Sunday, March 8, 2009

Did you miss me?

Well here I am! Wow I had a busy week. Two days in a row I had 8 kids in my care. That was pretty exhausting.
I can't believe its Sunday already. I am posting the menu late..again. Oh well what's a gal to do?

well here goes:

German Hot pot
hot mashed potatoes

1 lb ground pork
1 lb smoked sausages cut into rounds
1 head of red and green cabbage each
1 onion diced
2 cloves minced garlic
lotsa salt and pepper
1 can sauerkraut
1/2 stick butter minced up to diperse
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 shredded carrots
Dump all ingredients into crockpot mix and cook on low 6-8 hours and stir once in awhile. Serve over hot mashed potatoes.

Smoked Tofu and veggie stirfry

2 tablespoons oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
a (roughly!) thumb sized piece of ginger, very finely chopped
1 block of smoked tofu
about half a head of brocoli, chopped into little florets
1 small bag of cashew nuts about 3-4 oz (salted is fine)
about 4 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of toasted sesame oil

Fry the onion, garlic, and ginger in the oil for a few minutes then add the tofu, brocolli, nuts and soy sauce and cook for a further few minutes. The tofu should be firming but you don't want the brocoli to be over cooked - at the end of cooking you stir in the sesame oil. Serve over rice.

onion rings(oven baked)
salad fixings (lettuce, tomatoes, onions)

Bean and cheese burritos
use leftover salad fixings
serve with salsa and sour cream

Pasta with tomatoes and cheese

8 ounces rotini, cooked as directed, drained
2 cups cooked diced chicken
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil
Dash ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1 1/2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
Grease a 2-quart baking dish or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Heat oven to 350°.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan; add onion and sauté for about 3 to 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Add the garlic, tomatoes, and basil; cook for 2 minutes, until heated through. Taste and add the pepper and salt, making adjustments to suit your taste. Stir in the hot cooked rotini and chicken. Stir in 1 cup of the cheese; spoon into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining shredded cheese over the top of the casserole. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until hot and bubbly.

Lamb chops
steamed cauliflower
leftover mashed potatoes

8 lamb chops, about 2 1/2 pounds
salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
6 green onions, sliced
4 medium cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup dry red wine, such as pinot noir

Sprinkle lamb chops with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Lightly coat chops with flour; place in hot skillet. Sear until well browned, turning once. Remove to a plate and set aside. Reduce heat to medium.
To the skillet add the mushrooms, green onions, garlic, and butter. Cook the vegetables, stirring, for 4 minutes. Add beef broth and red wine and simmer until reduced by about 1/3. Add lamb chops, cover skillet, and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until lamb chops are done as desired.

Dinner out!

Have a great week everyone!

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