Menu Plan Monday (Tuesday!)

My goal for the month is to make some different main dishes or side dishes that I wouldn’t normally make.  Like yesterday, we went to the Farmer’s Market and picked up some Chollad Greens.  I have never eaten nor made them before but after hearing my brother tell us that they had taken a cooking class and prepared them, I was intrigued.  I searched on the internet and found a few different recipes but I wound up improvising with ingredients I had and it was delicious.  I’ll be having it again this week, when I head back out to the market and I’ll post the recipe with pictures then.

Here is what we are planing for the week:

  • Mozzarella Chicken, Rice, Broccoli
  • Turkey Chili with Cheese
  • Burgers, Chollard Greens, Foil packet Red Potatoes on the grill
  • Homemade pizza
  • Eat out
  • Grandma Anna’s 95th Birthday Dinner!!

What are you cooking this week? Any great recipes to share?

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  • Dee2

    I LOVE greens of any kind – kale, collard, beet greens. I cook them with a little sausage, onions, garlic, just a few hot pepper flakes and good homemade chicken stock. Cover until the greens get tender in the chicken stock. Then uncover to let the stock cook off. Yum! At the end, I toss in some cannellini beans and grated parmesan cheese. Toasted, olive-oiled bread crumbs don’t hurt either. I made kale last night, sans the bread crumbs. I AM trying to reduce calories. 😉
    Note: Beets are the vege that gives twice. Cook the greens and the roots – separately of course. I prefer golden beets to red – much more mild. I just roasted a couple bunches of golden beets to have along side the grass-fed filet mignon ShopRite had for $3.99/lb. (I cut up a $14 tenderloin into packages for 7 meals for 2.)

    Tonight, I’m making veal cutlets (from the farmer’s market) in wine, lemon, caper sauce. Quinoa pilaf and broccoli on the side.
    Tomorrow, I’ll get fish from the farmer’s market. Whatever looks good. Scallops, Clams, Flounder and Haddock are local. Or lobsters from Shoprite because they are $4.99/lb. Cheap lobster season is almost over. 🙁 I have eggplant from my garden that I’ll grill, along with yellow squash from the farmer’s market and toss that with some penne, garlic and olive oil, topped with a shave of parmesan.
    Thursday… roast chicken (again from the farmer’s market) over carrots from my garden w/ fingerling and sweet potatoes from the farm market. I use Thomas Keller’s recipe. You can use whatever root veges you can get your hands on or that you like. I’ve made this lots of times and it is a fave in our house. I really do leave the chicken in the frig for a day to dry age.
    http://www.amateurgourmet.com/2010/01/thomas_kellers.html
    I wish rutabagas were in season to go with the other root veges. I haven’t seen them yet at the farmer’s markets.
    Friday we eat out.
    Saturday – White bean chicken chili from Thursday’s leftover chicken
    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/White-Bean-Chicken-Chili/Detail.aspx
    I don’t make it nearly as hot as the recipe calls for.
    Sunday – I’m thinking meatloaf. I got 4 lbs of the $3.99 grass-fed beef from Whole Foods last week and packaged it into 1 lb logs in the freezer. Corn from the farmer’s market. Tomato & Cucumber salad from my garden.

    • Cindy

      Wow, can you come cook for me 🙂

      • Dee2

        Glad to. Or have you come over for dinner!

  • Ditto, wowee!!! I don’t have that energy to cook!! Tonight I’m letting my son make his own wheat pizza, in whatever shape he wants, however he wants. He just has to promise to eat some broccoli on the side, he he…I’ll find something healthy to eat in the fridge :).

    • Dee2

      My kids are all grown up. I didn’t have this much culinary energy when they were little either. Thankfully, hubby is a grateful consumer of my passion for food.

  • Lori G

    Happy 95th Birthday to Grandma Anna!

    • Cindy

      Thanks Lori! I know what she is going to say on Sunday…I can’t believe I made it this far. 🙂

      • Dee2

        Is she still active? My mother is 91. She still lives alone and drives.
        One of the things my 5 sibs and I did last year for her 90th is a viral campaign to have everyone we and she knows send her a card. We were shooting for 90 cards. She got about 400. It took her a couple of weeks to open them all.

        Happy Birthday to your Grandma!

        • Cindy

          Yes she is still active. She reads, plays bingo, runs the church service in her building. She lives alone but no longer drives.

          That is an awesome idea with the cards. Wow, 400. How fun!