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Weeknight Family Supper Meal: #5 Spaghetti Pie

Weeknight Family Supper Meal,  an inspiration for a meal any night of the week that may include ideas how to make part of the meal ahead, how to freeze any leftovers or how to make leftovers into a makeover for another meal.   With Valentine's Day next Wednesday, I thought you might like a meal for the special occasion.  When my children were small, we chose to celebrate the moment with our children at the family table instead of a quiet romantic meal just husband and me.  I would set the table with the fine china, crystal tea glasses, real cloth napkins and well the silverware was our everyday. I would serve a one pot dish, like Shrimp Creole over buttered rice, green salad, and for dessert, we would have chocolate cake.  Oh, the memories are flooding in.  sniff sniff!

Weeknight Family Supper Meal: #4 Salmon Croquettes

Weeknight Family Supper Meal , an inspiration for a meal one night of the week that may include ideas how to make part of the meal ahead, how to freeze any leftovers or how to make leftovers into a makeover for another meal.   Most people don't know how easy it is to make salmon croquettes.  Mix up a few ingredients, mince onions, egg, and seasoning in a bowl, roll them into small little rolls, roll them around some saltine cracker crumbs and fry in oil.  Voila, salmon croquettes.   See how easy, and oh! so delicious.  Perfect for a weeknight meal.

Southern Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa, LTYB, Low Carb, Gluten Free

Southern Fried Cabbage with Kielbasa , is a quick and easy one skillet meal for a busy weeknight supper.  Delicious, satisfying, and inexpensive, who could ask for more? Fried Cabbage is a regular side dish around our supper table.  Jim loves cabbage period, and so do I.  We usually add some kind of cabbage dish to our meal rotation two or three times a month.    Cabbage is low carb and has healthy nutrients and fiber.  It can be fried in different fats all the way from rich bacon fat to healthy avocado oil which is what I cooked it in this time. Although, I really like to cook cabbage in bacon fat we are trying to eat healthy these days so for this recipe I started the dish by cooking some thickly sliced turkey kielbasa chunks.

Weeknight Family Supper Meal: #3 Chicken Terrific

Weeknight Family Supper Meal , an inspiration for a meal one night of the week that may include ideas how to make part of the meal ahead, how to freeze any leftovers or how to make leftovers into a makeover for another meal.   Casseroles are loved at our house and especially the ones that can be made ahead, place in the fridge and pop it in the oven when time to cook supper.   If there is a buttery topping that is sprinkled on top like this casserole has, leave it to sprinkle just before baking.  Look out for the leftovers.  We love this casserole almost better the next day.  It is scrumptious.   Did I say it is not like your typical casseroles?  The ingredients may surprise you.

Weeknight Family Supper Meal: #2 Leftover Ham with Bowtie Pasta and English Peas

Weeknight Family Supper Meal , an inspiration for a meal one night of the week that may include ideas how to make part of the meal ahead, how to freeze any leftovers or how to make leftovers into a makeover for another meal.   After Christmas, we always have plenty of ham leftover.  This Christmas was no different.  I usually buy a whole ham for Thanksgiving and a spiral ham for Christmas. I love to dice leftover spiral ham.  The cuts are all uniform and the perfect thickness.  They look pretty in ham salad or a pasta dish like Leftover Ham and Bowtie Pasta.

Grilled Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops

Grilled Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops , using up some leftover apple cider to marinate and coat with a maple syrup thick boneless pork chops will dramatically amp up the flavor, savory and a bit of sweetness.   Pork Chops are a favorite around our house, anyway, you cook them.   The boneless pork chops grilled tend to be a little tough and dry at times, so we like to brine them before cooking them or coat them in a super delicious glaze while cooking them.  

Weeknight Family Supper Meal: #1 Smothered Burritos Casserole Using Store Bought Frozen Burritos

Weeknight Family Supper Meal , an inspiration for a meal one night of the week that may include ideas how to make part of the meal ahead, how to freeze any leftovers or how to make leftovers into makeovers for another meal.   The main dish is Smothered Burrito Casserole using premade frozen burritos.    For the perfect accompaniment, a tasty recipe for Mexican Salad that goes all the way back to the 1960's.  Sometimes we add a side dish of whole kernel corn, Mexican Rice, and chips and hot sauce. Dessert is a simple layer of crescent rolls blanketed around a fluf fy cream cheese mixture known as Sopopia Cheesecake.

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake , a beautiful festive dessert with the flavor combo of cranberry and orange.  Perfect for any holiday occasion, but especially around Christmas time.    Tis the season for cranberry and orange, right?  I love the combination and look forward to it every year.   I watch for the cranberries to be stocked in the stores.   The sweetness of the orange and the tartness of the cranberries trigger a beautiful burst of flavor everytime they come together.    This is cake can be a breakfast cake or a dessert cake and why not include it in the snack category too.  Oh! And don't forget about afternoon tea. haha!

Grandma's Cornbread Dressing Stuffed Turkey {A whole baked turkey cooked in a pan of cornbread dressing}

Grandma's Cornbread Dressing Stuffed Turkey,   a whole baked turkey cooked in a pan of cornbread dressing.   The best turkey and dressing you will ever eat.  And don't forget the giblet gravy! This is my Mother in law, Betty's recipe.  When I came into the family, I was not use to eating turkey stuffed with cornbread dressing.  I grew up eating the turkey baked separately from the dressing.  It did not take me long to get used to eating the turkey and dressing stuffed.

Perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Smoked Paprika

Perfect Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Smoked Paprika , roasted crispy tender bite size pieces of sweet potatoes coated with avocado oil, and generously sprinkled with paprika, coriander, salt and pepper, a little sugar, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Sweet potatoes are plentiful right now.  We love them baked whole, pies, and in a casserole, but our new favorite is roasted.  The flavor combinations are endless.  You can make them savory or sweet.