Sunday, February 21, 2010
Menu Plan: February 21 - February 27
Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Sesame Seed Toast, Orange Juice
Dinner: Baked Potato Soup, Potato Skins
Breakfast: Toast and Almond Butter, Mandarin Oranges, Milk
Dinner: Curried Chicken and Vegetables, Rice
Breakfast: Oatmeal & Dates, Milk
Dinner: Pinto Beans and Rice
Breakfast: Scrambled Egg Burritos, Salsa, Ginger Peach Tea
Dinner: Cheese Souffle, Garlic Toast
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Milk
Dinner: French Onion Soup
Breakfast: Yogurt Smoothies, Granola, Milk
Dinner: Black Bean Tamale Pie
Breakfast: Honey & Oat Pancakes, Fruit Plate, Milk
Dinner: Pineapple Fried Rice
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Some Lenten Options
Butternut Squash Spinach Bread Pudding (Dairy)
Melanzane al Forno (Dairy)
Thai Green Curry and Peanut Noodles (Seafood or Vegan - Noodles are Vegan)
Eggs in Purgatory (Eggs & Dairy)
Below that is a recipe for Potato Kibbeh, which is vegan, but weren't thrilled with, so take a peek and see if you might like it, or how you would change it.
Cream of Poblano Soup (Dairy)
Lemon, Garlic, Basil Halibut with Capers (Fish - you can use any firm white fish you like)
Creamy Ricotta Vegetable Noodles (Dairy) Make this in the oven unless you have to leave your home.
Potage Parmentier (Potato Leek Soup) (Can be made Vegan or with Dairy)
Spinach Egg Puff (Egg & Dairy)
Macaroni and Cheese (Dairy)
Honey & Oat Pancakes (Dairy)
Pinto Beans and Rice (Made without the meat to be Vegan)
Fiesta Casserole (Dairy)
Tomato and Olive Pasta (Dairy, may be left out)
Tuna Pasta Salad (Fish) There are several other recipes on this same list with these recipes that are also appropriate for Lent.
Tex-Mex Skillet (Dairy)
Lentil, Poblano and Brown Rice Tacos (Dairy, optional)
Mexican Pizza (Dairy, leave out meat)
Soupe au Pistou (Vegan if you use water)
Pasta with Smoked Salmon, Tomatoes and Spinach (Fish & Dairy)
Pineapple Fried Rice (Egg, leave meat out)
Tortilla Casserole (Dairy)
Frittata (Egg, use no meat) I have several variations on this frittata and have even posted some of them here, but this is the basic, use what you have recipe.
Bulgur Pilaf I also make this with cracked wheat. (Vegan, using water)
Black Bean and Corn Salad (Vegan)
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday
However, I have noticed the annual upswing in visitors to the blog searching for Ash Wednesday Menus. I'm not sure if there are any schools that have research projects on this, or if there is just a lot of ignorance about Ash Wednesday. So, I thought I'd clarify. There is no traditional or modern menu for Ash Wednesday, as it is a strict fast day. The menu is water. Very young people (children, under 13, and/or unconfirmed), sick people, pregnant people, nursing mothers, people on medication that require food and other exceptions notwithstanding, the menu for Ash Wednesday is pretty much no food. If, for some reason (one of the exceptions above, or specific direction from a spiritual father) one is not fasting completely, then a meat fast, limited meals and trying to eat less than normal is the norm.
For more encouragement on the Lenten fast, please read this from an Orthodox perspective. I break the rules about not discussing asceticism a little because I blog our menus and a little about our family rule and motivation, but it stems from a desire to encourage and help others as we have been helped by reading about their practice and struggle. I liked what she had to say about laboring within your strength. If our piety is too easy, we aren't being challenged enough, but it isn't a strong man contest either.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Menu Plan: February 14 - February 20
Tonight, we have two different dinners, one for the children and one for us. We were planning on going out, but had a little girl with a fever on Friday night and several children still trying to beat their colds, so we decided we'd feed them early and have a nice, quiet dinner for the two of us.
Breakfast: Leftover Blackberry Pancakes (we used blackberries instead of blueberries), Fried Eggs, Milk
Dinner: Refried Bean and Cheese Burritos, Blue Potato Chips, Sliced Oranges, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ice Cream - Grilled Rib Steaks, Garlic Shrimp, Baked Potatoes (Yukon Gold for Rich and a Sweet Potato for Me), Roasted Asparagus, Sparkling Cider, Pots de Creme
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Orange Juice
Dinner: Enchiladas Blancas (doubled for the freezer), Black Bean and Corn Salad, Salsa Rice
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Raisins, Milk
Dinner: Meatballs, Peppers, Onions & Pasta, Blackberry Cobbler and Vanilla Ice Cream (in lieu of our normal doughnuts for Mardi Gras)
Breakfast: Whole Wheat Toast, Fried Eggs, Orange Juice
Dinner: Baked Sweet Potatoes, Steamed Peas, Sliced Oranges
Breakfast: Oatmeal, Milk
Dinner: Italian Sausage Skillet over Rice
Breakfast: Yogurt and Fruit, Orange Juice
Dinner: Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Pear Sauce
Breakfast: Egg Burritos, Orange Juice
Dinner: Grilled Halibut, Herbed Cous Cous, Sauteed Mixed Vegetables
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Weekly Recipes: February 13
This first recipe is one I first saw on the internet, but have modified to work with our tastes. If you don't wish to cook with the alcohol, I think you could use sweet apple cider and chicken broth, respectively for the hard cider and white wine, but I have not tried it that way.
