Monday, August 04, 2008

Life of a domestic goddess

Ah the life of a domestic goddess. I'm not used to "not working" a regular, paying job but I'm trying to get in the swing of things around here. Already this morning I've gone to get pictures printed, made a visit to the shoe repair guy and to the dry cleaners. Soon I'll be cleaning the house. Impressed? Yesterday after church shopping, Joe and I went grocery shopping and bought items for the week. We're on a mission to eat at home much more and save some money. Imagine us comparing cheese at the store because I wanted to buy it already shredded (hello, convenience!) and Joe recommended to buy it in the block and shred it ourselves because it's cheaper. Since when do I live this way? Well, apparently, I do now...without further adieu, below is my Menu Plan Monday for the week.

Monday: salsa pork chops and rice
Tuesday: good casserole (recipe below)
Wednesday: pizza and salad
Thursday: leftovers
Friday: going out?
Saturday: BLT sandwiches

Good Casserole
12 ounces egg noodles, cooked according to package directions
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup cottage cheese
1/2 cup sour cream or plain nonfat yogurt
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
3/4 teaspoon salt
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 pound ground beef
1 cup chopped yellow onion
1 garlic clove, minced
vegetable oil, as needed
1 can (15 ounce) tomato sauce
2 cups grated cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place noodles while still warm in a lightly sprayed or oiled 3 to 4 quart casserole and toss with butter. in a medium bowl, mix together cream cheese, cottage cheese, sour cream, parsley, salt, and pepper. Spread mixture over the noodles.

In a medium skillet over medium heat, combine beef, onion, and garlic and saute, breaking up meat with a spoon, until meat is browned and vegetables are tender, 6 to 7 minutes. Add a little oil if needed. Stir in tomato sauce and simmer several minutes. Pour over the noodles and top with cheese; do not mix. Bake, covered, until bubbly, about 35 minutes.


Alison said...

This sounds really yummy!! I'mj going to make it, too.

I'm proud of you!

J. said...

I would note that her first two dinners have been fabulous. I'm too critical to lie about that. She has cooked some great meals.

Sandi said...

You go, girl!!

Sandi said...

You go, girl!!

Bobbie said...

Welcome to MPM! I know you will enjoy it here... so many good ideas... and I am also trying to save money... its so hard! I want the shreeded cheese too.... in all different flavors.

Kristi said...

Okay, your "about me" money line cracked me up! I like to shred my own cheese whenever I have time 'cause it just tastes better. It's a lot easier w/ a food processer. Blessings to you!

amysfinerthings said...

Welcome to MPM. Hmm... I've compared shredded cheese to block at our store and ounce for ounce, the price is the same. Lucky me!

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