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Weekly Menu: January 18-24, 2015

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Sunday: Patriots Game with Friends!
Monday: Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Tuesday: Dinner with a friend
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Thursday: Hopalong Board Meeting
Friday: Dinner Party at a Friend's House!
Saturday: Date Night!
This week is a busy social week but I am managing to squeeze in one home cooked meal...and it's one of my favorites! I have a slight obsession with chickpeas and this week's dish with a subtle, spicy heat from the curry powder is just perfect. Not too many ingredients and pretty quick and easy to pull together.  Enjoy!

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
Weekly Menu: January 11-17, 2015

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Sunday: Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Monday: Fish Tacos with Spicy Grapefruit-Avocado Salsa
Tuesday: Leftovers: Fish Tacos
Wednesday:   Date Night!
Thursday: Leftovers: Red Lentil Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Red Lentil Soup
Saturday: Date Night!
I'm back from my yoga and meditation retreat and have decided to stick with a mostly vegetarian diet this week to ease back in and keep all of that goodness going. Last week got unexpectedly hectic so I never ended up eating my frozen Garlicky Red Lentil Soup so I'll be eating that this week. I'll also be cooking up some Citrus Pepper Cod from Omaha Steaks and turning them into fish tacos.  You know me and my tacos! For the salsa I'm just mixing together some segmented grapefruit and chopped avocado with minced scallions, cilantro, a bit of lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
Weekly Menu: January 4-10, 2015

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Sunday: Roast Chicken with Leftover Lucky 2015 Black Bean Salad
Monday: Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chicken and Black Bean Salad
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Red Lentil Soup
Thursday: Leftovers: Red Lentil Soup
Friday: Yoga Retreat with healthy, yummy food!
Saturday: Yoga Retreat!
It's the first week of 2015 and I'm starting it off right with some healthy, delicious favorites and then ending the week by heading up towards Mendocino for a 3 day yoga retreat! So to start getting used to normal eating again I'm making a roast chicken to eat throughout the week alongside my lucky New Years Day black bean salad.  Yes, I know that a roast chicken is slathered in butter, but baby steps here!  Plus, I'm a big believer in all things in moderation so a little crispy, delicious chicken skin won't kill anyone. Then I'm making one of my favorite hearty winter soups...Garlicky Red Lentil.  Super easy to make and soul satisfying. Enjoy your first week of 2015...here's to a year filled with a good mix of healthy and indulgent deliciousness!

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
Weekly Menu: December 28, 2014 – January 3, 2015
Sunday: Dinner at the 49ers v Cardinals Game at Levi Stadium
Monday: Dinner with a friend at Maven
Tuesday: Leftovers: Beef Barley Soup
Wednesday:   New Year's Eve! 
Thursday: Cioppino Boil at Montara Beach with a friend
Friday: Leftovers: Beef Barley Soup
Saturday: First party of 2015 at a friend's place!
One more week of crazy, busy holiday socializing ahead of us and I can't wait!  This last week has been perfect as far as holiday seasons go and instead of being exhausted by all of the activity as I often am, I'm feeling energized.  So bring on the last week of 2014 and let's ring in 2015 right! Of course, all of this socializing means I'm not much help in terms of a cooking dinner menu this week.  And the couple of days I do have to eat at home I'm pulling some beef barley soup I made over the weekend to use it up and save on groceries. It was a total impromptu, DIY recipe using things I had on hand...so chopped up beef that I marinated in an old bottle of red wine in the fridge, smashed garlic, black pepper and rosemary.  Then I dried it off, tossed it in some flour, salt and pepper, browned it and then deglazed the pan with a bit more red wine.  From there I simply added beef broth, cooked barley (that's been in the freezer forever!) and chopped up carrots, corn, peas, string beans, fingerling potatoes and spinach. Season to taste and there you go...easy breezy, delicious soup to use up some of those leftovers and feed you for days to come! Typically for New Year's Eve I cook one of my all time favorite meals, Osso Buco with Cheesy Polenta. But honestly I have a few options to consider for this year and while I'm not sure which one I'm doing just yet a dinner party doesn't appear to be in the cards.  While usually a girl of traditions like me would be sad about this, this year I'm embracing it.  Out with the old and in with the new!  You all know I've had a really tough year so I'm looking forward to 2015, a new me and new traditions to make this one of the best years yet.  Happy New Year everyone...be safe, happy and healthy...and may 2015 ring in a year of fantastic cooking and eating for you and all of those you love! As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
Weekly Menu: November 30 – December 6, 2014

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Sunday: Leftovers: Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich!
Monday: Leftovers: Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich!
Tuesday: Warriors Game!
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Lentil Country Supper (from last week)
Thursday: Drinks and Dinner Out
Friday: In San Diego!
Saturday: In San Diego!
Well...I'm useless this week. Still have lots of leftovers in the fridge from Thanksgiving and even a bit of leftovers from last week still. So I'll be finishing those up before heading out of town to go catch the Patriots play the Chargers in San Diego for the weekend. For those of you who need a little Thanksgiving leftover inspiration though, my classic leftovers sandwich photo above should get your mouth watering!

