Thursday, September 14, 2006

Fire up the oven!

Last week while preparing my menu for the next couple of weeks, I came across some recipes that looked pretty tasty. I have not tried all of them yet, but this week has sported two new recipes. Both were very tasty and very easy.

Monday was Fuss-Free Raviolo and Cheese Bake.
The prep time said it would take 5 minutes. And it really only did take 5 minutes. After making it, I thought that to make it even healthier, you could use all organic products and even the pasta could be made to be more healthy (like home-made wheat ravioli with any kind of stuffed cheese of your choice). This was dinner Tuesday night as well and it was gone.

Wednesday was Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes.
Again, anything can be put into this. What took the longest was slicing the pototoes. It could have baked a bit longer, but if I had sliced all the potatoes the same exact width, it would've only taken an hour to bake. This is one of those times it would've been good to have the big Pampered Chef grater with attachments. I did get a good work out cutting 3 pounds of potatoes though! The cream cheese and sour cream didn't make this the most healthiest of meals. Next time I'd like to try it with fat free/reduced fat cream cheese and sour cream. Maybe turkey instead of ham? Hips may not complain so much then.

I have a couple more recipes I'm going to try out too this weekend and next week. I've missed cooking and may have to heat up the oven today and bake some breads. That's one thing I love about fall is baking and cooking. Can't wait for apple season!!

And here's something I threw together a few weeks back and even made them again last friday but added spinach to the toppings. Homemade wheat pizza crusts with bbq sauce, bbq chicken, pineapple, black olives, garden tomatoes, zucchini, onions and feta cheese. VERY tasty. One of these days I'd like to try a stuffed pizza. So daring, I know! :)


heather said...

mmm...this all sounds so good! I was all ambitious this week about cooking, but then the week started and work got busy. I only half-cooked one night. such a slacker.

i'm going to have to try those pizzas - they look so good. i love making pizza with feta - it's easier on my stomach and much tastier.

Jean said...

You are a busy lady Heather. I'm sure it's hard coming home after working a full day to think about what to eat.

I love making pizza's. I got the individual, pie tin, pizza idea from my mom. Ed loves it b/c he can have his bbq chicken and the kids can have their ham and pineappe. Everyone is then happy.

Cheeky said...

Jean...are you cooking without recipes? Substituting? NOT MEASURING THINGS. I'm so proud of you...I'm literally teary right now. If I had time and was any good at sewing I'd sew you a bit white chef's hat.

Cheeky said...
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Cheeky said...

Jean, I'm sorry for the same comment over and over--I'm a struggler with the word verification thing...i can't always read the it 2 n's or an m? they're so tricky. sorry

Carbon said...

I love to cook and bake. I always find ways recipes and ways to make stuff so I only have to cook every other night but then I miss it and I find myself in front of the oven again so I don't bother anymore.

Jean said...

Jenna..not a problem. I do the same thing with the funky letters. :) For the new meals, I did use the recipe first time around. For the pizza's I use no recipe. It's the one thing I know I can't mess up and usually tastes pretty good. :) You're so sweet. :) I would wear your hat proudly. :)

Maki: I bet you became really creative will all your apples. :)

Buffy said...

Must. Have. Pizza.

I love courgettes on pizza but everyone thinks I'm odd!

Love it.

Jean said...

Honestly, I had to look up what a courgette was. I don't think that's weird. I've even put corn on my pizza (something I had whilst in N. Ireland once). :) Hey...if it tastes good all the better!