Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Menu #35

There was no recipe posting this past week because the stomach flu hit our house and there wasn’t a whole lot of food being eaten.  Towards the end of the week when everyone was feeling better, we all got together in the kitchen to make ourselves breakfast for dinner.  While I made the pancakes, Xavier did the strawberry kabobs & Laddie did the breakfast meats.  The pancakes were a hit!  Xavier sneaked 2 pancakes before we even sat down for dinner!  The yogurt sauce was super quick & easy with only 2 ingredients. . .plain Greek yogurt & maple agave. J    Here’s the recipe for the pancakes. . .

Oatmeal Pancakes

1 C old fashioned oats
1/2 C AP flour
1/2 C whole-wheat flour
1/2 C brown sugar
2 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 t ground cinnamon
3/4 C plain Greek yogurt
3/4 C milk
2 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
2 really ripe bananas, mashed up
3/4 C raisins
1/4 C walnuts, chopped
1/4 C melted butter

Whisk together oats, flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon in a bowl. In another bowl, whisk together yogurt, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined (don’t over-mix or you’ll get dense pancakes).  Now fold in mashed bananas, raisins, & walnuts. Stir in the melted butter.

Keep a close eye on these pancakes while cooking on a griddle because they get dark very quickly because of the sugars from the bananas.  Cook them on medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side.

Now for this week’s menu. . .

Tuesday:  Barley Risotto w/ spinach salad & crusty bread
Didn’t get to this last week.  This recipe is done in the slow-cooker with acorn squash & mushrooms.  It’s my first time making it, so I’ll post the results.

Wednesday:  Chicken Enchilada Casserole w/ pinto beans & brown rice
Since I’m getting things ready for the big Super Bowl Party this week, I’m making dinner easy on myself by using up some food I’ve had saved in the freezer.  I’m using up freezer chicken enchilada filling & sauce I had left from enchiladas last month.

Thursday:  Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese w/ chicken cutlets & apple slices
I also have a couple of these mac n cheese casseroles in the freezer for weeks like this. 

Friday:  Pan-Seared Fish w/ mustard sauce, brown rice pilaf & salad
I’m using up some Swai fish I have in the freezer and serving it with this delicious sauce made of Greek yogurt, honey, Dijon, lemon juice, & chives.  It’s a great sauce for either fish or chicken.

Saturday:  Leftovers or Pasta w/ Marinara sauce

Sunday:  Super Bowl Party!!!
My sis-in-law is bringing over a turkey for us to fry and I’m setting up a turkey sandwich station with all the fixings along with a nacho station & chocolate fountain w/ fruit, marshmallows, and honey-wheat pretzels!  Go 49ers!!!

Monday:  Party Leftovers

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