spoon-knife-forkOhio Amish church member Rebecca Miller takes us inside the Amish recipe book with seven meals, one for each day of the week.

Of course I got hungry just reading these, and I predict the same will happen to you. Below you’ll find ideas for breakfast, dessert, “quick and easy” meals, and a Saturday night family favorite.

Which of these sounds best to you? Do you plan to try any of them? Let us know in the comments!

What’s For Supper?

I’m sure most parents hear this frequently, so I created a week’s worth of suppers along with some recipes.

I’m one of those cooks who usually cooks without a recipe, but I looked some up for you here.

Keep in mind we also eat a lot of simple meals – soups, salads, sandwiches, veggies, fruits, etc. and leftovers, can’t forget those. You don’t have time to spend an hour in the kitchen each evening.

This isn’t exactly what we had all week, but a few of them are. Like last Sunday evening we had a family reunion and we actually had haystack. It’s a great crowd-pleasing supper.

And since each person fixes their own stack the picky eaters can choose what they want. Typically our Sunday suppers are much more simple – maybe popcorn and an apple with peanut butter , for example.

I also enjoy trying different foods such as Mexican or Asian dishes. I love Deep South Cajun cooking, Jambalaya, gumbo, beans & rice, and other spicy foods.

So here’s what might be cooking in an Amish kitchen this week.




Sunday – Haystack supper, Brownies & Ice cream w/ Fresh Chopped Peaches for Dessert)

Here’s the order we layer our food for haystack. You can pick and choose what you put on. Not everyone does theirs the same, so feel free to come up with your own add-ons.

Saltine crackers (crushed), lettuce (chopped), hamburger sauce, rice (cooked), spaghetti (cooked), shredded carrots, chopped onions, diced green peppers, shredded cheese, sweet & sour dressing, sour cream, cheese sauce, Doritos (crushed).

Hamburger Sauce
2 lb. Hamburger (browned)
1 package taco seasoning
1(14 oz.) can pizza sauce

Cheese Sauce
1 small onion sautéed in 1/2 stick butter
add 1 qt. milk (scalded) Lower Heat
Mix 1/2 c. flour and 1 c.milk (use to thicken) add slowly
Add 1/4-1/2 lb. velveeta in slices. Keep stirring to avoid scorching. Add salt & seasoning to preferred taste. Turn off heat, stir well after velveeta has melted.

Or for a quicker option use Nacho cheese from a can and heat up. Enjoy!


Monday – No Fuss Lasagna, Salad, Quick & Easy Fruit Slush

No Fuss Lasagna
12 uncooked lasagna noodles
Mix: 1 1/2 lb. hamburger (browned)
2 t. oregano
2 1/2 c. pizza sauce
3/4 t. garlic powder
Sauce: 1/4 c. milk
1/2 c. onions (chopped)
1 c. sour cream
1 c. shredded mozzarella cheese

Layer lasagna noodles and meat mixture. Pour 2 1/2 c. water on top, then spread with 1/2 c. pizza sauce. Cover with foil and bake @ 350 degrees for 90 min. Top with sauce and cheese, put back into oven till cheese is melted. Enjoy!

lasagna-dish

Quick & Easy Fruit Slush (make ahead of time and freeze)

1 1/2 qt strawberries (chopped)
1 can crushed pineapples (or 1 1/2 qt. frozen peaches)
3 bananas (mashed)
1 (8 oz.) cool-whip
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Mix all and freeze.


Tuesday – Breakfast Time! Breakfast Casserole, Peaches over Chocolate Cake

Quick and Easy Breakfast Casserole
4 slices bread, torn in pieces
2 cups milk
1 lb. sausage (browned)
1 tsp. dry mustard
1 c. shredded cheese
1 tsp. salt
6 eggs beaten
dash of pepper

Put bread in baking dish, top with sausage, and cheese. Beat eggs, milk, and seasonings together and pour over top. Bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Serves 5.

Moist Chocolate Cake
2 c. flour
1tsp. soda
1 c. milk
2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 c. cocoa
3/4 c. oil
1 c. hot coffee
2 tsp. baking powder
2 eggs beaten

Sift dry ingredients together. Then add liquids, all but coffee. Last add hot coffee. A very moist cake. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Served with chopped, sweetened peaches, and milk or ice cream. Or frost with chocolate icing.


