Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Menu for March 29th - April 4th

Spring break whoo hoo! A week of sleeping in! Not having to rush to get out of the house, no homework, no pressure. A week of relaxation and enjoying your life. Funny when I was 20 it was a week about going somewhere and partying like crazy. Amazing how things change in ten years! Then at the end of your relaxing week you get to spend a day eating ham, potatoes and watching your amazing children hunt for eggs as they are completely overdressed. I love Easter! So here is a simple menu for the week. Hope yours is relaxing and completely enjoyable!

Monday- Creamy Lemon Chicken Primavera
Tuesday- Pork Chops with Orange Sauce, sticky rice, stir fried veggies
Wednesday- Spaghetti Pie
Thursday- Shephards Pie(crock pot)
Friday- pizza, green salad
Saturday- Birthday Party
Sunday- Easter

Dessert of the Week: Bunny Cupcakes

No Mayo Coleslaw

I am a big fan of cabbage in any form, and I eat normal coleslaw all the time. When I saw this recipe I thought huh I never even considered making coleslaw without mayonnaise, but I will try anything once. I really enjoyed it and hope you will too.

2 cups green cabbage, sliced
2 cups red cabbage, sliced
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
juice of one lemon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 green onion, chopped

Make It:
In a large bowl whisk together oil, vinegar, honey, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Add cabbage and green onion to bowl. Toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Enjoy!

Chipotle and Guacamole Burger

I love burgers and I love guacamole so why not put the two together! Add some extra spice and smokiness with some chipotles and there you have it, a delicious burger. This recipe is for 4 burgers, but if you don't need that many precooked hamburger patties store and reheat well.

1 pound ground beef
2 chipotle peppers, chopped finely
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
3 avocados, pitted and cut two ways and scooped out into a bowl
1 jalapeno, diced, remove seeds if you like
2 tablespoons diced cilantro
1 teaspoon cumin
couple pinches of salt
little sprinkle of pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons salsa
4 hamburger buns
4 slices cheddar cheese

Make It:
Put ground beef, chipotles, tablespoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper and granulated garlic. Using your hands mix all together well, then flatten out in bottom of bowl. Using the side of your hand divide mixture into four parts. Grab one part at  a time and roll into a ball in your hand and then flatten it out into a patty. If you are unsure of the size hold it over the bun, they do shrink up a little bit when you cook them. Repeat this step placing each patty on a plate once you have all four made, place plate into refrigerator for about five minutes. Mix avocado, jalapeno, cilantro, cumin, salsa, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mash up avocado with a fork, until mixture is fairly smooth. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Turn broiler on low. Place hamburger buns under broiler for a minute or so until just barely toasted. Place hamburger patties into hot skillet, I cook two at a time. Cook each patty 3 minutes a side. Then place each cooked patty on a cookie sheet and put one slice of cheese on each. Place under broiler for a minute or two to melt cheese. Serve each patty on a bun with about two tablespoons of guacamole. Enjoy!