Monday, May 19, 2008

Meal Planner Monday: Salmon Loaf and Creamed Peas

My goals for planning our dinners are: low-fat/healthy, relatively quick & easy, inexpensive (I try to keep it under $5 including what is left-over for a lunch or 2nd dinner.), and pleasing to Mike's taste-buds...now, that's a challenge! But...it is possible, so I thought I would share some of my recipes and meal plans that meet those criteria. Maybe you'll find one that you like and want to try yourself... This one does not please Mike's taste buds. I'll never forget soon after we got married I made this for dinner, a little naive thinking that Mike would eat it and then a bit surprised when he actually refused to eat any (it's become a joke now that I'm convinced I'll never get him to try salmon again)...so now I just make it on a night when he has left-overs or a night when he won't be home for dinner - which is not often, even though I think it's pretty yummy. Salmon Loaf (I cut the recipe in 1/2 and bake for less time) (This is a picture of a salmon loaf from the internet. It is a slightly different recipe, but it's a prettier presentation than what my dinner looks like. ) 2 cans salmon, drained, liquid reserved 2 large eggs (can use egg substitute) about 1 cup low-fat or skim milk 3 cups coarse cracker crumbs 3 medium chopped green onions 2 Tbsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper Heat oven to 350 degrees. (It says to grease loaf pan, but I don't) Mix salmon and eggs in large bowl. Add enough milk to reserved salmon liquid to measure 1 1/2 cups. Stir in liquid mixture and remaining ingredients. Spoon into pan. Bake about 45 minutes or until center is set. Green peas in white sauce Melt 2 Tbsp margarine in saucepan over low heat. Stir in 2 Tbsp flour, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/8 tsp pepper. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture is smooth and bubbly. Remove from heat. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Serve over peas. This is a great recipe for June when there are green onions and peas fresh from the garden. Estimated cost: Approximately $2 for 4 servings (1/2 recipe) (assuming sale or Walmart/Aldi prices)

2 comments:

Joni&Ron said...

ok the green peas in white sauce sound good, but the salmon loaf doesn't...but I'm sure that doesn't surprise you.... :)

Julie said...

well - I sometimes will make salmon patties (same thing just minus the onions) and I've been told that one particular someone would in fact eat it but would prefer it to only be served once a year or more. :) funny how I serve creamed peas and potatoes with ours too! It doesn't quite have the taste of mom's new potatoes and fresh peas but I try hard to pretend it tastes that way.