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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Weekly Menu 4/28+


baked potatoes

grilled chicken
grilled corn
banana boats

sausage wraps
mac & cheese
green beans

italian roast

spaghetti bake
garlic bread
tomato/cuke salad

summer shrimp stir fry

frito pie

Thanks to my editor, C, Tuesday night's instructions are now completed.

Baked Potatoes

Grilled Chicken
Grilled Corn
Banana Boats
With the peel still on, slice a banana lengthwise and push open a little.  Place a few mini-marshmallows and chocolate chips inside.  Wrap in foil and place over hot coals for a few minutes until chocolate is melted and marshmallows are puffy. 

Sausage Wraps
Mac & Cheese
4T butter
¼ c flour
2 c milk
Salt & pepper
½ tsp dry mustard
½ c cottage cheese
6 slices American cheese (no plastic wrapped cheese, please)
2c uncooked macaroni your choice of shape, cooked (measure when it’s dry then cook it)
1c grated cheddar
Melt butter in saucepan, add flour and seasonings, allow to brown slightly.  Add milk and stir until a nice white sauce forms; when it bubbles it will thicken.  Add cheeses until melted.  Combine cooked macaroni.  Pour into a casserole and top with cheddar.  Bake 15-20 minutes at 350 or until cheese is bubbly. 
Green Beans

Italian Roast
2-3lb roast
12 oz bottle of beer
½ onion chopped
1 package dry Italian dressing mix
Place onions in crockpot, top with roast, then pour beer in, top with seasoning mix.  Cook all day.  When you get home, I like to pour off all the juices into a saucepan and mix in 2-3T cornstarch, bring it to a boil and let it thicken for some yummy gravy. 

Mashed Potatoes, or rice or some other good starchy-ness

Spaghetti Bake (AllRecipes)
1 (16 ounce) package spaghetti
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 (26 ounce) jar meatless spaghetti sauce
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook spaghetti according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the spaghetti sauce and seasoned salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, Parmesan cheese and butter. Drain spaghetti; add to egg mixture and toss to coat.  Place half of the spaghetti mixture in a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking dish. Top with half of the cottage cheese, meat sauce and mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.

Garlic Bread
Tomato & Cuke Salad
Coarsely chop tomatoes and cucumbers, dice purple onions for color, and top with your favorite dressing, or just salt and pepper if the veggies are flavorful enough. 

--If you don’t have any shrimp in the freezer and don’t want to pay $8/lb this week, then substitute boneless chicken.  It will have to cook longer, but you’ll still get some good flavor from the mix. 

Shrimp Summer Stir Fry (Pioneer Woman)
2 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
4 cloves Garlic, Minced
12 whole Jumbo Shrimp, Peeled, Deveined, Tails Left On
2 whole Zucchini, Sliced On A Slight Diagonal
2 ears Corn, Kernels Sliced Off
1/2 cup Grape Tomatoes, Sliced In Half Lengthwise
Salt And Freshly Ground Pepper, To Taste
Chopped Fresh Herbs, If Desired
Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add minced garlic. When oil/butter is hot, add shrimp and cook for 3 minutes. Remove to a plate. Do not clean skillet.  Add the rest of the butter and oil and heat over medium heat. Add zucchini slices in a single layer and cook for one minute, tossing once. Scoot the zucchini to the edges of the pan, then add corn kernels to the middle of the pan. Cook for one minute. Add grape tomatoes, salt, and pepper, and toss around, then add shrimp. Cook for an additional 30 seconds, then remove from heat. Serve on a big platter.
Hint: Much better after it's been allowed to cool for a bit! Yummy and refreshing.

--At its very basic you must include the first three items to make a frito pie.  If you can eat it while at a baseball/softball game then you are really having the full experience.  There’s a softball tournament you can catch in Tulsa, if you happen to be in the neighborhood.  Otherwise, perhaps you could catch a game on tv.

Frito Pie
Cheese, cheddar, velveeta (if you need a little extra salt after the Fritos)
Diced Onions
Beans  (ok I know I lost at least one of you on that idea)
Layer it all in a bowl and enjoy. 

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