July 31, 2019

August 2019 Monthly Meal 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 meal 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 Garlic 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

July 25, 2019

Crockpot Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

We love breakfast foods around here, but we aren't really eaters in the morning. So, I make our favorite breakfast foods for a dinner meal.

Breakfast casseroles are an easy meal for any day of the week.  Especially when they are prepared in the lull of the day and cook away in the slow cooker until serving time. This makes dinnertime a snap. Just add some toast or fruit on the side and dinner is served. And it is a great option for summer since nothing requires the oven heating up your home.

This hash brown breakfast casserole is so tasty and versatile. You can use any meats, veggies, type of cheese you like; or use none at all if you prefer.  As long as you stick to the basic measurements of eggs, milk, and hash browns.  You can also scale up or down depending on your families size and appetites.

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe:

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Crockpot Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

1/2 bag frozen hash brown or O’brien potatoes
1 lb cooked meat (ground sausage, ham, crumbled bacon)
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 pkg fresh sliced mushrooms
1 onion, diced
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
salt and pepper
shredded cheese

Grease crock well.  Layer half of the potatoes in the bottom of slow cooker.  Add a layer of meat, and a layer of veggies (using half of each), and cheese.  Repeat layers, finishing with a good layer of cheese. Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.  Pour egg mixture over casserole. Cook on Low for 6 hours or until egg mixture is cooked through.

You will start off by greasing your crock well and then placing a layer of the frozen potatoes in the bottom. You can use just about any frozen chopped potatoes you like. Just make sure they are still frozen when layering in the crock.

Then add whatever meats and veggies you wish to use. For this adaptation, I used the Jimmy Dean fully cooked turkey sausage crumbles. This is one of my easy meal additions since it requires no cooking and can be used straight from the freezer!

In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs and milk with salt and pepper.  If you are feeding many, you can scale the egg mixture up accordingly. This recipe as is feeds our family of 3.

Pour the egg mixture over the casserole.  Finish the top with a sprinkle of shredded cheese. Cover and let cook away.  Your hard work is now done!

After about 6 hours, you will be greeted with this cheesy potato goodness.  We like to serve ours with Tapatio or Ketchup.

Some of the other flavor combinations I have tried:
  • Chopped bacon, diced onion, shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped ham, green bell pepper, diced onion, shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cooked ground chorizo, diced jalapeno, diced onion, shredded pepperjack cheese
  • Loaded Veggies- chopped tomato, diced onion, diced bell pepper, chopped mushrooms

There are so many combinations you can use to adjust this recipe for a totally different casserole each and every time.  This also makes a great meal for potlucks and large family gatherings, especially Christmas morning.