Meal Plan

By popular demand (yep, all two of my friends) I have decided to post my recipes and crafts for the next two weeks.
Scroll down for stories about our fanciful Hummus.

Sunday, Sept 4th ~ Breakfast for dinner 
Self-explanatory; it's breakfast - but for dinner.

Monday, Sept 5th ~ Avocado and Artichoke Enchiladas
 Artichoke hearts, 1 can of black beans, 2 chopped avocados, 1 cup baby shrimp, 1/2 lime, garlic, cumin, cilantro, 2 tablespoons sour cream and 2 tablespoons cream cheese; roll into tortillas and top with enchilada sauce and cheese, then bake.

Tuesday, Sept 6th ~ Salads
 Huge dinner salads, usually completely loaded with olives, tomatoes, onions, some form of meat (usually turkey, although we love fresh crab if we have it. Last time we had crab salads, we put about half a pound of crab on each one. We felt sick afterwards but it was worth it) and dressing.

Wednesday, Sept 7th ~ Ally's Stroganoff
 Season beef as it browns with garlic, pepper, oregano, thyme, and parsley. Add 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 1 package of cream cheese; heat until melted and pour over noodles.

Thursday, Sept 8th ~ Creamy Crock Pot Chicken
 1 can of cream of chicken soup, 1/2 cup chicken broth, Italian seasoning, and garlic. Cook on high until the chicken shreds, then add a package of cream cheese and cook 30 minutes; serve over pasta.

Friday, Sept 9th ~ Halibut Chowder
Heat onion and diced potatoes in butter and garlic. Pour in 6 cups chicken stock, 1 can tomatoes, 2 shredded carrots; Boil then simmer 10 minutes. Add 1.5 cups milk and 1/2 cup of cream, then 2 lbs. halibut. Simmer until fish is thoroughly cooked.

Saturday, Sept 10th ~ Leftovers
 Probably Halibut chowder, as it is the highest-yielding recipe.

Sunday, Sept 11th ~ Lasagna
 Plain old lasagna, nothing special. Layered ricotta, homemade spaghetti sauce, and lasagna noodles.

Monday, Sept 12th ~ Nachos
 We usually have huge bags of tortilla chips on hand, and we load them up with chili, onions, olives, salsa, hot sauce, sour cream, and one ingredient I'm not so proud of. We buy the Costco nacho cheese in the big tub - it's called Que Bueno. It is by far the least nourishing substance we could ever put in our bodies, but it's just SOOOOO delicious. We eat nachos with it probably once a month.

Tuesday, Sept 13th ~ Pork Crock Pot Tacos
 1 can of tomato sauce, 8oz salsa, 1 cup brown sugar, and 1/2 cup of water poured over a pork roast and then..well.... "crock-potted." Which means just to cook it all day. Serve on tortillas with black beans and sour cream.

Wednesday, Sept 14th ~ Chili Dogs
 Hot dogs with chili on them. And honey mustard, as per my request. I don't do chili dogs without honey mustard. No how.

Thursday, Sept 15th ~ Chicken Noodle Soup
 Josh's homemade chicken noodle soup. He boils a chicken carcass all day, throws in vegetables, and then makes his own egg noodles. It is so warming and delicious.... it is seriously a PERFECT meal in the winter.

Friday, Sept 16th ~ Leftovers
 Chicken noodle soup is another high-yield recipe, so we eat it for dinner a second night and usually for several meals or snacks in between. Yes, it's that good.

Saturday, Sept 17th ~ Spaghetti
I have decided to stop buying the giant cans of spaghetti sauce, and have committed to making my own.

Simmer 2 cans stewed tomatoes, 1 can tomato paste, parsley, garlic, oregano, splash of oil, and salt and pepper. I prefer onion, mushroom, and olives in my spaghetti so that will be tossed in as well.

I also plan on trying out new recipes each weekend, and this weekend's project was Hummus.

Recipe was 1 can garbanzo beans, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup sesame tahini ( I have NO CLUE where to find this, so I googled it, and it said to use sesame oil, but LESS) but I used 1/8 cup sesame oil, 1/4 cup water, which I did not use, 1 tablespoon olive oil (which I also did not use, and I'll tell you why), 1 tablespoon garlic and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
I did not use the oil because we chose to flavor the hummus with roasted orange bell pepper (which Josh roasted by broiling until black and then setting in a plastic baggy until cool - it was awesome) and a jar of sun-dried tomatoes. I used the oil in the sun-dried tomatoes as the oil in the recipe and the tomatoes were also amaz-za-zing. You just blend it all together, and since I have a Ninja, it went pretty well. We also threw in some jalapeno because we are obsessed with jalapenos around here.
 It turned out soooooo delicious. We ate almost all of it already. I just warm up flour tortillas in the microwave and then dip them in it. I think we are going to have to make double batches because I have been shoveling it in my mouth as fast as I can.... I feel like a porker.

Crafts will be a new post tomorrow....I'm tired :(