Meals for March 5-11

  1. Easy pork tacos
  2. Anna’s Sausage, Bean and Kale Stew winner of Dinner A Love Story’s recent Go-to Weeknight Dinner contest–lots of good recipes there for ideas for latter. And while I’m adding links for meal ideas, here’s a list of the 100 best Mom Food Blogs…what about Dad food blogs…???
  3. Dianne’s Mac and Cheese from DALS. Copied below.
  4. Alisha’s Chicken Fajita pizza from DALS
  5. Baked Falafel

Dianne // Feb 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm

“Mac and Cheese” with Peas and Tomatoes

Boil water and add one pound of pasta – cook according to directions
Save one cup of pasta water for later and when pasta is done – take hot pasta and mix with one cup ricotta cheese

While pasta is cooking, Saute 2 minced garlic cloves in olive oil
Once garlic has softened, add in about a cup of frozen peas (or more if you think your kids really like them) – season with salt and pepper

After the peas have cooked about 4 minutes, add in the reserved pasta water and let simmer for a few minutes (not too long)

Cut a pint of grape tomatoes in half and throw in with the pea mixture (turn off heat)

Then add in the pasta mixed with the ricotta into the pan until everything is mixed together

 

 

Butternut squash tart

I had originally planned on using the Women’s Day recipe for the filling, and just substituting this for the corn-meal pie crust. But neither filling was exactly what we wanted (or had), and pre-cooking the onions and squash (like the Scraping the Skillet recipe calls for) seemed like a good idea. So I modified each a bit and came up with the following.

I mostly followed the crust recipe, but made it by hand rather than in the food processor:

  • 2 1/4 c Flour
  • 3/4 c Cornmeal
  • 1/2 c Vegetable shortening, cold
  • 1/3 c Unsalted butter, cold
  • ~1/2 c Ice water
  • ~1 Tbs Lemon juice

Mix the flours and cut in the butter and shortening. Add the water and lemon juice and mix. Using your hands kneed it a couple of times to bring it all together into a ball. Put in the refrigerator while getting the filling ready.

For the filling

  • ~2lb Butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 1 Red onion, sliced into rounds
  • 2 Tbs Olive oil
  • 1 tsp Dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Egg

Preheat the oven to 400˚F. Caramelize the squash in a pan with the oil. Add the onions and caramelize. Add the thyme, salt and pepper. Remove from heat, let cool a bit.

Divide the pie crust in half and roll each half into a circle about 14in across. Don’t worry too much about the shape. Move the pie crust to a greased cookie sheet (or cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper). Place half the filling in each pie crust. Sprinkle the cheese on top, and fold up the edges of the crust. Brush the crust with egg. Bake for about 20 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!

Fettuccine with Chicken and bell pepper cream sauce

I found this recipe on FamilyOven.com. Seemed like a good use for some leftover chicken breasts, plus peppers and fettuccine are on sale this week. Came out quite good.

Since the chicken was already cooked, I just chopped it up and added it in the end. We also used real cream instead of the fat free stuff!

Mint scones

Mint scones based on recipe at The English Kitchen:

  • 3.5 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbs finely chopped mint leaves
  • 1/4 tsb salt
  • 6 Tbs unsalted butter
  • 8 oz cream ( I needed to add about 1/4 c more)
  • Jam

Mix flour, baking powder, salt and the sugar. Using pastry blender chop in butter until the mixture resembles  bread crumbs. Stir in the mint leaves. Add the cream mixing it in until the mixture forms a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough out until it is about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into triangles or other shape. Place onto the prepared baking sheets, leaving a good two inches between each.

Gently make an indentation into the center of each scone using the back of a teaspoon or one of your fingers. Spoon a heaped half teaspoon of  jam into the middle of each indentation. Place into the heated oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown.

Moroccan grilled chick with chickpea barley salad

These recipes came from Simply Recipes, and were easy and delicious! Moroccan grilled chicken and chickpea barley salad.

I love the tender juiciness of chicken that marinates in yogurt sauces! And as the recipe says, it’s easy to mix up before work and throw it on the grill when you get home.

Our youngest had a great time mixing up the ras el hanout for the salad…loved all the measuring and making something his parents had never had before!

Pasta with Corn pesto

Tonight, dinner was pasta with corn pesto. We substituted frozen corn, and that made the recipe go a lot faster. Even though it’s the weekend, we needed a quick dinner. With the frozen corn, it took longer to boil the water and cook the pasta than get the pesto made! Dinner was ready in 30 minutes and it was delicious…our youngest threw a fit because he wanted more, luckily I had saved some from my plate.

Polynesian Pork

I was looking for a way to use pork shoulder that didn’t involve a crock pot, and came across this recipe for Polynesian pork. But this doesn’t have any veggies, so we made our own version:

For the pork, follow the recipe:

4 lb. Boston Butt
2 c. apple cider vinegar
1/4 c. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 c. soy sauce
2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. ground red pepper
10 cloves garlic
1/4 c. wine
Cut meat into 1 inch cubes; mix remaining ingredients together. Marinate meat cubes for at least 8 hours. Place on wooden skewers and grill until done. Serve with rice and green vegetable.
While the pork is cook on the grill, stir fry a bag of veggies (snow peas, broccoli, etc). Remove the pork from the skewers and mix in with the veggies. Serve over rice.
The vinegar from the marinade imparted a great flavor. It was also nice to fire up the grill after not using it much for the winter!