Monday, March 19, 2012

Meal Planning Monday: We ‘heart’ Pinterest

Leah Kelley
Your Strong Tower


Where do you find recipes? I find a lot of mine on Pinterest. I might be slightly addicted to Pinterest, but that’s another blog post… I have discovered so many great cooking tips and recipes there. For example, I am now able use a can of crescent rolls for just about any meal, appetizer, or dessert, all thanks to Pinterest! I thought it would be fun to base my weekly meal plan on the recipes I’ve found on Pinterest. (See I told you I might be addicted!) I picked recipes that I already have all the ingredients for, with the exception of cilantro. I’ve also included the links to the original blogs from which the recipes came. Who knows, you might find a new food blog to follow!


Monday ~ Hearty Black Bean Quesadillas


Tuesday ~ Make Ahead Unstuffed Shells


Wednesday ~ Cream Cheese Chicken Chili


Thursday ~ Classic Southern Fried Shrimp with Sweet Potato Fries. I picked up the fries at the Dollar store, so we’ll see how they are.


Friday~ Leftover Night


Saturday ~ Parmesan Chicken Cutlets, Honey Balsamic Carrots, and Mac n Cheese


Sunday ~ Slow Cooker Ham and Beans with Sweet Cornbread


Make Ahead Unstuffed Shells by Kraft


4 cups medium pasta shells, uncooked
1lb. extra-lean ground beef
1 jar (24 oz.) marinara sauce
1 tub (10 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Original Cooking Crème
1/3cup chopped fresh basil
1/4cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
1-1/2cups KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese with a TOUCH OF PHILADELPHIA


COOK pasta as directed on package, omitting salt. Meanwhile, brown meat in large skillet; drain. Stir in marinara sauce; simmer on medium heat 2 min. Remove from heat. DRAIN pasta. Mix cooking crème, basil, and Parmesan in large bowl; stir in pasta. Spread half the meat sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with layers of pasta mixture and remaining meat sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella; cover with foil. Refrigerate up to 24 hours. HEAT oven to 375ºF. Bake casserole, covered, 40 to 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 30 min.


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