Monday, January 25, 2010

Menu Planning Monday

The meals last week were AWESOME!  They were all so good!  I believe our favorite was the Green Pizza made with homemade pizza dough!  I saved some leftovers for my mom and dad and they both raved about it.  Plus the pesto was homemade pesto my dad had made from his basil last summer and froze, so I had to let him eat some of this delicious pesto.  We will definitely be cooking that again and again! 

This week I'm trying only one new meal from a recipe that a good friend sent my way.  The other recipes are family favorite recipes!  I hope everyone enjoys and is making those little steps towards sustainable eating!

MONDAY:  Black Bean Soup over brown rice

TUESDAY:  Inside-Out Lasagna- I work late, so Drew will be making this and I will have some leftovers when I get home.  He will be adding some homemade tomato sauce, Italian spice, and broccoli.

WEDNESDAY:  Spinach and Mushroom Quiche (I will be out for dinner but will make this for Drew and for tomorrow's lunch)

THURSDAY:  Shrimp Tacos*- My good friend, Kyle sent this recipe to me.  Thanks Kyle!

FRIDAY:  Making homemade Valentines Day cards with some friends at my house.  I will be serving snack/appetizer foods.  Veggies & Hummus, Quesadilla bites, chips & salsa,  and my famous homemade spinach dip.

SATURDAY- Hungarian Mushroom Soup* with homemade bread

SUNDAY-  My wonderful Grandma's birthday dinner at McCormick and Schmicks

* Recipes from Cookbooks or other sources

SHRIMP TACOS  (sent to me from my friend, Kyle)


Avocado Salsa:
  • 1 small onion, quartered
  • 1 jalapeno, quartered, seeds optional
  • 2 garlic clove, smashed
  • 4 medium tomatillos, (about 8 ounces) husked, rinsed, and coarsely chopped
  • 1 Hass avocado, peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle or blended chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound medium shrimp (about 20), peeled and deveined
  • (can also use pre-cooked or frozen)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 8 sprigs cilantro for garnish
  • 2 limes, cut into wedges

Put the onion, jalapeno, and garlic in a food processor and finely chop. Add the tomatillos, avocado, and salt and pulse until chopped but still chunky. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cilantro.

Heat a stovetop or outdoor grill to medium-high. Mix the olive oil, chipotle or chili powder, and salt in a skillet. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Cook the shrimp until translucent (or heat cooked/frozen shrimp all the way through)

Grill tortillas, until slightly charred and pliable, about 20 seconds per side. (Alternatively, wrap in a damp paper towel and heat in a microwave.) Spoon sauce on the tortilla, then top with about 2 or 3 shrimp and a sprig of cilantro. Serve 2 tacos per person, with a lime wedge on the side.

HUNGARIAN MUSHROOM SOUP (from the Moosewood Cookbook by Mollie Katzen)

Ingredients:   (yields 4 to 5 servings)
2 tablespoons of butter
2 cups chopped onion
1 1/2 to 2 pounds of mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 teaspoon dried dill
1 tablespoon mild paprika
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoon  flour
2 cups of water
1 cup of milk (I use non or low fat)
black pepper, to taste
1.2 cup sour cream (I use non fat)
finely minced fresh parsley, for the top

Directions:  (1 hour to prepare):
Melt the butter in a kettle or Dutch Oven.  Add onions, and saute over medium heat for about 5 minutes.   Add mushrooms, salt, dill, and paprika.  Stir well and cover.  Let cook for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally .  Stir in lemon juice.

Gradually sprinkle in the flour, stirring constantly.  Cook and stir another 5 minutes or so over medium-low heat.  Add water, cover, and cook about 10 minutes, stirring often.

Stir in milk; add black pepper to taste.  Check to see if it needs more salt.  Whisk in the sour cream, and heat very gently.  Don't boil or cook it after this point.  Serve hot, topped with freshly minced parsley.

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Happy Eating & Cooking,

"Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food." - Hippocrates



  1. The inside out lasagna looks yummy! I have never gone that way before. I love lasagna, and I don't mind the time it takes, but this looks like a real gem.

    Have a great week!

  2. I want to come to your house to eat! Sounds divine; especially the Spinach and Mushroom Quiche.

    And now I am going to need to try the Hungarian Mushroom Soup. I keep hearing so many good things about the Moosewood cookbook but have yet to try anything. This sounds so yummy. Thank you!

  3. Thank you Kalea and Christine for the nice comments and for stopping by my blog. It is so good to hear from people about my blog!

    Kalea- The inside out lasagna was so good. I did add some broccoli, more homemade tomato sauce, and Italian spices. It was a hit in my household! Try it out.

    Christine- Check out Moosewood Cookbook. Everything I made in that book has been delicious. The author, Mollie Katzen, has written many cookbooks and they are all so good.

    Thanks again for visiting my blog world!



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