Saturday, July 26, 2014

Meat and Potato Patties

I found this wonderful recipe for Beef and Potato Patties - Northern Irish Pasties over at Simple Living and Eating. Sounded like something everyone might like, so I pinned it.  I was wrong - everyone LOVED them!  The best thing is its easy to change up - use whatever ground meat you like. Use equal amounts ground meat and potatoes and then just adjust the remaining ingredients accordingly. After a few changes this is what I came up with:

1.5 lbs russet potatoes
1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 lb ground venison sausage
5 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp each salt and black pepper or to taste
3/4 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp coriander
dash of nutmeg
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 Tbsp dried parsley
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 to 1 cup panko bread crumbs
canola oil

Peel and quarter potatoes. Place in pot.
Cover with water, add salt and bring to boil over high heat. Boil for about 10 to 15 minutes or until potatoes are done. Drain water and mash the potatoes. Set aside to cool.
In small bowl mix together worcestershire, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and nutmeg. Set aside. In large bowl break up ground meat. If using more than one kind of meat mix them together, then break up.
Pour sauce over the meat.
Mix the onion and parsley in with the potatoes. Add the potato mix to the meat and combine. Divide into eight somewhat equal patties.
Dip in egg then bread crumbs. Heat small amount of oil in large skillet. Add the breaded patties and cook until well browned on both sides.
Serve and enjoy!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Menu Plan 07.21.14

Had a wonderful weekend out camping with my honey. Now time to get back into the swing of things and get a plan going for the week!

Meat and Potato Patties* with Veggies

Slow Cooked Shredded Venison on a Bun with Fries

Spaghetti with Salad (L)

Chili Dogs with Chips (L)

Easy Chicken Bake with Salad (L)
Date Night

Sausage with Baked Beans (L)

Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole* with Veggies

*New Recipe

Monday, July 14, 2014

Menu Plan 07.14.14

It's hard to believe another month is already halfway over! We are taking the RV out next weekend - yippee! Most of last weeks menu went off without a hitch. The brats and dogs did not happen, nor did the buffalo chicken cass - John decided I needed a second date night so that will be tonight's dinner. Not sure about Friday night - we may go out for our usual date night or we opt to stay and chill at the campsite but here is the plan as I see it right now:

Buffalo Chicken Casserole with Green Beans

Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes, Gravy and Peas

Spicy Brats and Hot Dogs with Fries (L)

Raspberry Chipotle Chicken Salad (L)

Beef and Potato Patties* with Veggies (L)
Fish Tacos with Slaw

Mystery Meal (L)
Corn Dogs with Chips

Sloppy Joes with Fries (L)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Simple Lasagna

This is an easy breezy lasagna that is super simple and that everyone will love. It has been so long since I first made this that I don't remember where I found it, tried doing a search but no luck.If you've seen this recipe somewhere else, let me know, I like to give credit where credit is due. In the meantime, enjoy some lasagna!

1 lb lean ground beef (93% lean)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2.5 cups spaghetti sauce, divided
1.5 cups nonfat cottage cheese
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1-2 cups shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
9 barilla oven ready lasagna noodles
2 Tbsp shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 350, 325 for rv ovens or convection ovens. Cook ground beef with the garlic until meat is done. Pour one cup of the spaghetti sauce into a two quart rectangular dish. Stir remaining sauce into meat and heat over med-hi until hot. In small bowl mix together cottage cheese with Italian seasoning.
Place three uncooked noodles in dish on top of sauce. Spread 1/3 of meat mix on top of noodles. Spread 1/2 of cottage cheese mix on top of the meat mix. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on top of cottage cheese. Add another layer of noodles, 1/3 of meat mix, remaining cottage cheese mix and 1/2 cup of mozzarella.
For the final layer add the remaining three noodles, remaining meat mix, 1/2 to one cup of mozzarella and sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for one hour. Remove from oven and let sit, still covered with the foil, for 15 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!