Wednesday, January 4, 2012

First Meal Plan of 2012

Notwithstanding the fact that this meal plan is being posted on a Thursday when it began on Monday, I hope this will be a help in planning meals for your family in the weeks to come, and you'll get mini-reviews for the meals from Monday thru Thursday.

Panko crusted pike with lemon, Parmesan and dill (I had hoped this would turn out better, as I recently made Baked Cod with a Panko Crust, which was fantastic. I used buttermilk and egg instead of mayonnaise and Dijon, and tried to put all the seasoning into the breadcrumbs. It had less flavour, and the pike itself didn't take to the treatment, being a little to dry and a little too 'lake-tasting'. It all got eaten anyway...
Barley spinach pilaf from Mark Bittman's Food Matters (it uses a whole pound of spinach! It certainly fit into my New Year's resolution to put more vegetables on my family's plates)
Steamed carrots
Leftover Beet tartare

Here's where I start relying heavily on Canadian Living's Eat Right cookbook.
Herbed lambchops with Tuscan beans
This was quite good and easy to make. The lamb we have right now is absolutely amazing. However. I have made a very similar recipe that I enjoyed much more, which I thought was also from Canadian Living. But now I can't find it. It finished the dish with balsamic vinegar, which I found much lighter and cleaner than the pan sauce for the above recipe. I have more lambchops to cook, so I'll hunt down the recipe that I'm thinking of and share...

Whole wheat pasta with blue cheese sauce
Raw veggies
This pasta served the purpose of helping me use up blue cheese leftover from my catering adventures. D was super pumped to get spaghetti, and even though it was covered in pretty strong tasting blue cheese sauce, he had two bowls full. The walnuts on top were an added bonus for him. He's a nut nut.

Lazy Shepherd's Pie
Steamed green beans

My husband's favourite dish is anything with ground beef, and Shepherd's Pie is a childhood favourite. I could never really get behind it, because casseroles were rare in my childhood home. And the peas get so mushy! I did used to love "hamburger goop" which in our household was ground beef, onions, celery, mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup over pasta. Lazy Shepherd's Pie makes both my husband and me happy. It's easy, the peas are still a nice bright green, and it's like Hamburger Goop without the canned soup. A winner!

This is going to be a bit of a 'seat of my pants' day, but I'm thinking I'm going to pull out my little package of chicken hearts and do grilled chicken heart skewers, along with rice or noodles and stir-fried veggies. I'll give you the update on what I settle on. The kids go crazy for chicken hearts, though, so it should be a popular meal.

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