We're going to the Lions game, but we're gonna skip the tailgating this time, as 40 degrees and sleet is too much for this fair-weather fan. Therefore, we might actually be hungry for dinner tonight, and so I've made a plan:
Roasted brussels sprouts (toss in olive oil, salt, and pepper, pop 'em in a pan in the oven for about 30 - 40 minutes, on 400 or 425 -- can you tell I believe in exact measurements? -- and sprinkle some parmesan on for the last 5 or so minutes. Lovely.)
Monday, November 10
Lasagna! It's Phil's sister's recipe:
1 lb. ground beef
1 jar spaghetti sauce
uncooked lasagna noodles
3 c. shredded mozzarella
1/2 c chopped onions
28 oz. can tomatoes
24 oz. cottage cheese
1/4 c. Parmesan cheese
garlic, oregano, Italian spices
(and sometimes I add chopped/shredded zucchini)
1. Chop onions
2. Brown beef and onion
3. Drain and remove from heat
4. Add sauce, undrained tomatoes and spices
5. In 13 x 9 glass dish, layer a bit of sauce, then:
1/3 cottage cheese,
1/3 sauce mixture
6. Repeat until ingredients are gone or the pan is overflowing. Top with parm. cheese.
7. Cover and refrigerate 8 - 24 hours
8. Put in cold oven uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 - 50 minutes.
We're also having broccoli.
Tuesday, November 11
Tomato Garlic Soup with Tortellini (from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home)
I love this soup!
Make garlic broth:
8 c. vegetable stock
3 T minced garlic
2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp. paprika
sage, thyme, parsley, salt and pepper
You'll also need 2 c. undrained canned tomatoes and 9 oz. fresh or frozen cheese-filled tortellini as well as some Pecorino or Parmesan for sprinkling when the soup is done.
Boil stock. In another pan, gently saute garlic in olive oil until golden -- not brown. Add boiling stock, spices. Simmer for 15 - 30 minutes.
Add tomatoes. Simmer for 10 - 15 min.
In a separate pot, cook tortellini. Drain. Put some in a bowl, pour tomato garlic broth over the top.
Wednesday, November 12
Grilled or roasted salmon (depends on the weather)
Oven-roasted sweet potato -- cut it in chunks, toss in oil, salt and pepper, spread out on parchment on a cookie sheet and cook for about 30 min. on 400 or 425.