Wednesday – Chicken Supreme, Sauteed Carrots, Peppers, & Onions, Jello Salad

Chicken Supreme – fix night before and refrigerate
2 c. cooked chicken
2 c. uncooked macaroni
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 c. milk
1 1/4 tsp. onion powder
1 c. grated cheese or Velveeta
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Melt cheese in soup. Combine all ingredients. Bake for 1 hr. @ 350 degrees.

Sauteed Carrots, Peppers, and Onions
First slice 3 or 4 carrots and cook until almost tender. Drain off water, splash in some olive oil, add 1 bell pepper (cut in strips), 1 small onion (cut in thin slices) Add spices and salt to suit taste. Saute till tender.

jello-salad

Orange/Pineapple Jello Salad
1 container cottage cheese
1 container (8 oz) Cool Whip
1 can crushed pineapples
1 can mandarin oranges
4 oz. orange Jello (dry)

Stir everything together. This is a light, refreshing dessert.


Thursday – Chicken Ranch Pizza, Salad, Grapes and Cottage Cheese

Jiffy Pizza Crust
2 c. flour
2/3 c. milk
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/3 c. oil
1 tsp. salt
Mix all together and knead for a few minutes. Makes 2 12-inch pizzas.

Top with ranch dressing, cooked,cut up chicken, mushrooms, peppers, onions, bacon pieces, and cheese.

*meatloaf


Friday – Meatloaf, New Potatoes, Cucumber Slaw, Melons

This a very summery supper. 🙂

Meatloaf
1 egg, beaten
1/4 c. onion, chopped fine
2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp.pepper
1 c. rolled oats
1 Tbsp. ketchup
1 c. milk
1 1/2 lb. hamburger

Mix all together and put in baking dish. Bake @ 350 degrees for 1 hour. Halfway through, cover with sauce, leave uncovered.

Sauce:
1/3 c. ketchup
2 Tbsp. mustard
2 Tbsp. brown sugar

I love ketchup so I’d be likely to just spread lots of ketchup on top, instead of using recipe.

Cook new potatoes whole, unless too big. Mash on your plate, top with cucumber slaw and salt. I don’t like cukes, so I put butter and salt on mine.

Cucumber Slaw
Slice 2 or 3 cucumbers and 1 small onion, layer in bowl. Cover with sauce, refrigerate before serving.

Sauce:
2 T. sugar
4 T. vinegar
2 T. mayonnaise or sour cream


Saturday – We like to do cook-outs Saturday night. Pizza Hobos, Grilled Mushrooms, Peppers & Onions, Bananas, and Custard Pie

You need: Hobo Irons (pie irons), bread, your favorite pizza toppings, a stick of butter, a hot fire, iron skillet, olive oil, sliced mushrooms, onion slices, pepper strips.

Butter both sides of pie iron, lay a piece of bread on 1 side, top w/ sauce and toppings, other slice of bread, slide into hot coals and let it toast. Check frequently, unless you like charred edges. 😉

Set skillet on grilling rack, allow to heat, splash in a little oil and saute mushrooms and vegetables til slightly browned.

Custard Pie (do earlier in day)
1 qt. milk, scalded
1 1/2 c. sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs yolks
3/4 c. evaporated milk
4 egg whites, beaten stiff

Place sugar and flour in a bowl, add enough milk to make a paste. Add egg yolks and beat well. Add rest of milk, scalded milk, and vanilla. Mix well, fold in beaten egg whites. Pour slowly into prepared pie crusts. Makes 2 pies. Bake @ 375 degrees for 10 minutes, then turn down to 325 until done.

We’d be likely to build up our fire again and go finish our Saturday evening chores. Then do s’mores later. We like snack crackers, peanut butter, Hershey Chocolate bars, and of course marshmallows. Or try soft Chip Ahoy cookies, vanilla wafers, or gingerbread cookies.


So happy cooking everyone! Rebecca

P.S. If anyone wants gluten-free options for any of these recipes, let me know.

Image credits: Cutlery- w00ter/flickr; lasagna- fritish/flickr (note: lasagna is a stock photo and not the recipe)