Monday, March 30, 2009

Meal Plan Monday


Menu Plan Monday


Monday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Roast Chicken and salad (leftover from yesterday)
Dinner: Tuna Sandwiches

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch:
Tacos
Dinner: PB&Honey sourdough sandwiches and kefir smoothie

Wednesday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Taco Salad
Dinner:
Popcorn and Veggies


Thursday
Breakfast: Sourdough Pancakes and Maple Syrup and yogurt
Lunch: Sausage and Veggie Pizza (with my sourdough pizza crust)
Dinner:
PB&Honey

Friday
Breakfast: Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Yogurt
Lunch: Fish Cakes and Fries
Dinner: Leftover Pizza

Saturday
Breakfast:French Toast and Yogurt
Lunch: Chicken Soup and Toast
Dinner: Popcorn and Strawberry/spinach smoothies

Sunday
Breakfast: Fried Egg and Bacon
Lunch: Roast Chicken with Green Beans
Dinner: PB& honey sandwiches

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Fish Cake Recipe

One thing we have discovered that is loved by everyone, economical and very easy to make is Fish Cakes. It's definitely one of those last minute recipes you always want to have the ingredients on hand for a quick, nourishing meal. We've pretty much had them every week for the last 3 months. We keep them simple, and I'm hoping to find some sauces that will complement the fish cakes well, but vary it up weekly. Right now, I make tartar sauce, which I will write the recipe for as well. Also, you can add any fresh or dried spices to the fish cake mixture. You can keep out the eggs or bread crumbs, and even do without the potatoes. But we find that makes it go a lot further and taste much less 'fishy'.

I even told a friend about it earlier this week. The next day, she calls me to tell me how much they enjoyed them. Even her kids, who won't do salmon, loved them. Now, my own kids don't like fish of any kind, but still love these fish cakes.

Fish Cake Recipe


1 lb fish (fresh, frozen or canned-we've been doing the wild caught, Alaskan canned salmon and it's so easy and delicious-and inexpensive!)
4 potatoes, peeled and quartered
1 egg (optional)
1/2 cup bread crumbs (I cut a few slices of my sourdough bread and put it in my vita-mix to make my own crumbs)
salt and pepper

Boil the potatoes in salt water, if the fish is raw, you can add it to the potatoes the last 5 minutes of cooking. It's ok if it's not fully cooked.

Dump the potatoes, fish, eggs, salt and pepper into a bowl (I use my kitchen aid) and mix. It's better if there are bit sized chunks of fish and potatoes.

In a cast iron skillet, heat lard or coconut oil and shape the fish mixture into patties. Fry for about 7 minutes on each side. Drew and Samuel like them big, so they are soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside. Myia and I prefer them small, so they are more crunchy all around.

Tartar sauce:
1 cup of mayo
1 lemon
salt and pepper
1 tsp chopped onions
1 tsp pickle relish

Mix altogether in a bowl, let sit in fridge for a couple of hours to let it all mingle together.

Feeds 4, with some leftover.

Enjoy!

Monday, March 23, 2009

Meal Plan Monday


Menu Plan Monday

Well, with spring here, I need to try to change my menu and make it a bit lighter. Slow down on the soups and add more salady-type meals. This is new for me, and I just feel like I'm starting to get the hang of the winter menu. It'll take me awhile to get into the spring groove. And right about the time I fall into it, it'll be summer. But, I've learned, I have to start somewhere. One step at a time...

