Sunday, January 31, 2010

Dinner Diva Menu Week of 1/31

Happy February! I've got son's 6th birthday party behind me (sigh of relief), and this week I'm focusing on good food to feed my Father-In-Law, who is here staying with us for a couple of weeks. He lives alone and cooks accordingly, so I want to fill him up on some good old fashioned meals (as much as I like to be creative, I think he'd appreciate down-home familiar cooking more.) Add to that our monthly meal swap, and cooking frozen meals ahead for our trip to Colorado, and my kitchen will be a busy place this week! Please check back often, as I intend to post frequently this week.

Sunday: Pork Chops with Sauerkraut, steamed green beans, bisquick biscuits
We all love this recipe. It goes together quickly, and bakes up tender and flavorful. The fact that it is a "diet" recipe from the Curves handbook is easily forgotten from the first bite.

Pork Chops and Sauerkraut

Monday: Beef and Asparagus Stir Fry, rice, commercial egg rolls
While I've posted this one before, it's worth a repeat or two. I intend to add in mushrooms and shelled edamame for extra oomph.

Stir Fry

Tuesday: Perfect Fried Chicken, Home Fries, steamed vegetable medley (commercial; try steam-in-the-bag)
Okay I know what you're thinking. Fried Chicken? Dinner Diva? Really? And, no, this isn't a fat-cutting, calorie-shaving substitute for the real thing. This is the honest-to-goodness, blow your diet into oblivion, indulgent, finger-lickin' stuff. And it's okay for a healthy family to eat it once in awhile!

Perfect Fried Chicken

Home Fries
(this would be where I shave some calories, because I actually like these better than deep fried)

Use 1 1/2 white potatoes per person eating; slice them into french fry shapes (I use a french fry cutter, but it's also very easy to make thick julienne cuts with a decent sharp knife. Alternatively, cut each potato lengthwise into 12 wedges.)

Toss cut potatoes with 1/3 cup vegetable oil, 1 1/2 t. salt and 3/4 t. pepper in large ziptop bag until well coated. Spread in single layer on jelly roll pan. Bake at 400 15 min. Stir. Continue to bake 30-45 more minutes, or until fries are tender inside and browned outside, stirring every 15 minutes.

Wednesday: Fettucine Alfredo with Bacon, Parmesan breadsticks, Caesar Salad
This was on the homepage today as the Dinner Tonight suggestion. Looked too good not to include in my week.



Thursday: Beef Pot Roast, Crusty dinner rolls (I like the bake and serve from Earth Grains when I don't bake my own)
This is by request from my husband, and it seems like the perfect time in the year for it.

Beef Pot Roast

Friday: Gosh I'm tired just researching these recipes! Imagine how I'll feel after cooking every single day this week! I think this might be a good day for leftovers or a restaurant. (Not that I won't be cooking---I'll be making meal swap recipes this weekend. See later post for recipe.)

Saturday: another day off: frozen pizza it is!