Monday, September 15, 2014

Menu Plan 09.15.14

Well the expected schedule changes at work did not last, I am back to working Thursday evenings. More changes coming soon, with one resigning. This is the plan for now, with my current schedule in mind:

Chicken Tenders with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Grilled Cheese with Chips

Steak with Sweet Potatoes (L)

Chili Dogs with Fries (L)

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (L)
Date Night

Tator Tot Casserole (chicken version) with Veggies (L)

Glazed Pork Chops with Salad

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Abilene State Park and a Trip to the Groomer

A few weekends ago the hubby and I took the RV out and headed for the Abilene State Park. It's a beautiful park and we had a great weekend but this park would not make my top 5 fav list of parks to visit in Texas. I believe the biggest drawback is the staff there were not friendly at all, not something I've seen at other state parks here in Texas.The the spaces intended for large RVs, 25 to 40 ft, were a tight fit. If you have an RV over 30 ft you will not be able to park the RV and have enough room for your truck or other vehicle, this had to be parked on the side of rd as close as we could get it. On the positive side the had lots of trees and nicely laid out hiking trails. Here are a few pics:
Our Campsite

Hiking Trail

Can you see the deer?

And the saddest part of all - The Abilene Lake:
Yep, it is easier to find the deer than to find any water in this lake. Please pray for rain for this area.

On a lighter note, I took my little diggity into the vet for a bath and toenail trim:

I loved the pink and black bandanna, she didn't. She also doesn't like having her picture taken. She sees the camera and tries to look away real fast, lol.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Menu Plan 09.08.14

Here is this weeks plan:

Pulled Pork with Veggies

Cheesy Beef Enchiladas with Mexican Rice and Beans

Chili Dogs with Fries (L)

Crispy BBQ Chicken Strips with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy (L)
BAT Sandwiches with Chips

Meat and Potato Patties with Veggies (L)
Date Night

Rice Casserole with Beans (L)
Hamburgers with Onion Rings

Glazed Pork Chops with Green Beans

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Black Bean and Quinoa Casserole with Chicken

I found this yummy recipe for Quinoa Black Bean Casserole at the Spark People Recipes site. I made a couple of changes - added chicken and changed the amount of sweet potato. The original recipe called for two large sweet potatoes - I guess my large and theirs are different - I would have ended up with a sweet potato casserole rather than quinoa black bean. So after playing with it here is what I came up with:

1 cup cooked quinoa (this is about 1/3 cup uncooked quinoa cooked in 2/3 cup water)
3 cups cooked black beans or two 15 oz cans, drained and rinsed
3 cups shredded sweet potato
1 cup low fat mexican cheese blend, divided
10 oz can of white meat chicken, drained (optional)
1 Tbsp cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
2 eggs
1 cup salsa (I don't recommend using the chunky kind, the casserole will be too dry)
fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 350, 325 for RV or convection ovens. Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray (if not adding the chicken you may be able to use a 9x9).
In large bowl combine quinoa, black beans, sweet potato, 1/2 cup of the cheese, chicken, cumin, salt and pepper.
In a small bowl beat the eggs, then stir in salsa. Add egg mix to the bean mixture. Pour all into casserole dish.
Top with remaining cheese and bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.
Serve and enjoy!