Every time I review a Gooseberry Patch cookbook, I tell myself that it is my favorite. Well it is my favorite until a new one comes along. Just a few weeks ago I reviewed 101 Farmhouse Favorites and loved all the fresh recipes. Well guess what? My new newest cookbook is Weeknight Dinners. I think this is a must buy for ANY family!
This is a fun cookbook and perfect for week meal planning! The chapters are Meatless Monday, Tuesday is Tex-Mex Night, Wednesday is Italian Night, Comfort Food Thursday and Just for Fun Friday! Each chapter is chocked full of recipes under that theme. This takes the guess work out of a themed meal for your family or for a party you are hosting. There are over 250 recipes & tips in this book. Below, by chapter, I will list just a few of my favorites!
Meatless Monday-French Onion Tart, Zesty Black Bean Loaf, Veggie Stuffed Peppers, Japanese Onion Soup, Sesame-Asparagus Salad, Whole Wheat Applesauce Bars
Tuesday is Tex-Mex Night-Sopa de Albondigas, Indian Tacos with Fry Bread, Light & Healthy Fish Tacos, Golden Sopapillas, Mix Your Own Taco Spice.
Wednesday is Italian Night-Creamy Marinara Linguine, Caprese Salad, Bubbly Cheese Garlic Bread, Chicago Italian Beef, Pesto Chicken Pizza, Strawberry Ice
Comfort Food Thursday-Honey Chicken & Sweet Potatoes, Lemon Wine Chicken Skillet, Zesty All Purpose Seasoning, Peasant's Beef Pie, Dill Potato Wedge, Nutty Peach Cobbler
Just For Fun Friday-Crazy Good Seasoned Salt, Build Your Own Taco Pizza, Kid Pleasin' Chicken Fingers, Best Honey Mustard Dressing, Chicken Apple Sliders, Saucy Meatball Subs
"Deep Fried" Ice Cream
4 c. bite size crispy cinnamon rice cereal squares, crushed
1 c. mini semi sweet chocolate chips
2 pts. vanilla ice cream
1/2 lb. fresh sliced strawberries, hulled & sliced
Garnish: honey, whipped cream
Combine cereal and chocolate chips in a bowl; set aside. Scoop 8 balls of ice cream with an ice cream scoop. Quickly roll ice cream balls in cereal mixture; mound balls in a 9" pie plate. Coer; freeze at least one hour until firm. At serving time, top ice cream balls with strawberries. Drizzle with honey and dollop with whipped cream. Makes 8 servings.
Kitchen Notes: I made this on a whim and used what I had on hand. We omitted the chocolate chips and strawberries. Instead of honey we used caramel sundae syrup and topped with a cherry. All easy changes and this is now a new go to recipe when we need a sweet mexican treat!
Spinach Stuffed Shells
24 jumbo pasta shells, uncooked
1 c. onion, finely chopped
2 10oz pkgs. frozen chopped spinach, thawed & well drained
3 T. olive oil
8 oz pkg. cream cheese softened
1 egg beaten
1 T. dried basil
3/4 t. garlic powder
1 1/2 t. onion powder
1/4 t. pepper
1 c. cottage cheese
2 T. plus 1 t. grated Parmesan cheese
2 26 oz jars pasta sauce
8 oz pkg shredded mozzarella cheese
Cook pasta shells according to pkg. Drain. Meanwhile in a heavy skillet over med. heat, cook onion and spinach in olive oil for 10 min. or until onion is soft and translucent. Set aside. In a large bowl, blend together cream cheese egg and seasonings; stir in cottage and Parmesan cheese. Add onion mixture; mix well. Gently spoon mixture into shells. Arrange shells in a 13" x 9" baking pan sprayed with non stick veg. spray. Spoon pasta sauce over shells, making sure all are covered. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min. Remove foil; sprinkle with mozz. cheese. Bake, uncovered, an additional 7-10 minutes, until cheese melts Bake 8-12 servings.
Kitchen Notes- I only had 1 pkg of spinach and it turned out fine. Instead of baking I added it to the crock pot for 2 hours. Tasted great and will make it again.
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