Sunday, August 31, 2008

Menu Plan (August 31 – September 6)

Last week I made the Cinnamon-Beef Noodles. Oh gosh! Seriously, try this dish. Even Emi ate the meat, and Emi doesn't really eat meat all that much. Make sure you let it simmer until it's nice and tender, that is definitely the secret. For those that cannot imagine cinnamon with a beef (or meat dish) you really cannot taste the cinnamon. I was concerned about it, but decided to give it a try. There is a hint of something, but I couldn't tell it was the cinnamon. It really is an amazing (and easy) dish to make. And, it must be fool-proof. I didn't read the ingredient list as closely as I should have. It calls for rice wine or sake, NOT rice wine vinegar (big difference). I looked on-line and there really isn't a sub, but 'the powers that be' think that possibly a sweet white wine could be used in a pinch. None of that in the house either, but I did have some Merlot. Not sweet, not white but ... wine! It seemed to work just fine, but I do have rice wine/sake on my grocery list. Seems I am going to need it in my pantry as this recipe is a serious keeper! Thanks Gina, keep those yummy recipe ideas coming!

Emi is finally down for the night, so I am going to cut this short and steal a couple of hours for ME! I have finally picked up my stitching again and it's calling my name. Have a wonderful, and safe, holiday weekend.

Don't forget to stop by Laura's at I'm an Organizing Junkie for more Menu Plan Monday.

  • Sunday: *What I Didn’t Get to Last Week
    • No matter how much I plan or promise myself I won’t laze out and just say, “scrounge night”, it happens. At least once a week. So, I end up with a menu and (usually) ingredients for one meal (sadly, sometimes more than one). So here is my plan to not waste anything and to use up that meal. If, on the other hand I am fabulously organized and manage to make all planned meals … I hereby declare Sunday nights PIZZA night. Order in, Kiy does nothing, Pizza night!
    • This week it was the Fresh Salmon and Tuna Steaks from our newly found fish monger (using the Asian-Style Grilled Tilapia recipe), lo mein style noodles, sautéed zucchini from the farmer’s market. However, we didn’t have that tonight as our fish monger closed on Sunday’s. We will have it later in the week, on a day that is convenient for Jeff to stop on his way home (last week, there wasn’t a day that was for him).
    • Instead, we had CORN (haha!). I finally got to use this, thanks to many who told me about it, especially Tamy at 3 sides of crazy. We ate up ALL the leftovers, made Emi a cheese omelete, and made me happy to have a mostly empty fridge. Off to the grocery store tomorrow, yes on Labor Day!

  • Wednesday: Salmon and Tuna steaks night, I hope!
  • Thursday: Leftover Buffet

  • Friday: Hamburgs on the grill (beef farmer bugers), homemade sweet potato fries, peas and/or carrots

  • Saturday: Free Nite
    • We tend to need a night of not making dinner for various reasons. I am factoring this in my menu plan each week, but it won’t necessarily always (or often) be on a Saturday.


ahorne said...

Looks delicious, and practical! I love leftover buffet :).... I hate to throw away food, and this is an easy way for everybody to take a night and eat what they like!! Have a delightful week.

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Thai Cowboy - what an oximoron, but it sounds scrumptious. Have a great week.

Barbara said...

sounds delicious! the zesty ravioli is right up my alley!

Gina (Caleeo) said...

Yea!!!! So glad you loved the CB Noodles as much as I do!

Good menu for the week - sometime let me know how you do your sweet potato fries, please. I love them but have not mastered preparing them yet. Need some pointers for sure.