Weekly Dinner Menu and Shopping List – Tested Feb 6-9

Menu

Monday: Shrimp Curry and Rice

Tuesday:  Chicken Pot Pie and Side Salad

Wednesday: White Bean and Asparagus Cassoulet with Garlic Baguette Toasts

Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie and Side Salad

Recipes

Shrimp Curry and Rice

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids

Shrimp Curry and Rice

Source:  Cooking LIght, One Dish Meals

Ingredients

5 t Canola Oil, divided

1 lb. Peeled and Deveined Shrimp

3/4 t Salt, divided

1/4 t Black Pepper

1 1/2 C Chopped Onion

1 1/2 T Curry Powder

1 T Mustard Seeds

1/8 t  Ground Red Pepper (or just a pinch for the kids – can add more to adult plates at the end)

1/4 t Ground Cinnamon (or less if cutting red pepper)

1 1/3 C Hot Water

1 C Frozen Peas and Carrots

1 C Light Coconut Milk

1 C Uncooked Instant Rice

1 T Chopped Fresh Cilantro

Instructions

1.  Add 2 T canola oil to a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium high heat.

2. Sprinkle shrimp with 1/8 t salt and black pepper.

3. Add shrimp to pan and cook 2 minutes on each side or until shrimp is cooked.

4. Remove Shrimp from pan.

5.  Add remaining oil to pan. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

6. Add salt, curry powder, mustard seeds, cinnamon, and ground red pepper.  Cook for 1 minute stirring constantly.

7. Add hot water and peas and carrots; bring to a boil.

8. Reduce heat and simmer 4 minutes.

9. Bring milk to a boil. Stir in rice and remaining 1/8 t salt. Cover and remove from heat. let stand 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

10. Add shrimp back to soup pot.

11.  Scoop 1/3 C rice on each dish/ bowl.  Portion 1 C shrimp mixture on top.  Sprinkle with cilantro.

12. Serve and enjoy!

Chicken Pot Pie

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids for 2 meals

Source:  Cooking Light, One Dish Meals

Chicken Pot Pie and Side Salad

Ingredients

3 C low sodium chicken broth

1 C cubed baking potato, can peel or partially peel if desired

1 C cubed sweet potato, peeled

1 C cubed peeled celeric (celery root)

1 C sliced parsnip (optional, kids may not like)

1 (10 oz.) package frozen pearl onions

1.5 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

2.25 oz. all-purpose flour (or gluten-free substitute)

1 1/2 C skim milk (or milk substitute)

1 1/2 C frozen peas, thawed

1/4 C chopped parsley

2 T chopped fresh thyme

1 1/2 t salt

1 t freshly ground pepper

cooking spray

1/2 (14.1 oz.) package refrigerator pie dough or other dough substitute

1 egg, lightly beaten (optional)

Instructions

Pre-heat oven 425

1. Bring broth to a boil. Add potato, sweet potato, celeriac, and onions; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 6 minutes.

2. Add chicken. Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done.

3. Remove chicken and vegetables from pot.

4. Increase heat to medium.

5. Separately, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cup for accurate measurement and add to milk.   Whisk until well blended.

6. Add milk mixture to broth.  Cook 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently.

7. Stir in chicken mixture, peas, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper.

8. Spoon into a 2 – quart glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.

9.  Unroll pie dough. Cut small slits (or a heart design for Valentine’s Day) into center of dough to allow steam to escape.

10.  Place dough over filling and brush with egg if desired.

11.  Bake for 16 minutes or until filling is bubbling.  Portion a side salad while waiting.

12.  Let dish stand for 5 minutes and serve with a side salad.

Pre-Prep Opportunities

1. Cube and slice all vegetables ahead of time and store in refrigerator.

2. Prepare recipe through step 8.  Cover well and store in refrigerator until ready to make the dough. Cook for 30 minutes or until bubbling.

White Bean and Asparagus Cassoulet

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Kids + 1 lunch

Source:  Cooking Light, One Dish Meals

White Bean and Asparagus Cassoulet

Ingredients

5 C Water

3 C (2 inch) sliced asparagus (about 1 lb.)

2 small zucchini, cut into 1 inch chunks

2 T olive oil, divided

3 C finely sliced chanterelle or oyster mushrooms (about 10 oz.)

1/3 C finely chopped shallots

6 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 C dry white wine

1 1/2 C vegetable broth

1/2 t dried oregano

2 15 oz. cans no salt added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

1/4 freshly ground black pepper

2 oz French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 5″ of a skinny baguette)

1 T butter or butter substitute

1/2 C grated parmesan cheese or manchenga cheese

Extra slices of baguette

Butter, or butter substitute

Garlic powder, to sprinkle

Instructions

1. Blanche asparagus and zucchini.  To do this, bring 5 cups water to a boil. Add asparagus and zucchini to the water for 2 minutes.

