Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 9/14/09

September 14, 2009

Monday – Spaghetti and Meatballs

Tuesday – Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Lime Chicken

Wednesday – Black Bean Chili

Thursday – Puerto Rican Rice with Ham

Friday – Chicken Basil Pasta

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 8/17/2009

August 28, 2009

Our grill broke. We bought a replacement, only to find it had a missing part, and when we returned it, they had no more left. Then we bought a charcoal barbeque grill at Wal-Mart instead, and THAT had a missing part. Finally, we got a new charcoal grill that actually works.

Monday – Calzones (we never ended up having them the other week

Tuesday – Dinner with my parents

Wedneday – Kebabs

Thursday – Lime Chicken with Poblano “Sour Cream” with homemade tortilla chips

Friday – Buffalo Chicken Spaghetti (with goat cheese and Tinkyada brown rice spaghetti; I want to try this one out because I think the kids will love it, and it would be a good freezer meal)

Saturday – Beef tenderloin (bought this on sale and it’s been waiting in the freezer for a good occasion)

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 7/20/09

July 27, 2009

I never had enough computer time last week to post our meals, so I am posting it now.

Monday – Chick Pea and Vegetable Curry

Tuesday – Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce

Wednesday – Grilled beef & vegetable kabobs (lazy marinade: marinate beef in Italian dressing, I used Good Seasons because we had it in the fridge)

Thursday – Coconut Chicken

Friday – Asian Five-Spice Noodles with Tempeh (this was so good, I will post the recipe later)

Strawberry Rhubarb Sauce

July 17, 2009

I went to a potluck several weeks ago where someone made a rhubarb sauce and added thawed frozen sweetened strawberries – it was excellent. I’ve been wanting to come up with my own version. This is very sweet, if you want it less sweet, use less agave nectar. It would be good over ice cream, or over a pound cake or sponge cake. We served it over Hot Milk Cake (recipe to come).

2 cups sliced strawberries
1 stalk sliced rhubarb
1/2 cup agave nectar
1/8 cup water, if needed

Put strawberries, rhubarb, and agave nectar in a saucepan over medium high heat. Cook until it starts to boil, and then turn down the heat and simmer until fruit is soft and sauce starts to thicken. (Add water if it is too thick).

You can freeze the leftovers, if needed. You can also use frozen fruit. What I do when fruit is in season is cut it up and freeze in one cup portions.

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 7/13/2009

July 13, 2009

We never had the grilled sesame chicken last week, so I look forward to trying it this week

Monday – Tofu Stirfry

Tuesday – Train Wreck (spaghetti with ground beef, ketchup, and maybe tomatoes and mushrooms)

Wednesday – Grilled Sesame Chicken

Thursday – Golden Spice Rice with Chickpeas, Cashew Curry Kale

Friday – Coconut Chicken

Unbaked Ziti Ratatouille

July 6, 2009

I made some goat’s milk ricotta, and needed to find something to use it up. This is a great summer meal. Eggplant isn’t in season here yet, but zucchini is.

8 oz. whole-grain penne/ziti (spelt, whole wheat, or brown rice)
1 small eggplant, diced
1 pepper, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 medium zucchini, cut into half moons
1 clove garlic, minced
2 cups marinara sauce (I cook mine before starting the pasta if I don’t have any already made)
1-1 1/2 cups goat’s milk ricotta or tofu ricotta
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (optional, but they add a nice depth)

Cook pasta according to directions.

While pasta is cooking, heat a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add eggplant, onion, pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Add zucchini and garlic. Cover and cook for 2 more minutes. Add sauce and simmer for a minute, or until vegetables are softened.

Add drained pasta and pine nuts. Stir to combine. Spoon ricotta over. Cover and cook without stirring over low heat for two minutes, or until cheese melts.

Teething Toy Giveaway on A Heart For Home

July 4, 2009

A Heart For Home has a giveaway here for some great, handmade wooden teething toys.

Since the reason I haven’t posted much lately is that we are in the middle of dealing with teething, this is really timely.

Go check it out, there are some really fun shapes to choose from.

Ice Cream Time

June 26, 2009

Summer’s here, and it’s ice cream season, which is hard when you can’t have dairy. I decided to buy an ice cream maker, since we would save money instead of having to buy expensive coconut milk ice cream.

We made this vanilla coconut milk ice cream to test out the maker, and stirred in some cut up dark chocolate. My older son said it was the best ice cream he ever had (it was really good).

I also want to try the chocolate coconut milk ice cream here.

Here is a honey vanilla goat milk ice cream recipe.

Then there are several goats’ milk (or other) gelato recipes:

Ricotto Gelato with Raspberry Coulis (something to try if my raspberry bushes survived the windstorm)

Toasted Pecan Gelato (which would have to be modified to use goats’ milk, but it sounds really good

Rosemary Goats’ Milk Gelato

Honey Goat Cheese Frosting

June 22, 2009

I wanted to make a carrot cake for Father’s Day, and I hadn’t made cream cheese, so I needed to come up with something to make with store-bought goat cheese. We were really happy with how this came out.

8 oz. goat cheese
2 Tbsp coconut oil
4 Tbsp honey
1/4-1/2 cup pineapple juice (can use leftover juice from draining pineapple for carrot cake)

Beat all ingredients together. Add as much pineapple juice as yuoi need to get the texture you want.

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 6/8/09

June 8, 2009

We still are eating a lot of things from the freezer or from storage.

Monday – Rack of lamb from a local farm, salad, strawberry meringue cake (it’s hubby’s birthday so it’s a special meal)

Tuesday – Black Bean & Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Wednesday – Pumpkin & Sausage Soup

Thursday – Chicken Taco Bake

Friday – Eating out because we will be away from the house at suppertime