Monday, January 14, 2008

Menu Plan Monday

Last week's menu plan fell apart... what little of it there was. Starting fresh this week! I'm going to try to keep it simple.

Monday - Matt works late - taking the kids out!

Tuesday - Polenta Lasagna (recipe below - from a neighbor. I can't figure it out, but always tastes better when she makes it!) with side salad

Wednesday - Leftover lasagna

Thursday - Kids' Meal - baked chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, drop biscuits

Friday - Fish with lemon and basil, baked acorn squash, quinoa with olive oil

Polenta Lasagna
4 ½ cups water
1 ½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups coarse cornmeal (polenta)
Tomato sauce
1 cup Neufchatel or cream cheese
1 large egg
2 cups rinsed, stemmed, and chopped Swiss chard, kale, or spinach
1 ½ cups grated mild provolone
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Bring water & salt to a boil. Slowly add polenta with whisk, reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, for about 13-15 min. Pour polenta onto a lightly oiled baking sheet. Use a lightly oiled spatula to spread it ½ in thick or less. Refrigerate.

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly oil a 9x13 baking pan.

Soften the cream cheese in the oven for 3-4 min. Lightly beat the egg and stir into the softened cheese. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet or saucepan and sauté the greens until tender. Remove from the heat and set aside. Remove the polenta from the fridge and cut into manageable 4x6 pieces that will fit together to make a single layer in your baking pan. A few gaps won’t matter.

To assemble the lasagna, spread a third of the sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking pan and top with a layer of polenta. Add the greens to the remaining sauce and spread half of it on the polenta. Spread the softened cream cheese over the sauce and top with the provolone. Make a final layer of polenta and top with the rest of the sauce. Dust the parmesan cheese evenly over all.

Cover and bake for 45 min. Uncover and bake for 15 min more until lightly browned. Remove from the oven and allow to sit for10 min before serving.


The Cole Mine said...

Oh we should have gotten together tonight! Joe works late as you know...Hope you had a fun night out.

Penny said...

sounds good. I've been writing out plans but haven't posted them... been too lazy ;)

ames said...

I started drooling as soon as I read "Polenta Lasagna," thanks for the recipe!

Colorado Knitter said...

I used to make that! Thanks I am going to try it again. We need some variety. As for the meal planning I know my Matt wishes I would do it more regularly.