The challenge for the week:
Make a meal plan (mission completed)
Set a $75 grocery budget for the week & pay only in cash (slightly over budget by about $5.04)
Make 5 new recipes (20 to Try from July 2010 issue of Better Homes & Gardens)
Apple Bacon Burger - Recipe #1 (Saturday July 10th, 2010)
For the burgers, mix 1/2 lb Italian Sausage (I just used basil chicken sausage because it was on sale) and 1/2 lb ground beef and 1 cored and finely chopped Granny Smith apple (no need to peel). Shape into burgers (I also added a little Salt & Pepper) and Grill.
Make a tangy-sweet spread by stirring together 2 tbsp mayo, 1 tbsp Dijon style mustard, and honey to taste. Slather on toasted bun and top with burger, additional thin slices of green apple, and crisp pieces of cooked bacon. We also added cheddar cheese and avocado.
No Cook Peach Ice Cream - Dessert (Saturday July 10th, 2010)
1 egg beaten
3/4 cup + 2 tbsp white sugar
2 1/2 fresh peaches pitted and chopped
1 c heavy cream
1/2 c half & half
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
In large bowl, mix together eggs & sugar until smooth. puree peaches in a blender and stir 5 cups of puree into egg mixture. stir in cream, half & half, vanilla and salt and mix well. Pour into freezer canister or ice cream maker and freeze.
Later in the week I will post some pictures of us with our Cuisinart Ice Cream Machine. But for now, drool over this:
Salmon & Ravioli - Recipe #2 (Sunday July 11th, 2010)
Cook 1 9 oz package refrigerated cheese ravioli & drain. Meanwhile, rinse 2 6 oz salmon fillets and pat dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook salmon over medium heat until salmon flakes easily. Remove salmon and keep warm. Add one 6 oz package of baby spinach to skillet and cook until just wilted; remove from skillet. Melt 2 tbsp butter in the skillet with 3 slices garlic cloves. Halve a lemon and squeeze juice from 1/2 into the butter and garlic and warm through. Divide salmon, ravioli and spinach into 2 plates and drizzle warm butter mixture over dish. Top with shredded Parmesan cheese