Weekly Menu: February 8-14, 2015

Roasted Pear-Butternut Squash Soup with Stilton

Sunday: Dinner out after a local dance performance
Monday: Leftovers: Frozen Butternut Squash Soup
Tuesday: Chickpeas with Chard and Poached Eggs
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Butternut Squash Soup
Thursday: Dinner Date!
Friday: Leftovers: Chickpeas with Chard and Poached Eggs
Saturday: Girls Valentine's Dinner and Movie Night
I'm really looking forward to a bit more eating at home this week...excited for some yummy home-cooked food! First, I'm pulling one of my all-time favorite soups that I made a while back out of the freezer, Roasted Butternut Squash and Pear Soup with Stilton. Yum!

Then I'm making a new recipe from last month's Bon Appétit magazine, Chickpeas with Chard and Poached Eggs.  You all know how I love eggs in my dinner!  This recipe, however, calls for quite a few unique ingredients and while I typically don't change things up the first time I make a new recipe I most likely will this time just to keep things a bit more simple and cost effective.  So I'll likely use canned chickpeas, make my own baharat spice mix, use golden raisins instead of barberries, and use Greek yogurt for the Labneh.  Hopefully these changes don't totally butcher what sounds like a delicious meal...but I think it should all work out!

For Valentine's Day I'm having a girl's night in where we're going to cook a yummy meal together, including chocolate covered strawberries (of course!), watch some movies and celebrate our love of girlfriends and great friendships instead of worrying about those silly boys on this special day.  I haven't quite decided on the rest of the menu yet, but plan to post it a bit later this week, so stay tuned!

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: February 1-7, 2015

Rapini & Tomatoes

Sunday: PATRIOTS SUPERBOWL!!!
Monday: Grilled Citrus Cod with Roasted Rapini & Tomatoes
Tuesday: Happy Hour!
Wednesday:   Leftovers: Grilled Cod with Rapini
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Friday: Date Night!
Saturday: ArtPoint Gala!
Like any good New Englander I can barely focus on anything until this Superbowl is over...so anxious and excited for the Pats! I'll likely be making a batch of my famous buffalo chicken meatballs for the game but otherwise keeping it light, simple and healthy this week.

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...

Go Pats!
Weekly Menu: January 25-31, 2015

French Lentil Salad

Sunday: French Lentil Salad and Grilled Chicken
Monday: Leftovers: Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew
Tuesday: Work Dinner at Pican
Wednesday:   Leftovers: French Lentil Salad & Grilled Chicken
Thursday: Work dinner at E&O Kitchen
Friday: Leftovers: French Lentil Salad & Grilled Chicken
Saturday: Date Night!
Another busy week ahead, but this one with a few work dinners and events.  So I'm stretching my leftovers from last week into this week as well and then making one of my favorite dishes from the detox I did in January of 2013...French Lentil Salad. 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...
Weekly Menu: January 18-24, 2015

Curried Cauliflower & Chickpea Stew

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

The Key Components to Garlicky Red Lentil Soup

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

Roast Chicken

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
New Year's Eve Osso Buco

New Year's Eve Osso Buco

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: December 21-27, 2014
Sunday: 60s Holiday Cocktail Party
Monday: Veggie Stir Fry 
Tuesday: Dinner and a Movie with a friend
Wednesday:   SavoryGirl's Christmas Eve Fondue Party!
Thursday: Late Christmas Brunch at Top of the Mark 
Friday: Leftovers: Veggie Stir Fry
Saturday: Dinner Date
The holidays are here! The holidays are here! Yeah, SavoryGirl loves the holidays. Even if this year is my first year doing the holidays on my own, can't take the cheer out of me! So while my weekly menu isn't all that helpful this week with all of the celebrating, partying and socializing the Christmas Eve Fondue Party is one to consider if you haven't decided what you're doing on Christmas Eve just yet.  Otherwise just trying to squeeze in some healthy veggies in between all of the indulgence when I do have a night to eat at home.  Happy Holidays everyone...I hope they're filled with love, happiness and, of course, fantastic food!

