Sunday, May 16, 2010

Menu for May 17th - May 23rd

I'm so glad it is starting to be warm! Summer is almost here. This week is just normal. We have a birthday party on saturday. Sorry I didn't take any pictures last week, I just didn't feel like it, lol. Now that is officially warm the oven will hardly get used, more skillet and stir fry dinners. It is great to grill in summer as well, but I leave that to the hubby. The produce at the farmers market is fantastic right now. I never knew how good seasonal was until I switched. Cherries, blueberries, strawberries and cherry tomatoes are our favorites right now. The menu this week is very simple with lots of fresh veggies. I got fava beans in my box this week not sure what to do with them or if we will like them, just have to see. Everyone have a great week.

Monday- Pizza, green salad
Tuesday- Spicy Skillet Chicken, Black and Pinto Bean Salsa, Cheese Quesadilla
Wednesday- French Onion Beef(crock pot), Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, butter carrots
Thursday- Thai Shrimp Stir Fry, Coconut Rice
Friday- Taco Pasta Skillet, broccoli
Saturday- Birthday Party
Sunday- King Crab, Macaroni and Cheese, Fava Beans, green salad

Dessert of the Week: Rice Crispie Flower Pops

Chicken and Sausage Lasagna

We love lasagna in this house, it is a very fun thing to try a bunch of different ways! In this one I mixed chicken and spicy italian sausage, it came out great!

2 chicken breasts, cut into bite size pieces
3 italian sausages
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jar plus one cup spaghetti sauce
1 cup water
1 12 oz. container ricotta
2 1/2 cups mozzarella
3/4 cup shredded parmesan
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
1 egg, whipped
9 lasagna noodles, uncooked

Make It:
In a bowl mix together ricotta, 1 cup mozzarella, 1/4 cup parmesan, basil, and garlic. Taste and then add salt and pepper to your liking. Mix in egg, cover and set in refrigerator. Heat a large pot over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray add chicken to pan, cook till brown on all sides. Add italian sausage, stir, cook until browned. Add onion and bell pepper, stir, cook until softened about 5 minutes. Pour in spaghetti sauce, leaving the extra one cup out. Stir, allow to come to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Uncover stir and cook for 15 minutes. Turn oven to 375 degrees. In a large casserole dish, Pour reserved cup of spaghetti sauce onto bottom, spread to cover bottom of pan. Stir 1 cup water into sauce. Begin layering lasagna, put noodles first, then 1/3 of the ricotta mixture, then 2 1/2 ladles of sauce, then 1/3 cup mozzarella, and a good sprinkle of parmesan. Continue the next two layers the same ending the top with the rest of the sauce and cheeses. Cover with saran wrap, and then foil. Bake on a cookie sheet for 45 minutes. Remove saran wrap and foil. Allow to bake for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven let sit for 15 minutes. Enjoy!