March 27, 2020

Chile Relleno Casserole

I was born and raised in Southern California.  Now, personally, California is one of the top notch spots in the US to come across authentic and delicious Mexican food.  Being so close to Mexico, we have many Latino's residing there and they make some dang good eats!

Growing up, my family used to make homemade Chile Relleno's.  They were made completely from scratch using poblano chiles.  It was a very involved process, or at least more involved than I am willing to do myself.  There was several different steps from roasting the whole poblanos, to peeling the skins, to stuffing them, then dipping them into the egg batter and frying to a golden brown.  They were work, but man they were delicious!

Now days, I make a simple casserole that gives the same flavor profile with a lot less work. Enter Chile Relleno Casserole.


One of the best things about this casserole is that it takes simple ingredients that most people stock in their pantry.  Making this an easy and quick meal to whip up any day.


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Chile Relleno Casserole

6 corn tortillas, chopped
1 can diced green chiles, well drained
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 can tomato sauce
3 eggs, beaten
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/2 lb browned ground beef, optional

Grease an 8x8 baking dish with cooking spray.  Layer half of the chopped tortillas in bottom of dish.  Sprinkle half of the green chiles and half of the cheese over tortillas.  Top with remaining chopped tortillas. Finish with remaining green chiles. If using browned ground beef, sprinkle in with layers of tortillas and green chiles.

In a measuring cup, beat together eggs, evaporated milk, salt and pepper.  Pour egg mixture over casserole.  Bake uncovered at 350 for 30 minutes.  Pour tomato sauce over top and remaining cheese and return to oven to 10 minutes.


Essentially, you just layer the ingredients twice and finish with a topping of cheese and tomato sauce that bakes up to deliciousness.  Sometimes if I want to bulk up this recipe at bit more, I add a 1/2 lb of browned ground beef by sprinkling it in with the layers of tortillas and green chiles.  It tastes wonderful that way too.


This dish isn't spicy at all, the green chiles are very mild and give the casserole a nice flavor.  You can also sub out the can of green chiles for fresh, chopped poblano peppers to make it a little more authentic to a stuffed chile relleno, just be aware that poblano's have more spice to them than mild green chiles do.


March 1, 2020

March 2020 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

Here is the menu plan for  March 2020:

  1.  Eat Out- Friend's Birthday Party
  2.  Spaghetti & Meatballs
  3.  Cilantro Lime Marinaded Chicken, Bourbon Rice, Veggie
  4.  10-Minute Cheese Lasagna, Spinach Salad
  5.  Southern Chicken Patties with Sausage Gravy, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Corn
  6.  Eat Out
  7.  Pasta Pomodoro
  8.  Ham & Cheese Omelets, Roasted Red Potatoes
  9.  Crockpot Chili Sauce Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Veggie
10.  Crockpot Ham & Potato Soup, Cheddar Bay Biscuits
11.  Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pork Chops, Butter Rice, Veggie
12.  Crustless Bacon & Swiss Quiche, Can Fruit, Toast
13.  Crockpot Chicken & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
14.  Cajun Sausage Alfredo with Roasted Red Peppers
15.  Ham & Pepperjack Wraps, Pretzel Things, Fruit 
16.  Chicken Patty Sandwiches, Oven Potato Wedges
17.  Crockpot Mexican Fideo Soup, Homemade Jiffy Cornbread
18.  Crazy Crust Pizza, Salad
19.  Crockpot Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
20.  Crockpot Copycat Wendy's Chili
21.  Pasta with Vodka Sauce, Garlic Bread
22.  Teriyaki Meatballs, White Rice, Veggie
23.  Crockpot Mac n Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Broccoli
24.  Crockpot Lasagna Soup
25.  Mexican Rice Casserole
26.  Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp, White Rice, Veggie
27.  Crockpot Cube Steaks & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
28.  Beef & Bean Oven Tacos
29.  Tomato Soup, Oven Grilled Cheese, Fruit Salad
30.  Green Chile Rice Casserole, Veggie
31.  Bangin' Ranch Drumsticks, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie

February 1, 2020

February 2020 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

This month we have Valentine's Day, along with a few special events for our son. I also have a ton of freezer meals that I am incorporating into this month's menu to use them up from my freezer. These are meals that I originally cooked the last few months, where we ate half and I froze the other half.  A super simple way to freezer cook for future easy dinners!  I also have a lot of potatoes to use, so there will be more than usual of those on the menu this month.

