Sunday, February 8, 2009

Feb week # 2 - This Weeks Menu

Sunday: London Broil, onions & mushrooms, baked potatoes & salad
London Broil (if cooking in oven): Let meat rest to room temp. preheat oven to 400 degrees. set rack 6-7 inches from flame. When oven reaches 400 degrees, switch to broiler. Place London Broil on a baking sheet, season meat as you prefer. I drizzle with olive oil and use Montreal Steak seasonings as a rub. Broil for 15 minutes turning once halfway. remove and let rest 5 minutes.
**Sabra Hummus is also a great accompaniment to the meat.
*left over London Broil will be used for fajitas later in week.
Onion & mushrooms meat topper: saute' onions & mushrooms with a few pats of butter and some soy sauce. yummy.
Baked Potatoes: for easy baked potatoes, poke potatoes with fork and place in microwave. Cook til soft. if you want the skin crisp, after soft, put on rack in oven. serve with your favorite toppings. (suggestions: butter, sour cream, chives, vinaigrette salad dressing or try a dollop of sour cream mixed with Savory Garlic & Herb soup mix)

Monday: Pork Chops, Fried Rice & Broiled Veggies
Pork Chops: marinate with favorite marinade. Cook under broiler til done.
Fried Rice: Get a box of Instant Brown Rice from Walmart. Cook in microwave according to directions. Takes only minutes. When rice is cooked, drizzle some olive oil in a pan & heat, pour the rice in and stir. sprinkle with onion and garlic powder. add frozen peas. add soy sauce for flavor. cook til peas are heated through.
Broiled Veggies: slice up veggies (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower) and throw in a Ziploc. Also add green onions/scallions whole or sliced in half long ways (just cut off ends and straggly green tips). sprinkle oil & soy sauce. shake to mix. put on baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic 7 onion powder. cook under broiler for 20 minutes.

Tuesday: Creamy Black Bean Soup
(sent in by Claire M. of Hawley, PA - Source: Southern Living magazine, February 2009)
Soup recipe: Ingredients: 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup), 1 garlic clove, minced, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3 cups vegetable broth, 3-15 ounce cans black beans, drained and rinsed, 1-14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes with zesty mild green chile's, undrained, ½ teaspoon chili powder, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro, 1 tablespoon lime juice
Cooking instructions: Saute onion and garlic in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 4 to 6 minutes or until tender. Stir in broth and next 4 ingredients, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of pan. Cover and bring to a boil. Uncover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cilantro and lime juice. Let cool 5 minutes. Process soup, in batches, in a blender or food processor (I used a handheld stick blender in the pot instead) 30 seconds or until smooth. Return to Dutch oven, and stir until blended. Serve with desired toppings. Makes 6 cups.
Toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, chopped fresh cilantro, lime wedges, tortilla chips

Wednesday: Steak fajitas
use the left over London Broil from Sunday & slice thin strips. Cut up onions & peppers & saute'. Add fajita seasoning. serve with flour tortillas, shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole.

Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs

Friday: mini meatloaf burgers
to make: chop meat, egg, onion soup mix, ketchup (this helps keep it moist and gives it a nice flavor), bread crumbs. mix and make into mini burgers. cook and eat with salad or on a roll. I like them with sauteed onions & mushrooms with melted cheese. yummy.

Saturday: Valentines Day with your kids
Heart shaped mini pizzas: Roll out the dough. Use a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut out into hearts. Place onto a pizza stone or greased cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, garlic and onion powder. Make sure they are a few inches apart as they will get bigger as they cook. Bake the heart crusts for about 5-10 minutes. keep an eye ob them so the don't get brown. take out and put sauce and cheese and favorite toppings. my favorite topping is diced canned tomatoes (Italian flavored) or brochetta, fresh basil & slices of fresh Mozzarella cheese. cook until gold and bubbly.
You will have individual heart shaped pizzas for everyone. let the kids help with their toppings.

Valentines Day with your Sweetheart - Go out to dinner! (if you can get a sitter)

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