Sunday – Last night, I cooked a New England Boiled Dinner, which consisted of corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes. It’s been a long time since I made it, and it was so good. Of course, I never think to take pictures before we dig in, but I did manage to salvage a few leftovers for a snapshot.
A recipe is really not required for this easy meal. It’s a one-pot meal, but you may need to use more than one pot. In a Dutch oven, just cover the brisket with water, add baby carrots (and onions if you wish), and let simmer for about 50 minutes per pound. I like my carrots and onions soft, so I start them early. After 2-1/2 hours, I started the cabbage in a separate pot, and with about 20 minutes to go I added potatoes, quartered. My 4-lb brisket was fork tender in 3-1/2 hours. I threw some biscuits in the oven while I was slicing the corned beef and setting the table. The brisket is a bit fatty, so you need to trim the fat before serving.
This can all be thrown into a crock pot/slow cooker. I like to keep brisket from getting dry, so I place that in first, then add water and spice packet. Make sure brisket is covered in liquid. Then place carrots, potatoes and cabbage on top if it fits. Cook on low for 8-9 hours.
Monday – Tonight, I’m cooking boneless pork loin chops, sliced thin and simmered in beef gravy, with mashed potatoes, corn and biscuits. Click here for recipe!
Patrick’s a very picky eater, and this is one of his favorite meals. The pork chops are so tender you can cut them with a fork.
Tuesday – Today’s gourmet meal will be hot dogs with mac and cheese.
I make this all-time American favorite at least once a week. It’s a great meal that can be whipped up in less than 30 minutes. Just the time it takes to boil the water, then the mac & cheese, and then the hot dogs. We all love Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, so we usually have it with hot dogs or sloppy joes.
Wednesday – Spaghetti & meat sauce with garlic bread.
I sometimes make the sauce from scratch, but most of the time I’ll use Prego Traditional spaghetti sauce and add a large can of whole tomatoes, cut up. I love the big chunks of tomatoes. Sometimes, I just make it with whole tomatoes and tomato sauce, with lots of garlic and oregano; it really depends on what I have on hand. I serve it on thin spaghetti or vermicelli.
Thursday – Baked chicken pieces, mashed potatoes, green beans.
I just bake my chicken pieces, with just a little sprinkling of poultry seasoning, in the oven at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes. No flour, no breadcrumbs, no fuss, no muss. It browns nicely, and the skin is crispy.
Friday – Baked cod with baked potatos, and broccoli
I bake my cod, or other white fish like tilapia, on a rimmed cookie sheet, sprinkled with garlic powder and spray or dot with margarine. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Don’t overcook the fish. It should flake nicely with a fork.
Serve with tartar sauce and lemon wedges. I usually whip up some tartar sauce with relish and mayonnaise with a bit of lemon juice.
Apparently, I’m not a very good meal planner. I did not cook the cod with baked potatoes and broccoli on Friday. This is not an uncommon meal for me to make on Friday. This has no religious connotations, in that I don’t believe we are not allowed to eat meat on Friday, but Friday just seems to be a good day for fish.
So, when I went shopping last week (Friday, the 19th) I only bought enough cod for one week. I usually shop for two weeks and freeze everything. But, I only bought enough for one meal and I cooked it that same day.
So, rather than go back to Kroger, I decided to make sweet Italian sausage links (cut up) with skillet fried potatoes and onions, and sauteed cabbage, one of my husband’s favorites.
We’ll probably have cod next Friday.
Saturday – Grilled top sirloin steak, baked potatoes and broccoli. No recipe required, it speaks for itself…Yum!
The following summarizes this past week’s menu:
- Meal Plan for Week 8/21/11 – 8/27/11
- Sunday – New England boiled dinner with potatoes, carrots and cabbage
- Monday – Boneless pork loin chops simmered in beef gravy, with mashed potatoes, corn and biscuits
- Tuesday – Hot dogs with mac and cheese
- Wednesday – Spaghetti with meat sauce
- Thursday – Baked chicken pieces, mashed potatoes, green beans
- Friday – Sweet Italian sausage with skillet fried potatoes and onions, and sauteed cabbage
- Saturday – Grilled top sirloin steak, baked potatoes and broccoli
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