Here is the menu plan for  February 2020:

  1.  Eat Out- Local Pizzeria
  2.  Super Bowl Snacks
  3.  Spicy Rub Fish with Slaw, Butter Rice, Jalapeno Poppers
  4.  Sloppy Joe's over Rice, Roasted Broccoli, Coleslaw
  5.  Baked Sandwiches, Baked Potato Wedges, Sweet Kale Salad
  6.  Southern Chicken Patties with Sausage Gravy, Homemade Mashed Potatoes, Corn
  7.  Oven Cheeseburgers, Baked Potato Wedges
  8.  Eat Out- Robotics Competition
  9.  Brown Sugar Ham, Roasted Red Potatoes, Roasted Cabbage & Tomatoes
10.  Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole, Garlic Bread
11.  Baked Egg Roll Bowls over Rice
12.  Mongolian Beef, Rice, Veggie
13.  Crockpot Olive Garden Toscano Soup, Cheddar Bay Biscuits
14.  Eat Out- Take out for Valentine's Day
15.  Eat Out- Movies
16.  Beef & Bean Oven Tacos
17.  Chicken Parm, Spaghetti
18.  Crockpot Bacon Chili, Homemade Cornbread
19.  Crockpot Caesar Chicken, Butter Rice, Veggie
20.  Healthy Macaroni Grill's Penne Rustica
21.  Crockpot Teriyaki Pork Loin, Rosemary Red Potatoes, Veggie
22.  Eat Out- Robotics Competition
23.  Mississippi Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
24.  Italian Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Veggie
25.  Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp, Rice, Veggie
26.  Crockpot Beef Alphabet Soup, Cheddar Bay Biscuits
27.  Crockpot Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Fruit Salad
28.  Crockpot Green Chile and Cheese Enchiladas, Rice Cooker Mexican Rice
29.  Spaghetti and Italian Meat Sauce

January 1, 2020

January 2020 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

This month we have a fresh start with New Year's Day, along with the beginning's of a whole new decade!

Here is the menu plan for  January 2020:

  1.  NYE Leftovers
  2.  Spaghetti Squash Pizza Casserole, Garlic Texas Toast
  3.  Oven Cheeseburgers, Oven Potato Wedges
  4.  Chicken Salad Sandwiches
  5.  Copycat Macaroni Grill's Al Sugo Bianco
  6.  Crockpot Taco Chowder, Garlic Bread
  7.  Crockpot Chinese Orange Chicken, Basmati Rice, Veggie
  8.  Grilled Zucchini Lasagna, Garlic Bread
  9.  Crockpot Chicken & Dumplings, Toast
10.  Chile Relleno Casserole, Rice Cooker Mexican Rice
11.  Shrimp Ala Vodka Sauce Pasta, Garlic Bread
12.  Oven Chili Cheese Dogs, Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
13.  String Cheese Manicotti, Garlic Bread, Side Salad
14.  Crockpot Chicken Lo Mein
15.  Baked Juicy Chicken, Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes, Veggie
16.  Southern Ckn with Sausage Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
17.  Crockpot Mongolian Beef, Basmati Rice, Veggie
18.  Cajun Shrimp Alfredo Pasta Bake
19.  Grilled Chicken Tacos
20.  Cheeseburger Casserole, Oven Potato Wedges, Veggie
21.  Lipton Beef & Rice Casserole, Veggie
22.  Crockpot Panera Bread's Broccoli Cheese Soup, Biscuits
23.  Crockpot Sundried Tomato Ckn, Egg Noodles, Veggie
24.  Creamy Shrimp Enchiladas, Salad
25.  Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread
26.  Oven Tacos
27.  Crockpot Lima Beans & Ham, Toast
28.  Crockpot Onion Smack BBQ Ckn, Slow Cooker Baked Potatoes, Veggie
29.  Red Beans & Rice with Sausage and Chicken
30.  Crockpot Bacon Chili, Homemade Cornbread
31.  French Onion Baked Ckn, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie

December 1, 2019

December 2019 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

This month we have all that Christmas and the New Year's Eve celebrations bring, along with much holiday baking thrown into the mix. I love this time of year!

