Thursday, April 15, 2010

Happy Thursday :)

Well I'm not going to do Writer's Workshop this week because there aren't any prompts I want to write about. Bummer!

The President is here in Melbourne today (along with the Secretary of the Air Force and some other important dudes) at Cape Canaveral so my hubby is on some riot squad duty and will be working late. I'm going to pick up this steam carpet cleaner we've been wanting to buy for a while tonight on my way home. Our poor carpets get SO nasty because of our dogs and all the people we have over on weekends. It'll be so nice to have and be able to use for a long time!

Here is our menu for the next two days. The meatball sandwich recipe is a new one on so I can't wait to try it out!

Baked Beef Ziti (one of my favvvves)
Points value 5

12 oz uncooked ziti
2 tsp olive oil
2 medium garlic clove(s), minced
1/3 pound(s) raw lean ground beef
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp table salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup(s) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add garlic and sauté 2 minutes. Add beef and cook until browned, breaking up meat with a spoon as it cooks, about 3 to 5 minutes; drain off any fat and set pan back over medium heat.

Add oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; stir to coat beef. Cook until herbs become fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add tomatoes and bring mixture to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Spoon a small amount of beef-tomato mixture into bottom of a 4-quart casserole dish (just enough to cover surface); top with half of cooked ziti. Next, layer with half of remaining beef-tomato sauce and half of mozzarella cheese. Layer with remaining ziti and then top with remaining beef-tomato sauce; sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake until cheese is golden and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Slice into 8 pieces and serve. Yields 1 piece per serving.

And for Friday night it's:

Super Meatball Subs
Points value 7

1 pound(s) lean ground turkey
1/2 cup(s) seasoned bread crumbs, Italian-flavor
1/4 cup(s) grated Parmesan cheese, such as Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 large egg(s)
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
2 tsp kosher salt
24 oz canned tomato sauce
20 oz Italian bread, about two 10-inch loaves
1/2 cup(s) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place oven racks in top 1/3 of oven. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or foil that’s been coated with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, combine turkey, bread crumbs, cheese, egg, Italian seasoning and salt. Using a tablespoon to scoop out turkey mixture, gently shape a tablespoon of mixture into a small meatball and place on a prepared baking sheet; repeat with remaining ingredients to make 32 meatballs. Bake, shaking pans every 5 minutes to promote even browning, about 10 to 15 minutes.

While meatballs are cooking, slice each loaf of bread into four equal pieces.

When meatballs are done, remove from baking sheets. Place bread on same baking sheets; top each piece with 4 meatballs. Spoon about 3 tablespoons sauce over meatballs in each sandwich; top each with 1 tablespoon cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and sandwiches are heated through, about 5 to 7 minutes. Yields 1 sandwich per serving.

Notes: Scoop out some bread to create better space for the meatballs so they do not fall out of the sandwich when you bite it.

Top with fresh basil if desired.
Sounds yummy! :) Happy day-before-Friday everyone!


  1. Both those look yummy.
    Hey, you can bring your carpet cleaner here one weekend and I can clean my carpet too! Fun.
    I got an interview in another week at St. Joe Hosp. YEah!

  2. I use ground turkey in a lot stuff - we are trying not to eat so much red meat. (Probably me more than my boyfriend). Baked ziti is amazing!!!!!

  3. look at you ms. chef!! looks yummyyyy

    I remember the days when you were shocked i went to the grocery store every week! lol

    Keep up the good work.. I'll miss you this weekend. you guys have fun ♥