Monday, July 7, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend and, for those of you in the States, a very happy Independence Day. We got the chance to go to some friends' home to honor the day. It was nice to get to know them better and to meet some new people.

For a review of last week's menu plan, I have to say it went really well overall. The Chicken and Onions with Creamy Wine Sauce was good, but unfortunately I accidentally added too much cream and ended up with a very runny sauce. The flavor was great though - even Emily, the pickiest eater in the world, loved it.

This week is going to be another busy one. We are getting ready to visit Hubby's family in Jordan in just a week and a half, which always entails tons of preparation - making sure the kids have decent clothing (hey, it's been 7 years since we were there - I'd like them to not show up wearing torn jeans and ratty old t-shirts!!) and especially the purchase of gifts for every single person in the family. Every. Single. Person. I think it comes up to 18 or 19 in all.

So here's our menu for this week:

Sunday - Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

Tuesday - Mahlouba (an Arabic rice and meat dish with fried cauliflower)

Wednesday - Spaghetti with meat sauce

Thursday - Cobb Salad with lemon vinaigrette (I didn't get to this last week because we ended up going out)

Friday - Mezze (a selection of light dishes - tabbouleh, pita bread and hummous, olives, onions, pickles, hard-boiled eggs, etc.)

Saturday - Chicken Parmesan (recipe below), caesar salad

Chicken Parmesan

  • 6 chicken breasts halves

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • bread crumbs, enough for coating the chicken

  • 3 T. cooking oil

  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce

  • 2 cups parmesan cheese, shredded (not the kind in a can!)

Pound the chicken breasts to about 1/4 inch thickness. Mix together the milk and beaten egg. Dip the chicken into the milk and egg mixture and then into the bread crumbs. Coat well, making sure the crumbs get into every nook and cranny.

Heat oil in a frying pan over med-high heat. Saute the chicken, approximately 7 minutes per side. Try not to turn it more than once as this will break up the coating.

Lay the chicken in a single layer in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce over top (I like a lot of sauce, some people like less). Top each chicken breast with a good amount of the Parmesan cheese.

Cover the dish with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes. Remove foil for the last 5-10 minutes to brown up the cheese a little. The chicken will come out tender and delicious!



Anonymous said...

Good luck visiting your family in Jordan. Enjoy your visit. We are leaving for Saudi this afternoon by car. I am very nervous, but I am sure it will turn out fine.


Sandra said...

Yum, everything looks great :)

Have a wonderful Monday!


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Kelsey said...

That sounds awesome!

stacey said...

can the gifts be anything? big, small, all the same? just curious if there are any rules.

ahorne said...

WOW - gifts for that many!!
Your menu looks yum - a nice mix of all kinds of cultures in your kitchen. :)

Erica @ Cook Quick Easy Recipes said...

Nice menu. I have been thinking about cooking cabbage lately. The cabbage rolls sound like a winner. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

The Mezze menu sounds great! I love tabbouleh, pita bread and hummus. Yum!


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