05 January 2015

Menu Plan Monday


For the first week of the year, one would think that I would be leaning towards nothing but leaves, but nope. The highs will only be in the 30's and 40's with lows in the 20's and teens (for 1 night). So, I'm leaning towards warm, yet healthy, foods. Leaves will be on the plan, but they don't warm one up. Soups are healthy unless made with cream and warm so this will be featured twice this week. I want to set up more of a plan on the days of the week such as Meatless Monday, Taco (or Mexican of some sort) Tuesday, Crockpot Wednesday, Fish Friday, Turkey (poultry) Thursday, Sippin' Saturday, Salad Sunday. This is just an idea that I'm fooling around with. Do any of y'all do something like this?

Sunday- chicken wings and salad

Monday- black bean soup and cornbread

Tuesday- taco casserole*

Wednesday- crockpot meatballs, brown rice, broccoli

Thursday- pesto chicken, salad, gluten freen rolls

Friday- roasted salmon and asparagus (leftovers or salad for me).

Saturday- pumpkin soup and sausage cheddar muffins

* Taco Casserole

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

1 medium yellow onion
1 pound ground beef

Saute until onion soft and beef no longer pink, drain.

While the meat is cooking combine in a little bowl or ramekin:

1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1.5 tsp. ground cumin
.5 tsp. paprika
.25 tsp. dried oregano
.25 red pepper flakes
.25 onion flakes or powder
.25 garlic powder

After draining the meat, put the meat back in the pan then add the spices and combine. Immediately add 2/3 cup of water. Cook down until the water has evaporated, stir here and there.

While that is cooking, butter (or Pam) a 13x9 dish. Place a layer of tortilla chips on the bottom of the dish then top with a can of refried black beans (I get mine at Trader Joe's and they have jalapenos in it). Add the meat and top with about a cup of shredded cheese. You can add a drained can of roasted tomatoes and corn if you like. I prefer to use salsa so I usually leave these off, but it's a thought. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. 

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