Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Miam Miam Monday (Menu Plan) v2

On a Tuesday, because life has been too crazy over the past few days.

So here is the plan:

Stuffed Sandwich & Salad
I have neither pictures or a real recipe for this one. I make a 1/2 batch of pizza dough and roll it out flat. Then I whip up a quick mixture of 1/2 stick of softened butter, 4 oz. softened cream cheese, 1 Tablespoon parsley, 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and spread that over the dough (leaving the edges free so the sandwich will seal closed). Then I pile on some ham, provolone cheese, salami, and mozzarella cheese. I roll it up so it looks like a loaf, with the seam side down. Poke a few holes in the top to let the steam out and bake it at 400°F for about 15 minutes. Serve it up with a fresh salad and it is delicious!

This doesn't sound like something kids will eat, because, let's face it - ONIONS. But they don't even realize that they are onions, so if you don't tell them, neither will I. I use French Fried Onions to make a coating for chicken breasts and bake them up in the oven. So, so good.

You know I always make some modifications, and here's what I do here: I make two smaller loaves instead of one big loaf and I cook them in a 9x13 pan. I also use regular yellow mustard instead of Dijon in the sauce. My husband loves the sauce, so I usually double that part of the recipe and reserve some for him to dip his meatloaf without drowning the rest of ours in sauce.

These are so easy to put together, especially if you have some leftover chicken on hand. Even if you don't have any leftovers on hand, you can quickly poach some chicken or use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store. It's made with frozen vegetables and frozen puff pastry. Really, it is much easier than it sounds.

Homemade (non)Refried Beans & Cheese Quesadillas
These beans are seriously easy to make, you just have to plan ahead. I put mine in the slow cooker before I go to bed the night before, so they are ready in the morning. I will give you a pro-tip...don't use a hand-blender as she suggests. Use your food processor or blender and do it in batches. The hand-blender makes the BIGGEST mess you have ever witnessed and unless you want to be cleaning non-refried beans off every surface in your kitchen and every clothing item you are wearing, and out of your hair...trust me on this. Use the blender or food processor. 

This makes a HUGE batch of beans. We use them for breakfast and lunches until they are gone. I've never attempted to freeze them, so I can't comment on how that would work.

Pizza Night
I make the dough, and we will probably do a traditional pepperoni topping this week. I also make the pizza sauce at home too (one batch of this sauce will last through several pizza nights, so I freeze the sauce and pull it out when we need it). Of course, it wouldn't be pizza night at our house without Cheesy Garlic Bread Sticks.

Grilled Chicken & Veggies
This is another one of those no-recipe meals. I just marinate some chicken breasts in Zesty Italian Dressing (I use Aldi brand). I chop up some zucchini, yellow squash and sweet onions and marinate those separately in more Zesty Italian Dressing. I put the veggies on skewers to put them on the grill. Mr. Amen mans the grill and we are eatin' in no time.

A quick tip: After I cut each onion into 8 wedges, they fall apart while marinating and are a mess to reassemble. I found that once I cut the onion in half and before I cut each half into 4 wedges, if I spear the half with toothpicks, so each wedge has toothpick through the middle of it - they stay together much better in the marinade. Then I just put them on the grill on their own or in a grill basket.

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