Tag: recipes

Week of April 9, 2017

This week I’m playing catch-up, as we had a great weekend in Michigan but only got home on Sunday afternoon, and I didn’t get a chance (read: too tired) to grocery shop OR make a list for this week. Sunday we had the scrumptious best-local-Chinese-food Hunan Spring – Sol got his usual chicken and string beans, Malcolm and I shared sesame chicken (oh so sweet) and Malcolm ate a TON of white rice! Seriously if you live in Evanston, you need to try them. That’s always what my Dad wants on the first night of his visits!

So this is the PLAN for this week, and I’ll likely order via Instacart. So easy, cheap, convenient, and you don’t buy a bunch of stuff you don’t need (or won’t end up eating.)

Barefoot Contessa’s Lobster Corn Fritters and green salad

I make some pretty big changes to this recipe each time: I use crab (jumbo, lump crab) and I make them much larger, so that 1-2 is a good dinner portion. I absolutely love these. I am a huge seafood fan and have made many crab and salmon cakes, but these are definitely the best. They’re meaty, fresh, and the sauce adds the perfect amount of spice/tang. Barefoot Contessa Foolproof (which this recipe is in),  (and all of Ina’s cookbooks) are absolutely worth getting, for easy family meals.

Crabcake!
Remoulade

Oven-Roasted Chicken Shawarma

I get the NYT Cooking email every week, and while it’s a lot to get through, I am especially glad that I tried this one-sheet-pan Chicken Shawarma. Mediterranean food is something that is so healthy and that this little family doesn’t eat enough of. I am lucky enough to work with two wonderful Indian moms and one Palestinian mom, and they have truly opened my eyes to the amazing deliciousness of food from this region. (I realize I’m describing this region very broadly.) This recipe is so easy and filled with good spices. We used all of the suggested sides and pita. Malcolm loved it too! Definitely a winner and a staple.

Chicken Shawarma fresh out of the oven. So easy!

Pesto Pasta and a green salad

It’s a staple people.

Burgers & Fries

Again, I need an easy week.

 

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Week of April 2, 2017

I promise I’m going to catch up, and eventually be posting recipes in advance. In the meantime, it’s still helpful for me to log these. This week was a bit funny because we ended up going to visit Grandma, Grandpa, and Aunt Connie this weekend, which made for a “shorter” week dinner-wise, even though I made dinner Friday night before we left! We had a wonderful trip and I was treated to someone else making dinner, which my mother-in-law and I agree is the ultimate treat. She made delicious spaghetti and meatballs for dinner on Saturday, and awesome French Toast on Sunday. I am a lucky daughter-in-law!

Pro-Tip: I enjoy making one large meal a week, that we can eat throughout the week for leftovers or for another dinner if other plans arise. Last week that was the posole. This week that meal was baked manicotti.

Baked Manicotti with Sausage and Peas, Side Salad

This is a Giada De Laurentiis recipe that I found through a wonderful lifestyle blog, Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers. Natalie’s recipe page is outstanding and I often review her favorites before making my weekly list. Here’s her post on the manicotti. She also has EXCELLENT salad recipes, which is something I’m not great at and want to work on.

The manicotti was a HUGE hit with both Sol and Malcolm. It had a delicious, easy white sauce in addition to using jarred sauce, which I thought really elevated it to a restaurant-style manicotti. Again I loved using the Hasselmann Family Farm sausage. This recipe is definitely a keeper but does require some work (stuffing manicotti is a bit time-consuming.)

Baked Manicotti with sausage and peas

BLTs and Fries

These were simple, just baked bacon (375 degrees F for 15 minutes), romaine, tomatoes, and brioche bread. And of course the all-important mayonnaise. Malcolm had some bacon and a few of his toddler staples.

Easy Pad Thai

Another winner from Rachel Shultz via Natalie, although I think I’ll add some garlic to the pad thai sauce next time. (That may not be authentic but I think it would be good.)

I had another recipe for this week but we didn’t get to it, so I’ll fold it into next week. This was a very carb-y week; I am aware and usually we do better!

Happy Cooking & Eating!

Week of March 26, 2017

Stir-Fried Udon with Pork

This recipe is so easy and we love using our Hasselmann Family Farm breakfast sausage with it. Malcolm (almost 2) gobbled it right up. And I feel like it’s “healthier” because of the cabbage, which I doubled the 2nd time I made it. Win/win! Sol says this one is a keeper.

Burgers & Fries

This is a weekly staple. I use 85% grassfed beef and whatever cheese is on hand. Have recently been getting bakery hamburger buns from Mariano’s, which are melt-in-your-mouth delicious, *almost* as good as Edzo’s. Frozen fries from Alexia or the Mariano’s brand, and fixins for the burgers. It doesn’t get easier and Malcolm loves a good burger, just like Mom.

Posole 

Who knew that hominy was so good? The texture is amazing. I do the pork shoulder, again from Hasselmann, in the slow cooker while I’m at work and throw everything together when I get home. We eat it with tortilla chips, chihuahua cheese, sour cream, cilantro, and plenty of Louisiana Red Hot sauce.

Pesto pasta & a salad

This is another easy go-to for me, pesto (jarred, sometimes homemade) with tortellini usually. A nice green salad on the side. I was worried the pesto might be too spicy for Malcolm but he loved it! Just make the pasta per the package directions, drain, and add pesto sauce (and chopped dates if you’re fancy).

Dover Sole with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Creamed Spinach

Okay, this was a reach. Trader Joe’s has Dover Sole for a great price, in the frozen section. The sole fell apart a little bit and was VERY lemony, but good overall to me. I got purple “fingerling” potatoes and they were a very different texture; not sure roasting was the way to go with these. The creamed spinach was a winner even though Malcolm wouldn’t try it.

Grilled cheese with dates and tomato soup

I used havarti to make delicious grilled cheeses, added dates to the adults’, and made tomato soup. I really need a hand-held blender. I shattered our regular blender, and doing soup in the food processor is really messy. I can’t remember the tomato soup recipe I used but will update if I come across it. Sol loves tomato soup; not my favorite.

Dinner Diary

Dinner Diary

I’m starting this blog mostly for me. Every week, I look through my recipes (in a big binder, in plastic sleeves), my new Bon Appetit, and a few handy websites, to create family dinners for 4-5 nights. I then use those recipes to create a grocery list, so I can shop for the whole week at once. And every week, I have trouble remembering exactly what we ate last week (I’ve started to keep notes in my phone) and sometimes I forget recipes that we loved. This blog is truly a Dinner Diary. A way to list all of the family dinners we eat each week, so that I don’t lose track, and perhaps to review and post pictures if possible. I’m not sure how far and wide I will share this, but that’s the plan for now!