Weekly Menu for January 30, 2012


It's a busy time around here and it is so nice to be able to draw upon past menus, freeing up time to play in some long-awaited snow!

Monday: Baked Broccoli Ravioli and Rainbow Chopped Salad

Tuesday: Hoisin-Glazed Roast Chicken Served with Rice & Asian Winter Slaw

In our opinion, no household should be without hoisin sauce. You can do wonders with hoisin!!

Wednesday: Turkey Avocado Clubs

Since wraps are a hit in our house, I’m going to use tortillas rather than bread.

Thursday: Tamale Pie, adapted from the American Test Kitchen’s, The Best 30-Minute Recipe

One day I was having the black bean dip and chips with leftover Tamale Pie and realized that the black bean dip enhanced the flavors of the tamale pie. We now add a layer of black bean when making tamale pie.


2 T Olive Oil

1 Onion, minced

2 T Chili Powder (or to taste)

½ t Salt

Dash Pepper

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 lb Ground Beef

15 oz Black Beans (can or soaked/cooked if dry)

15 oz Tomatoes (can or fresh from garden)

1 c Cheddar Cheese, shredded

2 T Cilantro

Black Bean Dip – Recipe follows

Cornbread Topping –Recipe follows or boxed


Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Heat oil in heavy skillet over medium heat. Add onion, chili powder, salt and cook until onion softened, approx. 5 minutes. Add the garlic and stir for about 30 seconds. Stir in beef, beans and tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes. Stir in the cheddar and cilantro. Spread a layer of black bean dip over the meat filling and then dollop cornbread batter over the filling and spread into even layer. Bake until the cornbread is golden about 10-15 minutes.

Black Bean Dip

Blend together:

15 oz Black Beans

2 T Lemon Juice

1 ½ t Soy Sauce

½ t Cumin

½ t Cayenne

Salt to taste

Vegan Cornbread Topping (No Eggs) or use your favorite boxed cornbread

Mix together:

1/2 c all purpose flour

1/2 c yellow cornmeal

1 T sugar

1 1/4 t baking powder

2/3 c light coconut milk

Friday: Tofu Tacos

Our kids have been really into tofu lately. We’re going to try this tofu twist on tacos.

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