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

Thanksgiving leftovers sandwich

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

Thanksgiving Turkey

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 16-22, 2014
Sunday: Leftovers: White Chicken Chili
Monday: Bison Filet Mignon with Gorgonzola Twice Baked Potatoes & Warm Spinach Salad
Tuesday: Leftovers: White Chicken Chili
Wednesday:   Dinner Date!
Thursday: Hopalong Board Meeting
Friday: Breakfast for Dinner
Saturday: Dinner Date!
My white chicken chili from last week lasted a bit longer than I had planned due to some impromptu plans last week so that will help me round out this week as well.  Monday I'm having my friends Jonathan and Katherine over to help me cook up (and eat!) one of my Omaha Steaks dinners that I'll blog about for SteakBytes.com.  So we're keeping it classic alongside the Bison Filet Mignons that I just had delivered by pairing them with Gorgonzola Twice Baked Potatoes and a Warm Spinach Salad with Bacon, Tomato and Red Onion. Decadent and delicious, but should serve well for a post about a New Year's Eve dinner...stay tuned for that!

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

White Bean Chili Fixin's!

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...
Weekly Menu: October 20-25, 2014
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 out of town for a bit so I thought I'd share an old menu from 2012 instead of just skipping this week and leaving you hanging completely! And of course, Happy Happy Birthday to my ex, Christian on Thursday! ---------------------------------- 2012 Post: 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 12-18, 2014
The Key Components to Garlicky Red Lentil Soup
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...
Weekly Menu: October 5-11, 2014
Sunday: Leftovers: Spicy Black Bean & Grilled Corn Salad Tacos
Monday: Leftovers: Spicy Black Bean & Grilled Corn Salad Tacos
Tuesday: Brown Rice Bowl with Kale, Avocado & Poached Eggs
Wednesday: Friend cooking me Balinese Chicken Curry with Sweet Potato Rice!
Thursday: Leftovers: Brown Rice Bowl with Kale, Avocado & Poached Eggs
Friday: Dinner Out
Saturday: Fleet Week Wine Cruise on the Bay!
Camping in Tahoe with friends this past weekend was fabulous and recharging, as always!  Lucky me, I came home with some leftovers of the spicy black bean and grilled corn salad that we made to go along with our campfire fajitas.  So instead of letting it go to waste I'm simply heating it up and throwing it on a grilled taco shell with a bit of cheese for a ridiculously easy and delicious dinner! Later in the week I'm turning to another easy favorite...brown rice topped with sauteed kale, some chopped avocado and two poached eggs.  Sprinkle some salt, pepper and red pepper flakes on top and you have a quick, healthy, satisfying meal.

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: September 28 – October 4, 2014

Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp

Sunday: Beef Wellington Bites with Red Wine Rosemary Dipping Sauce
Monday: Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Tuesday: Leftovers: Beef Wellington Bites 
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Thursday: Leftovers: Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Friday: Camping in Tahoe!!
Saturday: Camping in Tahoe!! 
This is going to be a yummy yet simple week leading up to a weekend of spectacular fall camping in Tahoe, which I'm super excited about! Starting the week off, I'll be making my second Omaha Steaks meal for my guest  post on SteakBytes.com.  They wanted a spin on a tailgating at home dish so I decided to take their Beef Wellington and turn it into Beef Wellington Bites to serve alongside a yummy Red Wine Rosemary Dipping Sauce.  Of course you can also just cook up Beef Wellington normally and drizzle the sauce over it.  I've made this sauce before and it's delicious...only difference is that I mince the garlic and rosemary and leave it in the sauce vs. leaving them whole and taking them out at the end. I also typically half the recipe since I don't need as much. I'll likely serve alongside a garlicky green vegetable...maybe brussel sprouts or peas depending on what I'm in the mood for on Sunday.  Peas seem so much more fitting for Beef Wellington despite the fact that they're not currently in season.

I'll round out the week with an old summer staple...Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp.  I know it's not summer anymore, but I froze some extra shredded zucchini I had from a Farmer's Market run a while back so I'm going to use that up here.  I like that this dish is a bit lighter to contrast the beef wellington as well.  Then off for a weekend of fun camping in Tahoe! Brats, fajitas, grilled corn and more all cooked over the fire...and of course, lots of S'Mores!

