This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every moring: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion saith my soul: therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3: 21-26

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Menu Plan Monday--Favorite Recipe Edition

The problem at my house in trying to share with you my favorite recipes is that I often don’t use recipes. I use the “dash, pinch and dump” method, fueled by whatever strikes my fancy (and what is in my cupboards at the time).

We also do things very simply around here most often; grilling a burger, chicken breast or steak is always a hit. Steam some rice, cook up some veggies and voila—dinner. Part of the simple thing is that my kids are not big sauce fans: no gravy, cheese sauce, or dipping sauce. The one exception is barbeque sauce—Roo would eat most everything with that if we’d let him. And top my week off with the fact my husband is visiting another time zone again, so I’m just cooking for the boys and I.

If I wasn't trying to diet I would make sour cream banana bars, two pepper corn bread and cheesecake. But those would be too tempting. Also I am in the mood for Elaine's Cabbage Salad--if you have a church potluck, this was always a hit.

That’s the long-winded introduction to my Menu Plan for this week.

Monday—Sandwiches and soup in the car. We have dance class followed shortly by religion class. It’ll be like a picnic!! Right? Humor me.
Tuesday—leftover lasagna (recipe below)
Wednesday—pancakes, eggs and turkey sausages. Maybe pumpkin pancakes for Boo.
Thursday—beef roast, steamed rice & veggies.
FridaySloppy Joes and hot dogs, cottage cheese, Fritos, and fruit

I’ve accumulated a lot of cookbooks over this last year, so hopefully I’ll be able to start expanding my repertoire. Have a tasty week everyone!!

1½ lbs hamburger
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
3 small cans of tomato paste
9 lasagna noodles
1 large carton of cottage cheese
2 cups ricotta cheese
2 eggs
3 cups parmesan cheese
2 pkg mozzarella cheese
Seasoning to taste

Brown hamburger, boil noodles
In a large bowl combine eggs, cottage cheese, ricotta, parmesan, ½ pkg mozzarella cheese. Add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt to taste
Combine crushed tomatoes and paste with hamburger, season if desired.
Layer noodles, cheese mixture and sauce, alternating layers in a prepared 9x13 casserole dish. Top with mozzarella. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes covered with foil, uncover, cook until cheese is lightly browned around the edges.

Visit Laura at I'm an Organizing Junkie for more (and I'm sure better) menu planners!


HDMac said...

I hear you. Sometimes you just remember the basic ingredients and go from there. After you have been cooking for 40 years that is just the way it is! ;)
Great menu!

Sheryl said...

Your menu looks delicious...especially the lasagna!
Have a great week, my friend.

Renee said...

Great menu.Thanks for the links and recipes.