|Sunday:||Garlicky Red Lentil Soup|
|Monday:||Grilled white fish with lemon sauce, rapini and brown rice|
|Wednesday:||Blue cheese & spinach stuffed chicken with roasted carrots & parsnips (DIY)|
|Thursday:||Leftovers: stuffed chicken|
|Saturday:||Easy Huevos Rancheros|
We made this fish recipe a few weeks ago and it was so simple and yummy that we decided to make it again this week. The chicken on Wednesday is a DIY dish inspired by some blue cheese we've had in the house for a while. I'll just butterfly some chicken breasts, lay them open and pound them until about 1/2" thick spread some blue cheese along the inside lay some spinach on top, close it up sprinkle with salt and pepper and then sauté the chicken in a bit of olive oil until cooked through. For the carrots and parsnips I'll slice them into matchsticks, toss in some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic powder and roast at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.
Rest of the week is easy breezy...leftovers and one of our favorites breakfast for dinner on Saturday.
This is one of those recipes that has been hiding in my binder for a while....over a year to be exact. So when I stumbled upon it recently we added it to a menu and boy are we glad that we did! Christian actually made it since I was running late but he says it was pretty darn easy for how gourmet and delicious it turned out. We did decide to cheat slightly though...we used canned low-fat refried beans instead of making them ourselves, but it worked out just fine for us!
The recipe can be found here, on the Epicurious/Bon Appétit website from January, 2011. Perfect for this time of year since fennel is in season!
I keep waiting until a time where we actually eat in at Pacific Catch instead of ordering out to take a good photo and tell you about it, but I've decided enough is enough and it's time to share! Pacific Catch is by far our favorite take-out place...we order it in at least twice a month, which is saying a lot for us since we prefer to try new places and are rarely repeat customers!
So what's so great about Pacific Catch? They have fantastically fresh seafood, great flavor combinations and super high-quality ingredients. I order the same exact thing every time (which again, is crazy for me!)...not because the other bites I've had aren't delicious as well but because I genuinely crave this dish pictured above (it would be even prettier if not in a take-out container!). So what is it? It is the Japanese Wasabi Bowl with Poke and half brown rice/half salad (instead of the full white rice order it usually comes with). So freaking good! Ridiculously fresh Ahi, avocado, fresh ginger, micro greens, wakame salad, shredded nori all lightly dressed in a soy wasabi sauce. Don't let the wasabi in the name fool you, it's not super spicy. Mix it all together sit back and eat some of the most guilt-free yet satisfying take-out you've ever had!
|Sunday:||Pork Phanang Curry|
|Monday:||Sautéed white fish with roasted sweet potatoes & brussels sprouts (DIY)|
|Wednesday:||Homemade wheat pasta with tomatoes, basil & parmesan (DIY)|
|Saturday:||Spinach, mushroom omeletes & honey toast (DIY)|
We're keeping the rest of the week pretty simple with all DIY dishes so feel free to wing it like we'll do or look up some recipes for fish and pasta dishes online. We have lots of homemade whole wheat pasta dough in our freezer so we'll thaw it out, cut it into spaghetti and make a homemade sauce based on the brilliant Bon Appétit tips for how to make a perfect pasta dish...no recipe required. Seriously, once you master this technique you'll never need a pasta recipe again. It's that good and versatile! Chritian's heading up to Sacramento to pick up a bike on Saturday so I'll just make myself a quick omelet with honey toast for dinner. Nice and easy with minimal dishes.
|Sunday:||French Chicken in Vinegar Sauce with with Pepper-Spiked Polenta|
|Monday:||Slow Cooker Confetti Split Pea & Smoked Sausage Soup|
|Tuesday:||Valentine's Day: Mussels South of Two Borders with salad, bread and chocolate-dipped strawberries|
|Wednesday:||Leftovers: French Chicken|
|Thursday:||Leftovers: Split Pea Soup|
|Saturday:||Leftovers: frozen vegetarian cassoulet from last week|
We've been on a slow cooker kick lately since we've both been really busy...this week it's a split pea and smoky sausage soup. Christian doesn't love split pea soup, but I do...so I keep trying to find a recipe that he will fall in love with as well! For Valentine's Day we like to keep it simple and intimate at home. Last year we had a really nice dinner with tomato-cilantro mussels, salad, bread and chocolate dipped strawberries so to be honest we're just going to do the same thing again this year! Switching it up to a new mussels recipe, but otherwise pretty much the same deal. If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right?
We're finishing off the week by reaching into our freezer for some leftovers from last week. Nice and simple but still homemade. Just how we like it. Happy Valentine's Day everyone....I hope you have a great day filled with laughter and love!
|Sunday:||Superbowl! Mini Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs|
|Monday:||Vegetarian Cassoulet with Roasted Red Pepper & Spinach Salad|
|Tuesday:||Grilled Halibut with Lemon Sauce, Bulgur & Mustard Greens|
|Thursday:||Coriander Chicken Tostadas with Grilled Fennel|
|Saturday:||Leftovers: Chicken Tostadas|
So for Super Bowl Sunday I'm making some ridiculously good (and somewhat healthier than wings) Mini Spicy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs since I can make them in advance and then just cook them off at the last minute. I'll also probably make a slow cooker Mac & Cheese, chips and homemade guacamole decorated like a football field and put out a veggie plate. Add some beer, bubbly, Pat's gear and good friends and you have yourself a Super Bowl party!
To make up for the Sunday indulgence we're trying to keep the rest of the week relatively light. So instead of a traditional meat-laden cassoulet we're making a vegetarian version and then a nice, simple fish dinner with healthy grains and greens. Then we're finishing the week off with a bit of Mexican flair....this recipe calls for homemade refried beans, which are easy enough and yummy but feel free to use low-fat canned ones if you're in a rush.
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