For a while now, I have been posting my montly menus on Facebook. Well, I decided to create a blog so that more people will have the opportunity to check in and hopefully be inspired. As for the name of the blog, Sherri's Sanity, that is what montly menu planning is for me; my sanity. With 3 young kids, I do NOT have the patience for the clock to turn 5 and have no plan for dinner, it just adds to the craziness to the "witching hours" (those insane hours at the end of the day where we, moms, try to jam-pack 4 hours worth of stuff into 2) I HATE the hours of 5pm-8pm. BUT I have found that in my (almost) year of planning monthly menus, I have been so much less of a headcase during that time. When mom is happier, hubby and kids are happier. AND their tummies will be filled with yummy homemade food; even better!!Now, this blog will definitely take time to put together. Once again, I am a mother of 3 small kids and although I wish I could just sit down and crack it all out, that just isnt going to happen. So, check back often and I will try and keep things rolling. :) Another thing that fills my bucket, so to speak, is crafting! So I'm sure that will come along on the blog shortly too. Happy planning!!!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sweet potato souffle

3 C. Cooked/gently mashed sweet potatoes (red yams)
1 C. white sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp milk
1/2 C  softened butter/margarine

1/3 C. chilled butter/margarine
1 1/4 C. brown sugar, packed, divided
2/3 C. flour, divided
1/3 C. chopped pecans
dash of cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350
Combine potatoes, white sugar and 1 C. brown sugar, 1/3 C. flour, eggs, vanilla, milk, 1/2 cup soft butter, beat until smooth, put mixture into large casserole dish.

mix 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 C. brown sugar, cinnamon and pecans and cut in 1/3 cup chilled butter. Spread evenly over potato mixture

1 C brown sugar
3/4 C quick oats
3/4 C flour
dash cinnamon
1/2 C cold butter

Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a separate bowl. Use a pastry cutter or 2 forks to mash cold butter into the oats mixture until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs; spread over potatoes

Bake 45-60 minutes or until it sets up 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Spanish Rice

1 1/2 C white rice
2 1/2 C water or chicken broth
1 can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp onion powder
1  tsp garlic powder
1 tsp chicken bullion (omit if using chicken broth)

Set rice cooker to white rice, or simmer, covered on stovetop for 20 min, or until soft

White chili

1 can white beans (rinsed)
1 med onion, chopped
6 Tbs butter
1/4 C flour
2 C chicken broth
2 C half and half
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chipoltle powder
1/2 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 4oz can diced green chilis
4 chicken breasts cooked and shredded
1 1/2 C grated Monterey Jack cheese

In a heavy pot melt 2 Tbs butter and cook onion on Medium heat until softened. Add remaining 4 Tbs butter and whisk in the flour

Gradually add the broth, then half and half, simmer until thickened.

Add chicken, spices, chilis, simmer for 20 min over med heat, then add cheese.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Turkey Burgers

1 1/2 lb (costco package) ground turkey
1/3 C Panko crumbs
1 egg
1 Tbs dried onion
1 tsp garlic powder
Red pepper flakes (optional, to taste)

Mix all together and form by 1/2 cup into patties, grill

"Twisted Noodles" (Ground turkey stroganoff) Plus Instant Pot instructions

1 1/2 lb (Costco package) of ground turkey
1 C sour cream
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 tsp Worchestershire
1/2 C beef broth
onion powder
garlic powder
1 bag extra wide egg noodles

Season the ground turkey with a shake of onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and brown in a large skillet. In the meantime, boil your egg noodles.

Add the rest of ingredients to the meat (minus noodles) stir and simmer for 10 min.  Serve over egg noodles. Easy peasy.

Instant pot directions....
Brown the turkey with seasonings, then add all ingredients plus 4 C beef broth.
Cook 7 min high pressure and quick release.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Peanut butter,banana, chocolate chip protein muffins

I created this muffin recipe with the desire to get my kids more protein at breakfast. It contains cottage cheese but don't be scared!! You can neither taste it or detect the texture!

2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C flax meal
3/4 cup lowfat, small curd cottage cheese
1 C peanut butter
1 ripe banana
2 eggs
1/4 C honey
1/4 C milk
1/3 C oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
Semi sweet chocolate chips to your liking :)

Mix everything except chips with a counter top or hand mixer until well mixed.  Stir in chips by hand. Drop by ice cream scoop into greased muffin pan. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 for 14ish min.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fast and Dirty

While I do love to cook and eat fancy-ish foods, I can definitely appreciate a thrown-together-in-10-minutes meal. My friend calls this "Fast and Dirty" so I will too! 

It's basically ramen noodles with a bunch of added stuff. For my family of 6 I use 4 packs of ramen plus the water it calls for. You can add basically anything in any amount, but I like to use

A few handfuls of frozen, pre-cooked chicken strips
Frozen corn
Frozen peas and carrots
2 eggs (whisk these quickly as you add to boiling pot!)
Top with sriracha

Just throw it all in and boil for about 4-5 min! BOOM! Fast and dirty :)