Saturday, February 9, 2013

Gooseberry Patch Weeknight Dinners Recipes and Cookbook

Gooseberry Patch is the National Best-Selling Publisher of cookbooks. Their books cover such topics as Kids in the Kitchen, Best Ever Cookies, Mom's Very Best Recipes and more! Here is a review on their newest, Weeknight Dinners.

Weekend Dinners
Every time I review a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, I tell myself that it is my favorite. Well it is my favorite until a new one comes along. Just a few weeks ago I reviewed 101 Farmhouse Favorites and loved all the fresh recipes. Well guess what? My new newest cookbook is Weeknight Dinners. I think this is a must buy for ANY family!

This is a fun cookbook and perfect for week meal planning! The chapters are Meatless Monday, Tuesday is Tex-Mex Night, Wednesday is Italian Night, Comfort Food Thursday and Just for Fun Friday! Each chapter is chocked full of recipes under that theme. This takes the guess work out of a themed meal for your family or for a party you are hosting. There are over 250 recipes & tips in this book. Below, by chapter, I will list just a few of my favorites!

Meatless Monday-French Onion Tart, Zesty Black Bean Loaf, Veggie Stuffed Peppers, Japanese Onion Soup, Sesame-Asparagus Salad, Whole Wheat Applesauce Bars

Tuesday is Tex-Mex Night-Sopa de Albondigas, Indian Tacos with Fry Bread, Light & Healthy Fish Tacos, Golden Sopapillas, Mix Your Own Taco Spice.

Wednesday is Italian Night-Creamy Marinara Linguine, Caprese Salad, Bubbly Cheese Garlic Bread, Chicago Italian Beef, Pesto Chicken Pizza, Strawberry Ice

Comfort Food Thursday-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes, Lemon Wine Chicken Skillet, Zesty All Purpose Seasoning, Peasant's Beef Pie, Dill Potato Wedge, Nutty Peach Cobbler

Just For Fun Friday-Crazy Good Seasoned Salt, Build Your Own Taco Pizza, Kid Pleasin' Chicken Fingers, Best Honey Mustard Dressing, Chicken Apple Sliders, Saucy Meatball Subs

mexican dessert recipes


"Deep Fried" Ice Cream

Ingredients
4 c. bite size crispy cinnamon rice cereal squares, crushed
1 c. mini semi sweet chocolate chips
2 pts. vanilla ice cream
1/2 lb. fresh sliced strawberries, hulled & sliced
Garnish: honey, whipped cream

Directions
Combine cereal and chocolate chips in a bowl; set aside. Scoop 8 balls of ice cream with an ice cream scoop. Quickly roll ice cream balls in cereal mixture; mound balls in a 9" pie plate. Coer; freeze at least one hour until firm. At serving time, top ice cream balls with strawberries. Drizzle with honey and dollop with whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.

Kitchen Notes: I made this on a whim and used what I had on hand. We omitted the chocolate chips and strawberries. Instead of honey we used caramel sundae syrup and topped with a cherry. All easy changes and this is now a new go to recipe when we need a sweet mexican treat!



Spinach Stuffed Shells

Ingredients
24 jumbo pasta shells, uncooked
1 c. onion, finely chopped
2 10oz pkgs. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & well drained
3 T. olive oil
8 oz pkg. cream cheese softened
1 egg beaten
1 T. dried basil
3/4 t. garlic powder
1 1/2 t. onion powder
1/4 t. pepper
1 c. cottage cheese
2 T. plus 1 t. grated Parmesan cheese
2 26 oz jars pasta sauce
8 oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions
Cook pasta shells according to pkg. Drain. Meanwhile in a heavy skillet over med. heat, cook onion and spinach in olive oil for 10 min. or until onion is soft and translucent. Set aside. In a large bowl, blend together cream cheese  egg and seasonings; stir in cottage and Parmesan cheese. Add onion mixture; mix well. Gently spoon mixture into shells. Arrange shells in a 13" x 9" baking pan sprayed with non stick veg. spray. Spoon pasta sauce over shells, making sure all are covered. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Remove foil; sprinkle with mozz. cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 7-10 minutes, until cheese melts Bake 8-12 servings.

Kitchen Notes- I only had 1 pkg of spinach and it turned out fine. Instead of baking I added it to the crock pot for 2 hours. Tasted great and will make it again.





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73 comments:

Susan said...

I tried to subscribe but it didn't do anything. I already get your newsletters. Is this for something new?

Susan said...

My favorite weeknight dinner is pulled pork barbq cooked in the slow cooker. Easy to serve on buns. I usually make some quick slaw (pre-shredded bags). Easy Peasy dinner. Thanks for chance to win.

