Saturday, February 12, 2011

This Week's Menu & Recipes

For background on why I'm posting menus or to see last week's menu, click on my post Tips for Eating Healthy as a Family. Be sure to check the comments at the end of the week to see my reviews of any new dishes we tried this week.

Chicken Orzo Soup & Grilled Cheese on whole wheat. Love this soup, it's very easy and is a slight modification of chicken noodle. This week I forgot to cook the orzo using the chicken broth and used water instead, but I didn't taste the difference. Oh well.

Fall Vegetable Curry & Cashew Basmati Rice

Italian Beef Stew. A and I love, Love, LOVE this recipe. The cooking time is a little daunting at 2 hrs 40 mins, but the hands-on time isn't too bad and the end result really is worth it. A little heavy on prep work, but you can save time by buying pre-chopped veggies and asking your butcher to trim and cut the beef for you at the store. The first time I made this I did it exactly as directed, but we felt it could use a little more bulk so this time I added celery, diced new potatoes, and peas. The recipe says it makes 8 servings, but I get more like 5-6 out of this as a main dish with no sides. It also reheats well.

Chicken Shawarma. I've made this one once before, and though the flavor is really good, A requested that I put the filling inside the pita next time instead of on top to make it easier to eat. I also recommend making the yogurt sauce a little ahead of time and refrigerate it to blend the flavors before serving. A very easy and flavorful recipe.

Salisbury Steak w/ Mushroom Gravy, Herbed Smashed Potatoes and Buttered Peas w/ Shallots. I love the Salisbury steak and the buttered peas, this week is the first time I'm using the recipe for the herbed smashed potatoes.

Hawaiian Chicken.

Roasted Chicken Chimichangas. We enjoyed this recipe last time also. The green salsa is crucial to get the right flavor otherwise they can be pretty bland. I never buy whole chickens precooked so I just throw some chicken breasts in the oven with salt, pepper, and cumin and then shred once baked through. If you have precooked chicken, this recipe is really fast and easy.

Bon appetit!

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Comrade PhysioProf said...

Beef stew recipe looks good! I'll definitely try that one. (Although it is pretty much impossible to make bad stew, so long as you have some aromatic vegetables (onions, garlic, celery), some root vegetables (carrots, turnips, parsnips, potatoes), some meat, some booze, and some herbs.)

JLK said...

I had never made stew before, always stuck to soups and chowders. I was never really a fan because all the homemade stews I'd eaten were too heavy on the wine for my childhood tastes, but my hubby begged me to try making a stew and now this is my go-to recipe.

JLK said...

Review update:

Fall vegetable curry & cashew basmati rice - this dish was really just ok. I didn't think it was worth the prep work and I discovered I prefer my curry with meat. Tossed this recipe when I was done with it.

Herbed smashed potatoes - I completely screwed the pooch on this one. One of my potatoes was much bigger than the others and didn't cook all the way but I didn't notice it until after I started mashing. The flavor was awesome though - I used a garlic and rosemary herb blend that came with a dipping set we received for a gift.

Hawaiian chicken - the 4 hr marinating time was a pain in the ass, but the flavor and glaze at the end was worth it. My husband loved it. Made it with the suggested cilantro rice and some snow peas. He didn't like the rice, I thought it was ok.

Chicken chimichangas - after last time I wanted to tweak this a little, so I used a full tsp of cumin, added diced tomatoes to the filling, and sprinkled the tops of the chimis with cheese before baking. The result was awesome.

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