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Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - cjs - 01-18-2016

What's on the menu for everyone today??

Not a clue here again, yet.

Well, this was fast! Just got inspiration from #115 -
Chicken & Noodle Stew and the Apple Salad with cider vin. Looks so good!

Re: Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - Gourmet_Mom - 01-18-2016

It's not supposed to get out of the 30s today, so I'm making the slimmed down version of the Zuppa Tuscano tonight. We stopped at Food Lion after church in town yesterday for ingredients. So the Italian turkey sausage, low fat bacon, and cauliflower are ready and waiting.

Re: Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - losblanos1 - 01-18-2016

That stew looks really good.

I've got to get that Zuppa on my menu.

I had a request for French Onion Salisbury Steak.

Re: Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - Trixxee - 01-18-2016

Going to reheat the other half of the spatchcocked chicken. Probably au gratin potatoes and a sliced cucumber/tomato salad.

Re: Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - Gourmet_Mom - 01-18-2016

Blane, to be honest, if I had seen the recipe before tasting it, I would probably not have tried it. And after tasting the real thing at Olive Garden, I would definitely not have tried it. But Kristie had my try it at a church function, and I fell in love with it. William really likes it, so that's a big testament. LOL!

Re: Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - losblanos1 - 01-18-2016

Daphne, I found an Olive Garden copy-cat recipe on Pinterest that I'm going to try. William's blessing is a big plus.

Re: Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - Gourmet_Mom - 01-18-2016

Blane, the one I make is quite different from the original.

Kristie's Light Zuppa Toscana (aka Olive Garden Soup)


1 lb. Italian Turkey Sausage (casings removed, cooked and crumbled)
1/2 lb. low fat bacon (cooked and crumbled)
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 quarts chicken broth
1 head cauliflower
1 cup fat free Half and Half
1 pkg. Ranch Dressing Mix
1 pinch red pepper flakes (optional)
Black pepper, to taste
1 bag baby spinach


After cooking meat in a large soup pot, sauté onion and garlic 4-5 minutes.

Add broth and cauliflower to the same pot over medium high heat and simmer until cauliflower is tender.

Combine meats in food processor and pulse a few times. (Don't over process)

Using a potato masher, break up cauliflower.

Add meat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Mix Ranch and Half and Half, and set aside.

Add spinach and Ranch mixture. Stir well. Add red pepper flakes and pepper to taste. Heat through.

Re: Monday's Dinner 1/18/16?? - cjs - 01-19-2016

I have this one in MasterCook -

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Maryann posted this 7/30/08

Just looked in LIving Cookbook also and I have 2 more copies of Olive Garden's version - from 2013 and 2015!!

along with this note -
Maryann likes this soup
Cook Time: 25 minutes - Yield: 4 - 5 servings - A copycat Tuscan soup recipe just like Olive Garden's!
Made this July 26, 2015 - and made some changes. It's delicious. See 2015 Binder

Guess it's time again as it keeps coming up!