Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lunch Meal Plans

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Here's a week's worth of lunch ideas.

There are a few "tried and true" and a new one to check out too.  

I'm working of a few new things for the blog so if you notice a lot of changes going on... sorry.
How do you like the new "Printable" option for the recipes?  I'm kind of experimenting with it, so let me know what you think.

Sunday- Chicken Casserole   Printable
This has been a favorite of mine since I was little.  My babysitter used to make it, and so I made my mom start making it too.  I've changed it a bit over the years- but it's basically the same.  This recipe makes a lot, so I cut it down to about 1/2.

1/2 cup chopped green onion
1 cup chopped celery
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 soup can of milk
1 can of corn
4 cups cooked, chopped chicken or turkey
Pepperidge Farms crushed herbal seasoned dressing 8oz.
          (I was all out, so I just used Italian bread crumbs)
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
cashews (optional)

Saute onion and celery in butter.
Mix soup and milk together and add chicken, corn, onions and celery.
Put 2/3 dressing mix on bottom of large casserole dish.
Spread all of chicken mix on top of dressing.
Top with cheese and cashews if wanted.
     (I add a little more dressing, then cheese- and pass on cashews)
Bake at 325* for 30 uncovered.
Sorry this isn't the best picture... my camera is having fits again so I am using my phone.

Monday- Tuna Sandwich
Toast your bread, mix up a (drained) can of tuna with a spoonful of mayo and throw in some chopped up dill pickles.  Pile the tuna on your bread and enjoy.

Tuesday- Ham & Cheese Salad
There's this pizza place in our county near the college that has the most amazing ham and cheese salad in the world... so no recipe can compete with theirs, but this is my quick & easy attempt.  If you have time it goes great with garlic bread.  Sorry no picture here, my camera is not playing nice.

Layer in this order:
Ice-burg lettuce wash chopped and drained
shredded carrots (just a little bit)
canned ham or tiny diced ham
shredded cheddar and mozzarella cheese
2 pickled beets~ or go crazy and add more
dressing of your choice- but ranch is recommended

I've also been "trained" to salt & pepper my salad.

Wednesday- Cheesey Quesadillas
Sprinkle shredded cheese of your choice (or blend) on tortilla.
 If you go for cheddar sprinkle just a tiny bit of garlic salt.
Fold in half or top with another tortilla and microwave for about 45 seconds
or just long enough to melt the cheese.  Let it cool for a minute so you don't burn the roof of your mouth off!  
Cut with pizza cutter.
Feel free to sprinkle with a few drops of hot sauce or dip in ranch.  Enjoy.

Thursday- Red Rice with Bacon
Here's a new recipe to try
Winter Past Cooking
Go check it out and tell her I sent you :)

Friday- Canned Soup or Leftovers
Go for chicken noodle or tomato!
Or reheat your favorite dinner leftovers from the week.

Saturday- Easy Lasagna Printable
1 lb Ground Beef (can add onions/garlic seasonings to taste)
1     Jar Spaghetti Sauce
9     Lasagna Noodles
8 oz Cottage Cheese
3    Eggs
3    C Shredded Mozzarella + extra to top it off
½   C Parmesan Cheese

Preheat oven to 375*

Brown the ground beef (drain grease) and add the sauce.
In another pot bring water to boil for noodles- cook according to directions.
Meanwhile mix together the cottage cheese, eggs, mozzarella and Parmesan.

In a 9 X 13” pan:

Spread around a little sauce...
and start layering the lasagna noodles.

Then add a layer of the meat sauce. (about 1/3 of the sauce)

and a layer of the cheese filling (half of the mixture)

Top with noodles and repeat layers.
Sprinkle with the extra cheese.
Bake for 25-35 minutes.
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  1. These look and sound great, it is perfect! It's so hard figuring out what to eat for lunch. I am your newest follower!

    1. Hi Christi, thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the post. I will be over to follow you in a minute.

  2. These lunches look so good. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  3. Your meal plan looks great and we would love that Chicken Casserole on Sunday, it looks delicious. Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. This looks like a great, easy to follow meal plan! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!