Monday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Curried Beef Stew and Sourdough Biscuits
Dinner: Tuna Sandwiches

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch:
Rice, peanut and green bean Meal from William Sonoma cookbook
Dinner: Pot Pie with Beef Stew filling

Wednesday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Dinner:
Leftover Rice and green bean meal


Thursday
Breakfast: Sourdough Pancakes and Maple Syrup and yogurt
Lunch: Roasted Garlic and Pepper Pizza
Dinner:
Meatloaf Sandwiches

Friday
Breakfast: Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Yogurt
Lunch: Fish Cakes and Fries
Dinner: Leftover Pizza

Saturday
Breakfast:French Toast and Yogurt
Lunch: Cobb Salad
Dinner: Popcorn and Strawberry/spinach smoothies

Sunday
Breakfast: Fried Egg and Bacon
Lunch: Roast Chicken with Green Beans
Dinner: PB& honey sandwiches

Monday, March 16, 2009

Meal Plan Monday


Menu Plan Monday

Monday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Hamburger and Veggie Stir Fry over Rice
Dinner: Tuna Sandwiches

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch:
New England Clam Chowder
Dinner: Refried Stir Fry

Wednesday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Warm Spinach Salad served with hard boiled eggs
Dinner:
Leftover Clam Chowder


Thursday
Breakfast: Sourdough Pancakes and Maple Syrup and yogurt
Lunch: Ginger Chicken Pizza
Dinner:
Deviled Eggs and Bread and Butter

Friday
Breakfast: Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Yogurt
Dinner: Popcorn and Smoothies

Saturday
Breakfast:Fried Egg and Bacon and yogurt
Lunch:
Chicken Mushroom Soup
Dinner: PB & honey toast

Sunday
Breakfast: French Toast and Yogurt
Lunch: Roast Chicken with Green Beans
Dinner: Egg Drop Soup

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Easy Sourdough Recipes

**update 11/7/09 I've been using this recipe lately.  We like it for toast, crumbs, croutons, etc, but not for sandwich bread. I compromise on the 2nd rise by only doing it for a few hours.  It's not perfect, but a compromise I'm happy with for now. What I esp love is that the stuff does not go bad.  I've kept it for 3 weeks and it's been the same as when I first made it.**

I love my sourdough starter! I'm getting so much better with it. And, unfortunately, quite lazy with it as well.

We all really prefer a dough with half white half, half
wheat flour in it. The first few sourdoughs I made with only freshly ground grain I managed to get away with. But everyone started complaining after awhile that it was too heavy. So I decided a compromise was in order. So I went back to the half white, half freshly ground wheat, but no yeast or sugar. And we're all very happy.

And the ease and convenience is truly amazing this way as well.

Here is what I do to make sourdough anything these days.

I figure out what I'm going to make and approximately how much flour will be needed:

Bread: 6 cups
Pizza Dough: 3.5 cups
Monkey Bread: 4 cups
Pancakes: 2 cups
8 Large Hamburger buns: 5 cups

After that, I take out enough of my sourdough starter to equal half of the necessary flour (or a little more sometimes-esp with pancakes and monkey bread), I put it into my Kitchen aid, and then I add:
1 egg
1 to 2 tsp celtic sea salt
2 Tbls EVVO
2 Tbls honey

I mix these all up really good in the kitchen aid, and then I add the rest of the all-purpose flour. I mix it again and start adding either kefir, water or milk slowly to the kitchen aid as it mixes everything together. Once I get to the right consistency, I mix it a little more, turn it onto a floured surface and knead it for 8 to 10 minutes.

I find it generally takes about 4 hours to rise to where I want it, sometimes more or less.

For the pizza dough, I roll it out right away and cover it and let it sit for at least 4 hours. And then I put the necessary toppings on it and cook it. Sourdough crusts take longer to cook, so I generally cook it for 30 minutes at 350 and it's been perfect.

For the pancakes, I put in 1.5 cups of sourdough starter and then I add 1/2 tsp of baking powder (not exactly sure why actually), and maybe half a cup of all purpose flour, and then add an egg, honey, EVVO and enough milk to make it runny, as we prefer our pancakes on the thinner side.

For the Monkey bread and regular bread loaf, once I've kneaded it, I follow the other recipes I posted here.

For the Hamburger Buns, I just divided them into 8 balls, squished them down some, and let them rise separately. They baked for 15-18 minutes on 350. Yum!!! You could easily do hamburger buns in an oval shape, or smaller buns-these were quite large.

