What's Cookin' at The Traylor's!?


Here's to a new segment that I wish to share on our blog, that I, Vanessa, am making no commitments to keeping! HA!

Meal Planning is hard. Let's face it. You get to the end of a day and you are dead beat tired and the last thing you want to figure out is the age old question.... what's for dinner?

I was having coffee with some girl friends, and we were talking about how hard it is to meal plan. Some of the problem is taking the time out of your busy schedule to figure out a week or month's worth of meals. Another problem area is actually having several meals that your family just absolutely loves and wants to eat all of the time! However, if you figure out your meal plan strategy, then you can actually save money. While I really think Freezer Cooking is the way to go to ultimately save time and money, plain old meal planning does, too.

Here's a peak into our kitchen (provided with links for recipes I used as guides)...

  • Cheesy Green Bean Skillet -Love this one because I always seem to have rice in the cabinet AND it only uses one dish...who loves to NOT wash a bunch of dishes!?
  • Broiled Parmesan Tilapia with Roasted Asparagus - This recipe comes from Northeast Presbyterian's church cookbook! Let me know if you want the recipe.
  • Chicken Pot Pie - This is a family favorite, because I always make it completely from scratch. This time I got smart and doubled the recipe to put one in the freezer for later this month. I save myself the headache and only use one pie crust on the top and just put the filling in the pie pan. We haven't missed it...plus, do you KNOW how much butter goes into making a pie crust? We don't need the extra calories when this dish is already kind of loaded anyways.
  • Baked Potato & Broccoli Soup  - I used this as a guide for the ingredients, and I pretty much doubled this recipe, so that I have extra to freeze and use for another time later this month. I transferred what was in the crockpot and added a head of fresh broccoli to simmer, then added the cheese. Delish and easy! 
  • Sausage & Spinach Quiche - I really like quiches for dinner. I was using the Northeast Pres. cook book when I found one I wanted to try...lo and behold, guess who's recipe it was? Hart's grandmother! I never got to meet his Grandma McKeown, but I bet I would of loved her! Hers was made with chicken and broccoli, but I did sausage and spinach and a little onion. Quiches are great because you can just add whatever veggies you want and bake for a one dish meal. 
I hope I've given you some ideas for what could be cookin' in your kitchen! Enjoy! 

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