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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Weekly Menu 5/19+


cheesy bacon mini-meatloaf
green beans

baked chicken
baked potato

italian sausage & peppers

chicken fried rice
egg rolls
sliced oranges

corn on the cob
spinach salad

mexicali skillet dinner
ez spanish rice

cornmeal pancakes
sausage patties
blueberries & strawberries

Make Ahead Cheesy Bacon Mini Meatloaves (Kraft)
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
3 green onions, sliced
3/4 cup Mexican style finely shredded four cheese blend (generous 3/4 cup)
1 package (6 oz) Stove Top stuffing mix for chicken
1-1/2 pound lean ground beef
6 slices bacon

Whisk eggs and milk in a large bowl until blended.  Add all remaining ingredients (in order listed for ease of mixing) except bacon.  Mix lightly.  Shape into 6 (1 inch thick) patties.  Wrap bacon slice around edge of each patty.

Wrap individually in plastic wrap.  Place in freezer weight re-sealable plastic bag.  Seal bag.  Freeze up to 3 months.

To use ... Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Unwrap frozen patty (or patties).  Place on rimmed baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray (or use non-stick foil for easy cleanup).  Bake 40-45 minutes or until done, 160 degrees. 

If you prefer, frozen patties can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator before baking.  When ready to serve, bake in 375 degree oven for 35 minutes or until done.

Green Beans

--bake extra chicken tonight for Tuesday’s fried rice.

Baked Ranch Chicken
Sprinkle dry ranch dressing mix onto chicken
Bake in 375 oven for ~45 min (bone-in chicken)
Baked Potatoes

Italian Sausage and Peppers
Slice the sausage on the diagonal (think round parallelograms) so that you have a lot of surface area to get brown and crispy
Pasta w/ diced tomatoes and basil

Chicken Fried Rice (Menus4Moms)
Calrose rice, cooked (about 2-3 cups)
1 egg
1 onion, chopped
frozen peas and carrots, thawed
corn if you like it
meat (optional, you should have leftover chicken)
soy sauce or tamari
Cook calrose rice according to directions or reheat rice if you made extra last week. Heat some oil in wok or deep fry pan (I use about a tablespoon) and scramble one egg in it.  Remove egg and add some more oil (I add about 3T) to the pan, heating.  Add chopped onion, some thawed peas & carrots (and corn if you like), and anything else you like in your rice.  When the onions are tender, add the rice and add soy sauce to taste and stir with a big flat wooden spoon.  Add the cooked egg near the end of cooking time and stir well. When the rice is heated through and a bit crispy, it is ready to serve.
Egg Rolls, frozen
Orange Slices

Corn on the Cob
For those of you with a microwave or at least those not afraid to use it, you can nuke your corn, husk and all, for 3 min per ear up to about 6 min.  When finished all the silks will come right off as you husk it.
Spinach Salad
Spinach washed in warm water lets go of the sand easier
Sliced boiled eggs
Bacon bits

Mexicali Skillet Dinner (Frances Martinez)
  • 1 lb steak or roast cut into 1” pieces (salt and pepper)
  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1 can corn, drained
  • ½ c chopped onions
  • ½ c chopped tomatoes
  • ½ tsp salt, garlic powder, cumin
Quarter squash and then slice into ½” pieces, set aside.  In medium skillet brown steak and onions in oil and ~1T butter (for flavor).  Remove meat and set aside.  In same skillet, combine squash, corn, tomatoes + sauce, seasonings; simmer.  Add meat and onions and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. 
Easy Spanish Rice
          Combine ½ c picante sauce plus 1 ½ c water to 1 c rice and simmer for 15 minutes.

Cornmeal Pancakes (Pioneer Woman)
1-1/2 cup (scant) All-purpose Flour
1-1/2 cup Heaping Yellow Cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon Salt
3 Tablespoons Baking Powder
4 Tablespoons Sugar
2-1/4 cups Whole Milk (more If Needed)
2 whole Large Eggs
3 teaspoons Vanilla
4 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
1 pint Blackberries
1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
Extra Butter For Serving
Maple Or Pancake Syrup For Serving (optional)
Mix together flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and sugar in a bowl. Set aside.  In a separate bowl, mix milk, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into the dry ingredients, stirring gently.  Stir in melted butter. Set batter aside. If batter is overly thick, splash in a small amount of milk.  In a saucepan, combine blackberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook for 5 minutes on low. Stir in cornstarch, then continue cooking, using a whisk or spoon to mash the larger pieces of blackberries. Remove from heat when it's nice and thick.  Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium-low heat. When heated, drop 1/4 cup batter per pancake and cook until golden brown on both sides. Remove from skillet and set aside.  Stack three pancakes, placing a pat of butter between each pancake. Drizzle with warm maple syrup, then spoon blackberry syrup over the top. Dig in!

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