Monday, March 29, 2010

Menu Planning.

Finishing up the meat in the freezer :)

1. Grilled Caesar Chicken Sandwiches

2. Chicken Fried Rice and Orange Chicken

3. Lasagna & Garlic Bread....meatless ;)

4. Spinach/Cheese Filled Shells.

5. Butternut Squash Casserole

6. Cheesy Taco Dip

Pkg. Cream Cheese
Can of Black Beans, drained, rinsed, & mashed
1 c. Salsa (Chunky-style, not too liquid-y works best)
1-2 cups Shredded Cheddar or other Mexican-type cheese
10-15 Medium or Large Black olives, sliced
1-2 Green Onions, sliced
1 Avocado, mashed
A dollop of Sour Cream

Spoon cream cheese into microwaveable casserole dish (2qt. size or larger works well) & spread it evenly. Add the mashed beans & spread them evenly atop the cream cheese. Spread the salsa evenly over the beans. Top this with shredded cheese. Sprinkle the olives and green onions over the shredded cheese. Pop it in the microwave for about 1-3 minutes ( depends on how thick your layers are & how quick your micro cooks) until the cheese on top is fully melted. Top with mashed avocado & a dollop of sour cream. Ours will be in the microwave here :)

Serving Suggestion:
Serve with tortilla chips.....hoping to learn how to make home made of these :)

7. Mushroom Stroganoff,

1 lb portabello mushrooms (either the large or baby bellas), cut in half and sliced

1/2 onion, diced
1 - 1 1/2 c sour cream (I use fat free plain Greek yogurt)
1/2 - 1 Tbsp Hungarian Paprika
salt & pepper to taste
olive oil or butter (I use some of each)
1/8 cup (or so) vegetable broth
Saute diced onions in olive oil or butter (your preference) until just soft and translucent. Add sliced mushrooms, saute until cooked through. Add broth/wine paprika and incorporate well. Turn down heat and add sour cream. Heat through, add salt & pepper to taste. Add more sour cream if the 1 cup doesn't cover everything well. Serve on top of egg noodles or rice. Once I made this and I didn't have enough yogurt, so I added cream cheese and it was still very good! Mushrooms are a great source of protein as well as many other nutrients.

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