Kathy said...

My favorite weeknight dinner is spaghetti. Easy to make and leftovers for the week.

M.j. said...

Hi am a old subscriber still...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said...

Here is one of my favorite soups...http://pinterest.com/pin/150518812518126088/...crockpot creamy chicken and wild rice soup...cia4now64 at yahoo dot com.

Beth said...

I subscribed to your new mailing list: wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Beth said...

I'm a vegetarian, but my partner isn't, and one of my quick recipes is for seared pork chops. http://www.wholeliving.com/130559/pan-seared-pork-chops

Andrea said...

I am an email subscriber of yours. Thanks for the chance to enter.

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Andrea said...

I make chicken nuggets and french fries when I have no time to cook for my kids. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.
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Renee G said...

I am a new email subscriber.
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Renee G said...

My favorite weeknight dinner is enchiladas

apple blossom said...

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apple blossom said...

love spaghetti

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carole said...

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carole said...

like to make a juicy meatloaf with baked potatoes

Angie said...

I can't wait to make the Spinach Stuffed Shells. :) One of my hubby's favorites is crockpot recipe for chicken/rice

Lily Anne said...

I have subscribed with your new form.

Lily Anne said...

One of our favorite evening meals is
a potato bar. We use the microwave for the potatoes. For toppings we use leftover Manwich from the meal from the day before. We also have steamed broccoli, shredded cheese,and bacon bits (Hormel. For the dessert we have ice cream.

Anonymous said...

Nearly 4 times a month, I make some variation of stuffed peppers :) A great way to get hubby to eat his veggies!

Anonymous said...

It's nice to sit down with the family and not better way then dinner. Quick and easy and very inviting!

Anonymous said...

I am a huge fan of Gooseberry patch and cookbooks in general!!! One of my faves is a crockpot beef stroganoff recipe I actually adopted from Gooseberry! I am a new subscriber drmcneal75@aol.coom

Lori Lynn said...

We love to make soup and sandwiches for Dinner. I'll make a double batch and freeze the extra soup for later. One of our favorites is
Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup
1 lb. cooked chicken (or pork) chopped (or shredded) (sometimes I use a store bought roasted chix)
1 onion chopped
1 15oz can crushed tomatoes
1 10oz can enchilada sauce
2 cups chicken (or vegetable) broth
1 4oz can chopped green chile peppers (I used fresh poblano)
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups water
1tsp. cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 bay leaf
10oz frozen corn
1 16oz can black beans

Optional toppings: tortilla chips, shredded cheese, more chopped chile or poblano, cilantro, sour cream, avocado, olives
Place meat, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, onion, peppers and garlic in crockpot. Add water and chicken broth. Stir in cumin, chili powder, salt, pepper, bay leaf, corn and beans. Cover and cook on low setting for 6hrs or on high setting for 3 hours.

I like to crush a handful of tortilla chips in a bowl, add some cheese, then ladle some soup over top and add toppings.

Kelly said...

I have subscribed using hagermama@yahoo.com

Kelly said...

My favorite weeknight dinner is spaghetti bake.

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/spaghetti-bake-57377.aspx I double the recipe so we have plenty of leftovers :) And have recently used chicken in place of the meat. Still delicious!!

Renee said...

one of my favorite weeknight dinners is pasta with meat sauce, garlic bread and a salad. I love it.

JanAbney said...

Love your cookbooks! JanEmeryRiggs@aol.com

AutumnVirden said...

New email subscriber. Thanks for the opportunity to win a such wonderful cookbook. I collect cookbooks.. Hope to add this to my collection. Our family's favorite weeknight meal would be meatloaf whipped potatoes, green beans and some sort of bread.

Andrea H said...

I just subscribed. My favorite weeknight dinner is my chicken chimichangas.

http://www.moodymamasays.com/easy-baked-chicken-chimichangas

Sherri Rabel said...

So hard to pick one dinner we like...Love pinto beans & cornbread; tater tot casserole, oven beef stew...getting hungry already!!

Jamie said...

Our family's favorite week night dinner is hamburger stroganoff.

Ground hamburger
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
Beef bouillon 1-2 tsp

Cook down. Add 1-2 tbsp. sour cream at end.

Serve over egg noodles. :)

Ghouls Rule said...

Love the recipes..keep it up..n good luck everyone

Melissa said...

I'm putting the Spinach Stuffed Shells on my "must try" list! Looks delish. Thanks for sharing! :)

Danielle said...

