Thursday, November 18, 2010

Meals this (I mean last...) week

(oops, just realized I never published this! This was last week.) We have been so busy with wedding stuff I now am finally back to cooking again. Just in time for basketball season... Eric coaches so he is super busy this time of year, not getting home till really late on game nights. So, I am trying to cook things that would be yummy even if they are just reheated at 10:00 pm. I also wanted to restock my freezer with some dinners. So, here is this week:

Monday- Spaghetti (this is one of Eric's favorites)I got this sauce recipe out of this book by Noel Piper (I just got the book and can't wait to read it right in time for the holidays.) This makes enough to freeze 2 portions.
3 lb. ground meat (We use turkey)
1 tbs. oregano, basil and garlic powder (or some fresh garlic minced)
3 tbs. dried parsley
2 tbs. Worcestershire sauce
1 large onion
1 tsp. pepper, salt to taste
2-3 bay leaves
10 drops hot sauce (doesn't make it spicy, just good!)
Brown meat and drain. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes. The longer the better. Remove bay leave before serving.

Tuesday- Eric's first game, I mean win :) So, no dinner.

Wednesday- Vegetable Beef Soup- This is really yummy, has tons of veggies, makes a ton, and is pretty cheap. It makes enough for dinner plus 3 freezer portions. We eat it with cornbread. Make sure you use a BIG pot

2 lb. stew beef, cubed

5 (28 oz) cans beef broth- I use beef bouillon cubes bc I think it's cheaper (6 cubes and 17 cups water)

2 (15 0z) cans of corn

28oz diced tomato w/ juice

2 cups green beans- I use fresh, frozen would work

10 oz. frozen Lima beans

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 cups sliced carrots

1 cup chopped celery

2 bay leaves (take out at end)

1 T Worcestershire sauce

10 drops Tabasco

salt and pepper

2 potatoes, diced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced

frozen peas

any other veggie you might have and want to throw in! Brown beef in skillet in EVOO. Add everything except potatoes, mushrooms, and peas. You will need a BIG pot. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1-2 hours, until beef is tender. Add rest of ingredients. This makes plenty to freeze. I put it in freezer bags after it cools a bit.

Thursday- game night

Friday- Pounded chicken (take chicken breast, pound them flat, coat in flour, eggs, then bread crumbs (w/ whatever seasoning you like) and cook in a frying pan with EVOO and a little butter, Squash and zucchini, and sweet potato fries

Saturday- Welcome home Drew and Kelly from the honeymoon!!! Chili- Eric and Drew's favorite thing.I made this recipe up to please my husband, who hates tomato chunks...
1 lb. Ground turkey
1 bag Frozen corn
2 cups Black beans (i use the dry kind, cook them before adding to chili)
chili seasoning
about 3 med. cans tomato sauce
a pinch of sugar

Yes, that is all. Brown the meat and cook all together. You would not believe how much Drew and Eric love it. It is good with corn bread or chips, cheese, and sour cream. Eric, well he likes to eat it over pasta...

Off to take Ellie on a walk- the weather could not be better!!!

1 comment:

Ellen said...

You are going to love the Noelle Piper book! It is awesome, especially for this time of year. I'm loving that your posting your meals because I totally need some new ideas! Maybe we can talk tomorrow??? Miss you so much!