Sunday, March 13, 2011

Menu for week of March 14th

Monday: New recipe-Black Bean Lasagna, Salad

Black Bean Lasagna

May freeze filling or entire casserole. (I'm making two 9x9 square pans and freezing one for another time)

9 lasagna noodles
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
2 cloves minced garlic
2 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/4 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
30 ounces seasoned tomato sauce (like spaghetti sauce)
12 ounces cottage cheese (low-fat)
8 ounces cream cheese (fat free or low-fat)
1/4 cup sour cream

1. Cook noodles.
2. Cook onion, green pepper, and garlic in the oil. Add one can of beans mashed, the other can whole, tomato sauce, and cilantro if using; heat through.
3. In a separate bowl, combine cottage cheese, cream cheese, and sour cream.
4. Layer pasta, beans, cheese twice (in a 13x9-inch pan). The third time only layer pasta and beans. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes. Add final layer of cheese mixture and let stand 10 minutes.

Tuesday: Picnic Casserole, Salad

Picnic Casserole

1 lb. ground beef (I use natural ground chicken)
chopped onions
sliced potatoes
1 can pork and beans
8 oz. tomato sauce
1 c. shredded cheese

Press beef into bottom of 9 inch pan. Salt and pepper liberally. Chop onions over all. Thinly slice potatoes overall. Cover with can of pork and beans. Top with tomato sauce. Cover with foil and bake 350 degrees 1 hr. 15 minutes. Remove foil and top with shredded cheese. Return to oven to melt.

Wednesday: Date Night - Chinese Take Out and a movie in with a free Red Box coupon

Thursday: Date Night - dinner out with Gift Card (anniversary gift from last month)

Friday: Freezer Meal - Chicken Taco Casserole, Tortillas

Saturday: Freezer Meal - Mr. Food's Chicken Kiev, Rice-a-Roni, Green Vegetable

Sunday: Leftovers

Daughter is going to her grandparents on Wednesday and will be spending several nights there. We are taking advantage of that and having a couple of date nights. That means two nights of no cooking for me! Yippee! And with, I'm hoping, plenty of leftovers to eat on Sunday, and a couple of freezer meals, that's three more days of no dinner fixing for me. This is just what we've needed with all the illnesses and ailments that have plagued our family for the last month of so. PTL!

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