Double Down Week!!

Y'all, this is a big week!  We're offering two delicious entrees this week, because next week the porch will be closed for vacation.  We felt so bad leaving you to fend for yourself on the 19th that we decided to make up some extra dinner this week so that you can freeze one and have it on the 19th, or whenever you feel like it!

Here's the deal:
Choose Option A:  One of each casserole with all the sides ($48)
Choose Option B:  Lasagna only with all the sides ($30)
Choose Option C:  Shepherd's Pie only with all the sides ($30)
(or choose any of these options as vegetarian entrees)

Tuesday, October 12th:  Double Down Week!
Goat Cheese and Turkey Sausage Lasagna and/or Southwestern Shepherd's Pie
French Bread with White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Spread
Classic Spinach Salad with bacon, hard-boiled egg, mushrooms and red onion with Goddess Dressing
Vegetarian Option:  Goat Cheese and Eggplant Lasagna and/or Southwestern Black Bean Shepherd's Pie
Dessert:  Fresh Apple Galette ($5)

The Goat Cheese and Turkey Sausage Lasagna is a big crowd pleaser.  I recently taste-tested it on five children ages 2-8 and there were clean plates all around, with some kids going back for seconds.  They didn't even notice the pureed broccoli in the sauce!  It's all homemade - from the sausage to the sauce to the noodles (just kidding, the noodles are store-bought, of course!  But the other stuff really is homemade, so the whole meal is free of corn syrup, preservatives, chemicals, and anything else that makes food be able to live in grocery store shelves and freezers for so long.)  The goat cheese gives the meal a delicious flavor and a little sophistication, but not so much that your kids will refuse to touch it.

Another highly decorated entry in the "my kids will eat it" category is the Southwestern Shepherd's Pie.  Of course, I try to find a way to make any meal a little more Mexican, so this is my version of the English favorite.  It's a layer of mashed potatoes, a layer of organic ground beef cooked with taco seasonings, topped with corn, edamame beans, and cheese.  It's so good, and you can spice it up or add tortilla chips or sour cream.  Basically, it's a great meal in one dish!

As you may have noticed by the menus, I love spinach.  It is so good and so good for you, so I always try to use it in a meal, and it's so much better for you than lettuce that it's a no-brainer for salads.  And now that my kids are always watching Popeye on Boomerang, they like it too!  Your salad will come ready for you to assemble so that you can give everybody something he or she likes, even if it's just bacon.  And if that's the case, at least you can be excited that your child ate part of the salad (you don't have to mention to anyone that it was the bacon part).

The White Bean and Roasted Red Pepper Spread is homemade with lots of garlic, and it's the perfect little snack before you eat or on the side.  You'll love it with dinner or have it with salad for lunch the next day.  So yummy, and so much healthier than garlic bread (but, as with garlic bread, you will not want to kiss anyone after you eat it).

For dessert, enjoy a sweet but healthy treat - Fresh Apple Galette!  It's made with fresh sweet apples folded into a flakey homemade pie crust, dusted with cinnamon sugar.  Lighter than a pie and super-tasty - would be great on its own or (of course) with a generous scoop of ice cream on top!  It's also good the next day for breakfast!

As always, send me an email at dinnersontheporchorder@gmail.com and let me know if you are ready to kick back and enjoy a dinner on the porch!

Claire