Thursday, August 11, 2011

Days 10-15

Monday- I didn't feel like going shopping so I got creative with what I had in the house. We had home made Pizza
For the crust I used a recipe from I didn't have yeast or pizza dough so I searched for a recipe that would work

2 1/2 c. flour
2 3/4 tsp. baking powder (if using baking soda use half and omit salt)
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. oil
3/4 to 1 c. water
Mix dry ingredients. add 3/4 cup water and oil. Stir until it forms a ball. If dough is stiff, add more water.
The dough will be soft, not sticky. Knead on a floured surface for 3-4 minutes.

Bake at 400°F for 15-25 minutes.

It was very good! I coated it with a little olive oil, garlic powder and salt for some added flavor.
For the sauce I usually make a jar of it and keep it around the house
Mix together
1 can Tomato Sauce(14oz)
1 can tomato paste(6oz)
1 can of diced italian stewed tomatoes
I then add basil, oregano, fennel seeds, and garlic

Once you roll out your dough and add your sauce top with your favorite toppings. Cook at 400* until done (varies depending on toppings and crust thickness)

Tuesday- Linguine with Olive Oil and Garlic or Aglio et Oglio
1lbs of Pasta
Olive oil

Chop your garlic and parsley. Heat olive oil in pan, add garlic and cooked pasta and toss. Add a little garlic powder and salt.
Toss in your parsley for a delicious light pasta dish.

Wednesday- Chicken Fajitas
Marinade- 1 lime, Cilantro, 2 large cloves of garlic, 2tbs olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder. Pour into a ziplock bag and put in chicken. Shake and let soak. I let it marinade for several hours.

The Chicken breast were very thick so I pounded them down. Grill on med/low until done.
Served them on flour tortillas with grilled veggies (bell peppers and onions), cilantro, cheese.

We don't often find good tortillas up here so a trick to make them taste better; in a heated skillet add a little olive oil and heat tortilla until it starts browning, do the same on the other side. Makes them taste a little more like home made.

Thursday- Beef, Broccoli, and Bell Peppers with Rice

In a crock pot add 1lb stew meat, 2 cups beef broth, onions, salt, pepper, garlic, and garlic powder (you may need to add another cup or two of water throughout the day). Let cook all day on high.

About an hour before dinner in a heated skillet add olive oil, bell peppers, onions, garlic, and broccoli. Sautee for about a minute. Using a slated spoon remove the meat and add it to the skillet. Then using a ladle add as much juice as you would like. I add quite a bit, that way it can simmer down. Allow meat and veggies to simmer for an hour.

Serve over white rice.

Friday- Breakfast!!
We have a very tasty Bacon, Egg, Onion, and Bell Pepper sandwich. No pictures because we ate them quicker than I could snap!

Saturday- Spanish Rice

We attended a gathering of friends and had BBQ but I brought Mexican/spanish rice and cookies.

Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Cookies
2 1/2 cups flour
1tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4tsp salt
1 1/2 tbs cinnamon
1lb butter
1tbs vanilla
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 egg

Cream together Soft butter, White and Brown Sugar, and vanilla. Add egg and mix well. In a separate bowl mix all dry ingredients. Slowly add dry ingredients to cream mixture. Once mixed using a cookie scoop, scoop on to un-greased pan. Using a spoon flatten dough a little. Top with a mixture of white or brown sugar and cinnamon.
Bake 350* for 8-10 minutes

Mexican Rice- I use the following recipe from my fave recipe website;

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