Tuesday, November 20, 2007

~YUM~ Recipe and menu (sort of)..

Since this week is Thanksgiving week there isn't much on the menu. We will be having dinner with family a few times and I'm sure will have leftovers as well to take home. Last week was a busy one so I just now made the last 'meal' from last weeks menu. I will post the recipe at the bottom. So here is our 'menu' minus Thanksgiving.

~ Shrimp Scampi over thin spaghetti, salad (seriously, this sounds fancier than it really is- it's Contessa Shrimp Scampi, some boiled noodles and salad in a bag. Woo Hoo!)
~ Frozen Pizza (another really difficult dinner)
~Tuna Salad Sandwiches (man, I'm outdoing myself this week), baby carrots w/ ranch dressing

Ok, so it's nothing spectacular, but it's easy! And that's what I'm looking for this week. I'm not actually doing a lot of cooking, not at my house anyway {I'll be helping my mom Friday}.. but just the hopping from house to house alone will be enough! Not complaining.. just saying I will probably have no desire to cook anything fancy schmancy.

The only thing I was actually requested to make this week was a pumpkin pie. And I don't even really like pumpkin pie. I'd much rather have a Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake (minus the nutmeg). My hubby loves pumpkin pie though.. and my mom has been craving one.. so that is what I will make. If I put enough whip cream on top it will probably be good. :) I'm also doing yeast rolls.. but really, I haven't even come close to attempting any kind of bread making... so they are frozen. I'll put bread making on my 'to-do' list. Seriously, I would love to know how.. The rest I will just be helping my mom with Friday. I know she's doing chicken & dressing, broccoli casserole, carrot souffle, something with sweet potatoes and creamed corn. I honestly don't have a clue what kind of meat we're having.. turkey or ham? Who knows... Anyway, here is the Crockpot BBQ Chicken recipe that I made last night. So YUMMY and easy!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken, 6 servings

6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 & 1/2 cups ketchup
3 TBSP brown sugar
3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 tsp soy sauce
3 tsp cider vinegar
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp garlic powder

Mix all ingredients for the sauce in the crock pot. Add the chicken and coat it well with the sauce. Cook on High 3-4 hours or low 6-8 hours or until chicken is fully cooked all the way through. (I halved the recipe and cooked 3 chicken breast that were still partially frozen when I put them in. I cooked them 2 hours on high and then one on low and they were perfect. When we were about ready to eat, I took the chicken out and covered it with foil and then put the sauce in a uncovered pan to thicken. I just turned it on med low for about 15 minutes and stirred it often. The BBQ sauce is soo yummy.. kind of Asian inspired w/ the soy sauce & so good!)

We had the chicken with green beans (I buy frozen whole green beans and throw them in a pan w/ a little olive oil and a chopped onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Let them cook until tender but still a little crisp!) and roasted potatoes.


Tomorrow is flu shot day. Yay. I could go on about the flu.. because I have actually had it.. Not just 'Oh, I've got some kind of flu' or 'Yeah, I've got the flu (when they have no real flu symptoms).' [seriously, you have no idea how much that gets on my nerves since I have actually had the real deal]... I was 'one of the lucky ones' as my doctor put it in March of this year, technically after flu season was over, to get the real FLU, Influenza Type A! I got tested and it was positive. I have never been so sick in my life! So, we are getting the flu shot tomorrow.. R has already had one so Luke and I are getting ours tomorrow. Ok, so I know there are worse things out there than influenza.. but thankfully (and I say that with all sincerity) in my life I haven't experienced them. I should get off this little soapbox of mine.. but just be warned.. don't tell me you have the flu.. unless you REALLY have the flu.. and if you do, it better be over the phone and NOT in person. Go get a flu shot! Sorry for the rant.. this ends my public service announcement.