When I announced that today is National Cheese Day, my daughter said, “Really? Can we have cheese for dinner??” And who am I to say no? The kids will be having cheese slices with their dinner tonight, while the grown ups can top their Chicken Chili with shredded cheese, if they so desire.
If you are looking for a way to celebrate National Cheese Day, here are a few of our favorite cheesy recipes:
I found a cache of yummy, frugal family recipes, so I’ll be posting them over the next few weeks.
Most of these were formulated by my relatives to feed a hungry, hard-working family with kids. Everyone in my family is frugal, so these recipes won’t contain any expensive or strange ingredients in small quantities- There is nothing worse than trying a new recipe only to find you only need 2 Tablespoons of an ingredient that you’ve never used before, or worse yet, only comes in a HUGE container/package.
I will try to include the sides that we’ve traditionally served with the main dish to round out the meal.
Chicken Parm Meatloaf (serves 6)
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I use Italian seasoned)
1 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1/2 c. Parmesan cheese
1/4 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
3 Tablespoons onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup fresh white mushrooms, stems removed, cleaned and chopped into bite-size pieces
I mentioned in the Weekly Meal Plan post yesterday that it’s going to be a hot one this week. Ugh.
That means lots of time swimming and lots of time at the YMCA enjoying their AC and doing fun activities- Big Kid just did the fitness orientation and he is excited to start exercising. Mostly he wants to take boxing classes with me on Saturdays.
All that activity requires good, healthy fuel, and I do not want to fire up the stove or oven when it’s over 90 outside.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes to serve when it’s hot outside!
Protein Shake Recipes! Big Kid has really taken to protein shakes in the morning, since he’s a vegetarian and doesn’t really do eggs either (It’s a texture thing). The trainer that did the orientation really drove home that he needs to fuel his body with protein on mornings when he works out- which I really appreciated because for some reason, he’ll listen when someone else tells him the EXACT THING his dad and I have been telling him. C’MON KID!!
As you can tell there are a lot of dessert recipes. Because, really, who doesn’t like dessert?
As promised last week, here is our new family favorite soup recipe. This soup came about after a shopping trip to Grocery Outlet. I discovered a bunch of cool looking ingredients I’ve not seen before. Notably, This Parmesan Brodo broth. It’s OMG so amazing. It adds what foodies call “Depth of Flavor”.
This soup is super quick and easy to make.
2 T. butter
1 c. onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
1.5 c. celery, chopped (if you are like me and wonder why celery is so expensive, here’s the answer)