Sunday, March 27, 2011

Menu Plan Monday


Our favorite new recipe from this past week was Emily's Brilliant Bacon Pasta. Fast, easy and so very yummy! If you can't find Creme Fraiche, you can make your own, or substitute a thick cream and sour cream mix. Creme Fraiche has a similar flavor to sour cream, but not as strong.

The kids are thrilled that the daffodils in our front garden are almost open. It is going to be a beautiful spring.

On Tuesday night Darren and I are attending a lecture on The King James Bible in Scotland by Professor David Fergusson from the University of Edinburgh. He is one of the professors Darren would have studied with had he chosen Edinburgh instead of Aberdeen. And on Thursday night this week, Darren and I are going out to dinner together on a date. WooHoo! I am looking forward to some nice time alone together. What a great week ahead of us!

Here is the menu for this week!
Check out more great meal ideas at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Crock Pot Chili


Ingredients:
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves  garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dried red kidney beans
  • 1 cup dried pinto beans (or other light / soft bean)
  • 2 14.5-ounce can  diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup broth (chicken or beef)
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cayenne powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried basil, crushed
  • 1/2  tsp. salt
  • 1/4  tsp. ground black pepper
  • Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
  • Chopped onion / green or white (optional)
  • Dairy sour cream (optional)
Directions:
  1. Soak beans overnight. Prepare according to package directions.
  2. In fry pan, brown ground turkey, onion and garlic over medium heat.
  3. Put tomatoes and broth into crock pot. Add softened beans. Stir in chili powder, cayenne powder, cumin, basil, salt, and black pepper. 
  4. Add turkey, onion and garlic mix to the top of the crock pot. Press turkey mix into the juice, but don't stir; the beans should stay toward the bottom of the pot for best softening / cooking.
  5. Cook for 4 hours on high (or 6 to 8 hours on low).
  6. Serve hot with shredded cheese, soured cream and / or chopped onions
 This is not the most unique chili, but we have tweaked the recipe over the last few years to get the flavor that our family likes. We also like to have it with Honey Cornbread. Enjoy!

Honey Corn Bread

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • ¼ cup sugar (or golden syrup)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine, melted
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
  1. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients (flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt).
  2. In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients (milk, butter, honey, eggs and vanilla); stir into dry ingredients until just moistened. Don’t over stir.
  3. Pour into greased, 9 inch pan
  4. Bake at 425 F (220 C) for 15 to 20 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Menu Plan Monday




We have had some good weather this last week. Its not warm, but at least it is sunny! This weekend we went on a family outing to Dunnottar Castle and had a wonderful time.

My computer woes are hopefully coming to an end. My laptop had a hardware crash (I think it was the processor), but my hard drive was fine. We have just been debating getting a new computer, but finally decided we should try to get my hubby's old laptop working (it had a software crash last year). After weeks of tracking frustration, I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. I am typing this post on what is now my laptop and have mostly recovered everything. I just need to finish with details like my iTunes library and Picassa for pictures.And finally start blogging again.

Yesterday was the the first day of spring! The daffodils look like they are almost ready to burst into bloom. Looking forward to a good week.

Here is the menu for this week!
Check out more great meal ideas at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

So sorry for the compete lack of posts lately. My computer has died almost two weeks ago and I don't have nearly the access to publish posts lately. We are still working through the options for replacing my laptop, but in the mean time, I will not be online nearly as much.

This week we loved the Garlic Linguine with Prawns recipe we had for the first time. We also ended up with a good deal on fresh salmon for Saturday. I didn't have much time, so we just had our fall-back, easy baked Salmon recipe.

Here is the menu for this week!
  • Monday -- Jacket Potatoes
  • Tuesday -- Shepherd's Pie
  • Wednesday -- Lentil Soup - I'm trying a new recipe. I'll share it if it turns out.
  • Thursday -- leftovers
  • Friday -- Japanese Chicken and Japanese Salad
  • Saturday -- California Chicken Pizza
Check out more great meal ideas at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Garlic Linguine with Prawns

This is a wonderfully creamy, garlic sauce over linguine and prawns. I tweaked a few different recipes to fit our tastes and to use ingredients we already had on hand.

Ingredients:
  • 175g linguine (2 servings)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic clove, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche (can use reduced-fat, or thick double cream)
  • juice 1/2 lemon (1 to 1.5 tbsp)
  • 180g prawns
  • 3 green onion, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. 
  2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a pan and gently fry the garlic for 2 minutes
  3. Lower the heat and stir in the crème fraîche and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 
  4. Simmer for 1 min to reduce a little, then add the prawns and simmer in the sauce until just heated. 
  5. Drain the pasta and tip into the sauce with half the onions. Use tongs to mix everything together. 
  6. Serve hot. Sprinkle with the remaining onions. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Menu Plan Monday


What a busy week we had! It was so wonderful to be out with my husband for the lecture on the King James Bible and then again for a date night on Thursday. There is a little less going on this week, which will give me a chance to catch up on everything.

We loved the Greek Chicken Pitas with Greek Salad and tzatziki sauce. This will be a new favorite on our menu plan. I was also really impressed with the crock pot French Dip Sandwiches. I have been looking for a good french dip recipe for a while, and this one was wonderful.

Here is the menu for this week!
  • Monday -- Crunchy Tacos
  • Tuesday -- Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches (using leftover roast from last week's French Dip)
  • Wednesday -- Linguini with prawns
  • Thursday -- Italian Stew
  • Friday -- Japanese Chicken and Japanese Salad
  • Saturday -- BBQ Chicken Pizza
  • Sunday -- Pasta and Meatballs
Check out more great meal ideas at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!

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