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Meal #13

Ranch Chicken

Serves 4


  • 4 bone in chicken breast halves (preferably with skin)
  • 1/2 c. Ranch dressing
  • 1 c. Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c. grated parmesan (also grated Romano cheese is good)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Marinade chicken in ranch overnight or at least four hours. Preheat oven to 450. Combine breadcrumbs, cheese, sage, and salt and pepper. Coat breasts in breading and place in a 9X13" baking dish. Bake in oven covered for 20 minutes and then reduce heat to 350 and bake for 30 minutes. If you use boneless skinless breasts cook at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.

The side dish prepared was Chicken Flavored Rice a Roni and frozen broccoli.

Meal #14

Breadmaker Pizza Crust

Instructions follow for both a 1 ½# loaf and a 2# loaf

Ingredients 1 ½# loaf

  • 7-8 ounces water
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons active dry yeast

Ingredients 2# loaf

  • 9-11 ounces water
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Combine all ingredients into bread pan. Select dough setting. When the unit signals that it is done, remove the dough. Pat the dough into a 12x15-inch jelly roll pan or greased 12-inch round pizza pan (1 ½# recipe) or 14-inch round pizza pan (2# recipe). Let stand ten minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spread sauce over dough. Sprinkle toppings over sauce. Bake 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown.

Pizza Sauce: Used can of crushed tomatoes and 2 cloves of freshly chopped garlic.

Meal #15

Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs


  • Tomato Sauce
  • 2 large cans of tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 large can of tomato sauce
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper to taste
  • Noodles (your choice)

In your food processor add the two cans of tomatoes without the juice. Pulse until chunky and then set aside. In the bottom of a large pot coated with extra-virgin olive oil, cook the crushed garlic. Add the can of tomato sauce, tomato paste, and then using the can of tomato paste fill it with the juice from one of the cans of tomatoes, and the tomatoes that were chunked in the food processor. Add seasonings and bring to a boil and then set to low heat to simmer. Cook pasta as directed and then serve with the sauce and meatballs.

Turkey Meatballs


  • 1# ground turkey
  • ¼ cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste (can be taken from the can)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In large mixing bowl combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, tomato paste, one egg, salt, and pepper. Shape into balls and placed on an ungreased cooking sheet. Bake for fifteen minutes or until no longer pink. Add the meatballs to your sauce and serve.

Meal #16

Chicken Tacos

Serves 4-6


  • 1# boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup salsa (mild flavored)
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 2 cups Minute Rice (uncooked)
  • 8-12 tortillas 

Heat oil in skillet. Add steak (or chicken) Cook until lightly brown. Stir in water, salsa, and seasoning mix. Heat to a boil. Stir in rice; cover. Remove from heat and let stand five minutes. Spoon into tortillas and top with shredded cheese.

The side dish that was prepared with this was tortilla chips and salsa.