Weekly Menu: November 11-17, 2012
Sunday: Malaysian Beef Curry
Monday: Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with Mashed Sweet Potatoes & Spinach
Tuesday: Leftovers: Malaysian Beef Curry
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken & Goat Cheese Quesadillas
Thursday: Shrimp & Artichoke over Parmesan Grits
Friday: Easy Breakfast for Dinner
Saturday: Eat Out
It's weeks like these that make me particularly grateful for our menus. I'm out of town for work Tuesday through Thursday but by planning ahead and cooking early in the week Christian can just rely on leftovers while I'm out of town. Then we'll keep it simple when I return with an old favorite (that we were supposed to make last week, ooops!) and an easy night of breakfast for dinner.

Sunday's Malaysian Beef Curry is a new recipe...sounds spicy and fantastically delicious and the best part is that it's a slow cooker meal. There is a longer ingredient list and tamarind paste can sometimes be a bit hard to find, but boy is it going to make the house smell amazing while it cooks! The Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken recipe is a new one, but super simple and healthy. Just make sure you prepare and start marinating the chicken the night before you plan on making it. Get creative with the chicken leftovers...we're going to turn it into chicken and goat cheese quesadillas, probably with a side black bean salad.

Stay tuned for my Thanksgiving Menu, which I'll be posting in a couple of days. It's my favorite holiday since I love cooking and entertaining so much.  The planner in me will help lay it all out for you so you can actually enjoy yourself day-of and not be stuck in the kitchen missing the party. If I do say so myself, SavoryGirl Thanksgivings are always a big hit and my guests are quite happy and well-fed by the end of the day!
Weekly Menu: November 4-10, 2012
Sunday: Tunisian Spiced Lamb with Chard and Couscous  
Monday: Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Stew
Tuesday: Leftovers:Lamb with Chard & Couscous
Wednesday:   Leftovers:Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Thursday: Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers:Shrimp & Grits
Before we get to the food, let me first say that my heart goes out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast. As a born and raised East Coaster who has experienced many hurricanes myself I am completely dumbstruck by the amount of devastation this has caused...this world of climate change is bringing a whole new class of storms along with it unless we all start changing our behaviors now. Luckily all of my people out there are safe and have their electricity back as of yesterday...I hope the same is true for all of you. If you're not close enough to lend a helping hand in person and feeling a bit helpless like I am, please donate to one of these fantastic organizations and their specific Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, I think we're all in need of a bit of comfort...so this is a week of quick and easy hearty fall favorites. While that means no new recipes for us, I encourage you to give them a try...I'm confident at least one of them will end up in rotation as a favorite at your house too. First up, Tunisian Spiced Lamb with Chard. If you don't cook with lamb often don't worry, this preparation is pretty similar to cooking a steak so nothing too advanced going on here. If you prefer you could swap this out for another meat as well (lamb is a bit pricey) since it's the spices and chard preparation that make this dish so unique.

The Curried Cauliflower is an amazing vegetarian dish...I found it last year when I was on a huge chickpea kick. Check out my post on all of my other favorite chickpea recipes that I found during that time, if you don't currently love chickpeas you will after these! This would also make a great pot-luck dish to serve lots of people if you do live on the East Coast and are helping get friends in your community fed. Last, but certainly not least, is Shrimp & Artichokes over Parmesan Grits. I've been making this dish for almost 10 years...from one of my earliest cookbooks I think. It's super simple (you use canned artichokes) but comforting and delicious. Just what we all need at this time of year.

Weekly Menu: October 28 – November 3, 2012
Sunday: Roast Chicken with Parsnips, Golden Beets & Sunchokes & Kale Salad
Monday: Salmon over Warm Lentil, Apple & Walnut Salad
Tuesday: Leftovers:Salmon over Warm Lentil Salad
Wednesday:    Leftovers: Chicken & Roasted Vegetables
Thursday: Roasted Pear-Butternut Squash Soup with Stilton
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers:Pear & Squash Soup
I've had a hard time getting back into the swing of things since returning from all of my travel.  I feel like I'm eating too much, drinking too much, not exercising enough and certainly not sleeping enough. The nice thing about cooking so much though is that at the very least, I can control what I'm eating (even if I eat too much of it!)...so this week is full of nice and healthy fall favorites.

This roast chicken recipe is a new one, but I love roasting chickens on a Sunday as the weather starts to get cooler. It also reminds me that Turkey Day is right around the corner...time to start practicing that trussing technique! If you've never had sunchokes before (absolutely delish!), they're also called Jerusalem Artichokes. The kale salad is a DIY spin-off of this salad we make pretty often.  We'll likely keep it a bit simpler to pair with this dish though.

