Sunday, December 7, 2008

This week's menu

Mini Meatloaves
Mashed potatoes
steamed green beans

1 1/2 lbs ground beef (80/20)
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 cup cheddar cheese
1/2 cup old fashioned or quick cooking oats
1 tablespoon dried minced onion
1/2 package of dried onion soup mix(make sure to mix it up so you get some powder and not just the onions)
1 tsp salt and pepper each
1/2 tablespoons mustard
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup chili sauce
1/4 cup ketchup

Combine all meatloaf ingredients, shape into little loaves(about 8 football shaped loaves). Mix sauce ingredients and spoon some over each loaf. Cook at 350 for about 35-45 minuted or until done.

Sesame Chicken and Noodles
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/3 cup sliced green onions
2 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
2 tsp asian garlic-chili sauce(not to be confused with ketchup style chili sauce)
1 lb cooked boneless skinless chicken breast
cooked udon or spaghetti noodles (enough for four servings)around 12oz dried
3 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 jar roasted red peppers

Stir together vinegar, onions, honey, soy sauce, ginger, and garlic-chili sauce. Heat chicken in pan with 1 tsp oil. Add mixture, heat and then set aside. Cook noodles, drain toss with oil, and place in frying pan with chicken mixture. Add drained roasted red peppers and heat. Serve.

Red Beans and Rice

2 cans kidney beans dark or light undrained
3 tblsp Cumin
2 tblsp minced dried onion
1 clove minced garlic
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tblsp chili powder
2 tblsp hot sauce of your choice to taste
16 oz smoked sausage ring thinly sliced
4 C hot cooked white rice
opt garnishes: minced green pepper, sour cream, salsa, cheddar cheese

Pour beans into large skillet or pan along with the juices in the can. Add spices, onion, garlic and hot sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for 15 min. Add sausage and cook additional 7-10 min. Serve over hot cooked rice, and garnish as wanted. Leftovers taste even better the next day. If you want a vegitarian meal you can always substitute a vegetable or meat alternative for the sausage.

Unstuffed Cabbage

1 large head cabbage
1 ginger ale
28 - 32 oz. Heinz ketchup
2 lbs. lean ground beef
1 med onion
1/4 cup chopped parsley
3-4 egg whites
1/4 cup raw rice
15 oz canned diced tomatoes
brown sugar
cider vinegar

Trim and core the cabbage and cut it into one-inch strips. Put the strips into an 8-quart dutch oven or stock pot and add the ginger ale and ketchup. Bring to a boil, stir, cover and let simmer while you prepare the meat.
Put the ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Grate the onion over the beef and mix it in with your hands. Manually work in the egg as well, then the rice. Form into 6 - 10 patties no more than 1" thick (they'll plump up as they cook).
After the cabbage has simmered for 15 minutes, stir again and add the meat patties carefully in two layers, being sure that the sauce and cabbage completely surround and cover each patty. I dissolve brown sugar in a little water and add now, then sour vinegar to your taste
Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
Serve over hot white rice in soup plates.

Chili Dogs
raw veggies

Out to dinner cause we have babysitting!

X-mas party! No cooking!

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