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
Weekly Menu: November 23-29, 2014

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Sunday: Herbed Veal T-Bones with Cheesy Polenta and Roasted Asparagus
Monday: Lentil Country Supper
Tuesday: Leftovers: Veal with Cheesy Polenta
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Lentil Country Supper
Thursday: Thanksgiving with Friends!
Friday: Thanksgiving Leftovers
Saturday: Dinner Date!
Starting off the week with another Omaha Steaks cooking adventure!  This time it's using Veal T-Bones...but I recruited a friend who's a good cook to help me make (and eat) this one. He's going to leverage the recipe linked above as inspiration, but since it's a different cut of veal than in the recipe we'll adapt the cooking approach accordingly. Should be tasty, although I have to say I've never had veal t-bones before so will be interested to see how it turns out! Then I'm bringing back an old, healthy winter favorite...lentil country supper.  Rounding out the rest of the week is Thanksgiving, of course!  I'm heading to a Friendsgiving this year so not putting on my full spread like I normally do but I am still making my Spicy Cranberry-Pepper Jelly, Sweet Potatoes with Marshmallow & Coconut and Rum Pumpkin Pie.  Wouldn't be Thanksgiving to me without those three!

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
Weekly Menu: November 9-15, 2014

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Sunday: Dinner & Movie with a friend
Monday: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Tuesday: Leftovers: Pho Ga from Sundays Dinner
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Thursday: Leftovers: Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Friday: Friend's Birthday Dinner in Wine Country!
Saturday: Friend's Birthday Dinner!
I'm finally back from my whirlwind 2 1/2 week work trip and while I'm excited to be back at home cooking again it's a bit of a hectic week.  So I'm making a big batch of America's Test Kitchen's Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili to get me through the week.  Nice and hearty for this time of year, but pretty healthy too.

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
SavoryGirl’s October Posts for Omaha Steaks

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October was my first month as a guest blogger for Omaha Steaks and, of course, I wanted to share my first two posts with all of you! While I'm technically not getting paid to do this, I do get free product of my choosing based on the topic themes of the month.  That being said, I would never write anything I didn't enjoy or believe in and to be honest both my parents and I have enjoyed Omaha Steaks on occasion for years and years.  So when the opportunity presented itself it felt like an authentic way to get SavoryGirl a bit more awareness and visibility.

For my first month, I wrote two posts, which I've shared below. To be 100% candid, I absolutley love their Rapid Roast technology.  Both the teriyaki pork tenderloin and the beef wellington goes straight from the freezer to the oven, stay in a vacuum sealed pack and cook up with making zero mess at all.  Does it get any easier?  And they both cooked perfectly according to the directions.  I really enjoyed the Beef Wellington and would buy these again on my own...steak cooked perfectly and the mushroom pate and flaky crust felt decadent just as Beef Wellington should!  The pork tenderloin cooked up well, but to be honest the teriyaki glaze was a bit too salty for my taste. And you all know how SavoryGirl feels about salt! So next time I make it I would likely pair it with a sweet glaze or dipping sauce to counterbalance the teriyaki marinade. Since my pineapple fried rice that i served along side it is also a pretty salty the overall meal was a bit much, despite the sweetness of the pineapple. So I'd also likely choose a different side dish to balance out the flavors...maybe a sweet potato pineapple bake or something along those lines.

So, here are my very first guest blog posts for Omaha Steaks' SteakBytes Blog...check them out and let me know what you think!

Rapid Roast Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Fried Rice

Beef Wellington Bites with Red Wine Rosemary Dipping Sauce

I'll continue to share my monthly posts here on SavoryGirl, but if you want to keep an eye on them yourself my page on the Omaha Steaks SteakBytes Blog can be found here.
Weekly Menu: October 12-18, 2014
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Sunday: Chicken Tiki Masala 
Monday: Leftovers: Tiki Masala
Tuesday: Girls Night Dinner!
Wednesday: Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Thursday: Dinner & Game Night Date!
Friday:
Leftovers: Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
Saturday: Dinner Out
This is my last week in town for a while so I'm trying to cook a bit more despite some plans I already have.  Whenever I'm on the road I get a little sick of eating out so I try to book-end my trips with good home-cooking!  So I'm starting the week off with so Chicken Tiki Masala simply because I've been craving Indian food lately.  I'm cheating a bit and just using a jarred sauce since I had a busy weekend and won't get home until late.  Then Wednesday I'm making one of my fall favorites...Garlicky Red Lentil Soup. Easy, healthy and delicious!

As always, if you need a few more recipes  visit my menu archives and recipes to find other meals to round out your week. Happy cooking...
Garlicky Red Lentil Soup

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This is one of our favorite lentil soups. If you've never cooked with red lentils before, they may be a bit harder to find but they are worth the hunt. They cook up softer than green or brown lentils and I think they have a slightly sweet, nutty flavor. Most health food stores carry red lentils these days, including Whole Foods.

This soup recipe is from the cookbook, Soup; Superb Ways with a Classic Dish, and is super easy to make...well beyond mincing up two onions. Get out those swim googles so you don't cry like a baby and risk chopping your fingers. It does take about 90 minutes to cook though, so best to make it on a weekend and eat it as leftovers during the week. It holds up well for about a week and also freezes perfectly...I often make a double batch.