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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday - 5 Day Meal Planner 10/24

Monday: Swordfish with Citrus Pesto
Tuesday: Spaghetti alla Ceci
Wednesday: Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy
Thursday: Pork Medallions with Cherry Sauce
Friday: Mango Honey Chicken with Mango Slices

Monday - Swordfish with Citrus Pesto 10/25

found at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/swordfish-with-citrus-pesto-recipe/index.html

Ingredients:
Citrus pesto:
1 bunch fresh basil, stemmed (about 3 cups)
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1 clove garlic
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 orange, zested and juiced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup grated Parmesan

Swordfish:
nocoupons
4 (6-ounce) swordfish steaks
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Blend the basil, pine nuts, garlic, zests, juices, salt, and pepper in a food processor until the mixture is finely chopped. With the machine running, gradually add the olive oil until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the Parmesan.
Place a grill pan over medium-high heat or preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Brush both sides of the swordfish fillets with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the swordfish about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for a 1-inch thick fillet.
Transfer the grilled swordfish to serving plates, top with the citrus pesto, and serve.

Tuesday - Spaghetti alla Ceci 10/26

found at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/spaghetti-alla-ceci-recipe/index.html


Ingredients:
1 pound spaghetti
Salt
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
3 to 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 (14-ounce) can, chick peas, drained
1/2 teaspoon dry thyme, eyeball it
Pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
1 (14-ounce) can, crushed tomatoes
Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Grated Parmiginao-Reggiano, to pass at table


Directions:
Boil water for pasta, salt it, and cook spaghetti to al dente.
While spaghetti cooks, heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add extra-virgin olive oil, 3 turns of the pan, crushed red pepper flakes and garlic. Place chick peas in food processor and pulse grind them to a fine chop. Add chick peas to garlic and season them with thyme, salt and pepper then saute them for 3 to 4 minutes. Add wine or broth and cook down 30 seconds or so then stir in tomatoes and adjust seasoning. Drain pasta and toss with sauce. Top with parsley and grated cheese.

Wednesday - Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy 10/27

found at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/chicken-fried-steak-with-gravy-recipe/index.html

Ingredients:
2 packages garlic-ranch salad dressing mix
1 cup all-purpose flour
Ground black pepper
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 cups buttermilk, plus 1 cup
1 pound cubed steak, cut into 4 pieces
Oil, for frying
1 cup chicken broth
1 (2.64-ounce) package gravy mix
Mashed potatoes, for serving

Directions:
Combine 1 package salad dressing mix, flour, and pepper, to taste, in a large plastic bag. Set aside. Combine another package salad dressing mix, egg, and 2 cups buttermilk in a shallow bowl. Soak steaks in buttermilk mixture. Remove 1 steak and toss in flour mixture. Shake off any excess flour and dip again in the buttermilk mixture. Return to flour mixture and toss.

Repeat process for remaining steaks.

Heat 1/2-inch layer of oil in a large cast iron skillet to 350 degrees F. Place 2 steaks in the pan at a time. Cook for 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

To make the gravy, combine 1 cup buttermilk, chicken broth, and gravy package in small saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat and stir well. Top steaks with gravy and serve with mashed potatoes and gravy, if desired.

Thursday - Pork Medallions with Cherry Sauce 10/28

found at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/pork-medallions-with-cherry-sauce-recipe/index.html

Ingredients:
1 1/4 pounds pork tenderloin, sliced into 1/2-inch thick medallions
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup dried tart cherries

Directions:
Season the pork medallions with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and pepper. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over a medium-high heat and cook the meat until there is just a slight blush in the center about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the meat to a plate and tent with foil.

Add the remaining teaspoon of oil and the shallots to the pan and saute until they begin to soften, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, balsamic vinegar, the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of salt and the cherries and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour the sauce over the pork medallions and serve.

Friday - Mango Honey Chicken with Mango Slices 10/29

found at http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/mango-honey-chicken-with-mango-slices-recipe/index.html

Ingredients:
Glaze:
2 cups honey
1 cup mango juice
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 lemon, juiced

1 (3 to 4-pound) whole rotisserie chicken
2 mangos, peeled and sliced 1-inch thick
Toothpicks, soaked in water for 10 minutes
1 bunch basil, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

For the glaze: In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the honey, mango juice, brown sugar and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes.

Place chicken on a nonstick cookie sheet. Using a pastry brush, coat chicken with a generous amount of glaze. Place mango slices over breast meat to create a zebra stripe. Insert toothpicks to secure slices into chicken.

Bake chicken just until warmed throughout, about 12 minutes. Remove chicken and discard toothpicks. Garnish with fresh basil.