Monday, 19 April 2010

Weekly Meal Plan: Monday April 19th

I stumbled across Org Junkie and their 'menu plan Monday' a while back and thought it was an excellent idea.  But I thought with my schedule it would be easier if I made up my menu on Saturday as that is the day I do my big grocery shop.  Well, I did it for a week or two and then it fell by the wayside and I was doing my usual evening scramble trying to figure out what to make for supper after a long days work. 

So I'm going to do it along with all the ladies at Org Junkie.  If you check out the link there are lots of ideas for weekly menus.  It's a great place to find new recipes.

Mon ~ turkey soup.  I boiled a turkey carcass from a dinner we enjoyed last week for a few hours last night so I'll pick out the bones and gristle when I get home and turn it into homemade soup.  Yummy.

Tues ~ Quick Potted Spanish Chicken  This is a Rachel Ray recipe.  I love her recipes though we haven't had this one before.  I noticed in the comments that someone had made this in the crockpot ~ so that's what I'm going to do.  Get it all set up tonight, plug it in tomorrow morning and my house will smell delish when I get home from work tomorrow night.

Wed ~ Black Bean Chilli.  This is a favourite dish in our house.  I think I found it in a magazine years ago and I make it fairly regularly.  It's quick, easy and not as heavy as other chillis.
Black Bean Chilli

 1 T olive oil
 1 large onion chopped
 1 green pepper chopped
 1 clove garlic chopped
Sauté on med-high heat till soft ~ about 8 min.

 ½ lb ground turkey (or beef)
Add and cook till no longer pink ~ about 4 min.

 ¼ cup chilli powder
 1 T gr. Cumin
 ¾ tsp salt
 ½ tsp allspice
Add and cook for 1 min.

 1 can (16oz) Stewed Tomatoes
 1 cup water
Add and simmer for 7 min.

 3 cups diced zucchini
 1 can (19oz) black beans drained and rinsed
Add, stirring till cooked ~ about 10 min.

 ¼ cup shredded cheddar
 ¼ cup gr onion chopped

Thurs ~ Steak and mashed potatoes.  My guy is a meat and potatoes kinda guy so I try to make him happy every now and then. 

Fri ~ I found this fish dish on the Canadian Living Foodie Blog which has been shut down :( I thought it sounded yummy so saved it. I'll give it a whirl and let you know Saturday if it's a keeper.
• 1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. olive oil
• 2 large yellow onions, thinly sliced
• 4 medium Anaheim chilies, seeded and thinly sliced
• 2 bay leaves
• 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
• 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
• 1 cup dry white wine
• 3 cups unsalted vegetable stock or canned broth
• 6 to 8 saffron threads
• 1/2 tsp piment d’Espelette, plus more for garnish
• Salt and freshly ground white pepper, to taste
• 1/2 tsp. crushed dried hot chili peppers
• 2 lb. skinless halibut (my favorite) or red snapper fillets, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
• 3 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

In a large chef’s skillet or other large pan over high heat, warm the 1/2 cup olive oil. Add the onions, Anaheim chilies, bay leaves and garlic and sauté, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes. Add the potatoes, wine, stock, saffron and the 1/2 tsp. piment d’Espelette. Bring the mixture to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to medium. Season with salt and white pepper, add the chili peppers and cook until the potatoes are tender, about 15 minutes.
In a large sauté pan over medium heat, warm the remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil. Add the fish and sauté until lightly browned, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to the chef’s skillet and continue cooking, stirring occasionally to avoid breaking the fish apart, 8 to 10 minutes more. Season with salt and white pepper and discard the bay leaves.
Ladle the stew into warmed shallow soup bowls, and sprinkle with the parsley and piment d’Espelette. Serve immediately. Serves 4.

I read up on piment d’Espelette.  It's a pepper from a certain area of France.  Suggested substition is Smoked Paprika which I happen to have.

Sat ~ Lasagne.  Daniel is getting quite good at making this and it's one of my favourite dishes. 

Sun ~ Pork chops.  Rick likes the thin fast fry pork chops.  For side dishes I'll do rice and sliced raw veggies. Quick and easy!

So that's it for me.  I'm almost organized.  I just need to check the cupboards and fridge and make a grocery list of what I don't have.

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