Stuffed Flank Steak – Simple Saturday

Hi everyone! Martha here from Seaside Simplicity doing a quick fill in for Joanne today. This is one I posted just a week or two ago over at my blog. Since it’s the only blog worthy meal I’ve posted in awhile I thought I’d share it here too!

When the kids said “ugh, pizza again?” I knew it was time to get in the kitchen and cook a decent meal – true story, they really said that!

I wanted to make them something at least a little bit impressive, but it still had to be something fairly quick and easy. As I wandered through the grocery store I saw some beautiful stuffed flank steaks – a little over priced to buy them already made but simple enough to make myself at home and less expensive that way too.


Stuffed Flank Steak
Butterflied flank steak
Italian seasoning
Fresh spinach
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Lay out the flank steak (they will butterfly it for you at the meat department if you ask nicely 🙂  Sprinkle the steak with Italian seasonings, spread with a layer of mozzarella cheese and a layer of baby spinach, tuck ends, roll up and tie with kitchen twine about every inch or so. Slice between twine and lay steak pinwheels over a bed of spinach in a baking pan. Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes or until done to your liking. Give it a quick broil before removing from the oven to get all that cheesy goodness browned up just a bit. Remove and let rest for a few minutes.


Dinner is served!
This was so simple! I will definitely be making it again and probably often. I love that it can be made up ahead of time and just popped in the oven on those busy weeknights, and it’s definitely company worthy too!
Stop by and visit me at Seaside Simplicity, I’m having a Mardi Gras party this weekend!
Simple Saturday – Garlic Rolls
Welcome to Simple Saturday!
Basic Dinner Roll Recipe
In bread maker (or you can do it the “old” way 😉
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons yeast
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups water


Set bread maker on dough setting and press start. Grease 9×13 pan. When bread maker is done shape rolls, cover with a cloth and let rest (rolls should double in size). Bake 350 degrees for about 20-25 min.

Have leftovers? Stick them in the freezer and take them out on pasta night for Garlic Rolls.

Garlic Rolls

After defrosting, liberally brush with olive oil, sprinkle with lots of finely minced garlic, oregano, and finely grated Parmesan cheese bake until warm and crisp. Serve with pasta and salad – Yum!

Be sure to visit me over at Seaside Simplicity for more simple delicious recipes.

Have a great weekend!

Haystacks – Monday Munchies


2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups butterscotch chips (or 2 more cups chocolate chips)
1 12-ounce can of cocktail peanuts
6 ounces chow mein rice noodles

Melt chocolate and butterscotch chips in the top of a double boiler over hot (not boiling) water. Stir in nuts and noodles. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper, foil or parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Top with colored sprinkles if desired. Cool. Store covered in the refrigerator.

Doesn’t get much easier than that does it?!

Candy Cane Cookies – Monday Munchies


  • 1 cup margarine, butter, Crisco or butter Crisco
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring (optional – green)


  1. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine (or whatever), white sugar and powdered sugar. Beat in the egg and *vanilla extract. Combine the flour and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until well blended. Cover or wrap dough and chill for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets (or use parchment paper). Divide dough into halves. Color one half red by mixing in the food color (green for some too if you want). Roll a small amount of each dough about 3 inches long. Twist colors together like a rope and curve the end like a cane. Place onto prepared cookie sheets.
  3. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in preheated oven.

*If you like peppermint you can add peppermint extract, about a teaspoon in place of the vanilla.

Spooky Witch Hands – Monday Munchies

This spooky witch hands were so easy that I can’t even call it a recipe. They are simply Pillsbury bread sticks – unrolled, sliced in half and then formed into long finger shapes (keeping every 5th one a little shorter and fatter for the thumbs), add sliced almonds for the fingernails and bake for 15 minutes at 375. Serve them with some marinara for dipping for a snack, use them on your Halloween party buffet, or serve in bowls of chili or spaghetti for a perfectly spooky meal!

Artichoke, Feta Cheese and Garlic Puffs – Martha’s Monday Munchies

Here ya go, artichoke, feta cheese and garlic puffs! I’ve been on a puff pastry kick lately and decided to experiment a bit. These turned out delectable and they were super easy!

