Monday, April 13, 2009

MPM - April 13-19

I'm back!! Yay for me huh??!! Did you miss me?
Aww thanks!

So I really hate when I don't plan out the week. It seriously messes up everything else we do.
Last week was so scattered and unorganized, I'm JUST getting everything back to normal.

Thins week I have some great recipes that I've pulled from all over. Well all over my book shelf anyway.

I hope you enjoy them.

Don't forget to visit Organizer Junkie and the other Menu Planning Monday participants.

Taco Ring
Yellow Rice

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore over Pasta
-from Ragu Menu Mailout Booklet
Garlic Bread

Grilled Sausage w/Chunky Tomato Sauce Poboys
-from Southern Living Homestyle Cooking
Sweet Potato Oven Fries

Tuna Pasta
-from Weight Watchers Magazine (May/June 09)
Broiled Veggies

Oven Fried Pork Chops
-from Southern Living above
Cornbread Dressing
Green beans

Richard Family Reunion

Amalie's 11th Birthday Party!!

Slow Cooked Chicken Cacciatore

6 servings/Prep Time 10 minutes/Cook Time 4 hours

1.5 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs (and/or breasts)
1 jar Ragu Old World Style Pasta Sauce
1 sm green bell pepper, sliced
1 sm onion, sliced
3 tbsp dry sherry or chicken broth
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper

1- In slow cooker, arrange chicken: add remaining ingredients.
2- Cook covered on LOW 8-10 hours of HIGH 4-6 hours, or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve, if desired, over hot cooked brown rice or wheat pasta.

Grilled Sausage w/Chunky Tomato Sauce

6 servings

1 lg onion
3 lg cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbl olive oil
1 1/2 tbl fresh rosemary, chopped
1/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
2 (28oz) cans Italian-style tomatoes, drained & chopped
1 (8oz) Fresh sliced mushrooms
2 tbl tomato paste
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper (we use much more)
3 lbs assorted fresh sausages
Bun or Poboy bread

Cook onion & garlic in hot oil in a large saucepan over medium high heat, stirring constantly, 7 minutes or until tender. Add rosemary and red pepper; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in tomatoes and next 4 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered, 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Grill sausages, covered with grill lid, over medium high heat (350 to 400) 6 minutes on each side or until done. Serve with tomato mixture.

Tuna pasta - Weight Watchers

Serves 4

1 28oz can diced tomato
1 tbsp garlic
4 tsp oil
3 c whole wheat pasta
2 5oz cans solid white tuna

Cook tomatoes & garlic in oil for 10 minutes.
Stir in cooked pasta & drained tuna.

Points Value - 5 (1.5 c)

Oven Fried Pork Chops

4 servings

4 (6oz) lean center cut pork loin chops
1 egg white
2 tbs unsweetened pineapple juice
1 tbs lite soy sauce
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/3 c Italian seasoned breadcrumbs
Cooking spray

Trim fat from pork chops. Combine egg white and next 5 ingredients in a shallow bowl and whisk gently. Dip chops in egg mixture, and dredge in breadcrumbs.
Place chp[s on a rack in a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, turn and back 25 minutes or until pork chops are done.

Yum huh!!
These are some of my favorite meals... in a lower fat and calorie way. I can actually eat with my family this week!! Yay me! Well except the taco roll which is their favorite not mine but its super easy so that works!


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