for more than what you’ve planned. A wise shopper should make a list before venturing out, this not only makes your grocery shopping faster but also prevents you from getting way over your budget.

Get your Coupons

Grocery coupons are good ways to save money. With this piece of paper, you can get discounts and even free products, from Stove Top food to Secret deoderant or Sonicare toothbrushes. Coupons present a wealth of possibilities for you, and as such finance gurus advise consumers to take advantage of these coupons.

Moreover, coupons allows you to try out new brands or items to add to your roster of grocery purchases. You can look online for the best coupons available. For food choices, stick to those that are healthier.
Go Generic

We now see a rise in available generic or store brands that are much cheaper than branded ones. You can find a more practical choice for your milk, shampoo, coffee and just about anything else that you need.

Set a Budget

Grocery shoppers should already set a specific budget on each shopping rendezvous and to make sure that you stick to your budget, bring a calculator with you.

Learn to Substitute

Another trick that every shopper needs to master is that of substitution. If you’re original choice is much expensive, then looking for something similar with a lesser price tag. Instead of cereal, you can opt for oatmeal instead. You can also do the same with your recipe ingredients to save on extra bucks.

 

For those looking for Secret deoderant coupons, as well as other money saving and healthy tips, visit the fatty weight loss blog forums. Their members provide access to discounts, as well as a community of like minded individuals who are looking to eat healthy, while saving money.