1 large onion, peeled and quartered
4 whole cloves
8 ounces thick-sliced bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 pounds sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
4 whole garlic cloves, peeled
4 sprigs fresh thyme
4 sprigs fresh parsley
2 bay leaves
2 smoked pork chops (about 1 1/2 - 2 pounds)
1 pound kielbasa, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch pieces
2 baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
1 pound small red-skinned potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 1/2 cups hard cider
1/4 cup dry white wine
Pumpernickel rye bread, mustards, horseradish, and cornichons, for serving
Stud each onion quarter with a clove. Layer the bacon, sauerkraut, garlic, onion quarters, herb sprigs, bay leaves, pork chops, kielbasa, apples, and potatoes in the slow cooker in the order listed, then pour the cider and wine over the top. Cover the cooker and set it on low. Cook until the pork is falling apart and the potatoes are fork-tender, between 6 and 8 hours.
Arrange the meats, potatoes, apples, onions, garlic, and sauerkraut on a large platter. Serve with pumpernickel rye bread, mustards, cornichons and horseradish. (I didn't have time to make pumpernickel this week, and it was not available in any decent quality, so we ate this with noodles and sour cream, horseradish and homemade pickles.)
Stuffed Potatoes (Mahshi) and Kofta
Mahshi is the word for stuffed in Arabic. You can stuff any vegetable. Sometimes we make this with a medley of vegetables, like small eggplant, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers, in the summer. This filling is basically what I use to make stuffed grape leaves (waraq ounab) and cabbage leaves as well.
8 large potatoes (or one for each person) peeled and hollowed out, leaving at least 1/2 an inch of flesh all around center
2 pounds ground beef or lamb
1 bunch parsley
1 large onion
6 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon cumin
2 teaspoons coriander
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup basmati rice (or other medium to long grain rice)
16 ounces tomato sauce
Prepare meat filling before prepping potatoes, to keep them from discoloring. Puree parsley, onion, garlic, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Mix this in with the meat and 1 cup of rice. Stuff potatoes with this filling. Form remaining meat mixture into small to medium football shaped meatballs. Layer stuffed potatoes and kofta into a pot. Pour tomato sauce over the top, along with half to an equal amount of water. Invert a small plate over the top of the food and cover with a lid. Bring liquid to a boil, reduce heat and cook for about 45 minutes, or until meat is cooked and rice is soft.
Serve with rice, spooning sauce over and make a salad.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Seven Quick Takes Friday: February 12
1. Yasmina loves dancing with us. She says "Hand pease. Dance!" and holds out her hands to dance with us. Such a sweet time.
2. After six and a half months, our house finally closed. We have a million and one projects to get finished, so life is a little frazzled still.
3. We have been doing a lot of crossing the mountains lately. Housework and homeschooling has suffered a little from this. We have been trying to settle down and get back on track.
4. Because of this whole house purchase thing, roll over of a 401K, etc, we may actually have to go to an accountant for our taxes this year. I'm going to try to load it all in to TaxAct again to see if it will figure it out for me without paying someone else first. We normally have our taxes finished and filed by now, so we're running later than I'd like.
5. Lent is next week. A few years ago, I found a great blog written by a woman who was Eastern Rite Catholic, who blogged her way through Lent, with recipes and meal ideas. You can find it here. I've seen many other posts and blogs lately that will be nice resources for Lenten meals this year. Homemaking Through the Church Year has a post full of recipes for vegetarian, vegan and pesco-vegetarian meals. That is a really good idea. I might have to make a post like that, too.
6. We have managed to miss most of the illnesses that went around this winter, but in the last month caught a horrible stomach bug and a pretty bad cold. We're just coming out of the cold. Please keep our little ones, especially, in your prayers.
7. As I understand it from locals, we've had a very mild winter for this area. This scares me. I may have to move next winter.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
One Thing Only
We just received the meat from our steer last week, so Rich used some of the ground beef to make incredible cheeseburgers for us. As we sat down to pray, Jerome spoke up and said that he could only do the Lord's Prayer. We assured him that if he was only ever able to pray one prayer, that would be the one to do.
Monday, February 08, 2010
Menu Plan: February 7 - February 13
We are in the final full week before Lent, so I've been busy thinking up the treats and special foods we won't be able to eat during Lent to make over the next week and a half. We won't be having our normal doughnut party for Mardi Gras, but the plan is to pull blackberries from the freezer and make some cobblers.
Breakfast: Bagels, Applesauce, Granola Bars, Cranberry Juice
Dinner: Cheeseburgers, Potato Wedges
Breakfast: Fried Eggs, Whole Grain Toast, Applesauce, Coffee, Milk
Dinner: Hamburger Stew, Garlic Toast, Mandarin Oranges
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Brown Sugar and Raisins, Milk
Dinner: Choucroute Garnie*, Egg Noodles with Sour Cream, Pear Sauce
Breakfast: Whole Wheat Toast, Feta Cheese, Za'atar, Olive Oil and Cucumbers, Mint Tea
Dinner: Vegetable Fried Rice
Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal, Milk, Coffee
Dinner: Stuffed Potatoes and Kofta*, Rice, Cucumbers in Vinegar, Gatayif
Breakfast: Leftover Baked Oatmeal, Milk, Coffee
Dinner: Macaroni and Cheese, Green Beans, Pineapple
Breakfast: Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Syrup, Bacon, Cocoa
Dinner: Loaded Baked Potato Soup, Potato Skins, Brown Sugar Pie