Meal planning with themed days went over quite well with my family, especially my partner who gives me the sad puppy eyes look and says, "What happened to Taco Tuesdays?". Well climbing back on the wagon we go with the meal planning! This one is for next week, I am adapting it for the warmer weather ahead with things like healthy Wednesdays and BBQ Saturdays. Although it is snowing today here in WI, I have faith that the summer will actually come, well maybe anyway!
This again doesn't have to be meatloaf just have that kind of retro meal feel for the meal. Think comfort retro food, perfect for those crushingly depressing back to work Mondays! This upcoming Monday I am making a family favorite - Stuffed Peppers. Stuffed Peppers is a dish my mom always made for the family and I have put a slightly spicier, cheesier spin on my mom's classic dish. This is pretty much a one dish meal although a warm veggie on the side is nice. I usually serve it with saltine crackers on the side as that is how my mom always served it when I was growing up.
1 lb lean ground beef
2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cups rice (measured dry, before cooking)
2 cans corn, drained
1 (24 ounce) spaghetti sauce (any flavor – your choice)
2 cups grated cheese (any flavor- your choice)
Cut thin slice from stem end of each pepper. Remove seeds and membranes; rinse. Place peppers, with tops, upright in ungreased 9x12 inch glass baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap; microwave until hot, 3 to 4 minutes--(note: do NOT cook peppers until done, you are just blanching them, 3 to 4 minutes should be plenty, depending on the size of your peppers). Cook and stir hamburger and onion until hamburger is light brown; drain if necessary. Stir in salt, pepper, garlic powder, pepper flakes, cooked rice, corn, ¾ of the grated cheese and 1 cup of the tomato sauce; heat through. Stuff each pepper with hamburger mixture; stand upright in ungreased baking dish, 9x12 inches. Pour remaining sauce over peppers. Replace tops (stem ends) on peppers. Cover with foil; cook in 350 degree F oven 45 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining cheese and cook 15 minutes longer.
Again, this can be any Latin/Tex Mex inspired meal - anything from Paella to Frito Pie and everything in between! This Tuesday I am trying out a new recipe called Lime Chicken Tacos served with a side of black beans.
1⁄2 lime, juice of
1 teaspoon white sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 green onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
10 6-inch flour tortillas
1 tomatoes, diced
1⁄4 cup shredded lettuce (or cilantro)
1⁄4 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
1⁄4 cup salsa
I changed the title of this to reflect the upcoming warm weather. This day can be fish & veggies, a main dish salad or soup - whatever spells light and healthy to you. This week I am making a baked fish dish along with a baked potato and garden salad. This was one of my favorite meals when I was pregnant.
1 lemon, juice of
1⁄4 cup chopped fresh parsley
4 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
1⁄4-1⁄2 cup flour, for dusting fish
ANIME ASIAN THURSDAYS
This can be any sort of Asian inspired meal. I like to make things like stirfries or something of that sort because it is guaranteed I will be tired come Thursday and ready for a quick meal. This Thursday will be a one dish meal of beef and veggies quickly stirfried in a relatively uncomplicated sauce.
1⁄4 cup green onion, thinly sliced
1⁄4 cup soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds, crushed
1⁄2 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon pepper (to taste)
1⁄3 cup cold water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup carrot, peeled and julienned
1 cup broccoli floret, sliced
1 cup cauliflower floret, sliced
Slice beef across the grain into bite-size strips. (If beef is partially frozen it is easier to slice). Combine green onions, soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, sesame seed, red pepper flakes, sugar and pepper; add meat and marinate 30 minutes at room temperature.
I also changed this as it used to be board games on Saturdays and family friendly "junk food" type of meals. Now that the weather is warming up here and there we have been braving the elements and getting the grill going. This Saturday I am making some kabobs. This was the very first company dinner item I ever made when I first started cooking - I love these to this day.