Saturday, March 20, 2010

Back In The Saddle Again...

I've been given the green light to use my left hand again, but only a little and only if it's comfortable, which not much is. So with the (limited) use of my left hand, and the opening of the farmers' market, I fully intend to reclaim my kitchen and prepare most of this week's meals myself. I've been absolutely spoiled by my neighbors and friends, and by my doting husband, who tries really hard but doesn't know where anything goes, and while I'm extremely grateful, I'm ready to take care of my family again!

Monday: Beef and Barley Soup, Whole Wheat Crackers

Did I mention that it snowed here this weekend? Well, that put me in the mood for soup, and since I haven't made this one yet this winter, it sounded really good. It's a breeze to throw together, and tastes great. Don't tell anyone that it's healthy; they'll never know!

Beef and Barley Soup

1T. olive oil
1.5 lbs sirloin steak, cut into 1 inch cubes

4 C beef broth
1 C water
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 carrot, sliced
1 t. dried oregano
1/4 t. ground black pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 c. pearl barley
1 bay leaf
10 oz frozen green beans
1 can diced tomatoes
10 oz frozen peas

In large pot, warm the olive oil. Add beef cubes, and cook about 8 min, or until browned on all sides.

Stir in beef broth, water, onion, celery, carrot, oregano, black pepper, garlic, barley, and bay leaf. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 45 minutes.

Stir in green beans, tomatoes, and peas. Simmer, covered, until meat and veg are tender, about 15 more minutes. Remove bay leaf.

6 servings of 2 cups each. From Eating For Life

Tuesday: Shrimp Stir Fry, Rice, Egg Rolls

Wednesday: Pasta Primavera, Crusty French Bread

At physical therapy this week, I was browsing a Family Circle magazine. Regular readers know I don't venture much beyond Cooking Light, but in FC, there was this fabulous-looking recipe for Pasta Primavera that I just have to make! I think I can, I think I can....

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday (vegetarian): Black Bean Burgers with Mango Salsa

No I can't chop. Yes I can use a food processor!

Saturday: Pizza Night

Sunday (vegetarian): South of The Border Hashbrown Bake, fresh fruit salad

Breakfast for dinner? ALWAYS good!


Erika Rasmusson Janes said...

I saw that Black bean burger recipe in Cooking Light and wanted to try it--it sounds great!

Mom said...

It all sounds yummy...