Sunday, February 1, 2009

February 1 - 5

And now, on to dinner...

Sunday, February 1
Even though we're too lazy to go out for Super Bowl (and I'm always in my pajamas by halftime -- why oh why do they have it on Sunday nights?) we make appetizers and graze the day away instead of making actual meals.

Here's what we're having today:

Panko-crusted Pepper Parmesan Chicken Strips (It's a wing recipe, but we're using strips of chicken breast instead) with celery, carrots and ranch for dipping

Stuffed mushrooms:  saute some spicy jalapeno chicken sausage (or whatever...  it's what we had in the freezer), add a bit of chopped onion, maybe some shredded zucchini, salt and pepper, stuff into mushroom caps, bake for 15 - 20 minutes.

Monday, February 2

Meatball & Broccoli Spaghetti

This is a recipe I had growing up that my mom ripped out of a magazine.  I get a craving for it every few years.  I've adjusted it a bit from the original...  And this is one of those recipes where measuring is optional.  My favorite!

chopped mushrooms  (8 oz or so)
olive oil
beef or vegetable broth or stock (2c)
1 lb. ground beef  (we'll use venison, I bet turkey would be good too)
1 c broken spaghetti
3 c chopped broccoli
parmesan cheese

Saute mushrooms in olive oil until tender.  Add broth, bring to a boil.  Combine beef, salt and pepper.  Shape into walnut-sized meatballs.  Drop in broth, simmer 10 minutes.  Stir in spaghetti, cook 10 minutes (or a bit less), stir in broccoli, cook 10 minutes or until broccoli is done.  Top with parmesan cheese.

Tuesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 4

We're finding that Wed. tends to be a good leftover day.  So, leftovers.

Thursday, February 5

This meal is based on barbecue sauce.  We have a local company, Sansonetti foods, that makes BQ sauce, salsa, etc.  Bought some of the barbecue sauce last summer at the farmers' market and haven't used it yet.  But tonight we will!  And we'll pretend summer is coming soon.

Grilled salmon with barbecue sauce
Roasted baby redskin potatoes
Grilled green beans (wrap 'em in foil with olive oil, salt, pepper, put on the top rack and let 'em cook along with the salmon).

If only there was corn on the cob...


julie said...

I was going to ask you for that meatball broccoli recipe, that was so good. I seem to recall it involved a bit more butter... this looks like a good update, thanks!

Karen Allmen said...

I was remembering making it at your house. don't know why I was cooking dinner at your house, but alas... Yeah. I got rid of the butter and used whole wheat noodles, and it's still pretty good. Just finished cleaning up.

the allmens said...

Alan reads the menu for Monday night.
Rachel: "Shut up! Can we be their neighbors!?!"

[I think she is envious of your skills]

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