Sunday, August 8, 2010

Menu Swap Week 2

Menu Swap Week 2
I'm linking up to Angela at Unexpected Elegance for Menu Swap Sunday. 

I can feel summer coming to an end (sigh).  I have one free week until we go back to school for teacher inservice.  We plan to use the grill as much as possible to enjoy this last week of freedom.

Monday:  Chicken Salad
Here's how I make mine.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Miracle Whip  (more to taste)
1 teaspoon dill weed
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups cooked chicken breast
1/2 cup finely chopped celery (1 - 2 stalks)
1/4 cup sweet relish (more to taste)
optional goodies you can add: red grapes, walnuts, dried cranberries or apples
Mix all ingredients together.  I like to eat it on croissants.

Tuesday:  1/2 price burgers at Sonic or Dairy Queen so I'm going to take it easy and let them cook.

Wednesday:  Grilled chicken and asparagus.  My husband will take care of this meal.  I'll help him out by using this marinade for the chicken. 

Thursday:  Darby at Fly Through Our Window has an easy and delicious marinade recipe for Asian Flank Steak.  I have the best luck finding good flank steak at Sam's Club.  Darby serves it with what I call Oriental Cole Slaw. 

Here's the recipe for Oriental Cole Slaw that I use:

Ingredients
1 head of cabbage (I like to buy pre shredded cole slaw for convenience.)
3 green onions (optional)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 package slivered almonds (4oz. or 1 cup)
1 package chicken Ramen Noodles
3/4 cup oil
6 tablespoons sugar
6 tablespoons white vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions
Break up and separate Ramen noodles.  Brown sesame seeds, slivered almonds, and Ramen noodles in oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, check frequently to avoid burning.  Remove and cool before adding to cabbage.  Chop cabbage and green onions.  Add toasted sesame seeds, almonds and noodles to cabbage; stir together.

Dressing
Mix oil, sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and chicken flavor mix from Ramen noodles.  Mix ingredients well and add to salad about 10 minutes before serving.

Friday:  Grilled chicken one more time with Paula Deen's summer squash casserole.

*The menu is a plan, but like any plan it is subject to change.  I wish I were this organized and prepared, but sometimes I don't stick to the menu because life happens.  I wouldn't want anyone to be overly impressed and think I'm always this prepared and industrious.

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