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Meal Plan 11.10.11 + Mini Lesson + Hot Deals November 10, 2011

Filed under: 2011 Cooking 101 the basics,Hot Deals,Meal Planning — clappingonthedownbeat @ 2:11 PM

In class on Monday we covered grains, legumes and pasta.  It was so delicious.  There are three methods for cooking grains and legumes.  The simmering method (put them into a pot with water or stock and simmer), pilaf method (saute an onion in butter, add grain to coat, add stock, brign to boil and bake in an oven till liquid is absorbed), or risotto method (like pilaf, but then add about 1/2c. liquid in a simmering pot to grain that has been added to onion and butter, wait till it is aborbed and then add another 1/2 c.  stir constantly till all of the liquid is absorbed).  We made fresh pasta and spatezelle.  Wednesday was on soups.  We made consumme, cream soups (pea and potato), black bean soup, beef stew, broccoli cheddar and french onion.

I am going to start to put out some great Thanksgiving Day recipes and I will follow it with leftover ideas.

Cute Turkey treats!  Here



Texas Grapefruit $.39/each

Apples $.45/lb

Pears  $/49/lb

Grapes $.99/lb


*Del monte Vegetables $.50

*Swanson Broth or Campbells cream mushroom/chicken $.50

Smartwater $.50

Capri Sun $1.49

Doritos, Cheetos, Fritos $1.99 ( grab a bag to make mexican casserole)

*Del Monte tomatoes $.69

Cool Whip/Swiss Miss $.99

Kleenex $.99

Annies Mac and CHeese $.69

Borden Milk Gallom $3.88

Save $1.00 on Borden Life Milk!   use 77380 zip code


Nestle choc chips $1.99


Pineapple $.99 each

*Celery or cucmber $.69 each

Broccoli $.77/lb

*Zucchini $.77/lb

Navel Oranges $.99/lb


* Denotes items used in Meal Plan

MEATLESS MONDAY: Zucchini Risotto

  • 7 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups Arborio rice, uncooked
  • 1/2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced with a vegetable peeler
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes, softened and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 6 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan (or mozzarella) cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves, or to taste (optional)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  1. Bring vegetable or chicken stock to a boil in a medium stock pot, then reduce heat to a low simmer.
  2. Melt butter in a large, heavy bottomed stock pot over medium heat. Stir in onions and cook for 2 minutes, or until softened. Add the rice and cook for another 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until lightly toasted. Gradually ladle in simmering vegetable stock, stirring continuously. Risotto will become “creamy” and slightly sticky, yet still firm in the center, or al dente.
  3. When almost finished, stir in the zucchini, sun-dried tomatoes, and thyme, adding stock as needed and stirring continuously. Stir in basil and 3 tablespoons cheese just before serving. Divide risotto among 6 bowls, sprinkle with remaining cheese, and season with pepper to taste.
TUESDAY: Green Bean and chicken ravioli
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for the cooking water
  • 1 pound fresh green beans
  • 12 oz cheese ravioli
  • 1 large shallot
  • 1-2 chicken breasts, sauted
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Bring a medium pot of cold water to a boil over high heat and salt it generously. Trim the stem end off the green beans.Peel and finely chop the shallot.

Salt and pepper the chicken and saute ina skillet in a little butter and olive oil  till cooked through.  Set a side to rest.  Add the shallot and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallot is just golden, about 2 minutes.

Drop the green beans into the boiling water and cook, uncovered, until crisp tender, about 4 minutes. Drain in acolander set in the sink and rinse with very cold water until cool. In the same boiling pot of water drop in the raviolis and cook according to package.

Add the green beans, to the shallots, increase the heat to high, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are heated through, about 4 minutes. Slice chicken and add it in.  Add in raviolis last.  Season with salt/pepper/lemon juice.  Serve.

WEDNESDAY: Thai Beef Salad
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted peanuts
  •  1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon grated (about 3 limes) lime zest
  • 1 jalapeno chile, halved
  • 4 tablespoons finely chopped (about 4 shallots) shallot
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sirloin steak
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (about 2 limes)
  • 1 head red cabbage, halved and thinly sliced (about 3 cups)
  • 1/2 head Napa cabbage, halved and thinly sliced (about 3 cups), plus a few whole outer leaves
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced diagonally
  • 2 scallions, cut into 2-inch lengths and then sliced into thin strips
  1. Heat grill over medium-high heat. In a small skillet over medium heat, toast peanuts, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Let cool, then coarsely chop; set aside.
  2. Make marinade: Process ginger, lime zest, jalapeno, 2 tablespoons chopped shallot, and 2 teaspoons sugar in a food processor to form a coarse paste, about 1 minute. Add 1 tablespoon fish sauce and 1 teaspoon oil; pulse to combine. Place steak on a large plate, and coat both sides with marinade.
  3. Make dressing: In a small bowl, combine lime juice with the remaining tablespoon fish sauce, 1/2 teaspoon sugar, and 2 tablespoons shallot. Slowly add the remaining 2 tablespoons oil, whisking constantly until emulsified.

    Grill steak 6 minutes on first side. Turn steak, and continue cooking 4 minutes more for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board to rest at least 5 minutes.

  4. Arrange cabbages, and carrot slices around perimeter of a large serving platter. Drizzle dressing over vegetables. Thinly slice steak on the bias, and fan out slices in middle of platter. Sprinkle with peanuts, and scatter scallions on top of steak. Serve immediately

THURSDAY: Classic Bread Stuffing with Sausage

  • 1 lb. good-quality white, multigrain or sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (about 10 cups)
  • 1 lb. bulk pork sausage
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh sage or 1 tsp. dried sage
  • Salt and pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°. Grease a 9-by- 13-inch baking dish. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet and bake until lightly toasted, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the bread to a large bowl.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the sausage to the bread. Discard all but 2 tbsp. of the drippings from the skillet.
  3. Melt the butter in the reserved drippings in the skillet. Add the celery and onions and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Scrape into the bowl with the bread and add the chicken broth, egg, cranberries, parsley, sage, 1 1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper. Mix well and transfer to the prepared baking dish. Cover with greased foil and bake until hot, about 45 minutes. Uncover and bake until browned and crisp, about 15 minutes.


    FRIDAY: South Western Lasagna


  • 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 2 cups prepared salsa
  • 8 corn tortillas (6 inch), cut crosswise in quarters
  • 10 oz. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/3 cup drained sliced pickled jalapeño chiles
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  1. In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat; add the onion and cook, stirring, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add the pork and break it up with a wooden spoon; cook, stirring occasionally, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in the taco seasoning with 1/2 cup water and simmer, stirring, until saucy, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400°. Lightly grease a round 9-inch deep-dish pie pan. Add 1/2 cup salsa to the bottom of the pan and tilt to coat. Arrange a third of the tortilla pieces on top, overlapping slightly to make an even layer. Top with half of the meat mixture and half of the peas, then sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese. Add another layer of tortilla pieces, 1/2 cup salsa and the refried beans; sprinkle with the jalapeños and 1/3 cup cheese. Layer with the remaining tortilla pieces, meat mixture and peas; sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese.
  3. Cover the pan snugly with foil, set on a baking sheet and bake in the middle of the oven for 25 minutes. Uncover the pan, sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup cheese on top and bake until bubbling, about 8 minutes. Tent with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Uncover and top with the sour cream and cilantro.

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