Monday, March 9, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Another week. . .I'm starting out feeling a little under the weather, so hopefully things will improve! But here is my plan for the week!

Monday- Soup (Beef and Vegetable Barley for the Crock Pot), buns
did you see the snow outside??? definitely a soup day!

Tuesday- Ham Steaks, baked potatoes, peas & carrots

Wednesday- Tuna Alfredo (I add red peppers, garlic and grated cheese to this one. you can add broccoli, corn, carrots, etc to make it more of a primevera)Garlic bread, salad

Thursday (Crock-Pot Day)- Tuscan Chicken Sandwiches

Friday-Easy Quiche (Bierlink Family Cookbook, p. 43)

Snack for Saturday- Baked Pizza Dip (variation #2)
Bonus recipe--The BABE Bars

Sunday- Breakfast for Supper day (pancakes (with fruit)and bacon)

Note #1: Monday's used to have a link to (i believe). No longer letting us follow it, so here is my "modified" recipe from them.
Beef and Vegetable Barley Soup
1-1/2 lb. lean ground been (i made mine into meatballs)
1/2 c. onion
1 cl. garlic
2/3 c. pearl barley
3-4 medium carrots, diced
3 ribs celery (i omit this and put some celery seed in instead)
1 (28 g. can tomatoes
3-1/2 to 4 c. beef broth
2c (or more!) water
1 (10-1/2 oz.) can tomato soup
1 bay leaf
1/4 c. minced parsley
salt and pepper
Optional add-ins: zucchini, hot sauce, potato, peppers (green and red)

Brown the meat. then put everything in the crock pot. Cook on low for 7 hours (I stirred it up a few times--maybe that changes the amount of time). Take bay leaf out before serving. Serve with sour cream and/or buns.

Note #2: I had to try another Pizza dip this week! (I had people over a few times, so. . .a variation well worth it! I've served this before baked in a bread bowl. Put all ingredients in a bread bowl, wrap in tin foil. Bake the same as recipe says. Still yum!

Note #3: I figured since the Pizza dip was a variation of last week, you deserve another recipe. Here are easy bars that bring me back to my college days, when the name "The BABE" had significance. :) Sorry . . .not sure where the recipe came from. It was a few years ago.
The BABE Bars
1 c. sugar
1 c. light corn syrup
1-1/2 c. creamy peanut butter
6 c. Rice Crispy or Special K cereal
1 c. butterscotch chips
1 c. chocolate chips

Combine sugar & corn syrup in 2 qt. microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 3-4 minutes on High until boiling. Stir in peanut butter until well blended. Stir in cereal. Press into a 9x13" buttered pan. Set aside. Microwave chips in 2 qt. bowl for 3- 3-1/2 minutes at Medium until they look soft and shiny. Stir until smooth. Spread over bars, cool, cut into squares. Yum-yum!

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