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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weekly Menu 3/24+


PW meatballs
fried potatoes
oatmeal chipper skillet

chicken parmesan
angel hair with pesto
spinach salad
garlic bread

pan fried pork chops
buttered corn
ranch style beans

beef stroganoff

grilled chicken
rice pilaf

cowboy pie

cheese pizza

-- I have a batch of these meatballs in my freezer just waiting for the sauce to be poured on them and then make their way into the oven.  I’m really going to appreciate my prep work tonight. 
PW Meatballs (Pioneer Woman)
1-1/2 pound Ground Beef
3/4 cups Oats
1 cup Milk
3 Tablespoons Very Finely Minced Onion
1-1/2 teaspoon Salt
Plenty Of Ground Black Pepper, to taste
1 cup All-Purpose Flour (coating For Frozen Meatballs)
Canola Oil
1 cup Ketchup
2 Tablespoons Sugar
3 Tablespoons Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
4 Tablespoons (to 6 Tablespoons) Onion
1 dash Tabasco

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all meatball ingredients. Roll into medium-small balls and place on a cookie sheet. Place sheet in freezer for five minutes.  After 5 minutes, remove meatballs from freezer and immediately dredge in unseasoned flour.  Brown meatballs in canola oil until just brown. Place into a baking dish.  Combine all sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve with egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or crusty French bread.

Fried Potatoes
Oatmeal Chipper Skillet
½ c butter (1 stick)
½ c brown sugar
¼ c sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
¾ c flour
½ t baking soda
¼ t salt
1 ½ c uncooked oats
½ - 1 c chocolate chips
Heat oven to 350.  In large bowl beat butter and sugars with electric mixer till creamy.  Add egg and vanilla.  Add combined flour baking soda and salt.  Stir in oats and chocolate chips.  Press dough into bottom of nonstick oven proof skillet.  Bake 20 minutes or until top is lightly browned.  Do not over bake as cookie will continue to bake out of the oven.  Cool at least 10 minutes, serve with ice cream. 
--Spinach washed in warm water gets rid of the sand that likes to stick to the leaves, more so than cool or cold water. 

Chicken Parmesan
Boneless chicken
1 egg
¾ c Italian seasoned bread crumbs
1T butter, melted
1 jar spaghetti sauce
1 c mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400.  Dip chicken in egg, then bread crumbs, coating well.  Melt butter in 9x13 pan.  Place coated chicken in pan.  Bake uncovered 20 minutes.  Pour spaghetti sauce over chicken, then top with cheese.  Bake additional 10 minutes until chicken is cooked. 

Angel Hair with Pesto

Spinach Salad
Washed spinach
Sliced mushrooms
Sliced boiled egg
Bacon bits
Garlic Bread

Pan-Fried Pork Chops
4-6 chops
Flour for dredging (save 2T for gravy)
1T butter
Salt & pepper
Garlic powder
1 c milk
Heat 2-3 Tbls of oil in heavy skillet.  Season both sides of chops, dredge through flour.   Cook over medium high heat 3-4 minutes per side, or until edges start to brown before you flip the first time.  Just before chops are finished add 1T butter to give them a nice buttery flavor.  This will also give you a nice base for your gravy.  Remove chops from pan and cover with lid or foil.  Add 2T flour and brown slightly.  Add milk and whisk around in pan making sure you get all those yummy browned bits up off the bottom of the pan. 

Buttered Corn
Ranch Style Beans

--I recommend using a cut up roast instead of ground beef.  It just really makes this dish taste SO much better.  The beef gets nice and tender after cooking all day. 
--Plus if you find a roast on sale, it is often less expensive than ground meat or stew meat.

Beef Stroganoff (Menus4Moms)
3lb roast cut up into small pieces (or 2 c cooked ground meat from freezer)
1 medium onion, chopped (from freezer)
2 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1-2 pkg. fresh sliced mushrooms
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
10 3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
8 ounces sour cream

Combine all ingredients, except sour cream, in the crockpot.  Cook all day.  When you get home add sour cream, and heat thoroughly. Serve over cooked noodles.

Carrots (raw or cooked you decide)

Grilled Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Add ½ c of mixed frozen veggies to your rice as you cook it.  You can get fancy and sauté your rice in 1T butter first and then add chicken stock to it for the liquid. 

Cowboy Pie
1lb bulk breakfast sausage cooked
1-2 pkg Jiffy corn bread mix (1 if there are just a few of you, 2 if you are feeding a larger family or a teenaged boy)
½ t sugar  
1/3 c milk (1 box)
1 egg (1 box)
½ c cheddar cheese, grated
2T minced green onions

Cook sausage in cast iron skillet; drain.  Prepare corn bread according to directions, add remaining ingredients; let sit for five minutes.  Pour on top of waiting meat.  Bake for 25 minutes at 400 degrees. 

Cheese Pizza

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