Enjoy a peek into what are are eating at our house for dinner! The menu doesn’t include everything as of right now but hopefully I will get there soon. I will do my best to post a recipe, but that mostly will happen the week after I make it. . just because of timing. How do I shop and plan? I do most of my menu planning around what is in season, what I have time for that day, what might be left in the fridge, and of course inspiration from other websites, magazines, and recipe books!!! I also like to repurpose things I already have on hand from another recipe so there is little waste, and even cook bigger cuts of meat on the weekend to use for multiple meals. For lunch, my husband and I almost always have leftovers. We like it that way!
Cod Tacos – Bake cod at 375 with some olive oil or butter, lime juice, cumin, paprika, chilli powder, salt and pepper, until flakes. Then break apart and toss with lime and cilantro. Serve with toppings of choice. I made a pineapple salsa and a lime slaw salad.
Bacon Butternut Squash with pasta – adapted from Food Network added a couple tablespoons cream and crisp bacon.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts: Trim and half, Toss with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast at 400 until nicely brown and caramelized.
Chicken Pot Pies (Had it last week as well since it’s such a hit in our house) I adapted from The Pioneer Women and make my own pie crust.
Bialy: with caramelized onions and diced ham, turkey and cheese adapted from Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. The recipe for Bialy can be found in the book, and I think the book is worth every penny.
Roasted Broccoli – Split into bit size piece, toss with oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 425 until nicely charred. Season with salt and pepper.
Burgers and Fries – I love shake shack style burger and fries! Take a look at Smitten Kitchen for a great recipe. One difference I have is I flatten the burgers and then put in the freezer. For the fries I have tested three different methods and to figure out what it the best way to get crispy fries. I have to say I Looooovvvvveeee fries.
Here is the three method I have tried: 1) Par cooking 2) Soaking for at least an hour in cold water 3)Strait into the oven. I have to say that par cooking and soaking them in water there was no discernible difference so it is not worth the time par cooking. I think it comes down to how much time do you have? Can you let your fries soak in water before baking them. If so then go at it, soak, drain, dry and season! If not just roast away in a 425 degree oven until crisp and brown turning a couple times. For easy clean up and to make sure that your potatoes don’t stick, bake them on a piece of parchment paper.
Vegetable Soup: Wonderful vegetable soup, loaded with whatever you have in the fridge or freezer! Everyone needs to know how to make a great veggie soup without a recipe! A tutorial on this is coming soon!!
To round out the week we picked up “dinner to go” Well, we actually had cheesecake for dinner. My 5 year old broke his foot, rough housing with all the other boys in the house, and ended up at the ER. So cheesecake for dinner it was!
Hope your week was filled with wonderful meals.