Tuesday, April 21, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Things

Weeknight meals are a must, but sometimes it's hard to decide just what to make.

Here is just a sampling of my favorites:

Spiced Braised Beef with sweet potatoes, Couscous

Pork Carnitas, Yellow Rice (I buy Vigo), Black Beans. NOTE: You must use Mexican Oregano on the pork. The standard stuff just doesn't deliver the right flavor.

Sun-Dried Tomato Burgers

Spiced Meatballs with Couscous Salad and Hummus

Chipotle Cheddar Burgers - The Chipotle Ketchup is to die for!

Mexican Casserole

Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs with New Potatoes and Green Beans

Italian Chicken Soup - This is delicious! I think tortellini works better because it’s smaller than ravioli

Chicken Breasts stuffed with Fontina, Artichokes & Tomatoes - You’ll have some leftover stuffing – it makes a great, simple pizza.

Ham & Swiss Bread Pudding - I’ve made this one for years. Very good.

Pork Loin – marinate in equal parts Dijon mustard and honey. Bake at 500 until done (I let it be rosy pink in the middle then cover it with foil for about 10 minutes. It's still a little pink in the middle and oh-so-juicy). Mmm

Ham & Cheese Turnovers - For a grown-up version, I use prosciutto and Italian-blend cheese w/tomato sauce on the side for dipping. For the kids, I leave out the onion and serve it with honey mustard for dipping.

Baked Ziti with Spinach & Tomatoes

Orzo with Garbanzo Beans - This is delish as a side with barbecue

Roasted Shrimp with Peppers and Lemon

Salmon with Soy & Wasabi Sauces - I don’t make the wasabi that much but this is a great basic recipe. Delish with asparagus.

Salmon with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce - This sounds really odd but it’s great. Even Mitchell likes it.

Baked Fish Sticks Diablo - I make the boys’ first without the cayenne then add it to make ours

Baked Greek Shrimp - serve with Orzo. This is one of Mitchell's favorites.

Meatloaf Muffins - The meatloaf cooks really quick since it's made in a muffin pan. And, kids think it's cool to have their own little meatloaf. Really good with green beans and potatoes.

Salmon with Snap Peas & Rice This is a one-dish wonder! We're having it tonight. Mmmm!!!

Taco Pizza:
Boboli Pizza crust
Refried Beans
Taco Meat (I use turkey and add a can of diced tomatoes along with the taco seasoning packet)
Serve w/sour cream & guacamole

Delish Mashed Potatoes: Start with prepared store-bought mashed potatoes. Add a tub of garlic-and-herb Allouette and some shredded cheddar cheese. Microwave until cheese melts.

My favorite green beans - Sautee a small, thinly sliced red onion and a clove of garlic (minced) in some olive oil until beginning to soften. Add trimmed green beans. Sautee a few minutes until they start to pick up a little color. Add chicken broth (a few times around the pan) then cover and let it cook until the green beans are soft. When done, remove the lid and turn up the heat so the chicken broth cooks off. Just before serving, add about a tablespoon of butter plus the juice of one lime. So easy!

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