Here is the menu plan for  December 2019:

  1.  Turkey Tetrazinni
  2.  Eat Out, Baskin Robbin's Cake  (Son's birthday)
  3.  Crockpot Ranch Taco Soup, Cornbread
  4.  Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
  5.  Crockpot Seasoned Chicken Thighs with Mini Potatoes, Roasted Acorn Squash
  6.  Pop-Up Taco Pie, Salad
  7.  BLT Sandwiches, Potato Soup
  8.  Mizithra Spaghetti, Garlic Bread
  9.  Crockpot Honey Baked Ham, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
10.  Baked Salmon, Baked Potatoes, Veggie
11.  Crockpot Moss Lima Bean Soup, Cheddar Bay Biscuits
12.  Crockpot Green Chile & Cheese Enchiladas, Rice
13.  Eat Out, Hot Cocoa & Candy Canes (Christmas Lights)
14.  Copycat Macaroni Grill al Sugo Bianco
15.  Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp, Rice, Veggie
16.  Crockpot Apricot Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
17.  Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup, Toast
18.  Oven Tacos
19.  Easy Dinner (Movies)
20.  Warm & Spicy Fish with Slaw, Butter Rice, Veggie
21.  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Poorman's Beef Stew
22.  Burrito Bowls
23.  Crockpot Polish Hunter's Stew, Cornbread
24.  Chinese Take-Out  (Christmas Eve)
25.  Bucca di Beppo  (Christmas)
26.  Crockpot Caesar Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Veggie
27.  Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Biscuits
28.  Crunchy Grilled Chicken Tacos
29.  Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Bread
30.  Roast & Potato Hash, Fried Eggs
31.  NYE Snack Buffet

November 1, 2019

November 2019 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

This month we have the delicousness that is Thanksgiving.  My husband and I are also back to tracking through My Fitness Pal. When we do MFP, I still plan and cook my regular recipes, just decreasing the serving sizes and adjusting ingredients where I can to be lower calorie. I hope to share much more about how I go about this in the near future.

Here is the menu plan for  November 2019:

  1.  Crockpot Green Chile Enchiladas, Mexican Rice
  2.  BLT Sandwiches, Lipton Noodle Soup
  3.  Mizithra Spaghetti
  4.  Crockpot Poorman's Skillet, Bacon Jalapeno Poppers
  5.  Ritz Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Caramelized Butternut Squash
  6.  Crockpot Loaded Potato Soup, Garlic Bread
  7.  Pancakes, Oven Scrambled Eggs, Sausage Links
  8.  Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pork, Red Potatoes, Acorn Squash
  9.  Grilled Chicken Tacos
10.  Bacon Alfredo Farfalle, Garlic Bread
11.  Eat Out
12.  Baked Salmon, Chicken Rice, Broccoli
13.  Bisquick Pop-Up Pizza Casserole, Salad
14.  Crockpot Portuguese Beans, Garlic Bread
15.  Crockpot Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole, Toast
16.  Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Fruit
17.  Creamy Tomato Bacon Pasta
18.  Crockpot Cabbage Roll Casserole
19.  Crockpot Caesar Chicken, Rice, Green Beans & Potatoes
20.  Crockpot Split Pea Soup, Garlic Bread
21.  Crockpot French Toast Casserole, Oven Scrambled Eggs, Oven Turkey Bacon
22.  Crockpot Shrimp Fried Rice
23.  Oven Tacos
24.  Crockpot Penne Rustica
25.  Tuna Patties, Mashed Potatoes, Kernel Corn, Applesauce
26.  Crockpot Jalapeno Cheese Sauce Chicken, Baked Potatoes, Savory Carrots
27.  Crockpot Poorman's Beef Stew, Garlic Bread
28.  Thanksgiving Dinner
29.  Thanksgiving Leftovers
30.  Thanksgiving Leftovers

October 3, 2019

October 2019 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

This month we have Fall Break from school and a vacation. Beginning October 15th, my husband and I will be jumping back on the My Fitness Pal train. When we do MFP, I still plan and cook my regular recipes, just decreasing the serving sizes and adjusting ingredients where I can to be lower calorie. I hope to share much more about how I go about this in the near future.

