Archive for August, 2010

Menu Mondays

August 30, 2010

Saturday: On my own – hubs working with a friend on a roofing project in WV

Sunday: last minute lasagna, garlic bread,

Monday: steak, broccoli, pasta

Tuesday: creamy taco mac, salad

Wednesday: Attending a baseball game sponsored by my employer – free dinner!

Thursday: spicy honey chicken, oven fries, green beans

Friday: leftover creamy taco mac; finishing up veggies as a salad before we leave for VACATION!


Menu Mondays

August 23, 2010

We’re a bit overrun with jalapenos and tomatoes over here, so  I incorporated a few recipes this week to try to tackle some of the masses!

Saturday: pan-fried chicken, cheddar grits/polenta, green beans

Sunday: venison roast (on the grill), cheese-stuffed, bacon wrapped, grilled jalapenos (garden)

Monday: steak, broccoli, pasta

Tuesday: leftover fried chicken, stuffed tomatoes (garden)

Wednesday: lasagna for two, salad

Thursday: fish tacos with baja cream, mexican jasmine rice, black beans

Friday: cheddar brats (grill), corn (garden), oven fries

Menu Mondays

August 16, 2010

Saturday: Dinner was on my own, as DH was fishing. Also…

Sunday: spaghetti + meat sauce

Monday: steak, steamed broccoli, pasta

Tuesday: crockpot chicken marsala, mashed potatoes, green beans

Wednesday: beef stroganoff, salad, homemade bread

Thursday: leftover chicken marsala, garlic rice pilaf, steamed cauliflower

Friday: leftover stroganoff, salad, bread

Herb-Rubbed Chicken with Creamy Orzo

August 14, 2010

I wasn’t 100% sold on this dish as I was cooking it — but it was a real winner! The flavors are simple, but come together beautifully. I chopped the chicken and mixed it with the orzo, but you could plate it with a whole chicken breast to make it a little fancier 🙂

Herb-Rubbed Chicken with Creamy Orzo

(Annie’s Eats)

8 oz. orzo pasta, uncooked
2 chicken breasts, butterflied into halves (4 pieces total)
Salt and pepper
2 tsp. Herbes de Provence (I made a homemade version here)
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 shallot, finely chopped (I used onion)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juices
2 cups broccoli florets
½ cup heavy cream
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

– Bring a saucepan of salted water to boil.  Add the orzo and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, about 10 minutes.  Drain the pasta, reserving ½ cup of the pasta water.

– Season both sides of the chicken breast halves with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle evenly with the Herbes de Provence.

– Heat the olive oil in a 12- or 14-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the chicken breast halves to the pan and cook about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown.  Reduce the heat to medium, add the shallot to the pan and sauté 2-3 minutes.

– Add the garlic and sauté an additional minute, until fragrant.  Add the diced tomatoes with juices and the broccoli florets to the pan, scraping the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits.  Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to simmer over medium-low.  Cover and let cook until the broccoli florets are crisp-tender, about 10 minutes.

– Stir in the cooked orzo, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese.  Mix until well blended and the cheese has melted.

– If necessary, add some of the reserved pasta water to smooth out the sauce.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

– Serve immediately.

Baked Crab and Cheese Wontons

August 14, 2010

These were delicious! I have a bit of an addiction to the crab rangoons served at Chinese restaurants, so I made these to go with my homemade chicken fried rice.…they were a perfect pairing!

These don’t taste exactly like my rangoons, but they’re just as addicting!

Baked Crab and Cheese Wontons

(Health for the Whole Self)

Makes about 20 wontons

Wonton wrappers (about 4×4” in size)
4 tbsp cream cheese, softened
6 oz. can of crab meat (4 oz. drained)
freshly ground pepper (to taste)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup fresh chives, finely chopped


– In a small bowl, mix together the crab, cream cheese, pepper, garlic powder, and chives.

– Dollop a heaping teaspoonful onto the center of each wonton wrapper, then wet the edges and fold into a “hat” shape (per the directions on the wonton wrapper package).

– Place the wontons on a baking sheet lined with foil or sprayed with nonstick spray. Spray the wontons liberally with more spray (I used Olive Oil spray).

– Bake at 400º for about 7 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Menu Mondays

August 9, 2010

Saturday: grilled venison, corn on the cob, tomato/cucumber salad (from the garden) and baked potatoes


  • Made rice for fried rice tomorrow

Sunday: chicken fried rice, crab and cheese wontons…also making these wontons for DH to take to work Monday


  • Cooked chicken for fried rice ahead of time
  • Cooked bacon and froze it for later this week
  • Mixed up the spice rub for pulled pork
  • Thawed steak for tomorrow

Monday: steak, cauliflower, pasta

Tuesday: leftover fried rice and crab and cheese wontons

Wednesday: pulled pork sandwiches, coleslaw

Thursday: BLT’s (with homemade bread and garden tomatoes!), macaroni and cheese

Friday: leftover pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans (which had been frozen from my last batch)

Herbs de Provence

August 7, 2010

Don’t get me wrong — real herbs de provence is delicious and amazing.

But when you live in a small town, it isn’t exactly a common spice to find in-store.

So, since I needed it for a recipe this week, I made my own:

Herbs de Provence

(Food Network)

Makes 1 cup

2 tablespoons dried savory

2 tablespoons dried rosemary

2 tablespoons dried thyme

2 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons dried basil

2 tablespoons dried marjoram

2 tablespoons dried fennel seed

In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container.

Menu Mondays

August 2, 2010

Look! I downloaded a new logo from orgjunkie 🙂

Saturday: spaghetti with meat sauce, salad

Sunday: cheddar brauts on the grill, sides to be determined by what’s in my fridge that needs eaten up

Monday: steak, steamed cauliflower, pasta

Tuesday: turkey burgers, oven fries, cucumber salad (my garden is still producing cucumbers at an alarming rate. LOL)

Wednesday: herb rubbed chicken with creamy orzo

Thursday: leftover turkey burgers, garlic sauteed green beans (from my garden!)

Friday: leftover herb rubbed chicken with creamy orzo