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)

Funnel Cakes

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)


  1. ok! enough already! I"M HUNGRY!

  2. Yum-O! I will have to try these with the boys this week.

  3. You made homemade funnel cakes?

    Umm....please come and be my friend nextdoor neighbor!!

  4. holy cow. you are PREPARED!!! loving your menu this week! sounds very tastey indeed.

  5. Oh my goodness - Stacey! I must try those funnel cakes!!

  6. Guess what we had for breakfast this morning?? Funnel cakes! :) Thanks for the recipe - the were delicious!


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