Monday, July 11, 2011

Happy Monday!!!!!


Don't forget the Blessed Be Giveaway that ends tomorrow!!


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Seriously, people. Time is flying by this summer. I feel like I just wrote my last Meal Plan Monday yesterday...and it's been two weeks!

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Here's our Meal Plan for the next two weeks. I don't have very much to start with, just some Pork and as always, we have tons of pasta...so it's pretty much whatever we feel like having.

Monday
Baked Cavatelli & Salad

Tuesday
Grilled Chicken, Corn on the Cob, &

Wednesday
French Toast, Sausage Links (Leftover from Monday), Fried Eggs

Thursday
Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli & Cheese

Friday
Family Night with our Friends

Saturday
Chicken & Dumplings
{Tripled to freeze for another night & for a family at church with a new baby}

Sunday
Grillin' Out - Hamburgers & Hotdogs
{Per Hubby's Request!}

Monday
Chicken Parmesan

Tuesday
Chicken Alfredo Pizzas

Wednesday
Free Night...bringing dinner to the parents

Thursday
Inside Out Pizza & Veggies with dip
{My family LOVES this one!}

Friday
Pork Chops, Buttered Noodles, Peas & Carrots

Saturday
Chicken Cordon Bleu, Twice Baked Potatoes,

Sunday
Grillin' Out

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One of my more recent go-to meals has been the Baked Cavatelli. In my home, we eat tons of Pork & Chicken. It gets kinda boring. After all, here are only so many ways you can prepare the same food...

But we found this keeper when we were going through my trusty Betty Crocker Cookbook. I seriously love this thing. I got it for a wedding gift. And we use it for everything. Most recently...pancakes from scratch & deviled eggs.

Without further ado...

Baked Cavatelli
{Adapted from Betty Crocker Cookbook}

The goods:
Pasta {Half box?}
Red Sauce
Sausage Links {I use 1/2 package for my fam of 4}
Mozzarella Cheese
Parmesan Cheese
Onion {Optional}

Pre-heat oven to 350F.
Start pot of water for pasta.
Cut up Sausage Links into 5-6 pieces. Looks like mini meatballs.
Water should be starting to boil...so add pasta.
In a skillet, heat a tiny bit of water. Just enough to barely cover the bottom of the skillet.
Once hot, add sausage and let cook until the water evaporates.
After water evaporates, brown sausage lightly.
When pasta is cooked to your liking, drain it.
Mix pasta, sausage, red sauce {to properly cover pasta, but not too much}, big handful of mozzarella cheese and a few big shakes of parmesan cheese.
Bake in oven for 15-30 minutes. You really just need to make sure cheese is melted, but it won't hurt to stay in for a little bit.
The longer you cook...the drier it gets though!

P.S. We didn't have marinara sauce tonight, so we improvised with Philadelphia Italian Herb Cooking Cream...yum!

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