Meal plan for May 4th - 10th

I have been young, and now am old;
yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psalm 37:25

  Cheesy Creamy Chicken Breasts, wild rice, Creamed Pea Casserole and Biscuit Rolls

Monday- Cheesy Creamy Chicken Breasts, wild rice, Creamed Pea Casserole and Biscuit Rolls

Cheesy Creamy Chicken Breasts

1 cup seasoned bread crumbs
½ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ cup butter, melted
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
dash of pepper
4 slices Swiss cheese
1 can cream of chicken soup
¼ cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray.
Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Set aside.
Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry.
Place flour, salt and pepper in a large plastic zippered bag. Shake well to combine.
Place breasts in bag one at a time, and shake to coat.
Brown chicken breasts in a bit of oil in a large skillet.
Place browned chicken breasts into prepared pan.
Place one slice of Swiss cheese on top of each breast.
Mix broth and chicken soup; pour over the chicken and cheese.
Place aluminum foil over pan, sealing tightly.
Bake for 45-55 minutes.
Remove from oven, and sprinkle bread crumb mixture.
Return to oven long enough to brown bread crumbs.

Creamed Pea Casserole

2 cans English peas, drained
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
½ cup milk
¼ cup chopped, white onion
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a small baking dish with cooking spray.
Melt butter in a heavy saucepan over low heat.
Add flour and whisk until smooth. Cook for about 1 minute.
Add chopped onions and cook about 1 minute.
Gradually add milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly.
Stir in Parmesan cheese and salt to taste.
Pour sauce over peas, stirring gently until peas are evenly coated.
Spoon peas into prepared dish.
Bake for about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven, and sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
Return to oven long enough to melt cheese.

Biscuit Rolls

I buy the cheap, store-brand butter flavored canned biscuits. Depending on the size of your family, you can use the 5-count or 10-count package.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray.
Melt 2 tablespoons butter.
Place a refrigerated biscuit into each muffin cup.
Spoon melted butter over each biscuit.
Bake for about 10 minutes.

Tuesday - Taco Spaghetti, Mexican Salad, and Garlic Bread

Taco Spaghetti

5 ounces dried spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccine, broken into thirds
1 pound ground beef
¾ cup water
2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
1 (11-ounce) can Mexi-corn, drained
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
small can tomato sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
sour cream for accompaniment

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Cover with cold water and set aside.
Brown ground beef in a large skillet; drain.
Stir in water and taco seasoning.
Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add tomato sauce and sugar. Simmer for 2 minutes.
Stir in cooked pasta, corn and half of the shredded cheese.
Transfer mixture into prepared casserole dish.
Cover and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until heated through.
Uncover and sprinkle with the remaining cheese.
Return to oven long enough to melt cheese.
If desired, serve topped with a dollop of sour cream.

Mexican Salad

½ head lettuce
1 cup shredded Co-jack cheese
1 medium onion, diced
10-15 cherry tomatoes, halved
1 cup crushed corn chips or tortilla chips
Bottled ranch dressing to taste 

Combine all ingredients and toss. Serve immediately.

 Easy Sausage Pizza

Wednesday - Easy Sausage Pizza

Easy Sausage Pizza

1 refrigerated pizza dough
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 pound ground pork sausage
1 jar pizza sauce
1 - 2 cups shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat pizza pan with cooking spray.
Pat dough into the pan, turning up the edges.
Whisk together olive oil and garlic powder. Brush mixture onto dough.
Brown sausage; drain.
Spread pizza sauce evenly onto the pizza crust.
Top with sausage.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake until crust is golden brown and done.

Thursday - Italian Meat Loaf, Twice- Baked Potato Casserole, Corn-on-the-cob, and Parmesan Cheese Muffins

Italian Meat Loaf

1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup pasta sauce, divided
½ cup dry bread crumbs
¼ teaspoon salt
1 pound ground chuck
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

In a large bowl, combine egg, half of pasta sauce, bread crumbs, and salt.
Add beef and half of the cheese; mix well.
Form into a loaf (or four small loaves), and place on a 15x10x1 inch baking pan.
Spoon remaining pasta sauce over meat.
Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
Bake until done - about one hour for full loaf and 15 minutes for mini-loaves.

Twice- Baked Potato Casserole

2½ pounds potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
¾ cup milk
½ cup sour cream
2 eggs
½ cup chopped green onions
8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a shallow 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.
Peel potatoes. Put in large pot, and cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt.
Cook until tender, about 20 minutes.
Drain, and return to pot.
While potatoes are still hot, add butter and mash with a potato masher until smooth.
Stir in 1 cup of cheese, milk, sour cream and eggs until blended.
Add green onions and 5 slices of crumbled bacon.
Spoon potato mixture into the prepared baking dish.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, and sprinkle with remaining cheese and crumbled bacon.
Return to oven long enough to melt cheese.

Parmesan Cheese Muffins


2 cups baking mix
1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoon dried parsley
¾ cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
2 large eggs

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.
Combine baking mix, cheese and parsley in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Whisk together milk, butter, and eggs until well blended. Add to dry ingredients, stirring just until ingredients are moistened.
Spoon mixture into prepared muffin pans, filling cups two-thirds full.
Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.

Saturday - Oven-baked Catfish, Perfect Baked Potatoes, Easy Slaw and Hushpuppies

Oven-baked Catfish

½ cup cornmeal
½ cup dry bread crumbs
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
4 catfish fillets
½ cup skim milk
Butter-flavored cooking spray

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.
Mix the cornmeal, bread crumbs, salt and paprika.
Dip the fish into the milk, then roll in the dry mixture.
Place fillets onto prepare baking sheet.
Generously spray the fish with butter-flavored cooking spray.
Bake, uncovered, until the fish flakes easily - about 15 to 18 minutes.

Easy Slaw

One bag slaw mix
¼ cup Kraft Cole Slaw Dressing
½  cup mayonnaise

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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