Monday, January 16, 2006

Menu idea

Okay, so I woke up this morning and got on here and was trying to figure out what "helpful" idea I could do today.  I think I am starting to get writers block, lol.  So I went around searching for a few yummy sounding recipes.  I have this typical Menu in mind for today, but I wanted to make it a bit different.  Here is the Menu, you've probably all made this a million times.


Mashed Potatoes

Greenbean casserole


Typical, normal, boring...y-a-w-n, right?  Okay how about a few recipe ideas for this meal?

A-1 Meatloaf


2 lbs. lean ground beef
2 tbs. A-1 steak sauce
2 tsp. salt
1 cup dry bread crumbs
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
3 tbs. parsley flakes
1 small onion, minced
1/4 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup diced green pepper


Mix 2 tbs. A-1 steak sauce with 1 can (8 oz.) tomato sauce.

  Instructions:   Mix all meatloaf ingredients together with 1/2 sauce mixture. Blend well. Pat meatloaf into a 9" loaf pan. Spread remaining sauce mixture over top of meatloaf. Bake in 400 degree oven for one hour. 

You may want to cook this meatloaf for one hour and an half so the edges will be blackened.

Greenbean and artichoke casserole


6 cans of greenbeans
3 cans of artichokes
16 oz. olive oil(I use light)
16 oz. Italian bread crumbs
12 oz. parmesan cheese
1 whole lemon strained
salt, pepper, garlic powder to taste
1 large can of Durkee onions


Chop the artichokes by hand or with a mini food processor. If a mini proc. is used it might pulverize them, but you get the same taste.
Mix all ingredients together, except the onions. It should be a good consistency, not dry but not too much oil. Pour in a deep 9 x 13 pan. Cook at 350 degrees for 30 min. Sprinkle the onions over the casserole and cook an additional 5 min. The onions should be crispy.

I haven't tried this greenbean recipe yet, but it sounds like it makes a lot.  Depending on the size of your family, how much they like greenbeans, whether or not they eat may want to halve this recipe. 

I love artichokes though.  I bet this isn't low carb though, lol.  Guess I will make this the first day I am done with the low carb lifestyle.  Or look into altering it a wee bit.  Hmmm, gotta go check the carb content on artichokes, it's sounding good for breakfast, lol.

Okay, I was going to go look for an apple cake recipe instead of just applesauce.  But I accidently hit the save button in the middle of doing this.  Okay, come back if your already here I will go look for something a little more yummy than applesauce.

How a dessert that is suppose to be low fat. 

Chocolate Applesauce Cake


1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup fat-free egg substitute
3 Tbs reduced-calorie margarine, melted
1 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup lite whipped topping
Preheat oven to 350¿F. Coat an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray.

Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda and sugar. Beat together egg substitute, margarine and applesauce; blend into dry ingredients.

Spoon mixture into pan and smooth top. Bake until cake feels slightly firm in center, about 25 minutes. Cool completely before cutting into 8 pieces. Top each piece with 1 tablespoon of whipped topping.



csandhollow said...

Add fresh mushrooms to green beans

trickeytricky said...

Does that really say Chocolate Applesauce Cake??? I saw meatloaf and was instantly turned off. . . but chocolate applesauce Cake. . . I must make that. :)


am4039 said...

It all sounds so good.  Yummy yummy.  I used to cook a lot but I have 3 kids two don't eat meat and one doesn't eat meat or cheese. So I gave up cooking. LOL  My boy thank heaven he eats it all.  I love I'll keep reading.  

amyrangei said...

Hi!  I bookmarked your journal, it is very helpful!  I'm going to have to try that oreo cake AND the applesauce cake!  I love baking, not crazy about cooking though!  Thank you for your comment on my journal :)


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