The salmon lentil dish is one we discovered last year that we fell in love with. It's so simple, healthy and tasty. We'll likely make the lentil salad components on Sunday to save ourselves some time on Monday night since work has been crazy lately. Lastly this soup is my all-time favorite fall soup. I made it a couple of years ago for the first time and was floored at how easy it was and how good it came out. You seriously just chop up some veggies, roast them in the oven, throw them into a blender with some chicken broth, puree and enjoy!  Don't skip the addition of stilton cheese on top and serve with some nicely grilled or toasted rustic bread.  Yum...I can't wait for Thursday!
Weekly Menu: October 21-27, 2012
Sunday: White Fish with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes
Monday: Leftovers: Frozen Many Bean Soup
Tuesday: Christian’s Birthday! SavoryGirl’s Steak with Brussel Sprouts & Bacon
Wednesday:   Shakshuka
Thursday: Leftovers: Steak tacos with avocado & grilled scallions
Friday: Dinner with Matt & Renee
Saturday: Leftovers: Shakshuka
I'm back in town and not leaving again for the foreseeable future, yippeee...so let's get cooking! Since it has been a bit hectic we're starting off the week an easy fish and roasted rapini & tomatoes dinner. Nice and healthy. Then we're reaching back into the freezer to pull out a fantastic soup we made from our October 7th menu. Tuesday is Christian's special day and he has requested my famous home-cooked steak (I swear, they're as good as most restaurants!) with a side of roasted brussel sprouts and bacon. My newfound approach to steak comes from a past Bon Appétit article about how to cook the prefect steak, which I linked to in the menu above. Trust me, you'll feel like you're using way too much salt, but just go with it!

Then we're rounding out the week with a nice Israeli vegetarian dish...you all know how much I love eggs for dinner and this one is a winner! We'll turn Christian's steak dinner into some yummy steak tacos for leftovers on Thursday and then we have a dinner date with one of our all-time favorite couples. Between the birthday and dinner with friends I'd say we have a fun and yummy week coming up!
Weekly Menu: October 14-20, 2012
Sunday: Easy chicken Stir-Fry (DIY)
Monday: Salmon with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes (DIY)
Tuesday: Leftovers: chicken stir-fry
Wednesday:   Take-Out after pick-up Suz from the Airport
Thursday: SavoryGirl’s Tortellini Soup
Friday: Leftovers: Tortellini Soup
Saturday: Dinner at Incanto for Christian’s Birthday!
This week is an easy-breezy one...mostly because I'm out of town and Christian is on his own, but he still likes to cook for himself. So this is what he's planning on making this week; a simple chicken stir-fry, his favorite veggie alongside some grilled salmon and then later in the week when I'm home we'll make my super comforting and easy Tortellini Soup. I've been eating a version of this tortellini soup since I was a kid...so really my mom gets the credit for this one, but we did make it our own by adding mushrooms!

At the end of the week we have a special day to celebrate...Christian's Birthday! It's actually not until next Tuesday but we'll go out and have a night on the town Saturday at one of our favorite restaurants in the city, Incanto...read my post from our last visit. Incanto is Chris Cosentino's place...if you haven't heard of him you will! He's an up and coming celebrity chef in his own right, recently winning Top Chef Masters and really being known for his specialty dishes that feature offal. He's one of the leaders in the "whole animal" movement that I hope will start to sweep the nation. Stay tuned, I'll likely write up another post on this fabulous spot after Christian's birthday dinner.
Weekly Menu: September 30-October 6, 2012
Sunday: Asian Turkey-Jasmine Meatballs with Bok Choy
Monday: Emeril’s 5-Bean Chili & Jalapeno-Corn Bread
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chicken & Corn Soup with Chile Mint Salsa
Wednesday: Leftovers:Emeril’s 5-Bean Chili & Corn Bread
Thursday: Tofu & Veggie Stir-fry (DIY)
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Leftovers: Tofu & Veggie Stir-fry
I have been traveling a lot lately so I am really looking forward to a full week at home with home cooking, healthy eating and getting back into my routine. I know Sunday's recipe was technically on last week's menu, but since I wasn't actually cooking last week and this is one of my favorite oldie, but goodie dishes I decided to bump it to this week so we could really enjoy it. Apologies if you already made it last week...feel free to peruse the archives to find a replacement recipe.

A few weeks ago my lovely landlady knocked on my door with 5 big bags of dried beans...she had tried out a new 5-bean chili recipe and had some leftovers to pass on to me. I tried to convince her to keep the beans (since they're dried after all) but she really wanted to share, so I decided to follow her lead and try out a new 5-bean chili recipe myself. Enter Emeril Lagasse...he seems like a man who would know his way around a good chile, but we'll see! On the side we'll go old-school and make some Jiffy cornbread that I'll add canned diced jalapenos to in order to make it a bit more SavoryGirl style. Maybe a bit of shredded cheese on top as well. I also think I'll adjust Emeril's recipe and use half beef and half pork for the meat in the chile. Perfect fall comfort food for a weary traveler like myself.

