Friday, August 7, 2009

Meal Plan from a Week or So ago.

This is a couple weeks ago but when I am looking for recipes it helps to have lots to choose from.

Meal 1: Porkchops and Baked Potatoes
The porkchops come from Sam's. They sell marinated pork loins...enough to feed an army. I bring them home, cut them into generous steaks and freeze two in a bag. I usually get 10-12 out of a pork loin. All you have to do is defrost and grill!

You can make your baked potatoes any way you like but this is how we do them. Poke a few holes in the potato, drizzle olive oil on the potato and sprinkle with kosher salt. Wrap up in aluminum foil and put on a medium grill for about 30 minutes. You will need to turn every 7 minutes or so. The olive oil and salt makes the skins crispy and yummy. Like momma always said, the skin is where all the vitamins are. So eat your vitamins!

Meal 2: Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf--Holy Moly
This looks like a heart attack waiting to happen but if your husband is as big a fan of meat and potatoes as mine, he is almost guaranteed to like this one.
I think we had potatoes of some sort with this and a salad. We did the meatloaf without the french's onions but you use your own tastes!

Meal 3: Greek Chicken- just like the Greek Wings but with a whole chicken. I can't for the life of me remember what I made with it. Try grilled zucchini. Slice the zucchini lengthwise into 1/2" strips, season with olive oil S & P and grill. Yummy and easy.

Meal 4: Grilled Sweet and spice Salmon & Corn
Combine dried oregano, seasoned salt, parsley, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Just a little bit of each, Sprinkle on the salmon. We use filets with the skin on but don't put the seasoning on the skin side. Grill skin side down for about 5 minutes. Bring in and finish cooking in a skillet, skin side up. The heat of the grill usually causes the skin to be very easy to just peel off by hand. The skillet sears all the herbs onto the meat. Be careful not to overcook. Fish doesn't take very long

The corn is another easy one. I put these out of order on here b/c I woudl start the corn before the fish. Buy corn in the husk. This is important....LEAVE IT IN THE HUSK! I can't tell you how frustrated it makes me when I see people shucking perfectly fresh corn. People, the best way to cook fresh summer corn is to grill it in the clothes it comes in! There's a reason God made it that way. Seriously, don't do a thing to it, unless there are a ton of the silks hanging out the top, I usually rip those out b/c they catch on fire but just rotate it every so often and cook on a medium grill for about 30 minutes. Just be careful when you go to shuck it after its cooked. Oh and by the way, don't worry if the husks get brown and crispy, that's how you should know its done!

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