Is it too early to hit a recipe rut?

Have you ever made a meal you were so excited to try and were so disappointed in the outcome?  That was me last night.  I am trying to get out of my food rut and I feel like I am failing.  I found a recipe in my Kraft Busy Family Cookbook for Creamy Chicken and Pasta Casserole.  I changed a few things in it since I am a super picky eater and only like a few vegetables.  I don’t like celery, onions or cooked red peppers so I opted for fresh green beans and corn.

I was so excited the whole time prepping thinking it was going to be so good, and it was just alright.  The chicken, cream sauce and pasta were good.  I liked the cream sauce the most.  This also happened with two other dishes I made earlier this month.  It wasn’t completely horrible; it was good, but not amazing.  I have some for leftovers tonight, I am looking forward to giving this dish a second chance.  Maybe it was my choice of vegetables or the fact that I over extended myself in the kitchen yesterday with 3 different things going on at once.  I made chicken in the crockpot for quesadillas, my apple cinnamon butterscotch chip muffins and pasta casserole.

Whatever it was I am getting tired of this ho-hum recipe rut.  Maybe next time I will make this sans vegetables.   Have you had any recipes that just fell completely flat for you?

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Attempting to jump on the meal plan band wagon!

Since the start of the New Year I have been seeing lots of posts about meal planning on Facebook and blogs.  Has your family had any successful meal planning menus?  Honestly, I haven’t been very consistent.  Last week I had a great week planning wise, I even went to far as to meal plan my breakfasts!  Working midnights, maintaining some kind of eating schedule is my biggest challenge.  I have started working on smaller meals throughout the day.  On mornings I work I try to eat breakfast at 5am and that seems to set my schedule for the rest of the day.  Last week I decided that I wanted more of a variety for breakfast.  I saw this recipe on Mom on Time Out and decided to tweak it for my liking.  I headed off to Big Y to get my supplies!

I got sausage, precooked bacon shredded cheese, eggs and 8-inch tortilla rounds.  I started off browning half of the pork sausage roll in my pre-heated skillet.

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Once the sausage was browned I lined a bowl with a paper towel and set it aside to cool.  Next thing I did was get my scrambled eggs ready!  I made my scrambled eggs  with just American Cheese.  Then I let these cool before I made my wraps.

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I set out my tortilla rounds on wax paper so I could wrap them easier.   I have yet to master how the heck to wrap up these things, these might be a tad overloaded.

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Pictured above: Sausage, cheese and egg.

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Bacon, egg and cheese

Like I said I can’t wrap these things to save my life!  Thank goodness these actually closed, there was much man handling and coercing for these to close.  Next time I might have to watch a few YouTube videos on how this is actually done.  This one actually doesn’t look too bad.  I was quite proud of this one!

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After I tackled the folding, I wrapped them in the wax paper, sealed them with tape, labeled them and threw them in the freezer.

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To reheat these I placed them frozen in the microwave for 45 seconds, then I flipped them over and microwaved for another 45 seconds and they were perfect!  I was so excited that these turned out to be so good.  It’s a nice to have more of a variety to quick breakfasts than just cereal and chocolate chip muffins.  What kind of quick fixes does your family do for breakfast?