Feb. 15, 2010 6:38 pm
Updated: Feb. 23, 2010 2:52 pm
This blog is actually more a place for me to keep record of new recipes and menus for the future. I hope that there are things that other people can use, reuse, and make their own. I'm newly married to an Army man... that means our "dinner for two" usually means "family sized" or "four servings". He is my guinea pig for now; I've always loved to cook and now, with all day to meal plan, I can branch out to my little heart's content.
I will be posting the weekly menu and (hopefully) daily results from the recipes I present to my garbage disposal of a husband -- he'll eat anything, but if he doesn't like it I will definitely hear about it. This is part of the fun of the whole situation... his facial expressions and sounds of approval are part of the reason I love setting the table.
We plan to eat out once a week, and for lunch we eat leftovers and sandwiches (yes, he even comes home for lunch!). I will frequently freeze the leftover serving(s) in individual containers for our snacking/lunching pleasure. If the pile of leftovers grows too tall, we'll include a "leftover night" into the weekly menu.
This should be a fun journey. On to the meals.
Monday, we're having Chicken Parmigiana, Garlic Bread and salad. I use Rachael Ray's Parmigiano and Herb Chicken Breast Tenders recipe on thin cut, boneless skinless chicken breasts. These are always moist and delicious... it's been a staple since early in our relationship.
Tuesday is branching out day... Turkey Patties and Sweet Potato Fries from this site. I told him to think of it as burger and fries night. We are mostly beef lovers (and by "we", I mean "he" because I have a strange allergy to beef and try to limit my intake)... however, recently I've been concerned about my weight and am trying to incorporate some lower calorie meat options. We'll see about that.
Wednesday, I'm trying the Honey Mustard BBQ Pork Chops and Broccoli with Lemon Butter found here. I'm trying to get away from the notion that I must have a starch at every meal, and preparing different meat and vegetable combinations. I'm also trying new vegetables. Hubby LOVES asparagus and green beans, but we need some variety!
Thursday is sushi night... Turns out my sweet little Arkansan husband loves makizushi (you guys can thank me for expanding his horizons!) and can't get enough of the little rolls... or the fried rice... or the edamame... so we're exploring the San Diego North County for a good place.
Friday is Favorites night: Spaghetti and Meatballs, made Emeril's way. Not sure how that will turn out, since spaghetti and meatballs were never served in my home as a child. Meaning I have no frame of reference for proper meatball preparation. I've tried Swedish Meatballs, so I'm confident. Sort of.
Saturday, I'm thawing out some shredded chicken I saved from a rotisserie chicken. I usually get two good sized recipes from one rotisserie chicken.. something I think EVERY cook should look into. I'm making a little recipe for Chicken Enchiladas I concocted from several recipes around the internet. I'm sure you're excited.. but you'll just have to wait :)
Sunday, this week's adventure day, I'm making something I've never made or even had. Broiled Tilapia Parmesan and steamed asparagus. I might pair it with carrots.. depends on how I'm feeling. I have been threatening to prepare fish for about 2 years, but I've never been exposed to much seafood. This is my biggest experiment yet. (Scary.)
Today's chicken parmesan was delish! It took 1 hour, 15 minutes from start to table (not including clean up--hubby finished up the dishes in about 20 minutes). The only thing I did differently to Rachael Ray's recipe was cut everything in half, except the egg and the parmesan cheese. I also omitted the parsley, only because I forgot. It makes plenty of breading for a pound and a half of meat. I paired it with half a loaf of french bread with Garlic Butter (homemade), which I put in the oven alongside the chicken. The DH had two servings, which is an approval written in stone. Can someone suggest their favorite garlic bread recipe? I'm sick of Texas Toast, but it's proving to be the cheapest way to do it for my bread-loving husband.
Happy eating, friends, I'm sure I'll be talking to you soon!