Here is the menu plan for October 2019:

  1.  Eat Out - Our Wedding Anniversary
  2.  Ecco's Special Spaghetti
  3.  Pumpkin Pancakes, Deviled Eggs, Turkey Bacon
  4.  Crockpot Chili, Garlic Bread
  5-14.  Meals will vary due to vacation
15.  Baked Salmon, Buttered Brown Rice, Veggie
16.  Crockpot Sweet & Sour Pork Ribs, Red Potatoes, Salad
17.  Hawaiian Garlic Shrimp, Stir Fry Cauli Rice, Veggie
18.  Crockpot Jalapeno Cheese Chicken, Mashed Cauli, Veggie
19.  Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bowls, Garlic Bread
20.  Tuna Patties, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
21.  Rice Cooker Mac n Cheese, Salad
22.  Crockpot Creamy Tomato Soup, Oven Grilled Cheese
23.  Crockpot Pepperjack Chicken, Mexican Cauli Rice, Veggie
24.  Crunchy Shrimp Tacos
25.  Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore, Buttered Noodles, Salad
26.  Baked Sausage, Peppers and Onions, Mashed Potatoes
27.  Bean & Rice Bowls
28.  Crockpot Crustless Pizza, Salad
29.  Spicy Rub Baked Fish, Buttered Brown Rice, Veggie
30.  Baked Zucchini Noodle Casserole, Garlic Bread
31.  Bean Oven Tacos

September 1, 2019

September 2019 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

Here is the menu plan for September 2019:

  1.  Salami Cream Cheese Bagels
  2.  Oven Cheeseburgers
  3.  Pizza Squash Casserole
  4.  Salisbury Steak & Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Veggie
  5.  Beef Tamales, Mexican Rice, Salad
  6.  Mango Salsa Chicken, Jalapeno Poppers
  7.  Quesadillas
  8.  Chicken Bites
  9.  Crockpot Spaghetti Pie
10.  Crockpot Yoshinoya Bowls
11.  Banana Waffles, Oven Scrambled Eggs, Bacon
12.  Crockpot Mississippi Pot Roast
13.  Crockpot Pizza Chicken
14.  Pretzel Dogs
15.  Chicken Salad Sandwiches
16.  Zucchini Pizza
17.  Crockpot Poorboy Subs
18.  Crockpot Amish Country Casserole
19.  Tuna Patties
20.  Creamy Italian Chicken, Egg Noodles
21.  BLT Sandwiches
22.  Nachos
23.  Crockpot Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken
24.  Crockpot Crustless Pizza Casserole
25.  Spicy Rub Fish
26.  Crockpot Crack Chicken
27.  Crockpot Pizza Stuffed Shells
28.  Noodle Soup, Sandwiches
29.  Chicken Patty Parm, Spaghetti
30.  Biscuits & Gravy, Oven Scrambled Eggs

August 30, 2019

Oven Scrambled Eggs

Making scrambled eggs on the stovetop is easy, sure.  But, when you are juggling also making pancakes, bacon, and orchestrating homework being done, popping a pan into the oven is so much easier and takes up less mind space with everything else going on.  So, yep, you can totally make scrambled eggs in the oven.  And they come out fluffy and delicious!

I have been making our scrambled eggs like this for a few years now and we haven't looked back.  I even mix up the egg mixture in the morning and store it in the fridge until dinnertime.  Because, yes, we often have breakfast for dinner. Brinner is always good!


