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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Weekly Menu 3/12+

Saturday
Chicken Spaghetti
Salad
Bread
Sunday
Steak
Red potatoes, Green beans & Corn
Chewy Pecan Cookie Squares
Monday
Beef Stroganoff
Noodles
Peas
Tuesday
Shake n Bake Chicken
Stove Top Stuffing
Ranch Style Beans
Oranges
Wednesday
Pig n Blanket
Broccoli
Cantaloupe
Thursday
Corned Beef, Potatoes & Carrots
Irish Soda Bread
Pot o' Gold Jello
Friday
Cheese Pizza
Carrot Sticks



Saturday
  1. This recipe makes a LOT of chicken spaghetti. If you are inviting Janet over for supper, she'll happily take the leftovers home since this is her favorite dish of all time. Otherwise this is a good one to share with a neighbor or friend.
Chicken Spaghetti
  • 1 boiled or otherwise cooked chicken removed from the bones ~3-4 c.
  • 1c chopped celery
  • 1c chopped onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper
  • 16 oz spaghetti, cooked in chicken stock
  • 1 stick butter
If you need to boil the chicken today, reserve the liquid for cooking the spaghetti. Melt butter and saute celery, onion and pepper; combine with chicken in 9x13 pan. Add in spaghetti.
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 c flour
  • 4 c milk
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 lb velveeta
Stir these ingredients over a low heat until well blended. Pour sauce over chicken,veggies and spaghetti mixture in pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Salad
Bread

Sunday
  1. The cookie recipe tonight calls for no butter or eggs, because you get what you need from the mayo. Sounds crazy if you've never heard of cooking with mayo before but it is made of oil and egg yolks, and it aint half bad. :)
Steak
Red Potatoes with Green Beans and Corn
  • red potatoes
  • green beans
  • 1-2 c frozen corn
  • butter
  • salt & pepper
Wash and cube potatoes, if needed, into 1” cubes. Put the potatoes on to boil. After 10 minutes add the corn, cook for another 5 minutes. Finally add the green beans and cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the beans are tender enough for your family. Drain all the water and add butter, salt and pepper.

Chewy Pecan Cookie Squares
¾ c brown sugar
½ c mayo (no fat free stuff)
1 tsp vanilla
1 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
¾ c chopped pecans

In large bowl mix sugar, mayo, and vanilla until well blended. Stir in flour and baking powder. Fold in ½ c pecans. Dough will be thick and sticky. Press into well-greased 8” square baking pan. Sprinkle with remaining pecans; press into dough. Bake for 15 min at 350 or until pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack. Cookies are soft when hot, but firm when cool.

Monday
  1. This will cook really well in the crock pot or you can cook it on the stovetop as well depending on how much time you have today.
  2. Using a roast cut into 1” pieces really makes a good stroganoff, PLUS you can usually find a roast on sale for $1.99/lb and that is less than ground beef. A double bonus; tastes better AND costs less.
Beef Stroganoff
  • 2lb roast, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2T flour
  • ½ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 8 oz fresh mushrooms
  • 1T butter
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 8 oz sour cream
Place all ingredients, except sour cream, into crock pot and cook all day. When you return home, add in sour cream and stir to combine. Serve over cooked noodles.

Noodles
Peas

Tuesday
  1. Whenever I think about Shake n Bake I can't help but think of that obnoxious little girl saying, “It's Shake n Bake, and I hayelped.” Guess that was good advertising because it's stuck with me for over 30 years. But Shake and Bake is good to eat and the kids can help if you want them to.
  2. This is a little bit of a carb heavy meal, but I was stuck tonight filling in the last of the menu and so I asked for help from the guys around my house. What can I say, they love stuffing and ranch style beans together. Feel free to add something green.
Shake N Bake Chicken
Stove Top Stuffing
Ranch Style Beans
Oranges

Wednesday
  1. This is a very flexible recipe, you can make your own dough to save dough, or you can 'splurge' and used canned biscuits or crescent rolls to wrap whatever sausage product you pick.
  2. This is another good recipe to involve the kids in helping with.
Pig n Blankets
  • Canned bread or biscuit dough
  • Hot dogs all the way to a tasty sausage
  • American cheese slices (optional)
  • Honey Mustard for dipping
Spread out dough and wrap, place cheese on dough, then wrap the meat around either sealing it all the way around or leaving the ends exposed. I like to see that the meat looks cooked before I take them out so I tend to leave the ends open on mine.

Broccoli
Cantaloupe

Thursday
  1. If you don’t have buttermilk for the bread add 2 ½ T vinegar in measuring cup and then add remaining milk to get to 2 ½ c total volume. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes; stir and then use in bread recipe.
  2. Feel free to use sugar-free lemon jello tonight too.
Corned Beef with Potatoes & Carrots
  • Corned beef brisket tip
  • large cubed potatoes
  • baby carrots or peeled coarsely chopped carrots
Combine all ingredients in a crockpot and cook all day. If you use a pre-seasoned corned beef you likely wont need to add salt.

Soda Bread (Family Fun)
  • 2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups buttermilk

Heat the oven to 400°. Combine everything but the buttermilk in a large bowl and stir the ingredients with your hands. Make a well in the mixture and pour in 1 1/2 cups of the buttermilk.
Continue mixing with your hands, adding the remaining cup of buttermilk as you combine the ingredients. The resulting dough will be wet and very sticky.
Dust your hands with flour, shape the dough into a ball, and place it on a floured cookie sheet (we used a nonstick baking mat). With a knife, score a deep X in the top of the ball, widening it with the sides of the blade as you cut.
Bake the bread until it's golden brown, about 50 minutes. Transfer it to a wire rack and let it cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing. Makes a crusty, dense loaf about 7 inches in diameter.

Pot o' Gold Jello
Make lemon jello in a flat jelly roll pan and then cut into cubes or circles


Friday
  1. Be creative with the crust ideas tonight. Leftover soda bread might be just the thing.
  2. Add meat if you would like, or skip it and do a three cheese combo.
Cheese Pizza
Carrot Sticks

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