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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Preparing for the week


Yes, you have heard this before and I intend to tell you again. Most folks cook on a daily basic and then wonder why they have no time. The precooking I did today took me 2 hours including time to do the dishes. The key is doing a couple things at once. If you are browning meat you can chop up things or, for me, make the Caesar Salad Dressing or make the Salmon Patty mix. Also remember to fill up your sink with soapy water and wash as you cook. Since I have no dishwasher this really helps.

This Weeks Menu

2 nights of Broccoli Beef Stir Fry over rice: Chopped and precooked beef until tender.

Beef Taco's and Black Beans (lunch one day and a couple breakfast burritos for hubby) Cooked burger with Taco seasonings in same pan for beef.(less washing) Black Bean recipe below

{Roasted pablano, jalapeno, tomatoes, and onions for salsa added cilantro, cumin seeds, salt, and a bit of sugar and put in processor. 
Grilled corn tortillas on my "George Foreman Grill" for chips. (any processed corn chips upset my tummy)}

Salmon Patties, brussel sprouts, yams: Made salmon patty mix and put in frig. Recipe below

Salmon Caesar Salad (made spicy garlic Caesar salad dressing, toasted my GF bread and rubbed with garlic, toasted wheat toast for hubby). See dressing below.

Microwaved thick sliced uncured bacon for breakfast and BLT's on Friday. 

Precooked Italian Sausage for middle of week skettie lunch. We put cooked products in our thermos when there is a cold we can warm up at lunch. (note: we take our lunch to work, but do not eat at work. We eat in our car at the park or just the parking lot. You would have to know where we work to understand.)

 Black Beans

1 can of black beans rinsed, 1/4 c red wine or water
2 TB brown sugar
1/4 chopped onion
Cook on medium heat until most of the liquid is gone.
Top with a dollop of sour cream.

 Salmon Patties

Combine: 2 cans of salmon drained, 4 green onions chopped, 1 stalk of celery sliced up (cut celery length wise a couple times so the pieces are smaller), 2 eggs, 1 teaspoon grill seasonings, 1 tablespoon Habeno Sauce, and about 1/2 C bread crumbs (I use left over corn muffins I crumbled freezer).

My Caesar Salad Dressing

1 can of anchovies and the oil. (I didn't say this was a diet-type recipe just fast)
3 heaping spoons of mayo (lite if you like or with olive oil if you like)
2 LARGE cloves of graded garlic (chopping leaves chunks)
squeeze of lemon juice
Milk to thin it out.
I used my immersion blender (a food processor would do also) and blend until smooth
Set aside.
I made my own croutons, but you could buy them.

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