- Creamy Noodle Bake with Spinach Salad
- All-Day Roast with Fries and Peas
- Salmon with Cranberry-Lime Sauce, Rice and Broccoli
- Pizza and a Tossed Green Salad
- Japanese Grilled Chicken, Rice and Stir-Fry Veggies
Back to the meal at hand: Creamy Noodle Bake with Spinach Salad. This meal brings Ally back to cooking. This meal was what caught Ally's attention when looking at the cookbook. Granted, you can't see anything but the baked cheese coating on the casserole... who wouldn't think it looked yummy!
The prep was pretty straight forward. Boil water, brown beef, and add some stuff for flavor to the beef. I almost put pizza sauce in instead of tomato soup... oops. When it came to adding the Italian Seasoning to the mix, I added some extra. The peanut gallery(aka Ryan) hollered: "But mom, you are supposed to be following the directions! How are we supposed to know if we like their recipe if you change it?" He had a point but I really wanted some flavor tonight. This is a dish you layer egg noodles, the meat sauce, a mushroom cream sauce and cheeses and bake. It calls for a lasagna or large cake pan. Either they make small lasagnas and cakes in Canada or something but each layer only covered about half the 13x9 cake dish. I almost switched out to my 11x7 but I thought "No, let's see how this works." I now wish they had measurements for the pans. After all the chopping of the last several meals, this went together very easily. Ally kept taking breaks to read.
After dinner, Ryan was up for clearing the table, helping clean the kitchen and doing the dishes. He was great about it! He cleared the few dishes on the table while I started on the dishes. He then helped load the dishwasher and then dried the big dishes after I washed them. We had a great conversation about why I don't play video games, why I like Age of Empires (the horses) and how I should definitely play Age of Empires: War Chiefs(horse-something or other military unit). We talked about what we'd be doing the next day and how he liked going to my garden class (less school work, more video games, yummy snacks). No complaints! It was wonderful! It was the highlight of the dinner for me and came at the end of a great day with the kiddos.
Next up: All-Day Roast with Fries and Peas...