Sunday, September 13, 2009

menu for this week:

Wow what a quick weekend we had. We had a night out for grown ups, a yard sale, a birthday party, and a tractor show that we attended. Just this weekend.
I made just enough money at the yard sale for groceries. I had just $62 to spend and I only spent $57!

Grilled hot dogs
Grilled chicken leg quarters
Orzo veggie salad
baked beans

Neighborhood potluck

Scalloped potatoes with ham and broccoli

1 cup fresh or frozen chopped onion (about 1 medium-large yellow onion)
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 cups sliced, peeled all-purpose potatoes (4 to 5 medium-size) or 4 cups thawed frozen hash brown potatoes
3 cups broccoli slaw mix or coarsely chopped fresh broccoli
1 pound boiled or baked ham, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat shallow 2-quart casserole with non-stick vegetable spray and set aside. Cook onion in olive oil in heavy medium-size saucepan over moderate heat until golden, about 5 minutes. Combine milk, flour, salt, and pepper in 1-quart measure, add to onion, and cook and stir until thickened, about 3 minutes. Layer half the potatoes into prepared casserole then top with the broccoli and half the sauce and cheese. Arrange ham on top, dot with mustard, then cover with remaining potatoes and sauce and cheese. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake until potatoes are just tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes longer. Serve at once.

Tacos and beans

Lasagna with Italian sausage

1 pound bulk Italian sausage
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
1 garlic clove, crushed
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups diced tomatoes (from 28-oz can), undrained
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
12 uncooked lasagna noodles (12 ounces)
1 container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese or small curd creamed cottage cheese (2 cups)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano leaves or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 ounces)
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Cook sausage, onion and garlic in 10-inch skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until sausage is no longer pink; drain. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the parsley, the basil, sugar, tomatoes and tomato sauce. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low. Simmer uncovered about 45 minutes or until slightly thickened. Heat oven to 350ºF. Cook and drain noodles as directed on package. Mix ricotta cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, remaining 1 tablespoon parsley and the oregano. Spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture in ungreased rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2 inches. Top with 4 noodles. Spread 1 cup of the cheese mixture over noodles; spread with 1 cup of the sauce mixture. Sprinkle with 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat with 4 noodles, the remaining cheese mixture, 1 cup of the sauce mixture and 2/3 cup of the mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining noodles and sauce mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.
Cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake about 15 minutes longer or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting otherwise it won't hold together well.

Citrus beef and veggie stir fry

1 1/2 pound beef top sirloin, thinly sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons orange-juice concentrate
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/4 cup cornstarch
2 teaspoons orange zest
3 tablespoons grated ginger
1 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1/4 cup julienned carrots
2 tablespoons canola oil
Hot cooked brown rice
8 broccoli florets, steamed or blanched

Mix sugar, rice vinegar, juice concentrate, salt and soy sauce. Toss beef in cornstarch. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok. Stir-fry meat 1 minute in hot wok. Add remaining oil, carrots, zest, ginger and garlic, cook until fragrant. Add soy mixture, bring to boil. Cook until thick and syrupy, 3-4 minutes. Serve over rice and top with broccoli. Garnish with canned mandarin oranges.

Balsamic braised chicken breasts
mashed potatoes
steamed asparagus

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
ground black pepper to taste
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese

Season chicken breasts with ground black pepper and garlic salt. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet, and brown the onion and seasoned chicken breasts.
Pour tomatoes and balsamic vinegar over chicken, and season with basil, oregano, rosemary and thyme. Simmer until chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Have a great week! Evie

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