Meal Swap: March 2015 Menu & Recipes

March Menu

All recipes serve six unless otherwise specified.


Your Choice

Bridget – apricot glazed pork roast



2 cups chicken broth
1cup apricot preserves
2 cups chopped onions
2T Dijon mustard
2T soy sauce
3lb pork roast

Prep Day Directions: Mix all together por over pork and freeze in bag.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw, and cook in slow cooker low 6hrs.


Jenica – Blue Cheese Walnut Pork Chops



6 boneless pork chops salt/pepper/seasoning of your choice

Blue Cheese Walnut Butter:
1 stick of butter- unsalted- room temp
1 tablespoon of rosemary
2 teaspoons of parsley
2 oz of Blue Cheese
2 heaping spoonfuls of toasted walnuts crushed

Prep Day Directions: To prepare meat – Rub seasoning on both sides of porkchops. Place meat flat in bag and freeze. To prepare butter – Use butter at room temp, add ingredients to butter, mix well. Place butter mixture in bag and freeze flat.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw meat. Thaw butter to room temp. Bake pork chops at 350 for 20-30 minutes covered with foil. or grill each side for 5-7 min. Pork’s internal temp should be 150-160. After pork is cooked add a spoonful of butter on each chop. Gauge your cooking temperatures and time so not to dry out pork.


American /European

Leah – beef stroganoff



1 lb. ground beef
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt & pepper
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
1 Cup milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 block of velveeta cheese cubed
4 ounces cream cheese
10 ounces bowtie pasta

Prep Day Directions: Cook bowtie pasta.  Brown ground beef and season with salt, pepper & garlic powder. Drain grease and add to crockpot. Stir in can of cream of mushroom soup, cup of milk and 2 tbs of butter. Mix until smooth.  Then add 1/2 block of cubed velveeta to crock pot. Simmer on low for 6-8 hours. You can add more milk if too thick. Before serving, mix in cream cheese and cooked bowtie pasta.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw and place into crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.  Add cooked bowtie pasta and ENJOY!


Kelsey – Bavarian Hotdish 



8-10 brats cut to 1 inch pieces
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 cups drained sauerkraut
4 cups diced & boiled potatoes

** Optional: 1 cup of soft bread crumbs and 1/4 cup melted butter

Prep Day Directions: Grill the brats.  Mix soup, mayo and sauerkraut, and cut brats in bowl. Once mixed and to bag and freeze.

Serve Day Directions: Puncture potatoes and microwave for approx 7-10 minutes or until soft. Dice potatoes and layer on the bottom of a casserole dish. Thaw mixture and pour over diced potatoes. 

**Optional: top with bread crumbs and warm butter. 

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.


Southwestern/Latin

Nicole – crockpot fajitas



1 medium red bell pepper
1 medium yellow bell pepper
1 medium green bell pepper
1 medium onion
1 packet taco or fajita seasoning
1.5 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ cup chicken broth
tortillas
toppings (cheese, sour cream, guacamole, salsa)-you provide

Prep Day Directions: Bag chicken, broth, peppers and onions in a bag and freeze.
Have tortillas and seasoning mix separate.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw chicken bag. Add to bottom of Crockpot with peppers and onions on the bottom.Sprinkle taco or fajita seasoning packet over bell peppers and onions in Crockpot. Add chicken breasts and chicken broth. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 3-4 hours. Remove chicken from the Crockpot and let cool slightly. Use two forks to shred the chicken. Add shredded chicken back to Crockpot and mix with peppers and onions. Serve over tortillas with your choice of toppings ( like cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, fresh cilantro).


Ashley – Taco pizza



1 lb hamburger
taco seasoning
1/2 cup salsa
1 can refried beans
1 can diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded cheese

Optional (you provide): shredded lettuce, sour cream, crushed tortilla chips.

Prep Day: Brown beef, drain. Add taco seasoning and simmer, then add salsa. Bag and freeze. Bag cheese separately. Label beans, tomatoes, and pizza crust.

Serve Day: Thaw all bags completely. Follow directions on pizza crust label, pre bake. Spread beans over crust, top with beef and salsa mixture. Add tomatoes and cheese. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes, until cheese is melted. If desired, top with crushed tortilla chips, shredded lettuce, and serve with sour cream.


Asian/Indian 

Kellie – Asian meatballs



1lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
1/2 cup finely chopped water chestnuts
1/3 cup Progresso™ plain bread crumbs
1/4 cup sliced green onions
1/4 cup milk
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

Sauce:
1/2 cup barbecue sauce
1/4 cup plum sauce
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

Prep Day Directions: Heat oven to 375°F. Spray 15x10x1-inch pan with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix meatball ingredients. Shape into about 36 (1-inch) meatballs. Place in pan. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until meatballs are thoroughly cooked and no longer pink in center.

Serve Day Directions: Thaw, re-heat. Pour sauce over meat balls and serve! Be careful not to over heat because the balls can dry out.


Sara – Thai chicken wrap



3 chicken breasts, halved the long way

Marinade:
3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
3/4 c. Soy sauce
Juice of 2 limes
3 tsp sesame oil
3 tsp hot chili oil (I omitted)
3 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
6 Tbsp brown sugar
Bottled Asian Peanut Sauce 
6 Tortillas

Prep Day Directions: Put marinade ingredients in bag with chicken breasts.  Bag Asian peanut sauce and tortillas.


Serve Day Directions: Thaw chicken. Cook breasts and sauce in saucepan over medium heat until chicken is cooked through. Dice up chicken (if desired or serve whole) and put in tortilla wraps. Top with optional ingredients (cilantro, cucumber, spinach, shredded carrot, etc) and drizzle with peanut sauce.


Italian/Mediterranean  

Katie k – Greek turkey burger

Patties:
1 lb ground turkey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
1/4 cup chopped spinach
1/4 cup chopped roasted red pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
1 tsp dried oregano, crumbled
1/2 tsp each salt and pepper
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese

Tzatziki Sauce:

1 Tablespoon Your Inspiration At Home Tzatziki Dip Mix and 7 oz. greek yogurt

Prep Day Directions: In a large mixing bowl, combine turkey, egg and breadcrumbs. Mix until mostly incorporated, then add the remaining patty ingredients and gently mix until thoroughly combined. Shape the mixture into six equal-sized patties, each about 3/4″ thick.

Serve Day Directions: Patties – Pan-fry the patties with olive oil over medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet, cooking for about 10 minutes and turning over only once halfway through the cooking time.

Tzatziki Sauce – Combine Tzatziki dip mix with yogurt. Make 30 minutes in advance to allow flavors to develop.



Kirsten – Zuppa Toscana 



1 lb Ground Italian Sausage
2 cloves minced garlic
1 yellow onion, diced
2 14 oz cans chicken stock
4 c water
1 c heavy whipping cream
1/4 c real bacon pieces
2 large potatoes, halfed and sliced
2 c chopped kale

Prep DayBrown sausage with diced garlic and onion, add salt and pepper to taste. Combine potatoes, chicken stock and water and simmer until potatoes cook (about 15 min). Add bacon, kale and cream and simmer another 10-15 minutes. Let cool and pour into ziplock bags (I double up).

Serve Day: Thaw and warm in a large stock pot.  Serve with crusty bread!

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