Sunday, January 13, 2008

Menu-plan Monday

Here's my plan for the week. Since I've never posted a recipe before, I thought I'd post one of our family's favorites. Hope you enjoy as well!

Monday -- Turkey w/gravy over rice, Kale (our favorite!), Squash, Salad

Tuesday -- Beans & Rice, Swiss Chard, Cornbread, Salad

-- One-pot Spaghetti (see recipe below), Broccoli & Cauliflower, Homemade herbed garlic bread (yummy!), Salad

Thursday -- Lentil curry over rice (thanks, Catherine, this is our first time trying it!), Broccoli & Cauliflower, Salad

Friday -- Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potatoes, Frozen Veggie, Salad

Saturday -- Spaghetti Squash w/Meat Sauce (sounds weird, but it's great! Thanks to my mother-in-law!), Frozen Veggie, Salad

Sunday -- Roast, Potatoes, Carrots, Frozen Green Veggie, Salad

One-pot Spaghetti

8 oz. ground beef or bulk pork sausage
1 c. sliced fresh mushrooms or one 6-oz. jar sliced mushrooms, drained
1/2 c. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced, or 1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1 14.5-oz. can chicken broth or beef broth
1 3/4 c. water
1 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 ts. dried oregano, crushed
1/2 tsp. dried basil or marjoram, crushed
1/4 tsp. pepper
6 oz. dried spaghetti, broken
1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

1. In a large saucepan cook the ground beef or pork sausage, fresh mushrooms (if using), onion, and garlic till meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat.

2. Stir in the canned mushrooms (if using), chicken or beef broth, water, tomato paste, oregano, basil or marjoram, and pepper. Bring to boiling. Add the broken spaghetti, a little at a time, stirring constantly. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 17 to 20 minutes or till spaghetti is tender and sauce is of the desired consistency, stirring frequently. Serve with Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 main-dish servings.

I almost always double the recipe as leftovers are always welcome at our house! I use ground beef (not pork), leave out the mushrooms (I don't like them), and use homemade chicken or beef broth. Either works just fine. I also add about 1/4-1/2 tsp. salt.

I've always disliked spaghetti, but my husband and oldest son love it. I hated to go through all the trouble for something that I didn't like, so I found this. My husband says it's even better than regular spaghetti! Hope you all enjoy!

1 comment:

annie said...

Happy Monday, great menu!
Be blessed!
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