Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes (Dinner for Two Week 24)

Breakfast: Vegan No-Sugar Oat Drops

Lunch: Cheesy Crab Burritos + grapefruit, pomegranate

Dinner: BBQ Steak Flatbread, Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes, Broiled Orange Roughy, rice, yellow beets, yellow bell peppers, lettuce

Dessert: Crepes with peaches, raspberries, and icing sugar

Broiled Orange Roughy (or Red Snapper or Haddock)

If frozen, thaw  1 1/2 lbs of orange roughy, red snapper, or haddock fillets. Place fillets in a shallow dish. Sprinkle with 1 tsp of garlic powder. Combine 1/4 cup of melted butter, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of soy sauce. Pour over fish and turn. Marinate for 10 minutes.

Drain and discard marinade. Place fillets on a broiler pan. Broil* 3-4 inches from the heat for 10 minutes, turning once. Sprinkle with paprika.

*Can also be cooked on an outdoor grill for easy kitchen clean up

Cheesy Crab Burritos

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine a package of softened cream cheese and 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese in a mixing bowl. Stir in a flaked package of imitation crabmeat. Spoon down the centre of 8 flour tortillas. Roll up tightly and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Serve with salsa.

Serve with a green lettuce (I recommend lettuce, yellow bell peppers, and yellow beets), rice, and beans.

Crepes

I featured the recipe I use for crepes last week. I made them again this week, but with raspberries, peaches, and icing sugar instead of sliced strawberries.

https://theshortchef.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/pizza-burger-and-fries-dinner-for-two-week-23/

No-Sugar Vegan Oat Drops

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups of regular rolled oats (or whatever type of oats you have on hand), 1/4 cup of almond meal (or another nutmeal of your choice), 1/2 cup of finely chopped mixed nuts and 1 cup of coconut flakes. Stir in 1/2 tsp of allspice and 1 tsp of cinnamon. Add 1 cup of dried fruit/chocolate chips/berries (I usually do 1/3 cup of each but if you truly want no-sugar, skip the chocolate chips). Stir. Make sure the dried fruit do not stick together in big batches.
In another bowl, combine 1/4 cup of canola oil (or oil of your choice), 3 mashed banana and 1 tsp of vanilla extract. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir until well combined. 

Take a large cookie cutter and press spoonfuls of the batter into it. Remove cookie cutter.  Or simply form balls with your hands and flatten slightly. Bake for about 20 minutes.

***Applesauce or 2 eggs could be subbed for mashed bananas, if you prefer***

Pasta with Sausage and Tomatoes

Cook and drain a package of your favorite pasta according to box directions. Cook 1 lb of bulk Italian sausage in a skillet over medium heat. Drain. Add 2 cans of diced tomatoes (don’t drain them) and 1 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh basil or 1/2 tsp of dried basil. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Serve immediately over pasta.

BBQ Steak Flatbread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grill and cube a small round steak. Place a prebaked Italian flatbread on a pizza pan. Spread with 2/3 cup of honey garlic BBQ sauce. Sprinkle with a chopped red onion, cubed steak, and 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese. Bake for 10 minutes.

SHOPPING LIST:

Cream cheese (8 oz)

Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Mozzarella cheese (8 oz)

Soy milk

Non dairy butter alternative

Eggs

 Prebaked Italian flatbread (14 oz)

8 10″ flour tortillas

3-6 grapefruits

3-6 pomegranates

Raspberries

One other kind of berry

Lemon

2 peaches

Bananas

Red onion

6 yellow beets

3 yellow bell peppers

Lettuce

Fresh or dried basil

Paprika

Round steak (small)

1 lb Italian bulk sausage

Pkg of imitation crabmeat (8 oz)

1 1/2 lb fresh/frozen orange roughy, red snapper, or haddock

2 cans of diced tomatoes (16 oz ea)

Can of your favorite beans

Salsa

Pkg of your favorite pasta (12 oz)

Rice

[Also needed: honey garlic BBQ sauce, rolled oats, coconut flakes, cinnamon, allspice, salt, almond meal, mixed nuts, dried fruit, chocolate chips, vanilla, cornstarch, sugar, poppy seeds, icing sugar, garlic powder, butter, lemon juice, canola oil]

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No-Fuss Crust Pizza (Dinner for Two Week 10)

Breakfast: Mocha, Doughnut and Raspberries

Lunch: Chicken salad or sandwich or croissant, Pomegranate, Apple snack

Dinner: Pizza, Avocado or Broccoflower, Pineapple cooler

Dessert: Cake

Apple Snack                               Low Cal!

