Friday, January 23, 2009

Dinner Diva Menu Week of 1/25

Sunday: Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, Creamy Broccoli Soup

A new twist on grilled ham and cheese:
SO GOOD!!!!!

Creamy Broccoli Soup
14 ounce package frozen broccoli florets (about 5 cups)
1 small onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
3 cups chicken broth (vegetable broth can be substituted)
1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
3/4 cup fat free half and half
1/2 cup 2% milk
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 1/2 Tsp. salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 cup small fresh broccoli florets
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
Place frozen broccoli, onion, chicken broth, and parsley in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover tightly and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and uncover. Stir together half and half, milk, and cornstarch until smooth. Set aside. Puree hot cooked mixture in blender, in batches, until smooth. (My husband, who recognizes that the purchase of kitchen gadgets for me returns in yummy food for him, bought me an immersion blender for Christmas. I plan to use it in place of the blender in this recipe.) Return to pan. Stir in half and half mixture, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, broccoli florets, and lemon juice. Bring up to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Taste and correct seasonings, if necessary, and serve.
Nutrition Info
Calories: 85; Fat: 1.5g; Saturated Fat: 1.0g; Protein: 2g; Carbohydrates: 16g; Fiber: 2g; Cholesterol: 3Mg; Sodium: 1112Mg

Monday: Meal Swap Day, my turn to cook: 4 cheese Stuffed Shells with Smoky Marinara, salad, homemade french bread

Note: this recipe makes 2 casseroles. One to eat now and one to freeze for later.

Tuesday: sweet orange salmon, orange wedges, steamed edamame, red potatoes

Wednesday: Meal Swap Day, Jen's turn to cook (note, eat leftovers tonight if you're not in a meal swap)

Thursday: Sloppy Joes, steamed mixed veggies, commercial french fries (such as Ore Rida)

try this sloppy joe recipe from Deceptively Delicious (psst: it has veggies in it, but noone needs to know):

Friday: Sesame Shrimp, rice, commercial egg rolls

Saturday: Pizza night!