Notes for this week
|This week is full of quick and easy recipes along with a delicious crockpot roast beef that we will use for planned leftovers.|
|Easy Crockpot Roast Beef & Gravy||Rice||Sautéed Onions and Cabbage|
|Santa Fe Chicken||Garlic Bread||Seasoned Green Beans|
|Barbecue Beef and Beans||Green Salad|
|Toasted Cheeseburger Burritos||Easy Stovetop Vegetables|
|Apple Cheese Sunflower Melts||Raw Vegetables|
Day 1 Dinner Menu
Save leftover roast beef for Day 3 (you may want to make a larger roast or double the recipe).
- Easy Crockpot Roast Beef & Gravy
- Sautéed Onions and Cabbage
Easy Crockpot Roast Beef & Gravy
For the roast:
- 3 lb. beef rump roast
- Salt, as needed
- Coarsely ground black pepper, as needed
For the gravy:
- 1 cup beef broth, or more as needed
- 1-½ Tbsp. flour
- Cut excess fat from roast if necessary.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper all over roast and press into sides.
- Place roast in crockpot and cook on low for 6 hours or until done to your preference.
- Remove roast from crockpot, reserving drippings, and let rest while preparing gravy.
- Strain the drippings from the roast into a pan and add ½ cup of the beef broth. Heat over medium heat.
- In a jar with a lid, mix flour with about ½ cup beef broth, shaking well to combine.
- Slowly add about half of the flour mixture to the drippings over medium heat, whisking constantly.
- Continue to heat and whisk as the gravy thickens. If necessary, add more of the flour mixture to thicken or more beef broth to thin.
- The roast beef gravy is ready when it is heated through and you are happy with the consistency.
- Slice the roast against the grain and serve with gravy.
Day 2 Dinner Menu
- Santa Fe Chicken
- Garlic Bread
- Seasoned Green Beans
Santa Fe Chicken
- 1-½ lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup saltine crackers, finely crushed
- 2 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 cup salsa
- 1 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded
- Non-stick cooking spray
- Heat oven to 425º. Coat chicken with mayonnaise, then dredge in cracker crumbs, turning to evenly coat both sides of each chicken breast.
- Place prepared chicken in a 9x13” baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Drizzle each piece of chicken with butter.
- Bake 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (when internal temperature reaches 165ºF).
- Top with salsa and cheese; bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
Seasoned Green Beans
- 1 lb. fresh or frozen green beans
- 2 tsp. butter
- ¼ package Good Seasonings Italian dressing mix
- If needed, trim green beans of ends and strings. If using frozen green beans, thaw first.
- Lightly steam green beans.
- Melt butter in large fry pan. Add green beans. Sprinkle with the ¼ package of seasoning mix and stir well while sautéing.
Day 3 Dinner Menu
Use the leftover roast beef from Day 1 for BBQ Beef & Beans.
- Barbecue Beef and Beans
- Green Salad
BBQ Beef and Beans
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 8 oz. tomato sauce
- ½ cup thick salsa
- 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 ½ Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp. chili powder
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- black pepper, to taste
- 1 lb. leftover cooked beef roast, diced or cut into strips
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 15 oz. kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 15 oz. pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 12 oz. beef broth, or more as needed
- Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Cook over medium heat for about 25 minutes or until cooked through.
Day 4 Dinner Menu
Use cooked ground beef from your freezer stock if you have it. If not, cook extra ground beef to replenish your stock.
- Toasted Cheeseburger Burritos
- Easy Stovetop Vegetables
Toasted Cheeseburger Burritos
- 2 lbs. ground beef
- 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- ½ cup ketchup
- 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
- Salt to taste
- 6 burrito size flour tortillas
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 tomatoes, sliced
- Condiments for toasted burritos as desired
- Brown ground beef and drain off any fat. Add Worcestershire sauce, ketchup, onion, and seasoning. Stir to combine well.
- In the middle of a tortilla spread any condiments you desire, cheese to taste, and add beef mixture and tomato slices. Roll up burrito style.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients until all the burritos are assembled.
- Place burritos two at a time in a preheated skillet and cook about 3 minutes each side until toasted to your preference.
Quick Stovetop Vegetables with Heat
- 15 oz. cut corn, drained
- 14.5 oz. diced tomatoes, undrained
- 10.5 oz. diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 10 oz. frozen okra, thawed (or zucchini if preferred)
- adobo or garlic salt to taste
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Combine all ingredients except cheese in a saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally.
- Serve topped with shredded cheese.
- You may want to substitute diced tomatoes for the tomatoes and green chilies if your family prefers mild flavors.
- If your family doesn't like the texture or taste of okra, try substituting about 1-½ cups of zucchini chopped into large pieces for the okra. If using zucchini, I recommend sautéing it in the pan in a little oil before adding the other vegetables to give it a little time to cook. When it is starting to soften and shrink, go ahead and add the black beans, tomatoes, and corn.
Day 5 Dinner Menu
- Apple Cheese Sunflower Melts
- Raw Vegetables
Apple Cheddar Melt
- 4 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 4 slices whole wheat bread
- 1 apple
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- ½ cup sunflower seeds
- 4 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- Toast the bread. While the bread is toasting, cut the apple into thin slices and mix the apple slices with lemon juice to keep them from browning.
- When the toast is ready, spread it with the mayonnaise and layer the apple slices on each piece.
- Sprinkle the sunflower seeds on top of the apple slices and top with a slice of cheddar.
- Toast until cheese is melted. Cut into triangles and serve immediately.
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