Sunday, August 15, 2010

Meal Plan week of 8/15/10

This week my customary two crock pot recipes are coming from the Crock Pot Lady. I'm just linking the recipes so I don't have to re-type them.

Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken and Veggies

Crock Pot Broccoli Beef (I will serve this over brown rice)

Mahi Mahi Steaks w/Mango Salsa and Curry Couscous (I'm pretty sure this came from Rachael Ray. I've had it in my recipe box for years and it is SO good!)

Make salsa ahead of time and refrigerate. Combine the following:
1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1" fresh ginger, grated
1/4 of a cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
20 or so blades fresh chives, chopped
1 lime, juiced

Grill the Mahi Mahi:
Squeeze juice of one lime over 4 mahi mahi steaks. Drizzle with EVOO and season w/S&P. Grill about 5 mins per side.

Make the Couscous:
2 cups chicken broth or water
2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbs EVOO
1 handful raisins (I like golden raisins for this)
1 cup couscous
2 scallions, sliced
1 carrot, grated
1 navel orange, peeled and chopped
2 oz sliced almonds

Bring broth to boil w/curry powder, salt, oil & raisins. Place couscous in separate bowl. Add boiling liquid and cover. Let stand 10 mins. Fluff w/fork and stir in scallions, carrot, orange and almonds.

Top fish with salsa and serve w/couscous and additional veggies if desired.

"Happy" Pork Chops (this came from a wine tasting I held at my house)
6 pork chops (1/2 to 3/4" thick), seasoned w/S&P
EVOO for sauteing
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 cups uncooked rice
4 plum tomatoes, chopped
2 med jalapenos, minced
1 cup water or beer
2 cups chicken broth
fresh cilantro, chopped

heat oil in large skillet; add pork. Sear on both sides just until brown, about 1 min on each side. Remove from skillet and cover loosely w/foil.

Add garlic and onions to skillet. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 mins, scraping up browned bits from bottom of skillet. Add rice, stirring until just begins to brown, about 3-4 mins. Add tomatoes, jalapenos, beer and broth. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 mins. (If using brown rice like I plan to, I'm guessing this would need to simmer more like 1/2 hr before proceeding to the next step and you might need more liquid - refer to package directions).

Place chops on top of rice, cover. Simmer 8-10 mins until pork is done. Let stand 5 mins before serving. Sprinke w/chopped cilantro and serve w/green salad or veggies of choice.

Salmon Salad Fajitas
Combine in mixing bowl:
1 tin salmon, drained
2 Tbs mayo
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 tsp chili powder

Add, stirring gently:
1 carrot, grated
1 green onion, chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cucumber, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
S&P to taste

Serve in whole wheat tortillas or pitas. Makes 4 servings.

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