Thursday, March 08, 2007

anybody up for some commentary?

Hello to everyone (whoever stops and visits, and thereby reads what I'm writing here)! Just wanted to let you know that I've got everything as linked as possible (at the moment) for everyone's meal plans. Remember that contest? Well we had a bunch of contributors, which was so great and fun! I am going to have to steal so many ideas and recipes from these gals, it's/they are that awesome!

Anyway, and also, I just wanted to let you know that the reason I haven't gotten most of my plan linked, or recipes written, is because we have yet to make a trip to the grocery store!!! So, as soon as I try and test the meals that I have planned, I will get them up here.

Thanks everyone who participated, and thanks to all you out there who comes to this site! It's fun (most of the time ;) Oh, and one more thing. I've added another link list called, the handy and dandy. It's some sites that I frequent to get some new (and most of the time healthy... you know me) ideas! So check them out! And one of these days I'll get around to labeling and posting some "just plain tasty" recipes like I talked about. Baby steps my dears, baby steps!

Take care and I'll be keeping you posted!


Tuesday, March 06, 2007

My Meal Plan (March)

Saturday-3: Pasta bake
Sunday-4: Stir Fry

Monday-5: Salmon with Fancy Honey-Mustard Green Beans
Tuesday-6: Grilled steak with veggies
Wednesday-7: Leftovers
Thursday-8: Gooey Enchiladas (slow cooker)
Friday-9: Hearty Tomato Stoup w/ sammies
Saturday-10: Nachos
Sunday-11: Chicken Crock-pot Pie w/biscuits

Monday-12: Grilled chicken Caesar salad
Tuesday-13: Disneyland!!!
Wednesday-14: Gooey Enchilada Filling w/ rice (leftover twist from Thursday)
Thursday-15: Hawaiian Haystacks
Friday-16: Chicken Noodle Soup (slow cooker) w/ homemade noodles
Saturday-17: Cucina Salad
Sunday-18: Oriental Chicken (slow cooker)

Monday-19: Fish tacos
Tuesday-20: Leftovers
Wednesday-21: Chicken Lettuce Wraps (Leftover twist from Sunday)
Thursday-22: Steak Fajitas
Friday-23: Garden Veggie Minestrone Tortellini Soup (omit pasta and substitute package tortellini; chicken is opt.)
Saturday-24: Sweetness Salad
Sunday-25: Southwestern Chicken w/ rice

Monday-26: Salmon with Stuffed Portobellos
Tuesday-27: Spicy Beef Stir Fry
Wednesday-28: Shredded Southwestern Chicken Tacos (Leftover twist from Sunday)
Thursday-29: Thai Beef Salad
Friday-30: Veggie Lasagna
Saturday-31: Curried Salad

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Robin's Curried Lentils

- my variation of "Dahl"

  • 3/4 cup red lentils
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped up
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1/2 can coconut milk, about 1/2 cup (I use lite/low-fat, if you can't get it, just use less and increase the water)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp crushed dried red peppers
  • 1/4 tsp ginger (just the regular powdered kind)
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then add the mustard seeds, garlic, and onions. Cook on medium heat until onions are transparent and seeds begin to pop. Then add the lentils and cook until shiny and a little transparent (about 3 min). Add coconut milk, 1 cup water, and spices. I just add spices to taste. Simmer 30-40 minutes until lentils are tender and it has a thick soup-like consistency. It will reduce as cooking, so feel free to add water, coconut milk, and adjust spices during cooking. Serve over Basmati rice. It's delicious served with fresh sliced green, red, and yellow bell peppers. It also freezes and reheats well.