Week 9 Summary
Notes for this week
|Easy Crockpot Roast Beef and Gravy||Rice||15 Minute Microwave Acorn Squash|
|Crockpot Creamy Bratwurst Stew||Cornbread|
|Beef with Broccoli||Rice|
|Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce||Pickled Beets||Green Peas with Butter|
|Sweet Garlic Chicken||Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds||Green Salad|
🗓️ Day 1
- Easy Crockpot Roast Beef and Gravy
- 15 Minute Microwave Acorn Squash
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.
Easy 15 Minute Microwave Acorn Squash
- 1 acorn squash
- 2 tsp. brown sugar or honey
- dash of cinnamon
- 2 tsp. butter
- dash of salt
- 2 Tbsp. water, for steaming
- Wash acorn squash, cut in half lengthwise; scrape out seeds.
- Place cut side down into a glass baking dish containing 2 Tbsp. water.
- Cook in microwave until squash is tender, about 6 minutes (time depends on your microwave strength and the number of squash you are cooking).
- Remove from microwave, turn squash right side up in same dish.
- Into each hollow, place butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Cook in microwave until butter mixture is bubbly, about 2-4 minutes. Serve hot.
- Cook in microwave until butter mixture is bubbly. Serve hot.
🗓️ Day 2
- Crockpot Creamy Bratwurst Stew
Crockpot Creamy Bratwurst Stew
- 4 medium potatoes, cubed
- 2 medium carrots, coarsely chopped
- 2 celery ribs, chopped
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1 green pepper, chopped
- 2 lbs. beef bratwurst, casings removed and cut into bite sized pieces
- ½ cup chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Italian seasoning to taste
- 2 cups half and half
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch
- 3 Tbsp. cold water
- In a crockpot, combine the potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and green pepper. Top with sliced bratwurst.
- Combine the broth, salt, Italian seasoning, and pepper; pour over top.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until vegetables are tender and sausage is no longer pink.
- Stir in half and half.
- Combine cornstarch with the cold water and mix until smooth.
- Add cornstarch mixture to stew and stir gently until well blended.
- Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes more or until the gravy is thickened.
🗓️ Day 3
- Beef with Broccoli
Easy Beef with Broccoli using Leftover Steak
- 3 Tbsp cornstarch, divided
- ½ cup water plus 2 tbsp water, divided
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 lb. cooked steak, London broil, or firm cut of roast, sliced and cut into bite size pieces
- 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- ⅓ cup soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 cups rice, cooked according to package directions
- Combine 2 Tbsp cornstarch, 2 Tbsp water, and garlic powder in a large bowl and mix thoroughly. Add cooked London Broil and toss until well coated.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a large skillet; add leftover steak and stir fry until reheated, about 1 minute.
- Remove meat from skillet. Heat remaining oil in pan; add broccoli, stir-frying for about 5 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, and remaining 1 Tbsp of cornstarch and remaining water; add soy mixture and cooked beef to skillet.
- Cook for 2-5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Serve over cooked rice.
🗓️ Day 4
- Pasta with Lemon Garlic Sauce
- Pickled Beets
- Green Peas with Butter
Pasta with Parmesan and Lemon Sauce
- 12 oz linguini
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Zest and juice from 2 lemons
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Parmesan Cheese to taste
- Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and keep warm.
- Melt the butter with the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves and lightly sauté.
- Add the zest and lemon juice stir well and heat to just warm it. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Toss sauce with pasta and serve garnished with Parmesan cheese.
🗓️ Day 5
- Sweet Garlic Chicken
- Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds
- Green Salad
Sweet Garlic Chicken
- 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, flattened
- 6 tsp garlic, minced
- 6 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- Preheat oven to 500°F.
- While oven preheats, heat oil in a large oven-safe sauté pan. Cook garlic in oil until garlic is tender then remove from heat. Stir in brown sugar.
- Push mixture to the side of the pan and lay chicken breasts in pan. Spoon brown sugar and garlic mixture over chicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until meat is thoroughly cooked. Check frequently after the first 10 minutes as the brown sugar mixture is prone to burning if cooked too long.
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