I will admit that it's not 'gourmet' bread. It's simple, plain, mostly nourishing and VERY do-able for every day. I'm sure if I were to work with it, I could make it do some amazing things. But for now, I'm very happy with my sourdough breads. I use freshly ground grains that get soaked properly, and then add organic all purpose flour. We love the texture and taste, and it's so, very, very easy to do!

Oh, and I feed my starter 1 cup of water and freshly ground organic red wheat berries every day. It sits on my counter covered with a towel. I change the bowl every 2 days or when it's getting really crusty.

Once, my hubby accidentally left it on the oven, with the oven turned on high for a long time. I thought I had lost it. But I took a cup of it, and added water and fresh flour every day, and after 4 days, it was viable again. Woo hoo!

And I had mold on it last week, which I scooped off. Truthfully, while I've read that it's not something to worry about, I did only take 2 tablespoons of it from the very bottom of the bowl, which I put into a new bowl and fed for a few days. No problem!

My starter and I have become buddies. We work together and are quite happy with one another. Hay, I can say that, it's a living organism!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Meal Plan Monday

Meal Plan Monday

I'm trying liver this week. We will probably hate it, but I need to start somewhere. :) I'm also going to try providing a dessert for lunch more often. As an incentive for the kids to try the food and eat a decent amount, and to hopefully make us not feel 'deprived' of other sweets. I tried them for breakfast, but we all end up irritable and hungry shortly afterwards. The kids and I love having eggs (we eat 2-3 for breakfast now) and yogurt for breakfast, so we're going to stick with that again and move the sweets to lunch desserts.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Hot Dogs, veggies and Pea Cream Soup (soup cookbook) and caramel corn
Dinner: Tuna Sandwiches

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch:
Nacho Spud Recipe
Dinner: PB & Honey Sandwiches

Wednesday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Yogurt
Lunch: Chicago Stuffed Spinach Pizza and Giant Breakfast Cookies
Dinner:
Leftover Nacho Spuds


Thursday
Breakfast: Sourdough Pancakes and Maple Syrup and yogurt
Lunch: Bacon, Liver and Onions (we may end up eating sandwiches, but I'd like to try) and Sweet potato Savory Fries
Dinner:
Leftover Pizza

Friday
Breakfast: Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Yogurt
Dinner: Popcorn and Smoothies

Saturday
Breakfast:Fried Egg and Bacon and yogurt
Lunch:
Chicken Mushroom Soup
Dinner: PB & honey toast

Sunday
Breakfast: French Toast and Yogurt
Lunch: Roast Chicken with Green Beans
Dinner: Egg Drop Soup

Monday, March 2, 2009

Meal Plan Monday


I am finally linking in to orgjunkie.com's Menu Plan Monday. I'm very excited! Be sure to click on the link to see other weekly meal plans.

Menu Plan Monday

Monday
Breakfast: Bacon, Fried Eggs and Toast
Dinner: Tuna Sandwiches

Tuesday
Breakfast:
Sourdough Monkey Bread and kefir smoothie
Lunch:
Organic Baja Chicken Enchilada Soup
Dinner: Leftover Fried Rice

Wednesday
Breakfast: Breakfast Cookie and Smoothie
Lunch: Hamburgers and homemade sourdough buns
Dinner:
Leftover Soup and Sourdough Bread


Thursday
Breakfast: Scrambled Egg & Bacon, Toast
Lunch: Greek Pizza with feta cheese, spinach and olives
Dinner:
Leftover Hamburger and rice

Friday
Breakfast: Ham and Cheese Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and Yogurt
Dinner: Leftover Pizza

Saturday
Breakfast:Fried Egg and Bacon, toast and yogurt
Lunch:
Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta and pudding
Dinner: PB&J Toast and

Sunday
Breakfast: French Toast and Yogurt
Lunch: Roast Chicken with Green Beans
Dinner: Leftovers