Just thaw puff pastry and cut into small squares. Mix a jar of artichoke hearts, a package of feta cheese, a heaping spoon of minced garlic, a little Parmesan cheese, and some fresh ground pepper – lightly mix. Spoon a small amount of mixture onto one corner of the pastry, fold over to form triangle, seal edges and bake at 350 for 20 minutes – YUMMY!

Originally posted at Menagerie

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken – Monday Munchies

I found the recipe for this yummy bacon wrapped sweet and spicy chicken over at Full Bellies, Happy Kids. These make a terrific main dish, but they are also terrific for the appetizer buffet!

Here’s the recipe …

4 chicken breasts cut in thirds (12 pieces)
Bacon slices
Salt and pepper to taste
garlic powder
Chili powder
Brown sugar

Cut each breast into 3 pieces, season all the chicken with the spices, then wrap a bacon slice around each piece, roll in brown sugar and place into an oven proof dish. Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and bacon is nice and brown and crispy.

The only thing I did any different from the recipe was to turn them upside down right at the end and did a quick broil to get the bacon on the bottom nice and crisp too!

These are so yummy – definitely a family favorite here!

*Recipe previously posted at Menagerie

Appetizer Pizzas – Martha’s Monday Munchies

These little appetizer pizzas are so easy and they are a great addition to the party buffet.

Just cut French bread into slices, brush both sides of each slice with olive oil, place a thin slice of tomato on each, top with fresh mozzarella cheese, sprinkle with oregano, basil and minced garlic (optional), bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and just starting to brown.

I can’t wait to see what you have on your party buffet!

Please join me today over at The Motivation Station for some menu planning ideas and suggestions.

Cocktail Meatballs – Martha’s Monday Munchies
There are so many different ways to make these yummy little meatball appetizers. This time we went with homemade since I was cooking regular meatballs to freeze for pasta dinners at the same time, and because I had a helper too. Don’t worry, I’m all about easy and will give you several really easy alternatives at the end of this entry if you don’t want to start from scratch 🙂


  • 2 lb ground beef
  • 1 cup Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp of fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese


  • 16 oz can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 12 oz chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

These are so sweet, tart and tangy all at the same time – really yummy! Just mix all ingredients for meatballs, make up small meatballs and pan fry or bake for about 30 minutes at 350 (I’m Italian so all meatballs get pan fried here).

Mix and heat all ingredients for the sauce, bring to a slight bubbling boil stirring often until all well blended. Put cooked meatballs into a crock pot, pour sauce over the top. Keep on low until serving time.

I like to make them the day before so the meatballs have time to marinate in the sauce (they can be frozen too so make extras!). Then just put in the slow cooker to heat.

The Super Easy Versions – Buy small frozen meatballs and just add the sauce. Even easier versions of the sauce is simply a jar of chili sauce or BBQ sauce with a can of cranberry sauce or grape jelly – mix and match, it doesn’t matter which you choose. Some people use a bottle of BBQ sauce and a bottle of beer! Or you can always just use a brown gravy too. I’ve tried them all and they’ve been a hit each and every time!

Another Tip – I like to freeze some plain to serve over egg noodles with brown gravy for a quick main dish meal for another time.

Healthy Alternative – I’ve never tried it but I’m sure turkey, chicken or vegetarian meatballs would work great too.

*This entry previously posted at Menagerie

Martha’s Monday Munchies – Beef Wellington Appetizers!

Welcome to the all new Monday Munchies hosted by me – Martha! This week featuring Beef Wellington appetizers …

Ingredients: Leftover beef (I used eye-round roast) cut into bite sized cubes, fresh mushrooms(minced), white wine, cream, puff pastry (thawed)

Sauté mushrooms for 3-5 minutes in a splash of white wine, reduce until almost dry. Add a splash of cream and reduce until consistency is like a spread. Season the mushroom mixture with salt and pepper to taste, set aside to cool.

Place puff pastry sheets on a floured work surface, cut into small squares. Place a beef cube on each. Top each beef cube with a small amount of the mushroom mixture. Wrap edges up to seal around each. Twist ends at the top. Place on a parchment lined pan and bake at 350 until crisp – about 15 minutes.

Alternatives: You could use just about any kind of beef in these appetizers. I’ve used leftover steak, London broil, meatloaf and once even used little store bought cocktail meatballs when making for a large crowd. They have been a big hit every single time!

It’s also a great way to turn small amounts of leftovers into an elegant light meal by serving on the side with a nice salad.

I can’t wait to see your recipes!


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