Meal Plan of the Week and Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Hi friends! My apologies, I've been a lazy blogger this past week -- didn't write one blog post, but I'm back and ready to share my meal plan for this week. After a week or so of not trying one new recipe, I was so looking forward to some time in the kitchen today. You see, I never thought of myself as a creative person --cannot carry a tune, cannot draw much more than a stick figure, but as an adult, I realized my artistic talents lie in the kitchen. I desperately needed some "kitchen therapy" today and I'm so glad I could be productive and try out some new recipes at the same time.
This upcoming week is going to be a little nuts. As if I wasn't busy enough, I have been called for jury duty. Yup, at almost 38 years of age, they finally found me -- must be the fact that after moving 9 times in the 10 or so years after college, we finally settled down here for the past 6 years. So, I have no clue how this will impact my week. I decided the best course of action was to get a week's worth of meals made and really, no downside to that -- I hear best case scenario will be getting dismissed early in the day, but if not, the meals are ready to go!

Sunday: Lemon-Greek Swordfish (traditionally used for chicken, but I found fresh, wild-caught swordfish at the store today and knew this would be a perfect marinade), kohlrabi-chive fritters, kale chips
Monday: Baked Fajitas, brown rice (all fajita ingredients placed in a Ziploc bag and ready for the oven), I will use my rice cooker for the rice while the fajitas bake.
Tuesday: Taco night! (taco meat cooked and ready to be reheated, 1 batch for the fridge, 1 batch for the freezer). I used my Homemade Taco Seasoning!
Wednesday: Spaghetti and salad (1 mason jar for the fridge, 3 quart bags for the freezer). Scroll down for sauce recipe!
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Homemade pizza
Saturday: Dinner Out
In addition to the dinners I baked up some Zucchini-Oat Cookies with frozen zucchini from the summer. Taste testing received 2 thumbs up from the kiddos!
Here is my favorite homemade spaghetti sauce recipe. I actually had been using jarred sauce for the past month or so (like I said lazy blogger recently) and it was met with grumbles and "Mom, when are you going to make the good sauce?". So, today I simmered a batch on the stove and I know I will have happy customers later in the week! This recipe comes via my friend Tracy (her Mom's recipe) -- so easy and you can customize to your family's tastes. This week I used ground beef for a classic meat sauce, but I often make a batch of Fresh Mama Meatballs and let them simmer for hours. So, yummy!
Basic Spaghetti Meat Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, pressed
2 pounds lean ground beef
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
1 28 oz can tomato-sauce
1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
4 cups water
1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium high heat, add onion and cook 3-4 minutes until fragrant and clear.
2. Add garlic, ground beef, salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, cook until ground beef is browned.
3. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, paste, water and stir well.
4. Bring to a boil and then lower heat to a simmer.
5. Simmer on low 1-4+ hours, stirring occasionally, taste for seasoning and adjust as needed before serving. (I sometimes transfer to the crock-pot if I won't be home to monitor the stove. Works just as well!).

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1 comment:

  1. mmmmm, what to make from this list this week. I need to decide before I hit the grocery store.


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