Monday, May 2, 2011

Weekly Menu May 1

"Danny I've noticed something."

"What's that Danny?"

"Well when we cook something to have for lunch for the week we usually end up having the same thing for 3 or 4 days in a row."

"Yeah that's getting a bit problematic."

"We need to mix it up a bit."

"Yeah we do. I have some ideas."

"What are we gonna do?"

"Well if we use a few common ingredient then add in a few different touches we could come out with three different lunches."

"That's a good idea Danny."

"I know Danny. I know."

That's not the verbatim of the conversation I had yesterday but its the gist.

So as a result I present to you, Lunch for Four!!!!! (don't forget the explosions).

Chicken Alfredo
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts cleaned an cut into pieces.

About 1/3 of a can of diced tomatoes (we'll be using the rest later)

About a handful of frozen spinach leaves, not the frozen brick but the ones that come in the bag in the frozen food area.(we'll be using the rest late)

1 4oz can of button mushrooms, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup of alfredo sauce

1 serving of linguine prepared by the directions on the box.

Prepare the noodles and put them in a container (we're taking this to work remember) and while those are cooling we'll be doing the rest. In a skillet pan fry the chicken pieces, I seasoned the with Jamaican Jerk seasoning. Set most of them to the side (for later) and keep the remainder in the skillet. Put in the spinach and let that thaw and cook a bit. Add in the tomatoes and mushrooms. What you want to do is cook out as much water from those tomatoes as you want. Stir in the alfredo sauce until it heats up. Pour over linguine. Done.

Mini Patties over Angel Hair

About 1 handful of frozen spinach leaves (yes from that same bag from above, we'll use the last of it in a bit).

1 4oz can of button mushrooms, drained and rinsed

1/4 lb of ground round

1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce

1 serving of Wheat Angel Hair pasta prepared as directed on box

Prepare the noodles as directed and put them aside. In a skillet heat up the spinach and mushrooms in some sea salt and olive oil. Add the noodles back in and mix them up real good. Set aside in a container. Pat out the ground round (I mixed in a bit of sea salt, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper) into three tiny patties and fry them up in a skillet. Once they are done lay them on top of the noodle mixture. Drizzle the sauce over the mix and you are finished.

Baked Fish and Spinach

2 fish fillets (honestly I don't know what type of fish they are because I will literally eat any fish you put in front of me)

Half of that remaining bag of frozen spinach leaves

Preheat an oven to 350. Spray a pyrex baking dish with nonstick spray. Put your fish in the pan and surround it with the spinach. Squirt some lime juice over everything then follow with ground ginger, sea salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. Put several pats of butter across the fish and spinach. Cover the dish with aluminum foil, slitting a hole in it. Bake in the oven for about 25min, Good to go.

Leftover Chicken

Remaining Chicken

Remaining Diced Tomatoes

Remaining Frozen Spinach Leaves

This one is simple. Start off by cooking the last of that can of tomatoes from earlier. in a skillet, cooking out the water. Add in the spinach. Once the water has cooked out put the chicken back in and mix it up all nice. I've put it aside in a container by itself but chances are I'll cook some noodles to go with it.


Those two fillets of fish I used above? Well they were two of 6 pieces I had stored in the freezer. I baked the remaining 4 pieces in the oven with lime juice, cayenne pepper, sea salt, and butter at 350 for about 20 min. Fix a vegetable and you'll have another meal (for two actually).

"Wow looks like we don't have to worry about repeating the same lunch this week."

"No we won't."

"And the most awesome part of this?"

"What's that?"

"Remember that pack of ground round we made those mini patties out of? Well that was a 2lb. pack. So we still have quite a bit of it left."

"Yes we do Danny. Yes we do."



April said...

The Alfredo sounds delicious.

Danny said...

Yes it is.