Peel, core, and slice 4 Golden Delicious apples into rounds. Arrange apples in two rows in an ungreased glass baking dish. Pour 1/2 cup of apple juice over apples. Sprinkle with 1/4 tsp of cinnamon and 1 Tbsp of grated lemon peel. Cover and microwave for 7 minutes, turning after 3 1/2 minutes.

Garbanzo Bean Chocolate Cake                                Gluten-Free!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans (19 oz)
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp of confectioners sugar for dusting

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan.
  2. Place the chocolate chips in a glass bowl. Cook in the microwave for about 2 minutes, stirring every 20 seconds after the first minute.
  3. Drain the can of garbanzo beans. Combine beans and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Add the sugar and the baking powder, and pulse to blend. Pour in the melted chocolate and blend until smooth, scraping down the corner to make sure chocolate is completely mixed. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10-15 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.

 

Apple Cider Doughnuts                              Vegan variation in brackets

INGREDIENTS
  • butter, oil, or non-stick spray
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour (spelt flour works too)
  • ¼ cup and 2 Tbsp sugar (raw sugar works great too)
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup apple cider
  • 1 egg (flaxseed egg can be substituted for vegans)
  • 2 Tbsp milk (or sub vegan milk substitute)
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp white vinegar (can be omitted for a denser, more cake-like doughnut. I prefer the fluffier version though)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Rub a doughnut pan with butter (or brush with oil or use non-stick spray).
  2. Add flour, ¼ cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. Whisk together apple cider and egg in another bowl. Add milk, canola oil, vanilla extract, and white vinegar and whisk to combine.
  4. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and gently mix until just combined (don’t overmix!).
  5. Evenly distribute in doughnut pan. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Whisk together 2 tablespoons sugar and ½ teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. When doughnuts are safe to touch, but while they’re still warm, dip each side into the cinnamon-sugar mixture, pressing and twisting to get good coverage. Serve and enjoy!

 

Chicken Salad                               Two variations in one recipe

Cook and shred 8 chicken breasts. Hard boil 2 eggs. Peel and mash the eggs with a fork in a bowl. Add the shredded chicken, 1 1/2 cups of mayonnaise, and 2 Tbsp of sweet pickle relish.  Salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Salad: Place 1 cup of chicken salad on top of a bed of lettuce. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of chopped pecans.

Sandwich: Place 1 cup of chicken salad on a slice of bread and top with another slice. Salt and pepper. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of chopped pecans.

Croissants: Spice things up by making a sandwich out of a croissant and 1 cup of chicken salad.

No-Fuss Crust Pizza                            

Recipe yields one pizza, but shopping list included enough ingredients for two. Feel free to experiment with toppings!

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook 1 lb of ground beef over medium heat in a skillet. Drain. Stir in 1 can of pizza sauce. Dismantle 2 tubes of buttermilk biscuits. Quarter the biscuits. Place in a greased baking dish.

Bake, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. Chop and diced a tomato and a green pepper, slice 3 mushrooms, and drain a can of black olives. Sprinkle vegetables on top of pan along with 1 1/2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 cup of cheddar cheese. Bake 5-10 minutes longer. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Pineapple Cooler

Combine 1 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice, 2 Tbsp of lemon juice, and 1 can of lemon-lime soda in a pitcher. Stir well. Serve over ice.

Morning Mocha

Brew 1 cup of coffee. Combine the coffee, 2 Tbsp of half-and-half cream, 1 Tbsp of chocolate syrup, and 1 tsp of sugar in a pot. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture is heated through. Ladle into a large mug. Stir with a cinnamon stick. Give it a quick taste and add 1/8 – 1/4 tsp more sugar if you like it sweeter. Top with whipped cream.

SHOPPING LIST:

Mozzarella cheese (12 oz)

Cheddar cheese (8 oz)

Whipped cream in a can

Eggs

4 tubes of refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (12 oz each)

Bread

Croissants

Lettuce or mixed greens

Green pepper

3 mushrooms

Tomato

3 avocados

Broccoflower

14 pomegranates

4 Golden Delicious apples

Raspberries

Lemon

3 lbs ground beef

12 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Pineapple juice

2 cans of pizza sauce (15 oz each)

Can of black olives

Can of garbanzo beans (19 oz)

Cinnamon sticks

Chocolate syrup

12 oz can of lemon-lime soda (Sprite or 7Up)

Apple cider

Apple juice

Lemon juice

Icing sugar

[Also needed: sugar, coffee, half-and-half cream, mayonnaise, sweet pickle relish, pecans, baking powder, cinnamon]

Fruit Galore! (Dinner for 2 Week 6)

Lunch: Sunshine Salad or Fruit Salad with Maple Cream Fruit Topping; Pear or Date; Roasted Mixed Nuts

Dinner: Turkey Broccoli Hollandaise or Fisherman’s Specialty; Black Salsify or Eggplant; Mock Champagne Punch

Maple Cream Fruit Topping

Combine 1 Tbsp of all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup of maple syrup, and 1 egg in a pot until smooth. Ad 1 Tbsp of butter. Bring to a boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes. Cover and refrigerate until completely cooled. Whip 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Fold whipped cream into flour-maple syrup-egg-butter mixture.

