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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Weekly Menu 4/6+


tater tots

grilled chicken
grilled veggies
garlic bread

sub sandwiches

beef with peppers

chicken parmesan
angel hair pasta

egg nests

sausage bean medley

Tater Tots

Grilled Chicken
Grilled veggies
Garlic Bread

Monday (Final Four Championship Game)
I didn’t even pick teams this year.

Sub Sandwiches/Grinders/whatever ya call 'em.
Carrot Sticks

Beef with Peppers (Pioneer Woman)
1-½ pound Flank Steak, Sliced Very Thin; against the grain
½ cups Low Sodium Soy Sauce
3 Tablespoons Sherry
2 Tablespoons Packed Brown Sugar
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Minced Fresh Ginger
2 cloves Garlic, Minced
1 teaspoon Red Chile Paste (or A Few Dashes Red Chile Oil)
2 Tablespoons Canola Oil
1 whole Medium Yellow Onion Sliced
2 whole Red Bell Peppers, Cored And Sliced Into Rings
1 Tablespoon Diced Fresh Jalapeno (or 1 Teaspoon Dice Hot Pepper)
Red Pepper Flakes, For Sprinkling
Cilantro Leaves
Mix together soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, cornstarch, ginger, garlic, and chili paste (or chili oil.) Place sliced beef in the mixture and toss to coat. Set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high to high heat. When it is very hot, throw in the onions and cook for less than a minute. Remove to a separate plate. Return skillet to flame, allow to reheat, and add bell peppers (and hot pepper/jalapeno if using.) Cook for a minute, tossing, until peppers have brown/black bits but are still firm. Remove to a plate.   Return skillet to heat and allow to get hot. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil to the skillet. Add 1/3 of the meat mixture, evenly distributing over the surface of the skillet. Allow to sit for 20 to 30 seconds, then turn with tongs. Cook for another 30 seconds, then remove to a separate plate. Repeat with remaining meat until all brown.  Reduce heat to low. Add all meat, onions, and peppers to the skillet and toss to combine. Pour in remaining sauce (the sauce the meat marinated in*) and stir. Allow to simmer on low for a few minutes. Sauce will slowly thicken. Turn off heat.

*Update/Note: you can also whip up an extra batch of liquid if you do not want to use the same liquid you use for the meat.  Turn off boiling water, then throw in noodles. Stir, then allow noodles to sit in hot water for 8 minutes or so (check package directions to be sure.) Drain, then add 1/2 the noodles to stir fry. Toss together, then add more noodles to taste. Add very hot water if needed to thin.   Top with cilantro leaves. Serve immediately.

Chicken Parmesan
~2 lb boneless chicken
½ c parmesan cheese
½ c panko or regular bread crumbs
¼ c melted butter
salt and pepper
1T oregano
1T parsley
Melt butter in a shallow dish.  In another shallow dish mix remaining ingredients (except chicken).  Crumple a piece of foil the size of your baking sheet and place on the sheet.  Dredge chicken through butter then through dry ingredients and place on prepared baking sheet.  Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes or until done. 

Angel Hair Pasta (with Sauce if desired)

Eggs in Hash Brown Nests (Pioneer Woman)
6 whole Medium Russet Potatoes (6 To 8)
Salt And Pepper, to taste
24 whole Large Eggs
Non-stick Cooking Spray

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Bake the potatoes until almost tender (potatoes should still have a little bite) 45 minutes to 1 hour. Allow to cool, and then peel and grate them. Season well with salt and pepper.

Spray two muffin pans generously with cooking spray. Scoop 3 to 4 tablespoons of grated potato into each muffin cup. Use your fingers to gently press the sides and bottom in each muffin hole to make a nest (don't press the potatoes firmly against the pan; they should sit lightly in the pan.) Spray again (very lightly!) with cooking spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes. Watch and make sure they do not burn. (If they seem like they're not browning, kick up the temp to 450.) Remove when the nests are golden brown.

Allow the nests to cool. Crack an egg into each one. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake until the whites are set, about 15 minutes. Don't be concerned if some whites bake differently; no two nests will look alike!
Remove from the muffin pan with a spoon or fork and serve.


The longer you have to let this cook the better the flavors will come together.  If you have all day, you can even start with dried soaked beans, instead of canned. 

Sausage Bean Medley
½ c dried black beans
½ c dried red beans
1 c dried pinto beans
1 lb sausage, sliced in thin circles
1 c bbq sauce
1 c chopped onion
1T brown sugar
1T Worcestershire sauce
Soak beans overnight.  Allow beans to still be covered plus 1” of water.  Add in remaining ingredients.  Turn on crock pot and cook all day.


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