Monday, September 15, 2008
Menu Planning Monday and Funnel Cake recipe
Well, technically it's still Monday here...barely. I had my menu finished early but didn't have a chance to type it up.
Monday- Out of the park burritos (LA style...see link on last week's post). These were actually surprisingly tasty. Also had some macaroni salad with it.
Funnel cakes for dessert-see below for recipe!
Tuesday- Homemade Pizza-I'll have to share the dough recipe when I get a chance.
Wednesday- Sweet & Sour chicken (soy chicken actually. And just a jar of sauce I keep saying I am going to use but haven't yet.), rice and sauteed spinach or other veggie
Thursday- Lentil Stew (same recipe as last week...I have a ton of lentils and it was quite tasty. of course, I added a few other spices and things. I can't ever just follow the directions!)
Friday- Chili. Not sure what kind yet. Steak, veggie or chicken chili. LOL Depends what I am in the mood for I think.
Saturday- Some sort of pasta. Jury's still out on this one. Quite possibly Spaghetti alla Ceci (Rachel Ray) Homemade breadsticks or fresh bread.
Sunday- Chicken & Dumplings(I have a YUMMY recipe that I have tweeked and combined various recipes until I got it just so. Will definitely share one of these days.), garlic peas (new recipe for me)
I was craving a powdered donut. But since I really don't know how to make donuts and didn't have the patience to research a good recipe, I made my old faithful funnel cakes and doused them with powdered sugar instead. I originally got this recipe from All Recipes a couple of years ago and made a couple of small changes.
1 2/3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cream of tartar
2 TBSP white sugar
1 egg (I actually used a vegetarian egg substitute which I like better...the dough tastes less "eggy". If you don't have this, I would probably try just 1 egg white instead of the whole egg.)
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 cup of milk
Confectioner's sugar for dusting
Oil for frying(I used Canola)
1. Put about an inch of oil in a big skillet to start heating up. Technically, it's supposed to be 375 degrees but I don't have anything to measure that so I set mine about medium high.
2. Mix together the egg, vanilla and milk.
3. In a separate bowl, mix up the rest of the ingredients (except the powdered sugar).
4. Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until smooth.
5. Pour batter into a ziplock bag. Snip the end. Start with a small snip. you can always cut it bigger but you can't make the hole smaller.
6. Squeeze the batter into the oil, moving it around to make little swirly cakes. I fit about 3-4 per batch in my pan. Flip over when golden brown. I get about a dozen from this recipe.
7. Remove cakes and place on paper towels to soak up the extra oil.
8. Dust with powdered sugar. (I actually like a LOT of powdered sugar on mine...but I went with a normal amount for this picture so I didn't seem like a pig. LOL)