Sounds like something I totally need help with right now!
Subscribed as meanderingdc@hotmail.com

keshakeke said...

I am a subscriber already!
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keshakeke said...

My favorite weeknight dinner is Spaghetti

Elaine Muniak said...

I am subscribed to the mailing list.

Carolyn said...

I think my favorite weeknigh dinner is goof proof tacos!

RRfanXX said...

I work M-F and cook every evening when I get home, but I LOVE to cook and this cookbook would REALLY come in handy! AND I love creating pasta dishes! I don't think I've ever made any the same way twice! Next on my list is the Spinach Stuff Shells posted here - going to be fun !!!

Elaine Muniak said...

My fav weeknight dinner is tacos :)

susanlulu said...

I'm a subscriber. I would love to get this! Thanks for the offer.
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Anonymous said...

Would love to see the recipes in this book!!!
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Colleen said...

I can't wait to use some of these recipes for my kids and myself and then show my husband when he gets home from Deployment. :)

Anonymous said...

My favorite weeknight dinner is Make-Ahead Pizza-Pasta Bake from kraftrecipes.com with garlic bread. Delicious!!

Anonymous said...

Subscribed :)
The easiest meal @ my house is Tostadas w/ shredded cabbage NOT lettuce.

penny said...

my favorite weeknight meal is buffalo chicken pizza

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

I tried to subscribe via email, but it would not let me! (never got an email). I tried three or so times. :(

Marie Anderbery said...

I'm always looking for something new to try for dinner. Looking forward to trying the Mexicali Chicken Stack Ups tonight. Have to go to the store to get some of the ingredients.

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

My go to, always a hit weekday meal is whole baked chicken, mashed potatoes, and broccoli. Easy peasy, quick prep time, and always turns out great! Our family saying after this meal is, "you can't go wrong with baked chicken!"

Anonymous said...

I am following your new mailling list. My favorite weeknight dinner is sloppy joes.

Kim said...

Spaghetti and meatballs!

Pat Dexter said...

I try to cook on weekends so my family has homecooked meals when I work late. Hope there are some make ahead type meals!

Deb said...

My favorite is anything my husband cooks - or that I can put in the crock pot. My easiest crock pot recipe is Dijon Beef Roast - simply cover the roast in dijon mustard, sprinkle with a package of onion soup mix and cook on low. I'm gone for over 10 hours, so I usually add a bit of water just to be safe - you could adjust to your timing.

Deb said...

I'm also a new subscriber - please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

teevee8 said...

I love the Indian tacos!!! I have entered for the book giveaway!

Kristi D. said...

I love Gooseberry Patch!!! They have such great recipes!! Taco Soup is one of my families favorite week night meals!

Anonymous said...

Hi! I've subscribed, followed, posted, commented, & liked everything I could! I don't have a fav Weeknight Dinner yet cause I need the cookbook! Please send one my way! Thanks Bunches
Lisa D.
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Rhonda G said...

I subscribed to your e-mail letter.

Rhonda G said...

A favorite weeknight dinner of ours is fried chicken in the oven. Just bread chicken breasts with equal parts bisquick and flour, and a little salt and pepper and some cayenne pepper for a little kick. Melt butter in baking pan and bake chicken at 375 for 30 min. turn chicken over and bake 30 min. longer.

Beth Boling said...

Favorite Weeknight meal is Slow Cooker Italian Beef!

Laura said...

Homemade pizza or taco night!

Laura said...

Have subscribed via email as well. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jennifer Hayslip said...

My favorite weeknight dinner is tacos. Easy and it is something everyone liks

Tori said...

subscribed with email: sartenl@yahoo.com Thanks!

LB said...

Cheesy ritzy chicken - not the healthiest, but quick and yummy! http://lbandj.blogspot.com/2012/07/cheezy-ritzy-chicken-recipe.html

M.j. said...

Another great GPatch cookbook giveaway...thanks so much...ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com.

M.j. said...

I would like to try the Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes...yummm....ciao4now64 at yahoo dot com. Oh and I am on your new emailing list too at this address here.

Sharon Huse said...

My favorite week night meal is the Italian Wednesday!!

tanya at tdl397 yahoo said...

I subscribed to your new newsletter! Thank you.
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tanya at tdl397 yahoo said...

My fav weeknight dinner is fettucini Alfredo. Kids always love it! Tanya

Anonymous said...

Great cookbooks love them all. Sharon

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Susie Buetow said...

Always a hit here!

Melissa Marinho said...

Yummm, I have bookmarked your pages, I am going to need them for cooking! I LOVE stuffed shells! And deep fried ice cream! These are going to be a hit with the family!!

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