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I posted these under lil's grown up thread but thought the rest of you might want to see them too.

Please add any recipe for your meals this week or your favorite recipe!
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    edited December 2011

    6 turkey and pork meat balls:
     I made these with 1/4 lb of pork, 1/2 pound of turkey, 1/2 cup Italian bread crumbs, 1/4 cup Panko bread crumbs, 1 egg, 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese and 1tsp Italian spices. Roll these into to 1-2" balls and roll around a hot pan with a bit of olive oil in the bottom until nice and crusty on the outside. You can cut one open to make sure they aren't pink inside.

    Also I make my sauce from scratch:
    1 BIG can crushed tomatoes
    2 cans diced tomatoes
    1/2 small can tomato paste
    1/4 of an onion chopped
    2 cloves garlic minced
    1 1/2 tbs Italian spices
    5 big leave of basil chopped
    1 tsp of salt
    1 tsp pepper
    1 tsp garlic powder

    Cook the onion and garlic in large sauce pan first until translucent then add the rest of the ingredients and add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste. Add meat balls and kind of mash everything with a potato masher.

    Now you make a  bechamel sauce.

    1/2 flour mixed with 1 cup milk, put aside
    melt 2 tbs butter or margarine in a small sauce pan
    slowly add the flour milk mixture and stir constantly with a whisk.
    add a dash of white pepper, a dash of nutmeg
    I add a 1/4 parmesan for extra taste.

    Now, layer sauce (with meatballs mixed in), noodles, bechamel, ricotta cheese, ham (YES, HAM), sauce, noodles, sauce, bechamel, parmesan cheese (shredded melts better)

    Cover with foil and put in the oven for 40 minutes at 375. take off foil and continue to cook for 15 more minutes.

    Let set for 15 minutes and enjoy :)
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    edited December 2011
     I used to make it with Velveeta mac and cheese and spread baked tater tots with cheese on top for the crust. Not healthy at all, but so delicious!!!

    No I make my tuna noodle casserole like this:

    1 box of organic whole grain pasta mac and cheese, I like Annie's
    1 bag steam in microwave broccoli
    2 cans tuna
    1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
    1/4 cup shredded Mexican cheese

    I make the macaroni using skim milk and margarine, then add in the broccoli, then the tuna. Mix until everything is covered in cheesy goodness. Put everything in a casserole dish sprinkle Panko bread crumbs then cheese over top and spray a little butter flavored Pam. Pop in the oven at 375 for about 15 minute then let sit for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

    I have found this to have double the protein and 1/2 the calories of a regular tuna noodle casserole.
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    edited December 2011
    Not making this THIS week but will be making it in a few weeks for dinner with my parents, BF's parents, and us.  Have made it a few times before and it's DEE-lish (even if not at all healthy!).

    ETA: the original post messed up the recipe format, trying again!

    Serves 6 (or 4 people who really like artichokes & bacon!!)

    For artichoke hearts:
    1/3 cup butter
    2 leeks, washed, dried, sliced
    2 tbsp chopped capers
    2 tbsp chopped anchovies (I've never added this so if you don't like them, don't add them!)
    1 1-lb can artichoke hearts, drained
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    1 garlic clove, crushed
    1 cup light cream
    2 tsp cornstarch

    For bacon:
    1 tbsp olive or safflower oil
    6 strips bacon
    2 tbsp chopped fresh dill (or 2 tsp dried dill - though I highly recommend fresh)
    1 tbsp chopped parsley (I don't think this adds much to the dish so don't add it if you aren't a fan or are fresh out of it)

    For artichokes:
    Melt butter in frying pan.  Add leeks; cook over low for 5 minutes, or until leeks soften.  Add capers, anchovies, drained artichokes, wine and garlic.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes.  Combine cream & cornstarch; add to artichoke mix and stir until sauce boils and thickens.  Remove from heat. 

    For bacon:
    Heat oil in frying pan.  Fry bacon until crsip, then roughly chop.

    Add bacon to artichokes with dill and parsley.  Stir over low heat until heated through. 

    One last note: I usually just do the bacon on its own, not in oil, since it doesn't really need it.  I do it ahead of time and let it drain on papertowels until I'm ready to add it at the end.
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    edited December 2011
    You ladies are making me hungry! Especially the artichokes and bacon, that sounds soooo good right now.

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    edited December 2011
    This is my favorite "impress your company" recipe. 

    Renegade Pork with Mango and Ginger Rub:

    it's a little in depth but it's totally worth it. I use Cupcake chardonay for the wine in the recipe and serve with. Enjoy!
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