Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Short Week Plan (December 10-14)

We are heading out of town on Thursday night for the weekend.  My in-laws will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this Christmas and we are having a surprise party for them on Friday night.  I am thinking a ham and a hot dip will be my contribution to the party?

Monday:  Taco salad (didn't get to it last night)
Tuesday:  Continental pork chops, rice and spinach salad
Wednesday:  Creamy sausage pasta bake and cesar salad
Thursday:  Leftover pasta before we hit the road

A couple of quickies for you:

Continental Pork: 
  • Mix 1 can of cranberry sauce, 1 envelope of onion soup mix and 1/3 c. french dressing.
  • Pour over pork chops, tenderloin or loin OR chicken breasts or thighs.
  • Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
  • Serve with rice or mashed potatoes, because the sauce is practically drinkable.

Honey Mustard Salad Dressing:
  • Mix olive oil, dijon mustard, honey, cider vinegar, garlic and s&p.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Heyhey, goodlookin', whatcha got cookin'? (Dec. 3-7)

My cousins own a farm and we inherited a large box of ground beef over the weekend.  It doesn't get much more local and free-range then a cow I petted out in the pasture this summer!  Between our new-found ground beef stash and my husbands yield from hunting, we have a VERY full freezer!  If you see an unusual amount of ground meat based meals on the agenda for the next six months, you know why!

It's funny, I was talking to a co-worker about our meat "situation" and she was kind of grossed out.  "Really, deer meet?  And a cow that you have met?  It's really creepy."  Ummm... no.  Given all of the media in Canada these days about meat safety and the (lack of) processes at some of the countries largest meat plants, I am so happy and relieved to have a freezer of local, free-range, grain fed, organic meat.  I know exactly where it came from, what it ate and where it was butchered.  People need to get connected with their food!  Where do they they think that ground from Costco came from!?

I digress... without further ado, here is the plan for this week!

  • Homemade pizza, topped with pesto tomato sauce, shrimp, red onion, feta, mushrooms and spinach
  • Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, veggies soup
  • Chicken legs, potatoes, spinach salad
  • Taco salads, with the aforementioned ground