Keith and I started 2009 committed to being conscious of the money we spend. We want to honor God in everything we do, most especially in our spending. One of our areas of struggle was eating out. We were infamous for grocery shopping and then eating out every night! So, we decided to plan a menu for a 2 week period, shop and stick to it. We plan a date night every other Friday and actually go out and eat, but for the most part we are eating at home. It has been great. I subscribe to a magazine called Cooking for 2, it has however just been discontinued due to a lack of subscribers. 😦 I really love the recipes in that magazine and hope the replacement will be just as good! Anyway, we have really enjoyed cooking together and tasting a new recipe each night. I think there has only been one or two that we didn’t get excited over, but the rest have been excellent and easy! I thought I would share our favorite recipes with you.
Here is the first on a list of many:
Italian Sausage Stew
Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min
½ pound bulk Italian sausage
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
1 can (14.5 oz.) beef broth
1 can (14.5 oz.) Italian diced tomatoes
4 small red potatoes, quartered
¼ cup sliced fresh carrots
1 Tablespoon minced fresh basil
½ cup sliced zucchini
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
In a large saucepan, cook sausage and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Combine cornstarch and broth until smooth; stir into sausage mixture. Add the tomatoes, potatoes, carrots and basil. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; add zucchini. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!
Let me know if you try it and what you think! I am off to cook it for us now. We have rented a couple of movies and having date night in tonight!