Archive for February, 2010

What’s Cooking – Week 5

February 11th, 2010

The cold, rainy weather outside reminds of snow days I enjoyed as a kid; lot’s of television, fun in the snow, chicken noodle soup (Lipton with some extra star pasta thrown in) and hot chocolate. Honestly, it looks like it could be snowing outside right now.

Of course, thinking of food reminds me that it is time to check in again and share this week’s meal plan.

First, the highlight from last week: Turkey Meatballs with Pesto Cappellini was FANTASTIC. I cheated a little and didn’t make the fresh fava bean and mint pesto that Martha did, but I used some store-made basil pesto from the grocery store and it worked just fine. The meatballs took a while to prepare, but since we made this on a Sunday we were not pressed for time. I used a mixture of 4% lean ground turkey breast and 12% lean ground turkey, and the meatballs stayed moist and tasty. We will definitely be making these again.

Sadly, we didn’t cook very much last week there were fewer leftovers, but we managed to find things in the fridge and put together some lunches.

This week’s meal plan:
Sunday: Super Bowl Party!!!
Monday: Ginger Mustard Chicken (Olive’s Table) with Shredded Carrot Salad (Oranges & Olives)
Tuesday: YOYO (Alumni Reception)
Wednesday: Gnocchi w/ Sausage and Garlicky Spinach (New Joy of Cooking)
Thursday: Whole Wheat Pasta Shells w/ String Beans and Cannellini (adapted from Martha Stewart’s Dinners at Home) and Tomato Mozzarella Stacks
Friday: Homemade Pepperoni Pizza and Salad
Saturday: Dine out!

Since Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we’ll forgo the babysitter and dinner at a restaurant, and plan to have dinner together as a family. I’m scouring my cookbooks for a lovely meal that will please everyone!

What’s Cooking – Week 4

February 5th, 2010

Last week’s meal plan had some hits and misses…

The high point of the week was definitely the meatloaf. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed it on Sunday night (and for several lunches later in the week). My son thought it had too many onions, but he can be quite picky…

The Maple Mustard Salmon and Gingered Snap Peas were sort of a miss. Every time I smell salmon cooking in my oven I remember that it really isn’t my favorite fish. Oh well. The snap peas, while quite fresh and tasty, had “too much crunch” for one of my tablemates. I suspect this dish would have been more popular had it been mixed with some brown rice. Next time!

The fried rice was really tasty, and I felt like I was serving a healthier option of a not-so-healthy dish. However, I felt a TEENSY bit guilty telling my son that the tiny cubes of tofu were “chicken.” The important thing was that he ate it! Next time, I’ll add some shredded chicken to make this a substantial entrée.

This week’s meal plan is a little light on home cooking, due to some scheduling conflicts:
Sunday: Turkey Meatballs with Pesto Capellini (Martha Stewart)
Monday: YOYO (I have a reception from 5:30-6:30pm)
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan (short-cut dinner) with Garlicky Spinach
Wednesday: YOYO (Science fair night at the school!)
Thursday: Take-out Sushi
Friday: Homemade Pepperoni Pizza and Salad
Saturday: Dine out!

The best thing about Friday’s meal (you’ll see pizza repeated here weekly) is that anyone can make it. My son, while he needs some help with rolling out the dough and some supervision with the oven, could practically make this himself. His favorite part – eating the pepperoni as it makes its way onto the dough.

Until next week, happy meal planning!