Menu Monday in AK

9 06 2008

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This is not my first time planning a menu in advance, but this is a little more detailed than I usually make it.  Living in Alaska gives us the opportunity to fill our freezers with moose and salmon.  We also have quite a few packages of halibut.  I have to laugh now when I see salmon on “sale” for 7.99/lb when we have so much we can’t eat it fast enough before the next fishing season starts!  So I try to find different ways to incorporate salmon.  We eat it probably once a week.

Well, here is my plan for this week:

Monday– Kabobs on the grill, corn on the cob, rhubarb/raspberry cake

TuesdayKorean Beef Stir Fry (I’ll use leftover meat from Monday and I may have to improvise on some of the ingredients)

Wednesday– BBQ beef sandwiches (cook a roast in the crockpot until very tender, shred with two forks, add your favorite bbq sauce), baked beans, salad

Thursday– salmon patties and asparagus soup (I’ve never tried asparagus soup, but we love asparagus and this recipe sounded good).

Friday– Taco Beef Cornbread- I just use the cornbread recipe on the back of the cornmeal cannister, layer the batter ontop of taco meat and bake.  I’ve had this taste for cornbread lately!

Saturday– Stew in the dutch oven- we’ll be camping so this is the perfect thing to throw on the fire during the day.  And while we have the coals going I’ll clean out the dutch oven after dinner and throw in some peach cobbler for Sunday’s breakfast.

We just bought our dutch oven a few weeks ago and love having it already!  Here is a good site for dutch oven recipies:  Byron’s Dutch Oven Recipes

Sunday– Who knows when we’ll get home, so I’ll probably throw something quick on the table, leftovers, fish sticks, pizza…

Check out my sister’s menu plan  here, and other menu plans at I’m an Organizing Junkie


Soup’s On!

9 06 2008

I made this recipe (very loosely adapted from Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way book) and it is yummy, simple and delicious! Thank you to Jennifer for reminding me of my sojourn in France where a bowful of soup preceded every meal; a very heathy and cheap addition to any diet. In his recipe, Jacques Pepin recommends shredding the veggies on a box grater, but after 5 minutes of trying to shred eggplant, I gave up and cut my veggies into very small dice. I used a handheld immersion blender to create a smooth texture, but you could also process it in small batches in your blender. The grits help thicken the soup. Sorry, there is no picture, since the eggplant cooked up to a gray and depressing color so next time I’ll have to take a “before” pic.

Vegetable Soup:

Boil 5 cups water in a large saucepan. Add 1 tsp salt and 4-5 cups diced (tiny, tiny) veggies. Today’s soup had one small eggplant, 1/2 red onion, 1/2 zucchini, and 2 carrots. (Other good vegetables include button mushrooms, potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage…actually, I can’t think of a bad veggie) Bring water back to a boil and boul, uncovered, until vegetables are softened. Sprinkle 3 Tbs instant grits (or polenta, yellow cornmeal, or tiny pasta) and cook for 2-3 minutes longer over low. Puree! Makes about 6 cups of soup. Serve each bowl with a tsp of olive oil (or a little milk or cream) and a few Tbs of shredded cheese (swiss is nice!)

Meal Plan Monday in MA

9 06 2008

Here’s a week of dinners, with no particular order, except the leftovers usually appear after the meal has been prepared. I’m dreading being in the kitchen this hot and humid week, so I’ve come up with some simple, flexible meals. If you notice, the proteins repeat themselves…cook once, eat twice!  Have a yummy week!

  • 1: Hawaiian chicken thighs (pineapple & mustard sauce) with veggies
  • 2: BBQ chicken mini pizzas
  • 3: Broiled Mustard Glaze Ham Steak with Parmesan Noodles
  • 4: Crazy Mac with Cheese Sauce and Ham Cubes
  • 5: Tuna Salad Sandwiches with Cold Soup (not sure exactly what yet)
  • 6: Hummus and Pasta Salad with Tuna (just going to use leftover tuna salad)
  • 7: Leftovers and such…

If you’re still hungry,
visit my sister’s meal plan,
or visit I’m an Organizing Junkie!