Thursday, August 28, 2008

Mexican Steak

Mexican Steak
by craftchick at Family Corner

lean steaks, trim off fat (any type of steak you like)
3 valencia oranges
4 garlic cloves
1 small onion (any type)
1 T. salt
1/4 C. teriyaki sauce*
2 T. worchestershire sauce
1 T. Lemon pepper
1 Lime

Rub in all the dry ingredients. Mix in a separate bowl garlic, juice of 2 oranges (1/2 cup), 1 lime, teriyaki sauce, worchestershire sauce and salt. Mix and pour over the meat.
Slice 1 orange into 1/4 inch slices, slice onion into rings, spread on top of the meat. Cover your container and shake around, refrigerate for about 1 hour and grill. Yummy!

(I prefer to use a ziplock bag. You can even freeze this steak in the marinade to be grilled another time.)

*(I used just under 1/4 cup soy sauce and added 2 TBL brown sugar)

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Refer to the basic chicken pot pie recipe here. Filling is the same. Make pastry for a 2-crust pie.

Grease a muffin pan WELL and freeze the filling in even portions. I got 12 portions out of this recipe. Freeze a few hours. Meanwhile, make and chill the pastry.

Divide pie pastry "not quite in half." Roll the larger half a little thick and cut out 12 circles. Roll each one to make it a little bigger. These are the bottom crusts. Then roll the rest of the pastry and cut into 12 circles. I used the Pampered Chef sandwich-sealer thingy to cut the circles.

Put the frozen filling on the bottom crusts. Add top crusts and crimp. Place in WELL-GREASED (and floured) muffin pan.

If baking from this point, bake at 350 for about 35 minutes.

Next time I will brush the pie crust top with milk to make it more golden-brown.

I am not kidding about the notes to grease the muffin pan well. Let's just say I learned this the hard way.

Coming up! Dinner Ideas for September 2008

This is what I intend to cook during the month. For most of them, I have everything needed in the pantry/freezer already, unless otherwise specified.

I have ideas for 26 dinners here (counting spaghetti as a once-a-week meal)

With notes.

NEW: Chicken Posole (Family Circle magazine Sept. 2008 p. 201, uses hominy; use cooked turkey in place of chicken and cook in the small Nesco

NEW: Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes; need rolls, peppers and provolone

NEW: loaded potatoes

QUICK & MEATLESS: Shrimp & Scallops in marinara

GRILL: Burgers

GRILL: Luau Chicken (not sandwiches, just the chicken)

PLANNED-OVERS: Carnitas with cooked chicken or turkey; side of nachos with cheese & beans

HOME COOKING: Roast chicken

MEATLESS: Baked flounder with lemon pepper

HOME COOKING: Pot roast with onions and mushrooms (need mushrooms and meat)

HOME COOKING: Chicken parmesan

FAVORITES: Chicken piccata

QUICK: Teriyaki pork

QUICK & MEATLESS: Shrimp & scallops in a tomato-garlic-white wine sauce, over pasta

BREAKFAST: Homemade corned beef hash, French toast, fresh fruit

QUICK, PLANNED-OVERS: Barbecue chicken quesadillas

GRILL: Brats with sauce

FAVORITES: Chicken marsala

MEATLESS: Vegetable-cheese manicotti with marinara

PLANNED-OVERS: Beef paysanne (need mushrooms)

HOME COOKING: Country ribs

GRILL: Mexican Steak

SPAGHETTI: make the big pot in the first week of September, since we are out of sauce.

SIDE DISH IDEAS: fried rice, potatoes, pasta caprese, salad daily

Monday, August 25, 2008

Menu Plan for August 23-31, 2008

Saturday 23: Spaghetti

Sunday 24: Mexican Steak

Monday 25: Salmon Burgers

Tuesday 26: TheDad's birthday. We're going out to eat.

Wednesday 27: Mini Chicken Pot-Pies

Thursday 28: Homemade pizza

Friday 29: Shrimp and Scallops with pasta (I'll post this recipe after I finish inventing it)

Saturday 30: Brats on the grill

Sunday 31: Luau Chicken on the grill

Menu Plan for August 10-22

Sunday 10: Tandoori Chicken

Monday 11: Teriyaki Pork

Tuesday 12: Taco Skillet

Wednesday 13: Spaghetti

Thursday 14: Chicken piccata

Friday 15: Pizza

August 16-22: We're on vacation! I'm not cooking!

Monday, August 04, 2008

Menu Plan for August 1-9

FRIDAY 1--picnic with friends

SATURDAY 2--picnic with family

SUNDAY 3--Luau chicken on the grill (not the sandwich with the mayo mixture--just the marinated chicken. YUMMY!)

MONDAY 4--Beef stew (minus the potatoes) served over noodles. It was a busy day so having this stew in the freezer was a real lifesaver. No recipe, since it was Mom's stew that she sent us home in a "care package" after a visit.

TUESDAY 5--Spaghetti

WEDNESDAY 6--Pork lo mein using leftover cooked pork with hoisin-molasses sauce (that will blend in well with lo mein)

THURSDAY 7--Chicken pot pie

FRIDAY 8--Baked flounder

SATURDAY 9--We're attending a Christening party and a birthday party, so we won't be eating dinner at home.


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