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Meal Plan 9.7.11 – 6 ingredients or less September 7, 2011

Filed under: Meal Planning,Saving Money — clappingonthedownbeat @ 7:28 PM

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Charmin 9 roll $4.99


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Grapes $.89/lb

Bananas $.44

So I had a comment that my meals had too many ingredients!  So this week is for my friend, Erin, tasty meals with 6 or less ingredients (salt/pepper and olive oil/butter don’t count, those are basic staples).


  • 16 jumbo shells (from a 12-oz box)
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1 10-oz pkg frozen leaf spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 16-oz pkg frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 15-oz container part-skim ricotta
  • 4 oz part-skim mozzarella, grated (about 1 cup)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water to cool.
  2. Spread the sauce onto the bottom of a large broiler-proof baking dish.
  3. Squeeze the spinach of excess moisture, roughly chop and place in a large bowl. Chop the broccoli and add it to the bowl. Stir in the ricotta,  1/2 cup of the mozzarella, and 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper. Spoon the mixture into the shells (about 1/4 cup each) and place on top of the sauce.
  4. Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella and bake until the shells are heated through, 10 to 12 minutes. Increase heat to broil. Broil the shells until the cheese begins to brown, 2 to 3 minutes.
Top with parmesan cheese and serve with a salad.
• 4 English cut beef short ribs

• salt and black pepper

• 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

• 1 bottle full bodied red wine, such as Cabernet

• 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock

• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Pat ribs dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on all sides.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ribs and brown on all sides. Transfer the ribs to a plate, then add the garlic and stir until softened but not brown, about 1 minute. Carefully pour in the wine, bring to a boil and cook until reduced to about 1 cup. Add the ribs and any juices they have released back to the pot along with the stock. Reduce the heat and bring to a simmer, then cover the pot and transfer it to the oven, to braise, until the meat easily falls off the bone, about 3 hours.

Transfer the ribs to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Strain the braising liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Simmer the liquid, skimming fat as necessary, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Taste for seasoning and adjust, if necessary. Transfer the ribs and sauce to a serving dish and serve.  Delicious over garlic mashed potatoes, or with crusty bread and asparagus.

WEDNESDAY: White Bean Stew

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 12 oz Italian sausage
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 32-oz container low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 oz ditalini pasta or other soup pasta (about 1 cup)
  • 1 15.5-oz can cannellini or other white beans, rinsed
  • Black pepper
  • 1 10-oz bag spinach, thick stems removed
  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 4 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to a plate.  When cooled slice in 1/4″ slices
  2. Add the garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute (do not let it brown). Add the wine and simmer, scraping up any brown bits, for 1 minute.
  3. Add the broth and pasta and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the pasta is just tender, 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Add the beans, sausage and 1/4 tsp pepper and cook until heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the spinach, stirring gently until it begins to wilt.
  5. Serve with the Parmesan.
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced medium
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 medium Yukon Gold potato, diced medium ( or I used 1 cup frozen hash browns)
  • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add onion, season with salt and pepper, and cook until translucent, 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, 5 minutes. Stir in paprika, potato; season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  2. On a lightly floured work surface, gently roll out puff pastry sheets to smooth creases. Cut each sheet into 4 squares. Place 1/3 cup beef mixture in center of each pastry square. Brush edges lightly with water, fold over filling to form triangles, press to seal, and sprinkle with paprika. Transfer to two parchment-lined rimmed baking sheets and bake until pastry is golden and puffed, 18-20 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
Save the leftovers for the next recipe!
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
  • leftover stuffing from meat pies
  • 1 zucchini, diced small
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan, grated
  • 1/2 cup italian seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 4 large bell peppers (any color), halved lengthwise, seeds and ribs removed
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet,
    heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium-high.
    Add zucchini, and onion. Season with salt
    and pepper and cook until vegetables
    are tender, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add zucchini mixture to bowl with
    leftover meat filling, along with Parmesan,
    and 1 teaspoon oil; stir to combine and
    season with salt and pepper. In a
    small bowl, combine breadcrumbs and
    1/2 teaspoon oil and season with salt
    and pepper. Brush a rimmed baking
    sheet with oil and arrange bell peppers,
    cut side up, on sheet. Divide meat
    mixture among peppers and top with
    breadcrumbs. Bake until breadcrumbs
    are browned and peppers are tender,
    about 30 minutes. Serve warm.
DESSERT: Sweetie Pie

2 bars (about 3 1/2 oz each) extra-dark chocolate (65% cacao), broken up
2 tubs (8 oz each) mascarpone (soft Italian cheese), at room temperature
One 6-oz ready-to-fill Oreo pie crust (reserve plastic lid)

Garnish: whipped cream and colored sprinkles (optional)

  1. Microwave chocolate in a small bowl on high, stirring every 10 to 15 seconds, until melted and smooth.
  2. Put mascarpone into a large bowl; stir in chocolate until no white streaks remain. Spoon into pie crust; spread evenly. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until firm, or cover with lid and refrigerate overnight.
  3. If refrigerated overnight, let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving so that it softens slightly. Garnish with whipped cream and sprinkles, if desired.
  4. Layer chocolate mascarpone mixture with whipped cream in parfait glasses.
  5. Stir 2 Tbsp hazelnut, almond or orange liqueur into mascarpone mixture.
  6. Substitute semisweet, milk or flavored chocolate (espresso, orange or mint) for the extra-dark.

One Response to “Meal Plan 9.7.11 – 6 ingredients or less”

  1. […] Thursday: Meat pies- I had made a double batch and put them in the freezer.  Recipe was a few weeks ago HERE […]

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