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Meal #1

Salmon ala Dishwasher

Ingredients

4 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
Juice from one lemon
Salt & pepper

Tear off four sheets of aluminum foil, large enough to wrap each piece of salmon in. Grease one side of each piece of foil. Squeeze fresh lemon juice over each of the salmon fillets and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Wrap each piece of salmon carefully, sealing it well. To make sure that no air escapes, press down on the packet- if the air does escape it will need to be rewrapped. Put the packets on the top rack of the dishwasher and run for a full cycle, with heated drying. Salmon will be done when the dishwasher runs the full cycle.

Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

Ingredients

6 medium potatoes (peeled & cut into one inch cubes)
¾ cup evaporated milk
½ stick of butter
1 cup shredded cheese (preferably cheddar)
Salt & pepper to taste

Place potatoes in large saucepan. Cover with water; bring to a boil. Cook over medium-high heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender; drain.

Return potatoes to saucepan; add evaporated milk and butter. Beat with hand-held mixer until smooth. Stir in cheese. Season with salt and pepper.

Broccoli

Ingredients

1 head of broccoli
Salt to taste

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Trim and wash broccoli. When water has been brought to a boil, then add broccoli to the pot. Cook for three minutes. Drain broccoli. Place broccoli back in the hot pot and put the lid on. By the time the rest of your dinner is ready you will have the perfect broccoli- perfect color and texture.

Money Saving Tips for this Meal

While the freshly made mashed potatoes actually cost less per serving, if you end up being short on time, the Butter & Herb Instant Mashed Potatoes are wonderful and ready in less than five minutes. My family actually prefers these over those deliciously fresh potatoes.

Using your dishwasher is a wonderful way to keep your kitchen cool in the summer without sacrificing any of that flavorful taste. Salmon is the perfect meat for the dishwasher and I guarantee that the fish is perfectly done every single time. Make sure that you have plenty of dishes to do while you are "steaming" your fish so that you can really maximize the energy ran from your dishwasher.

Meal #2

Slow Cooker Day: Taco Soup

Ingredients

1 pound ground turkey
1 can chili beans, with liquid
1 can kidney beans, with liquid
1 can whole kernel corn, with liquid
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 package of taco seasoning mix

In a medium skillet, cook the ground beef until browned over medium heat. Drain & set aside. Place the ground beef, chili beans, kidney beans, corn, tomato sauce, water, diced tomatoes, & taco seasoning mix in a slow cooker. Mix to blend and cook on Low setting for eight hours.

Serve alone or can be topped with shredded cheese & sour cream.

Meal #3 - Brunch Day

Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients

1# sliced ham (lunch meat)
2 teaspoons mustard
½ teaspoon salt
4 eggs, beaten
2 cups milk
6 slices white bread, toasted & cut into cubes
8 ounces mild cheddar cheese

In a medium bowl, mix together mustard, salt, eggs, and milk. Add the ham (cut into cubes), bread cubes, and cheese, and stir to cat evenly. Pour into a greased 9x13" baking dish. Cover & chill in the refrigerator for eight hours, or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover and bake 45-60 minutes. Uncover and reduce temperature to 325 and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until set.

Jewish Coffee Cake

Ingredients

1 package yellow cake mix
1 package vanilla instant pudding
1/2 cup oil
4 eggs
1 cup orange juice
    
Mix these ingredients together and then swirl the following through the cake batter: 1/3 c. sugar, 4 t. cinnamon, 4 t. sesame seeds (optional). Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees in a well-greased and floured bundt pan. Allow cake to cool for 45-60 minutes in pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Serve meal with the rest of the orange juice to drink.

Money-Saving Tips for This Meal:

Substitute the Lunchmates meat with a less expensive prepackaged lunch meat

Cut the ham into smaller pieces and buy half the size listed

Substitute the fresh orange juice with the frozen concentrate variety. The taste may not be as good, but the cost is much less.

Save this meal for the perfect Birthday, Father's Day, Mother's Day, New Baby, or Christmas Brunch. It is simple to put together, all the prep work can be done the day before, and it is a delicious brunch for any special occasion.

Meal #4 - Slow Cooker Day

Sloppy Joes

Ingredients

2# ground turkey
½ cup chopped green bell pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons prepared yellow mustard
1 ½ cups ketchup
6 teaspoons brown sugar
Salt to taste
Ground black pepper to taste

In a medium skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and green pepper; drain off fat. Stir in the garlic powder, mustard, ketchup, & brown sugar; mix thoroughly. Pour into crock pot and simmer for (at least) two hours. Season with salt & pepper.

Serve on toasty rolls with tortilla chips and baby carrots.

Healthy Tip for This Meal:

If your children (or husband) have an aversion to chunks of green pepper, zap the green pepper in the food processor until it is finely chopped. Feel free to add other veggies (carrots, celery, red bell pepper) and you can sneak in a few good servings of vegetables without your kids even knowing it!