2. Drain. Rinse asparagus with cold water and put some ice on top to stop the cooking process. Set Aside.

3. Return pan to medium-high heat. Add 1 T oil. Add mushrooms, shallots, and garlic. Saute 8 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.

4. Add wine. Cook 3 minutes or until liquid evaporates.

5. Stir in broth, oregano, and beans. Bring to a simmer.

6. Reduce heat to medium.  Cook 12 minutes or until thick and beans are tender. Stir in black pepper. (If you have people sensitive to black pepper, leave out or reduce and add to individual plates when serving.  The black pepper makes this dish so don’t leave it out if you don’t have to!)

7. Pre-heat broiler

8.  Butter and sprinkle garlic powder on extra pieces of baguette.

9.  Place in broiler for 2 – 3 minutes or until bread starts to turn golden brown. Set aside.

8. Place bread and butter in food processor; pulse until coarse crumbs form.

9. Add remaining 1 T oil and cheese to coarse crumbs and pulse until combined.

10. Stir asparagus into bean mixture, top with bread mixture and broil for 3 minutes or until crumbs are golden brown.

11. Portion on to plates / bowls and serve this hearty and savory dish with garlic bread and  see how many rave reviews you get!

Pre-Prep Opportunities

1. Follow recipe through step 6.  Store bean mixture and vegetables separately until ready to finish recipe.

 

Shopping List

Entrees

1 lb. Peeled and Deveined Shrimp

1.5 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces

Vegetables

1 1/2 C Chopped Onion

1 C cubed baking potato, can peel or partially peel if desired

1 C cubed sweet potato, peeled

1 C cubed peeled celeric (celery root)

1 C sliced parsnip (optional, kids may not like)

3 C (2 inch) sliced asparagus (about 1 lb.)

2 small zucchini, cut into 1 inch chunks

3 C finely sliced chanterelle or oyster mushrooms (about 10 oz.)

1/3 C finely chopped shallots

6 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 C chopped parsley

2 T chopped fresh thyme

1 T Chopped Fresh Cilantro

Dry Goods

3 C low sodium chicken broth

2.25 oz. all-purpose flour (or gluten-free substitute)

5 t Canola Oil

2 T olive oil

2 1/4 t Salt

1/4 t Black Pepper

1 1/2 T Curry Powder

1 T Mustard Seeds

1 3/8 t  Ground Red Pepper

1/4 t Ground Cinnamon

1 C Light Coconut Milk

1 C Uncooked Instant Rice

1/4 C dry white wine

1 1/2 C vegetable broth

1/2 t dried oregano

2 15 oz. cans no salt added cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

2 oz French bread, cut into 1 inch cubes (about 5″ of a skinny baguette)

Extra slices of baguette

Garlic powder, to sprinkle

cooking spray

Frozen
1 C Frozen Peas and Carrots

1 (10 oz.) package frozen pearl onions

1 1/2 C frozen peas, thawed

Refrigerated

1 1/2 C skim milk (or milk substitute)

1/2 (14.1 oz.) package refrigerator pie dough or other dough substitute

1 egg, lightly beaten (optional)

3 T butter or butter substitute

1/2 C grated parmesan cheese or manchenga cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Weekly Dinner Menu and Shopping List – Tested Feb 6-9

  1. I like having the weekly recipies and pics upfront. I like knowing what I’m grocery shopping for 🙂 Shrimp Curry & Rice looks easy (and easy clean up) – I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    Also, I never thought of having fruit as the Fruit & Veggie serving at dinner. It’s a nice way to mix things up a dinner. Kids like it, I like it, it’s healthy and easy! – I got that from your earlier posts, Thanks,

    • Thanks for the feedback Mike! I am experimenting with different formats to see what works best for people so it is good to know you like to have all the information upfront. Please let me know what you think of the shrimp curry. It was a hit at our house as you’ll read about on Monday. Please keep commenting!!! Thanks!

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