My Favorite Recipes

Utilizing my Stocked Kitchen

Because we are talking about meal planning I’m sharing kitchen products that I find useful in my home. These may help you in your in your meal preparation. These links will lead you to other sites where if you like, you can purchase what I’ve recommended. Doing so doesn’t cost you any extra it simply earns me a commission, which is how I help to support my family.

Recipes from 10 Days of Meal Planning

I want to share with you some of my favorite recipes. These are recipes that I can make based upon what I keep in my well-stocked kitchen. If I am out of an ingredient, I either don’t make the recipe or I substitute something that I have on hand. I am not one to follow an exact recipe, neither was my mom, or mammaw, or any of my 6 aunts that I grew up surrounded by. A recipe for us is simply a suggestion, we then alter and change it based upon, 1. preference and 2. availability. So when it comes to the recipes I am sharing, feel free to change it up, experiment and by all means use what you have on hand.

Orrichiette with Ham & Asparagus
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  1. 1 box Orichiette pasta, cooked to package directions
  2. 1/2 lb. deli ham, chopped, (or add cubed ham from leftovers)
  3. 1 teaspoon Butter
  4. 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  5. 1/2 lb fresh asparagus cubed
  6. 1 Jar alfredo sauce
  1. In small saucepan over medium/low heat melt butter add olive oil, and asparagus.
  2. Cook until asparagus is tender and bright in color.
  3. Turn off heat, add ham and stir together.
  4. Pour sauce over drained pasta.
  5. Mix in ham and asparagus. Stir all together over low heat until well blended, just a few minutes.
  1. Note: This is a recipe that I formulated solely based upon what was in my pantry. Pulled entirely together based on what I had on hand at the time. I loved it so much it has become a regular although I switch out the pasta depending on what’s available.
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  1. 2 lbs. Ground Beef
  2. 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  3. 1/4 cup oats (raw)
  4. 2 Tablespoons milk
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 1/2 large onion, chopped
  7. Salt & Pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon dried basil
  9. 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  1. 1/2 Cup packed brown sugar
  2. 1/4 to 1/2 cup ketchup
  3. 1/2 teaspoon mustard
  4. 2 teaspoons worcestershire
  5. 1 Tablespoon warm water
  6. Mix well until sugar is melted.
  1. Preheat Oven to 375.
  2. Soak bread crumbs & oats in milk, add egg, ground beef, salt, pepper and herbs. Mix well.
  3. Form loaf in loaf pan. Pour topping over top, reserve about 1/2 of glaze mixture to add to sliced meatloaf.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for apx. 45 – 50 minutes until cooked through. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  5. Drizzle reserved mixture over sliced portions.
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  1. 1 pound hamburger
  2. 1 pound sausage
  3. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 medium onion, diced
  5. 1 can tomatoes (12 ounce), crushed
  6. 2 cans tomato paste
  7. 2 cloves garlic, diced
  8. salt and pepper, to taste
  9. 2 teaspoons oregano
  10. 1 can water (paste can)
  11. 1 tablespoon basil
  12. 1 egg
  13. 1 pint ricotta cheese
  14. mozzarella cheese
  15. lasagna noodles, cooked
  16. extra virgin olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Brown hamburger and sausage with onion. Mix in tomatoes, paste, garlic, salt and pepper, oregano.
  3. Simmer together for 30 to 45 minutes. As needed add a paste can of water to mixture to keep moist. Do not let it over heat or it will scorch.
  4. In the meantime, cook lasagna noodles in salted and oiled water.
  5. In a small bowl mix together egg, basil and ricotta cheese.
  6. In a 9x13x2-inch baking dish, pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil in bottom. Then layer noodles, ricotta mixture, sauce then mozzarella.
  7. Continue layering until pan is filled. Sprinkle top with mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes until cheese is melted and browned.
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Crockpot Pulled Pork
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  1. 1 large pork butt
  2. salt, pepper
  3. 1 -3 tsp. thyme
  4. 1-3 tsp. parsley
  1. Sprinkle herbs, salt & pepper liberally over both sides. Place in a crock pot, cook on high for 4 hours. Using a pair of tongs or fork, pull pork apart, turn crock pot to low and cook an additional 1-2 hours. You can add BBQ sauce if desired in the last hour of cooking.
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  1. Spaghetti
  2. 1 clove garlic, minced
  3. 1 small sweet onion, chopped
  4. 1 tablespoons dried parsley
  5. 2 tablespoons oil
  6. 1 pound ground beef
  7. 1 Can whole tomatoes crushed
  8. 1 can tomato paste
  9. 2 cups water
  10. 1 teaspoon salt
  11. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  12. 1/2 teaspoon basil
  13. 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  14. 1 tablespoon sugar
  15. 8 ounces spaghetti, cooked in salted water
  16. Parmesan cheese
  1. In large skillet, lightly sauté garlic, onions and parsley in oil.
  2. Add meat and brown while stirring, drain off excess fat.
  3. Add tomatoes, and paste, water and seasonings.
  4. Cover while venting and simmer 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve over hot spaghetti. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese.
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Chicken N' Dumplings
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  1. 2 cups self-rising flour
  2. + 3-4 T for rolling out dough
  3. 3 tablespoons melted shortening or butter
  4. 1/3 to ½ cup milk or buttermilk
  5. 2-3 T of Chicken stock
  6. 4 quarts of chicken stock, boiling (Add in 1/2 cup cubed or shredded chicken if preferred)
  1. Cut shortening into the self-rising flour until crumbly like meal, and mix together with milk and chicken broth forming a very soft dough.
  2. Pour dough out gently in extra flour pat bringing together until you can form a rectangle. Cut into squares.
  3. Drop into stock and lower heat to simmer.
  4. Cook about 20-30 min. depending on size of dumplings, until dumplings are cooked through and the stock has turned to a thick gravy.
Renée at Great Peace

Sweet Rolls
Dinner rolls or loaf brea
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  1. 1 package dry yeast
  2. 2 cups warm water
  3. 5-6 cups flour
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 cup sugar
  6. 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Blend together flour, sugar and salt. Mix in softened butter, and add in water and yeast mixture incorporating into a soft dough.
  3. Knead until dough is smooth.
  4. Cover with tea towel and let rise until double in size, about 1/2 hour.
  5. Punch down, pinch off and shape into rolls, whatever shape you like best.
  6. Place rolls in pans, and brush tops with melted butter.
  7. Cover with tea towel and let rise for about 30 to 45 minutes
  8. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until tops are golden brown.
  1. I use this recipe often, it makes a really good soft roll and is good to serve to company. I also make loaf bread, pizza dough and Stromboli from this same recipe. This can be mixed in a large mixer with dough hook attachment, by hand and I've even used it in a bread machine by mixing 1/2 the recipe and it always turns out good. You can freeze the dough after the first rise; just punch down the dough, divide as desired, and place inside of plastic zip bags. When ready to use, set out to thaw, then let rise and bake as normal. You can get about 3 dozen rolls or 3 loaves of bread.
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