Monday, January 28, 2008

This Week's Menu (Jan 28th - Feb 1st)


Is it really Monday already? Yes. It is.

It has definitely been a Monday. Over the weekend I tried my hand at around 4 recipes that I had intended to blog about this week. Guess what... they were all flops! Every. Single. One. Then this morning, it took me over an hour to find my list of recipes for our meals this upcoming week. Hello Monday!

So, while it was just not happening in the Ginger Lemon Girl kitchen this weekend, for new recipes... I did have my friend Amy and her family over on Saturday and made Mary Frances' Black Bean Enchiladas, which were fabulous! And I have to admit, we completely forgot about the "no sugar" thing and went whole hog since we had company. I made Melanie's Gooey Bars, and they were awesome. If you have a serious sweet craving, give those gooey bars a go! They were a hit!

This week we are back on schedule with our completely vegetarian, dairy free, meat free, sugar free week. And next week we can eat whatever we want, thank heavens! Poor Michael is just not happy with this diet. He can't wait to get a Pepsi again. And no matter what diet we are on, Michael says he refuses to give up his morning bowl of Cheerios. I can't blame him there.

This week I'm making simple, easy vegetable-based dishes. I do plan on posting at least 2 of the dishes! Please keep your fingers crossed they they will be blog-worthy!

The ingredient of the week is vanilla! I LOVE vanilla! I'm not sure what I will use it in this upcoming week since we are cutting out sugars completely, but I've included a special recipe at the end of this post featuring vanilla!

This Week's Menu:


Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Vegetarian Shepard's Pie

Curried Sweet Potatoes and Carrots over Millet

Italian Style Veggie Meatballs with Polenta

Going out to a salad bar restaurant!


Saturday evening, after our friends had left, Michael asked if we could make hot chocolate! We had already blown the diet that day with Melanie's Gooey Bars, so I thought... why not! I created this recipe several years ago when I was being super frugal in my shopping habits. It makes an excellent, rich, creamy cup of hot chocolate! The vanilla really balances out the cocoa and makes it special!

Enjoy! I may try this recipe next week using almond milk or soy milk to see how it would work! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

A Humble cup of Hot Cocoa

2/3 cup powdered milk
2 Tbsp. cocoa
1/4 cup powdered sugar
2 cups water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

mini-marshmellows, if desired

In a bowl, whisk together powdered milk, cocoa, and powdered sugar. In a medium sized saucepan, or double broiler, heat water until just boiling. Turn down to medium heat and add dry ingredients. Stir constantly on medium heat for additional five minutes. Take off heat and add vanilla extract. Serve immediately with marshmellows if desired. Serves 2.

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NOTE: This also works great as a ready mix. Simply double or triple the dry ingredients, mix thoroughly and keep in a tightly sealed container. Mix 1/2 cup dry mix with 1 cup hot water and serve. For a really rich cup of cocoa, we will occasionally also add a couple teaspoons of mini-chocolate chips to the dry mix!
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  1. I had some weekend failures myself. Looks like a lovely menu, Carrie. I hope the week is a good one!

  2. It all sounds great. Here's to hoping it tastes great so you can share the recipes!!

  3. You had me giggling a lot today! Wow when you decide to eat sugar again you picked the sweetest, richest thing to go for! Those gooie bars are so sweet and rich. Good though, huh? And your description of the pie throwing up. Too funny. It honestly looked like it tasted good though. I love lemon pie. I keep thinking that a little lemon flavoring in the gooie bars might be good, sort of like lemon bars.

  4. Melanie -- LOL I'm glad I had you giggling! We were giggling all weekend from all that sugar! LOL You are not kidding, I don't think I added quite as much sugar as your recipe called for, but STILL it was a HUGE dose of sugar after 3 weeks without it! I was on a gooey bar sugar high baby! LOL (I think it still hasn't completely worn off yet! LOL)

    Anyways, YES, I think adding lemon to the bars would be lovely (and maybe throw in a little ginger too! )

    The pie was good, but not my favorite... I was really amazed that Kristin liked it as much as she did! She's a picky eater too! So I guess it wasn't too bad! Michael didn't like it because he's such a wuss with anything tart! He just doesn't like tart!