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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bangers And Mash Dinner

The Game Plan
  • Breakfast - Oatmeal & fruit-yogurt smoothies
  • Lunch - Pizza grilled cheese & apple slices
  • Snacks - Crackers w/ peanut butter & raisins (commonly referred to in our house as "ants on a raft")
  • Dinner - Bangers & Mash, peas
  • Extra baking - Banana muffins
The Plan in Action
  • 8:30am - Make oatmeal and smoothies for breakfast. Slice one block of mozzarella cheese and put back in refrigerator.
  • 9:00am - Finish breakfast and heat 2T. extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the sausages. While the sausages are cooking, begin peeling potatoes.
  • 9:10am - Flip sausages, cover skillet. Cube potatoes and toss them in a large pot filled with water. Bring the potatoes to a boil.
  • 9:20am - Slice one onion and dice 2 cloves garlic. Remove sausages from pan, add onion and garlic, salt to taste, and cook.
  • 9:30am - Drain potatoes, return to pot and mash with milk, butter, sour cream, salt & pepper.
  • 9:35am - Stir 1 1/2 c. beef stock or broth into skillet with onions and garlic. Add 1 t. thyme and 1/2 t. pepper. Return sausages to skillet. Bring to a boil until reduced by half.
  • 9:45am - Let the sausages and potatoes cool for at least 15 minutes. Cover sausage skillet and put in fridge. Transfer potatoes to a serving dish and put in fridge. Dinner is done for now.
  • 12:30pm - Make pizza grilled cheese using already cut mozzarella cheese. While sandwiches cook, mix together homemade pizza sauce or open a jar of pizza sauce. Slice apples.
  • 1:30pm - While cleaning lunch dishes, make banana muffins for breakfast tomorrow.
  • 4:00pm - Snack time.
  • 6:00pm - Warm and plate dinner. Warming options: 1. put potatoes and sausage skillet in 350 degree oven for 10-15 minutes, 2. plate food and warm each plate in the microwave, 3. warm serving dish of potatoes in microwave and warm sausages on the stove. Also, warm some frozen peas to serve with dinner. Eat and enjoy!
Bangers & Mash Recipe
For Bangers:
  • 2 T. Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pkg. mild Italian sausage (either pork or turkey)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 c. beef stock
  • 1 t. thyme
  • 1/2 t. pepper
1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausages and cook for about 10 minutes. Flip sausages, cover skillet and cook 10 minutes longer.
2. Remove sausages and set aside. Add onions and garlic to skillet, season with salt to taste. Cook for 5 minutes. Stir in beef stock, thyme and pepper. Add sausages back to skillet. Bring stock to a slow boil and let simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Serve over mashed potatoes.

For Mash:
  • 1 1/2 lb. potatoes
  • 1/3 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/3 c. sour cream
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
1. Peel and cube potatoes. Put in a large pot filled with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes, until potatoes are tender. Drain.
2. Return drained potatoes to the pot. Mash with butter. Stir in milk, sour cream, and salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste.

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Homemade Pizza Sauce
  • 2 - 6 oz. cans tomato paste
  • 18 oz. water (just fill the tomato paste cans with water)
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 1 - 1 1/2 T. Italian seasoning
  • 2 t. garlic salt
  • 1/2 t. crushed red chili pepper flakes

Mix all ingredients together until well combined. If sauce is still too thick for your tastes you can add more water until it is the desired consistency.

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Banana Muffins
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/4 t. baking soda
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 2 mashed bananas
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts or chocolate chips (optional)

1. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in egg, vanilla, mashed bananas, sugar, and applesauce until combined. If desired, fold in optional ingredients.

2. Pour into greased muffin tin and bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes. Makes 12 regular sized muffins.

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