Spoon on top of fruit salad or sliced melons.

Fruit Salad Suggestion: Sliced strawberries, bananas, kiwis, cubed honeydew melon, and squeeze a lime on top of everything to keep fruit tasting fresh and to prevent browning in the fridge.

Sunshine Salad

Drain a can of pineapple tidbits and a can of mandarin oranges, but reserve the liquid. Combine a package of instant lemon pudding with reserved fruit juices in a large bowl. Fold in pineapple, oranges, and 1 cup of quartered strawberries. Chill for at least 2 hours. Add a few slices of banana to each serving just before eating.

Turkey Broccoli Hollandaise

Cook and cube two turkey or chicken breasts or use leftover cooked chicken or turkey from a previous dinner. You will need approximately two cups worth.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place 1 inch of water and 1 cup of fresh broccoli florets in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a package of stuffing mix and an envelope of hollandaise sauce mix according to package directions.

Spoon stuffing into a greased baking dish. Top with 2 cups of cooked chicken or turkey. Drain broccoli. Arrange over turkey/chicken. Spoon sauce over the top. Sprinkle with a can of french-fried onions. Bake, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes.

Fisherman’s Specialty

Crush 30 crackers into a pie dish or shallow bowl. Beat 2 eggs and a tsp of lemon-pepper seasoning in another shallow bowl. Dip 6 bluegill, crappie, or perch fillets in egg mixture, then coat with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle with another tsp of lemon-pepper seasoning.

Heat 1/4 inch of vegetable oil in a skillet. Fry fillets for 3-4 minutes on each side.

Roasted Mixed Nuts

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine 1 lb of mixed nuts 1/4 cup of maple syrup in a bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle with 2 Tbsp of brown sugar and an envelope of ranch salad dressing mix. Stir gently to coat.

Spread in a greased baking pan. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

Mock Champagne Punch

Combine equal parts of white grape juice and ginger ale in a punch bowl or individual glasses. Garnish with strawberries and raspberries.

SHOPPING LIST:

Heavy whipping cream

Eggs

Broccoli florets

6 black salsify roots

Eggplant

2 bunches of bananas

2-3 flats of strawberries

2 flats of raspberries

Honeydew melon

Lime

3 kiwis

6 pears

6 dates (If you don’t like to eat them on their own, chop them up and add to green salads)

6 bluegill, perch, or crappie fillets (2-3 oz each)

Chicken or turkey (use leftovers, breasts, deli, whatever works, but you will need roughly 2 cups worth)

1 lb mixed nuts

Saltine crackers

Can of french-fried onions

Can of pineapple tidbits (20 oz)

Can of mandarin oranges (11 oz)

Package of instant lemon pudding

Package of stuffing mix (6 oz)

Hollandaise sauce mix

Ranch salad dressing mix

Lemon-pepper seasoning

Ground cloves

White grape juice

Ginger ale

Maple syrup

All-purpose flour

[Also needed: brown sugar, vegetable oil, butter]

Tangy Pork Tenderloin (Dinner for Two Week 2)

Breakfast: Smoothie and/or Omelette

Lunch: Burrito, Reuben spread and cocktail rye bread and a Plum or Pommegranate

Dinner: Pork Tenderloin and Potatoes or Tuna Casserole and Beets

Two Meals One Pot [Take Two]

Combine 2 cans of chili with beans, 2 cans of drained mixed vegetables, 2 drained cans of whole kernel corn, 2 cans of diced tomatoes, 2 cans of green chilies in a pot, and 2 dashes of chili powder. Heat through.

a) Zap a tortilla in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Scoop chili mixture onto tortillas and wrap up burrito-style! Add any leftover vegetables, beans, cheese, or toppings you have lying around, if you want to. It’s good with just the chili mixture too though!

b) Beat 2 eggs with a splash of milk. Spoon a couple scoops of chili mixture into a coated pan or a non-stick egg pan. After 30 seconds, pour the egg mixture on top. Do not touch it for one minute. Flip it over. If you have any leftover cheese, add it at this stage. Let cook for another mixture. Use your flipper to fold it in half and slide onto the plate.

