Monday, October 1, 2012

Menu Monday 10.1.12

I hope that this week brings you lots of joy, activity and yummy food!
On the menu for this week I have 2 typical meals we enjoy at our house, one of my favorite fall meals, and something new to try. 
Meal 1 - Tilapia and broccoli. 
Two ways to try this, simple with spices we always enjoy Penzey's Spice Northwoods when we want something easy and quick to cook, or you can try my tasty ginger and cilantro tilapia (SO GOOD!) if you have more time.

Ginger and Cilantro Tilapia
5 small tilapia fillets (we used frozen ones) - about 3/4 pound
5 garlic cloves
1 tablespoon ginger (use a pre-purred tube to cut on time)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup white wine
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
Scallions, chopped for garnish
Extra cilantro, to garnish
Salt and Pepper

Heat the oven to 475ºF. Pat the fish dry and season lightly with salt and pepper. Place in a glass baking dish.

Put garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce, white wine, olive oil, and cilantro in your food processor until blended. Pour the sauce over the fish, rubbing it in a little. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until the fish flakes easily and is cooked through.

Broccoli:  To steam the broccoli, Neal and I use a small strainer filled to the brim with broccoli that's been salted and peppered slightly, then put into a bowl that has about 1/5 cup of water in it.  Then we put that in the microwave for 3 minutes or until the broccoli is tender.

Meal 2 - Chicken Fajitas - chicken, peppers, onions, salsa (for Neal only, still cutting out most tomatoes for me), sour cream, and avocado...maybe some black beans too!

Neal makes these by cutting up about 2 lbs of chicken (enough for leftovers) and letting them marinate in Franks Red Hot, Cumin, Creole, and Chili Powder for 30 minutes. He then adds in one sliced onion (cut by yours truly so Neal won't get teary eyed!) and 1-2 green peppers before putting them all together on a medium skillet to cook.  Served with the salsa, sour cream, avocado and black beans on a whole wheat tortilla.

Meal 3 - Pot roast, one of my fall favorites!  I plan on asking the butcher for the meat that will be the juiciest and most tender.  I will combine that will small potatoes, onion chunks, baby carrots, sliced celery, garlic cloves, spices such as thyme and sage, and a cup or so of water to keep it from drying out.  Then I will let the flavors marinate and cook all day in my crock pot (8-10 hours!)
Meal 4 - Mushroom soup with caramelized onions.  This is my something new!  I saw this delicious meal from a link in Pinterest.

Do you have a meal you are excited about cooking this week?

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