Monday, December 1, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - not many leftovers!

Holiday MPM

Since we had Thanksgiving dinner with friends and didn't bring home much in the way of leftovers, this week's menu won't have a lot of them. I'm not sure if that's good or bad but I think it's a little of both. I like having the leftovers for easy meals but after awhile I sure get tired of them.

I have several days off this week, also, which means I'll be home to cook a little more. However, we're still trying to eat out of the pantry and freezer quite a bit so the meals are thrifty.

If you need some new meal ideas, take a look at Laura's popular Menu Plan Monday and join in!

Tonight we'll have Slow Cooked Beef Stew, recipe below, with salad and homemade whole wheat bread.

Wednesday night we'll have whatever I cook at Mom's house.

The rest of the week we'll have, in no particular order:

Scrambled eggs, thick sliced turkey ham, and toast or cheese pancakes

Beef tips and rice with salad and broccoli

Wraps made with low carb tortillas, broiled chicken breast tenderloin, grilled onions, garlic, and cheese

Salad with plenty of leafy greens and fresh vegetables

We have everything on hand for the above meals so they'll all be low cost. And they're all fairly quick and easy, too. I might use the slow cooker for the beef tips rather than the pressure cooker but I'm not sure about that yet.

Here's the basic recipe I use for most of my stews. I change it to suit my mood, adding different vegetables and spices but this is an excellent basic recipe for stew.

Slow Cooked Beef Stew

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1 inch cubes (I use less expensive beef roast cut into cubes)
1/4 cup flour (I usually use arrowroot rather than flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 onion, chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth (I often use chicken or turkey broth - this time its turkey)
3 potatoes, diced (Canned potatoes work well for this)
4 carrots, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped

Place meat in slow cooker. In a small bowl mix together the flour, salt, and pepper. Pour this over the meat and stir to coat meat with flour mixture. Stir in the garlic, bay leaf, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, onion, broth, potatoes, carrots, and celery.

Cover, and cook on Low setting for 10 to 12 hours, or on High setting for 4 to 6 hours.

So there you have it, our meals for the week. None are exciting but they're all hearty and tasty!


Carey said...

I am going to try that beef stew recipe! I already have everything in the recipe - except for the beef - including the turkey broth. I made a gallon of it after Thanksgiving! All I have to do is see who has stew beef on sale!

CookinsForMe said...

There you go, Carey, that's the way to do it. Use what you have. I love it. :)

Marianne said...

Thanks for the comment on my blog. We do need to do lower carbs since my hubby has type II diabetes. I like the idea of the menu plan Monday to get everything on a roll for the week.