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: September 21-27, 2014
Sunday: Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Fried Rice
Monday: Leftovers: Tenderloin & Fried Rice
Tuesday: Leftovers: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Wednesday: Leftovers: Tenderloin & Fried Rice 
Thursday: Leftovers: Chicken & Chickpea Stew
Friday: Dinner Out
Saturday: Easy DIY dinner before going out
I got a little delayed last week, so to start off this week I'm cooking up my first Omaha Steaks product, Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin for my first blog post.  I'm creating a farewell to Summer meal and making the teriyaki pork tenderloin alongside some pineapple fried rice. I'm likely just going to make up my own fried recipe depending on what I have in the house, but I linked to a Food Network recipe for those interested in using a precise one.  Although I encourage you to get creative...fried rice is very forgiving and a great way to get creative and use up what you have on hand! A little taste of Hawaii as I say Aloha to an amazingly fabulous summer.  I'm rounding out the rest of the week with some leftovers I have in the freezer because I'm realizing after only my first Omaha Steaks shipment I'm going to need to free up some freezer space!

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/eating...
Weekly Menu: September 14-20, 2014
Sunday: Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe
Monday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Tuesday: Dinner Out
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orecchiette 
Thursday: Board Meeting
Friday: Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Fried Rice
Saturday: Gala on the USS Hornet!
Fall is in the air, so I'm pulling out one of my old comfort food favorites this week...Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe. Being the singleton that I am it will help feed me most of the week whenever I'm home which is fantastic! But later in the week I'm getting my first Omaha Steaks shipment in which included Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin.  So I'm going to create a farewell to Summer meal and make pork tenderloin alongside some pineapple fried rice. I'm likely just going to make up my own fried recipe depending on what I have in the house, but I linked to a Food Network recipe for those interested in using a proven one.  A little taste of Hawaii as I say Aloha to an amazingly fabulous summer.  I'll, of course, make sure to post a version of my first Omaha Steaks blog post here as well.  Wish me luck!

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/eating...
Weekly Menu: August 31 – September 6, 2014
Sunday: Date cooking for me at his place!
Monday: Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp
Tuesday: Leftovers: Zucchini Orzo with Shrimp
Wednesday: Drinks & Oysters HH then Dinner 
Thursday: Dinner Date!
Friday: Birthday Dinner with Friends!
Saturday: Leftovers: Zucchini Orzo
This week is going to be a crazy, fun one which is fantastic because it's leading into my birthday weekend!  The more celebrations and fun nights out the better in my mind!  Let me tell you - I love me some birthday!  For both me and others, so yes...I'm embracing a week of fun even though my big day is over a week away still!

Starting off I have a 2nd date having me over to his place to cook for me....cooking for SavoryGirl?!  I love this...can't wait to see what he makes and how it goes.  Then I'm making an easy breezy Disappearing Zucchini Orzo with Grilled Shrimp (to use up that surplus of summer zucchini we all seem to have at this time of year!) that will fill my free nights throughout the rest of the week.  Then drinks and oysters with my real estate agent followed by a dinner out on Wednesday.  Another dinner date on Thursday and then we launch into my birthday weekend!  Dinner with 7 friends at Espetus Churrascaria...all you can eat, carved table-side Brazilian meat with yummy sides. I've always wanted to try it out so I'm really looking forward to it!

Clearly I'm almost no help with cooking this week!  So 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/eating...
Weekly Menu: August 17-23, 2014
Sunday: Orecchiette with Melon, Pancetta, Mint & Ricotta Salata
Monday: Leftovers: Chicken Tacos
Tuesday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Wednesday: Leftovers: Orecchiette
Thursday: Hopalong Board Meeting
Friday: Pool Party at Francis Ford Coppola Winery!
Saturday: Dinner Out
The melon at the Farmer's Market lately is out of control. Like seriously some of the best melon I've ever had...I can't get enough.  Ask everyone I work with, I keep bringing containers full of melon to meetings to share.  I'm like a melon pusher.  It's hilarious. Which made me think of this recipe I made a few years ago which was to die for...kind of a play on melon wrapped in prosciutto but turned into a meal.  Yum.  The rest of the week will be leftovers.  My soup stretched further than I expected last week so I didn't make the grilled chicken until Saturday and have leftovers to stretch into this week which is perfect.  Then I have a cooking-free (well except those breakfasts I love!) weekend full of fun.  Lounging by the magnificent pool at Francis Ford Coppola most of the day Friday and a hopefully fun and fabulous dinner date Saturday!

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...