And of course, this is more of a technique than an actual recipe.  But, one of the nice things about this is that it uses ingredients that are usually always in the house.  Here are the simple ingredients we need to make this recipe:


First, you start off by melting the butter. I do this in the microwave because it is easy and quick, but you can also do it on the stovetop if you are so inclined. Once the butter is melted, add in the remaining ingredients and beat well.




I line my Pyrex baking dish with non-stick foil, but you can just spray regular foil with cooking spray as well.  I do recommend lining the pan because baked on eggs can be work to scrub off sometimes. Then, just pour the beaten egg mixture into the prepared pan.


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Oven Scrambled Eggs

6 eggs
1/4 cup milk or heavy cream
1 tbsp butter, melted
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400.  Line a 9x13 glass baking dish with non-stick foil.  In a glass measuring cup, melt butter in microwave. Add in eggs, milk/cream, salt and pepper. Beat until well combined.

Mixture can be set in fridge until cooking time. When ready to bake, pour egg mixture into prepared pan. 

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Gently stir eggs, mixture will still be liquidy and starting to set.  Cook for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until cooked to your desired doneness.


You can scale this recipe up if you need to. I often make 8 eggs for our family; leaving the remaining ingredients the same. You can also change up the seasonings too. I do like using the heavy cream in this recipe, it helps make the eggs extra fluffy and creamy. But, if I don't have any on hand, I just use what I have.

Because I meal prep in the lull of the morning, I mix up the eggs and then store it in the fridge until it's time to cook dinner. I just cover it with plastic wrap.  Then when it's time to cook, I whisk it up a bit with a fork and pour it into the prepared pan.  A little less work during the dinnertime rush.



July 31, 2019

August 2019 Monthly Menu Plan


I always meal plan for the entire month using the bulk of ingredients we already have on-hand.  I grocery shop every couple weeks to buy any fresh ingredients we need, along with restocking our produce.  Shopping my pantry, freezers, and basement storage helps to keep our grocery budget low because I typically buy our staples when I see them at their lowest price point.

As recipes are published, they will be linked to in future menu plans. You can also find published recipes under Labels on the right side of this blog or by simply doing a Search.

This month's menu plan will feature many slow cooker meals since the temperature has really climbed here in the Midwest and school will be starting back up for the new year.

Here is the menu plan for August 2019:

  1.  Crockpot Bananas Foster French Toast
  2.  Crockpot Black Pepper Chicken, Cauli Rice, Veggies
  3.  Crispy Chicken Strip Salads
  4.  Chicken Salad Sandwiches
  5.  Crockpot Salisbury Steak, Mashed Cauli, Veggies
  6.  Crockpot Cajun Red Beans, Sausage and Rice
  7.  Chicken, Broccoli, Cauli Rice Casserole
  8.  Crockpot Mongolian Beef, Cauli Rice, Veggies
  9.  Crockpot Sweet Baby Ray's Pulled Chicken
10.  Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches
11.  Chicken Patty Sandwiches
12.  Crockpot Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe's
13.  Crockpot Best BBQ Chicken, BLT Pasta Salad, Veggies
14.  Cauli Shrimp Fried Rice
15.  Baked Salmon
16.  Crockpot Firecracker Chicken, Cauli Rice, Veggies
17.  Fiesta Salads
18.  Tuna Salad Sandwiches 
19.  Crockpot Teriyaki Pork Loin, Buttered Rice, Veggies
20.  Crockpot Creamy Italian Chicken, Egg Noodles, Salad
21.  Hawaiian Shrimp, Cauli Rice, Veggies
22.  Spaghetti & Meatsauce, Salad
23.  Crockpot Mexican Fiesta, Salad
24.  Snack Plates  (sausage, cheese, crackers, fruit, veg)
25.  BLT Sandwiches
26.  Crockpot Copycat Maggiano's Rigatoni D, Salad
27.  Texas Toast Sloppy Joe's, Salad
28.  Crockpot Cherry Ham
29.  Crockpot Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches
30.  Crockpot Chili Sauce Meatloaf, Mashed Cauli, Veggies
31.  Italian Chopped Salads