Saturday, September 12, 2009

Menus, recipe, and an update...

Life, as of late, has been a little crazy.
I had surgery last weekend, and I expected to bounce back and be just fine by Tuesday, and that did not happen.
Which is extremely frustrating, because my life is very busy, and there are simply some things that must be done which no one else can do.
My family, my students, and my friends have been great... but I am beyond ready to get back to normal!!
That said, I cooked today for the first time in over a week - I really cooked. And I like cooking, so it was a good day. Here is one of the recipes I made - and it is a keeper.

5 Minute Individual Potato Gratins


  • Vegetable spray
  • 2 large russet potatoes, roughly peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese (I used white cheddar)
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped (I omitted, because ds#3 doesn't like)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream (I used milk instead)


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Spray 8 muffin tins with vegetable spray. Layer potato slices, cheese, and onions into each muffin cup. Season with salt and pepper and top each gratin with 1 or 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. Cover with foil and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, removing the foil halfway through cooking time. Invert gratins onto plate and serve.

Now... the menus!
Last week's menu was at the kindness of family & friends:
Sunday~ A giant pan of a taco bake with rice, beans, corn, ground beef, and topped with cheddar cheese. Cornbread and brownies to go with!
Monday~ Leftovers
Tuesday~ Pizza
Wednesday~ Ham, potatoes au gratin, peach cobbler
Thursday~ Leftovers
Friday~ Stouffer's Lasagna, french bread
Saturday~ (I cooked!) Marinated flank steak and sausage on the grill, 5 minute individual potato gratins, Caesar salad, bread

And this week:
I'll be going back to work, so the plan is to have something in the crock pot ready so I can come home and rest a little bit before having to fool with dinner. Still a little help from family.
Sunday~ Roast with gravy in the crockpot, mashed potatoes, green beans, biscuits
Monday~ Open faced sandwiches with leftovers
Tuesday~ Grandparents bring dinner: KFC (ds#3's request)
Wednesday~ Just ds#3 & me (hubby has class) so probably leftovers
Thursday~ Out to eat using hubby's gift card to Chili's
Friday~ Chicken in the crockpot with mushroom gravy, egg noodles, broccoli
Saturday~ Spaghetti

Check out more menus at Menu Plan Monday.

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