I tend to allow myself a few more carbs on weekends because I work a bit harder and burn them off. Being new here I figured it was time to try some recipes out of the recipe section. So I put on some cooking music and went to work.
Did the turkey meatballs on Saturday. Quick and delicious, but then I tweaked the recipe a bit. I added 2 tbl coarse ground mustard for a little spice and a little fennel for some sausage flavor. I also portion mine with a cookie scoop for uniformity and oven bake them. Was going to try a side of Quinoa, but found the no-yolk egg noodles had less carbs (and I usually only do a half serving for myself – still have to feed the non D wife). Made a quick cornstarch gravy with fresh sliced mushrooms for a sauce. For the veg I sautéed/stir fried up some quick blanched baby asparagus with some red pepper and onion I had leftover from my weeks salad fixing’s. Tossed on a little lemon pepper and voila! Whole simple meal cost less than $12 and I got 5 servings out of it.
Sunday was home-style, and I browned off a cheap beef pot roast in my non-stick skillet, and let that braise in the crock-pot for about 4 hours with a quarter cup Bordeaux wine, a quarter cup beef broth, a few bay leaves, and thickened that with arrowroot at serving time for a glaze – a nice deep rich flavor. For my veg, I cut and seeded a spaghetti squash, and baked/steamed it in a pan with a little water at 350 for about an hour and a half. Pulled it out and let it cool a while, then took it out of the shell, all nice and stringy, tossed it with about a quarter cup of parmesan, some fresh cracked black pepper, and just under a tbl. of butter to round it out. Put it back in the pan and into the oven again just to get it back up to temp. About 15 minutes. Warmed up a couple whole-grain dinner rolls (gotta have something to sop up gravy with), and bing, bang, boom another simple filling meal under $14 bucks for 4-5 servings.
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