Monday, March 17, 2008

Menu Planning Monday

Monday - breakfast for dinner - sausage, blueberry oat pancakes, eggs, fruit, fried plantains for dessert - or maybe I should figure out something green or Irishy - but not corned beef and cabbage because we hate it
Tuesday - whole wheat flax spaghetti with seafood red sauce, salad
Wednesday - 16 bean soup, salad, fresh baked bread or rolls
Thursday - pork loin chops, applesauce, mashed potatoes, zucchini
Friday - bean & beef burritos, broccoli
Saturday - (prep overnight cinnamon rolls)
Sunday - breakfast - overnight cinnamon rolls, Easter eggs & fruit
Easter lunch @ my parents'
dinner = Easter bunny pasta salad & veggies with dip

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Carrie's Tilapia Indiana Style

TILAPIA Indiana Style

Take an egg and beat it up with 1T of milk or even non-dairy creamer. Dip filet in it and let excess egg run off. Take this filet then and dredge thru flour. Then take it and lay it out flat and sprinkle some garlic salt and a little fresh ground pepper. Squeeze some fresh lemon over it. Turn over and do same to other side. When finished filet will be sticky but take it again a dredge thru flour. Then, heat a little olive oil (not extra virgin) in a saute pan. Lay filet in the pan and lightly and slowly cook filet 'til golden on one side. Repeat on other side.

For this recipe I use frozen tilapia and cannot tell the difference.

Use lots of lemon. That is the secret.

** Super hit with the family.

Monday, March 3, 2008

Nutty Buddy Cookies

This recipe started out as Bobby Flay's decadent chocolate chip cookies. Just for me. Until I realized I was out of CHOCOLATE CHIPS! Sort of an important ingredient. I ended up throwing in whole wheat flour, flax meal and lots of nuts and made them kid friendly and dairy-free. They were nutty and cake like. A huge hit at the park for a homeschool playdate.

1 cup plus 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup of Earth's Balance
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/3 cup flax seed meal
1 cup chopped nuts - mix of walnuts, pecans and almonds
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicon pads.

Whisk together the flours, salt, flax seed and baking soda in a large bowl.

Place the butter in the bowl on an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment and beat until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the sugars and continue mixing, scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes longer. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, and the vanilla extract, beating until incorporated.

Add half of the flour and mix until just incorporated. Add the remaining flour, again mixing until just combined. Remove the bowl from the stand and fold in the nuts.

Using a small ice cream scoop, spoon the dough onto a baking sheet, leaving at least 2 inches between each cookie and bake on the middle rack until the cookies are lightly golden brown and still soft in the middle, about 10 minutes. Let cookies rest for 2 minutes on the baking sheet before removing them to a baking rack with a wide metal spatula. Let the cookies cool on the baking rack for a few minutes before eating. Repeat with remaining dough. Made about 2 dozen big puffy cookies.

Menu Planning Monday


Sunday - baked bbq chicken, broccoli, giant steak fries
Monday - bake bread, make chicken stock
Dinner - butternut squash & ground turkey sauce over flax whole wheat penne (a dairy free variation on this recipe)
Tuesday - panko crusted tilapia, garlicky green beans, steamed rice
Wednesday - (make buns) buffalo burgers, baked fries, coleslaw
Thursday - sloppy joes on leftover buns, leftover coleslaw, roasted chickpeas
Friday - tortilla pizzas, salad
Saturday - the grandparents'?

In my oven this week
muffins with the kids
whole wheat bread (I am going to try adding an egg to reduce the crumble factor)
french bread (last week's loaves got over done - I want a yummy, perfectly golden loaf this week!)
granola bars
hamburger buns (varying the linked recipe to make it dairy free)

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