Sunday, December 5, 2010

Weekly Menu

I will be making all new recipes this week and looking forward to it!  

Sunday: Sliced Steak with Parsley Caper Sauce and Broiled Tomates with Bacon Bit Breadcrumbs
Monday: Sausage Cacciatore
Tuesday:  Roast Beef Sandwich
Wednesday: Chicken and banana fried rice
Thursday: Pork cutlets and Brown Buttered Gnocchi
Friday: Kale Walnut Pesto Pasta 
Saturday: Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Monte Cristo

Mini Meatloaves with Dates

My husband LOVES meatloaf.  I am so happy how this recipe came out.  It was delicious!  I have already made it twice. Enjoy!!!

1/2 cup pitted dried chopped dates
1/2 cup quick serving oatmeal
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
3 slices cooked bacon, chopped
2 eggs lightly beaten
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup maple syrup

1. Postion rack on the top third of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees. In a bowl, combine the dates and oatmeal. Mix in the beef. Mix in the chopped onion, bacon, eggs, worcestershire and vinegar. season with salt and pepper. Divide into 4 mounds and, on  a baking sheet, shape into loaves. Place on the upper rack and bake for 45 minutes.
2. Meanwhile mix the ketchup and syrup.  Five minutes before meatloaf is done, pour ketchup and syrup mixture over loaves and bake the remaining 5 minutes.

Pasta with Squash and Brown Butter

I have been incorporated one to two vegetarian meals a week to our menu.  I am LOVING it and the boys are eating more veggies.  It is a win win at our house!  I have made this recipe twice.  It is now one of my husband's favorites. Enjoy!!!

One 3 pound butternut squash - peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 onion, chopped
2.5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper
2/3 pound lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup grated parmigiano reggiano cheese
3 tablespoons pine nuts

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, toss the squash, onion, and olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Place on baking sheet and roast until the squash is tender, about 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in al large pot of boiling, salted water, cook the pasta until al dente; drain and transfer to a large bowl.

3. In a small skillet, melt the butter over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice.

4. Add the roasted squash, brown butter and 1/3 cup parmigiano reggiano cheese to the pasta and toss; season with salt and pepper. Top with the pine nuts and remaining cheese.

Adapted from Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine