Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Menu Plan

Wednesday - Costco Chicken, TJ's mixed grains, broccoli & carrots
Thursday - nitrate free hot dogs, grilled zucchini
Friday - ww flax penne with sauce from the freezer, salad with blue cheese
Saturday - coconut curry tofu, ww couscous
Sunday - Grilled salmon, grilled squash, ww couscous

Saturday, August 9, 2008

A little sweet, a little spicy - Mexican Style Rub

This is my very first rub and it is just spectacular! So delicious!

Mix together:
• 1 pinch red pepper flakes + small dash of cayenne pepper
• 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
• 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
• 1 tablespoon sugar
• 1 tablespoon salt
Store leftovers in an airtight container.

I drizzled some skinless/boneless chicken thighs with a little bit of olive oil and then coated both sides with the rub. DH grilled. They were FABULOUS! YUM!

Great on beef and pork loin chops.

Terrific on chicken breast pounded thin, coated with the rub, refrigerated overnight and grilled.

We use this all the time so here is the industrial size recipe -

Mix together:
• 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes + large dash of cayenne pepper (or to taste)
• 1/2 cup sweet paprika
• 1/4 cup ground cumin
• 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons dried oregano
• 1.5 tablespoons cocoa powder
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 1/4 cup salt
Store in an airtight container.

Menu Plan

On the grill: chicken (with Mexi-Rub), zucchini, corn and a par-baked loaf of sourdough bread

Grilled turkey teriyaki turkey burgers on whole wheat buns(grill extra chicken), carrot foil packets on grill, green salad
teriyaki sauce mixed with ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg

leftover grilled Mexi-Rub chicken on whole wheat buns with a spicy mayo & romaine, beans

(take chicken breasts out of freezer - freeze leftover ground turkey)
Whole grain flax spaghetti with turkey tomato sauce, green salad

(bake pumpkin bread)
leftover spaghetti, mixed veggies

(grill chicken breasts for Saturday)
grilled hot dogs, grilled zucchini


Breakfast - Starbucks, donuts and bananas on the way
Lunch - almond butter sandwiches, sliced apples & supplement with food from hotel vendors
Dinner - take out in the hotel room

Breakfast - coffee, bagels, cream cheese, tofutii cream cheese, lox, bananas, apples
Lunch - take out or lunch from hotel
Dinner - Vegetable pasta salad topped with grilled chicken

Breakfast - coffee, bagels, cream cheese, tofutii cream cheese, lox, bananas, apples
Lunch - Chinese Chicken Salad ala Grandma
Dinner - on the way home

Snacks to pack:
beef jerky
chips & salsa
veggies & hummus