Monday, February 18, 2013

Simple Supper Tuesday 2/18/13 (Blog Hop)!

It's that time again!  Time for the weekly Super Simple Supper post over at Hun...What's for Dinner?  Check it out when you get a chance!

Dreamsicle Salad ***

The kids really enjoyed this.  The flavors reminded me of Orange Julius, which I love.  It's kind of sweet for my tastes, but it's really good.  I'd prefer to either cut the mandarins in half (for more bites) or use a bigger can of mandarins.  There just wasn't enough of those in there my tastes.  It was still really good for how simple it is, though.  The original pin said that it's 4 Weight Watchers points, but I haven't calculated anything on my own.

Photo from The Better Baker
(The Better Baker)

1 - .3 ozs pkg. sugar free orange jello
1 - 3 ozs. pkg. sugar free instant vanilla pudding
1 - 10 ozs. can mandarin oranges, drained
1 - 8 ozs. tub fat free frozen whipped topping, thawed

Dissolve jello in 1 c. boiling water. Add 1/2 c. cold water; let set in fridge for 20 minutes. With mixer or whisk, add dry vanilla pudding mix and beat until
smooth. Fold in oranges and whipped topping (by hand). Refrigerate.
Try strawberry jello with strawberries, peach jello with (no sugar added) peaches, etc.

Stuffing Mix Meatloaf ***

 I've mentioned before that I get odd, out-of-the-blue cravings for Stove Top.  I don't even like the stuff when it's by itself, but I love the flavor of it in dishes. This was my second time to make this recipe, and both times, the entire family has gushed over it.  They all especially love the topping.  I love the simplicity!  I use two pounds of ground turkey, so I have to cook it about 10 minutes longer (5 minutes added to each cooking part).  I also normally just sub some dried minced onion for the shallots.  The flavor is divine.  Seriously, I don't know why no one has thought of using stuffing mix in meatloaf before.  Absolutely brilliant!

(Cassie Craves)

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 box stuffing mix, any variety
1/2 cup water
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 shallot, grated
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, divided
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons brown sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, combine beef, stuffing mix, water, eggs, seasoned salt, pepper, grated shallot, and 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Pat into a loaf shape and place in a meatloaf pan or glass baking dish.
3. Bake for 30 minutes. Combine ketchup, brown sugar, and remaining teaspoon of Worcestershire and spread evenly over the meatloaf. Continue baking for 30 more minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Simple Supper Tuesday 2/11/13 (Blog Hop)!

Check out Hun... What's for Dinner?  Cindy's doing her Super Simple Tuesday blog hop, and there are some really great recipes for quick weeknight recipes.  My "to try" file is growing bigger with each link that's added!  :-)

Friday, February 8, 2013

Muffins in a Waffle Maker ****

This isn't a recipe as much as a suggestion.  A brilliant suggestion.  I love muffins, but I normally have to make them the night before.  Once we wait for the oven to preheat and then the muffins to actually cook, there's just not time to make them in the morning before school and work.  I used the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup muffin mix, and I got seven waffles out of the box.  I probably could have used a little less mix in some and gotten eight out of it.  I will most definitely be doing this again!

Photo courtesy of The Whitlock Family via Pinterest