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Saturday, July 23, 2011

3 Simple menus & quick easu recipes on a busy day

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Monday is always my busiest day of the week and I seem to run out of time before I know it. Using quick simple easy recipes can still put a good evening meal on my table. I'm sure they will do the same for you.


[1] Ground Round Steaks 
Form 4-5 Patties from 1 pound of meat, place in a hot heavy bottom pan, turning only once. When they have reached the doneness you like, remove and place on a lipped platter. Add 1 teaspoon of beef bullion to the pan, then add 1/2 cup water, let it heat as you scrape the bottom to release the stuck on tidbits. If you want to make gravy add a little milk after turning off the heat. Use it to pour over your meat patties or use as a dipping sauce.

Steamed Sliced Potatoes and Green Beans 
Wash Potatoes, cut out any blemishes, slice about 1/4 inch thick. Place them in the bottom of a steamer and cook until almost soft. [test with a shape knife] Add drained green beans for the last 3-4 minutes of cooking. Place in bowl and dot with butter. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

[2] Mac and Cheese w/Broccoli 
Add 1/2 cup of chopped Broccoli to the cooking pasta about six minutes after the water starts to boil, drain until no water is left in the pasta and broccoli, then add cheese mixture, butter and milk. Stir until pasta is thoroughly covered.

Sliced Tomatoes
Wash tomatoes and wipe dry. Cut into slices or quarter. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Apple Sauce w/cinnamon
Heat applesauce in the microwave until warm but not hot, add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the top and mix. If you applesauce is unsweetened, you may want to make a mixture of 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 cup sugar and use it, instead of the straight cinnamon.

[3] Chicken Legs
Coat chicken legs with a mixture of 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon rosemary and thyme. Place them on a broiler pan and cook in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, turning once.

Corn Nibblets
Heat a 12 ounce package of frozen corn in a sauce pan with about 3/4 inch of water. You want enough water to cause steam but do not cover the corn with liquid. When corn is done, drain most of the water off and add room temperature butter. Stir until each kernel of corn is covered in butter. Serve while hot.

Tossed Green Salad
Wash and dry your fresh greens. Chop or tare into small pieces and add to a bowl big enough to toss vegetables. You may add other fresh veggies then toss with a simple vinaigrette dressing.

1 part acid [vinegar, lemon juice, orange juice, tomato, etc]
3 parts oil [olive, vegetable, grape, etc]
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic or onion
1/2 teaspoon Italian spices or spices of your choice.
If you want to add a little sweetness, try adding 1 teaspoon of grape or apple jelly.
Whisk it all together and store in a lidded jar. Refrigerate between uses.

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Faylee James is a Life Coach/Writer/Speaker from Northeast Tennessee, who has an above average interest in people, cooking and living life with a smile.


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    1. Hi Dave,
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      I am not done blogging, but between times, got stuck with few things (i know excuse's excuses).
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