Last, but certainly not least we'll finish off the week with a quick, easy and healthy tofu stir-fry. To keep it simple we'll likely just buy our favorite teriyaki sauce, Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki (full disclosure, my day-job company owns Soy Vay, but I've honestly been using it for ever and have always been addicted to it!). I linked to my approach for this DIY dish in the menu above, but feel free to experiment and use whatever veggies you have on hand.
Weekly Menu: September 23-29, 2012
Sunday: Porcini Parmesan Ravioli with Spicy Sausage Tomato Sauce (DIY)
Monday: Leftovers: Wild Mushroom Risotto (from last week's menu)
Tuesday: Grilled Salmon with Bulgar and Roasted Rapini with Tomatoes (DIY)
Wednesday: Turkey-Jasmine Rice Meatballs with Baby Bok Choy
Thursday: Leftovers: Meatballs & Bok Choy
Friday: Eat Out
Saturday: Easy DIY Egg Dish
I'm only home for the blink of an eye this weekend to snuggle Christian & Cali before heading back out on the road for one more week for work so this menu is from 2011...but it's a yummy one!  The ravioli dish leverages some leftover porcini paste from last week's risotto recipe and turns it into a ravioli filling...totally DIY. As I recall it turned out really good...I basically just mixed the porcini paste with mascarpone, Parmesan, salt, pepper & fresh parsley.  Put it inside some homemade pasta sheets and slathered it with a sauce using some leftover spicy turkey sausage we had in the freezer and canned roasted tomatoes. Delish! The turkey meatball recipe is one of our favorites that we've been making for years...healthy & flavorful. Then we finish off the week with an easy breakfast for dinner night.  Back to new recipes and new menus next week, I promise.  Of course if this old menu doesn't work for you feel free to go back and peruse the full Menu Archives to find one that does!
Weekly Menu: September 16-22, 2012
Sunday: Slow Cooker Orange Chipotle Pork Loin with Polenta, Roasted Carrots & Brussel Sprouts
Monday: Grilled White Fish with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes (DIY)
Tuesday: Eggs in Purgatory with Artichoke Hearts, Potatoes & Capers
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orange Chipotle Tacos
Thursday: Leftovers: Eggs in Purgatory
Friday: Wild Mushroom Risotto & Roasted Red Pepper Spinach Salad
Saturday: Leftovers: Risotto
As I mentioned last week, I'm out of town this entire week and won't be doing any cooking...so the menu above is from this time last year. Living the life of a jet-setter this week with three separate trips back to back! Fun for me, but that also means no home cooking at the SavoryGirl household...well that's not entirely true. Christian will certainly cook for himself while I'm gone but he'll most likely keep it pretty simple with things like omelets, grilled chicken or pasta.  It's no fun cooking for one and then having to clean the entire mess up too!

So while I don't have a new weekly menu or new recipes to share with you this week I do know that all of these recipes are winners. They're so good that this actually causes a bit of a conundrum because now I want to make these dishes when I'm back in town but they're already on this week's menu! Apologies in advance if you see any of these on a menu again sometime in the near future...of course, you can always feel free to peruse the entire Menu Archives to find other menus and recipes or check out some of my favorite recipes that I've written up on SavoryGirl over the years.
Weekly Menu: September 9-15, 2012
Sunday: Seasonal Veggie Frittata with Sweet Potato Homefries (DIY)
Monday: Leftovers: Summer Minestrone Soup from last week
Tuesday: Chicken Stir Fry over Brown Rice (DIY)
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Veggie Frittata with Sweet Potato Homefries
Thursday: Leftovers: Chicken Stir Fry
Friday: In Burlington, VT for a wedding
Saturday: In Burlington, VT
Our menu last week stretched quite a bit further than we had planned for which means this is going to be an easy cooking week, which is fabulous since we're heading out of town on Thursday night.  The veggie frittata got bumped up from last week's menu and we also have extra Minestrone Soup leftovers to finish up. So the only new thing we're cooking is a DIY chicken stir fry.  While we used to make our own stir fry sauces we really love Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki so we'll most likely just buy a bottle of that and slice up whatever veggies we have left in the fridge before heading out of town.

Also, quick heads up...I'm out of town traveling (wedding, work, fun, more work) for the next 2 weeks so the menus that I post for the week of 9/16 and 9/23 will most likely be old menus from 2010 or 2011. Still yummy, but no new recipes.  
Slow Cooker Chicken & Mixed Mushroom Casserole

I couldn't find this recipe from my favorite slow cooker cookbook anywhere on the Internet, and while I usually just find one that's similar enough to share I didn't want to risk it with this one.  I've had too many bad casseroles in my life (sorry Mom, but you have to admit they were always bland, sticky, mushy, high calorie/fat messes!), but the reason I wanted to try this one is because of the relatively unique mix of ingredients and seasonings that made me confident it would be delicious and healthy. Adapted from the cookbook "Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever"   Serves 6-8