Swiss Tuna Bake

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine 4 cups of cooked egg noodles, 1 1/2 cups of shredded Swiss cheese, 1 cup of mayonnaise, and a can of drained and flaked tuna in a large bowl. Spread 1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs into a greased baking dish. Spread noodle mixture over crumbs. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup more of seasoned bread crumbs. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Tangy Pork Tenderloin

  1. Place 2 1lb pork tenderloins in a large Ziplock bag or shallow glass container. Combine 2/3 cup of honey, 1/2 cup of Dijon mustard, 1/2 tsp of chili powder, and 1/4 tsp of salt in a bowl. Set aside 2/3 cup. Pour remaining marinade over pork. Turn to coat. Seal or cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, turning occasionally.
  2. Drain and discard marinade. Grill pork, covered, over indirect medium heat for 8-9 minutes on each side. Warm the reserved sauce in a pot and serve with pork.

Reuben Spread

  1. Chop 1 lb fully cooked ham. Shred 4 cups of Swiss cheese. Drain an 8 oz can of sauerkraut. Combine ham, cheese, sauerkraut, and 1/2 cup of Thousand Island salad dressing in a glass bowl. Cover and microwave for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes, stirring once. Serve on cocktail rye bread.

Cherry Berry Smoothies

  1. Combine 1/3 cup of cherry juice, 2.5 oz of vanilla yogurt, 1/3 cup of frozen unsweetened raspberries, 6 seedless red grapes, and 1 tsp of sugar in a blender. Cover and process until well blended. Pour into a glass. Drink immediately.

SHOPPING LIST:

Vanilla yogurt

1.5 lb Swiss cheese

Eggs

Cherry juice

Cocktail rye bread

Seasoned bread crumbs

Tortillas

Seedless red grapes

6 plums

4 pommegranates

6 potatoes

6 beets

2 1lb pork tenderloins

1 lb deli ham

Frozen unsweetened raspberries

8 oz can of sauerkraut

2 cans of chili with beans

2 cans of mixed vegetables

2 cans of whole kernel corn

2 cans of diced tomatoes

2 cans of green chilies

6 oz can of tuna

Egg noodles

Vanilla whey protein powder

Oats

Chili powder

Thousand Island dressing

Dijon mustard

Mayonnaise

Baking powder

[Also needed: honey, salt, sugar]

Week 32

Shopping List:

2 cans of frozen lemonade concentrate

2 10 oz pkgs of frozen sweetened raspberries (I can never find sweetened ones though. Unsweetened will work and you can add more sugar to the recipe if you need to)

2L club soda

Italian salad dressing (You may have some mix leftover from Week 11. Make your own if that is the case!)

6 bone-in chicken breast halves (NOT skinless)

Onion salt

Garlic salt

Kale

Spiced apple rings (I had found these during a peruse through the local farmers market for $3. Keep an eye out for them. You can make your own but it does take a couple of weeks. I just ate them as-is so it’s not a must-have for the recipes this week)

Pkg of frozen chopped spinach

8 oz of mozzarella cheese

Onion

Tube of refrigerated pizza crust

Garlic

5 kiwis

[Also needed: sugar, soy sauce]

 

Lunch: Spinach cheese swirls, a kiwi, and a glass of raspberry lemonade

Dinner: Chicken, rice, kale, and apple rings

 

Spinach Cheese Swirls

Thaw a 10 oz package of frozen chopped spinach and drain. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine spinach, 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese, 1 cup of finealy chopped onion, and a minced garlic clove into a bowl and mix well. Roll a 10 oz tube of refrigerated pizza dough into a rectangle on a greased baking sheet. Seal any holes. Spoon filling over crust to within 1 inch of the edge.

Roll-up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Seal the ends and place seam side down. Bake for 25-27 minutes. Cut into slices.

 

Raspberry Lemonade

Thaw 2 12 oz cans of lemonade concentrate and partially thaw 2 10 oz packages of sweetened raspberries. Combine lemonade, raspberries, and 2-4 Tbsp of sugar in a blender. Cover and process. Strain to remove seeds (I actually didn’t do this because I didn’t have a proper strainer and it was fine – no one had a problem with seeds in their drink). Put in a container. When ready for a glass, pour 1 part raspberry mixtures for every 2 parts club soda and top with ice. (Example: 1/3 cup of raspberry, 2/3 cup of club soda) Mix it well.

 

Marinated Baked Chicken

Combine 1/2 cup of Italian salad dressing with 1/2 cup of soy sauce in a measuring cup. Pour 3/4 cup into a large Ziplock. Add 6 bone-in chicken breast halves. Seal the bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 4-8 hours, turning several times. Refrigerate remaining marinade for basting.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Drain chicken. Discard marinade. Place chicken, skin side up, on a rack in a roasting pan. Sprinkle with 1/8 tsp of onion salt and 1/8 tsp of garlic salt. Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes – 1 hour, brushing occasionally with reserved marinade. Eat with kale and spiced apple rings.