Weekly Menu 2-8-2010

Back to me!

Monday- Eat Out night. I had to work on Monday then go to school, and since Kat hits up Yoga we just decided to take it easy and fend for ourselves.

Tuesday- Taco Soup. This is a recipe that I got from my mom. Basically a meat and bean soup with taco seasonings.
1 lb ground beef (we did stew meat)
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato sauce
2 cans kidney (or other) beans
1/2 cup onion
1 package taco powder
3 cups water

Saute up the onion, add in the beef. after things look good add in the seasoning and then all the canned goods. Add the water as well and then simmer until ready to serve.

Wednesday- Homemade Pizza. We pick up already made dough from one of our local grocery stores. We add on what ingredients that we want and cook them up. This week we did a clone of toppings that we had at Pizzeria Bianco that had Parmesano reggiano, ricotta cheese, and arugula. Very tasty, made a second with mozzarella cheese, tomato, garlic.

Thursday- Chicken Lettuce Wraps- Cloned from Pf Changs, very nice and tasty.

Friday- Spicy Chicken and Rice- Link right here to the recipe, we have had this one before, very tasty.

Saturday- Eggplant Rollatini- another good one, this time courtesy of Mario Batali- Link again right here

Sunday- Our Valentine’s Night Dinner- Grilled Ribeyes with sauteed mushrooms, whipped potatoes and sauteed green beans. Kat was thinking of some sort of raspberry mousse for dessert. Any way you look at it, tasty.

Weekly Menu – 2/1/2010

Okay, so this is five days late. I’m blaming it on being sick this past week and not having the energy to do anything but curl up into the ball at the end of each day this past week. So, without further ado…

Monday – Paninis
Now that Sean’s back in school, he’s got class on Monday nights until late. The idea is to plan dinners on Monday that allow Sean to eat early and me to eat when I get home from yoga classes. Enter the quickly grilled sandwich. Add some quickly sauteed green beans and you’ve got a quickly prepared and well-balanced meal.

Tuesday – Pasta with Sausage, Mustard and Basil
I pulled this recipe from Food & Wine’s website. Since I’ve already made this recipe, I can give a quick review of the recipe. The sauce and sausage is a good combo, but the recipe calls for a full pound of pasta which thinned the sauce out too much. I would recommend using a half pound of pasta (usually half of a box of pasta). That will still serve a family of four (or two leftover meals for a family of two).

Wednesday – Dinner Salad with Grilled Chicken
The ever present weekly dinner salad. Thankfully, it wasn’t raining on Wednesday, so Sean was able to grill the chicken out on the grill instead of on our grill pan inside. We used Savory’s All-Purpose seasoning on the chicken. The greens and vegetables for the salad came from the Ahwatukee Farmers’ Market.

Thursday – Herb Broiled Fish with Lemon Aioli
Another recipe from Food & Wine. This was served along side a side salad with snap peas and cucumbers. The recipe turned out very nicely and the aioli is incredibly quick to make up (you fix it while the fish is broiling).

Friday – Pork and Shrimp Potstickers
Okay, so maybe this week I went a little heavy on the Food & Wine recipes. I’ve been craving potstickers since a friend of ours made awesome homemade egg rolls for his housewarming party. This is a Ming Tsai recipe, which leaves me hoping for very tasty potstickers tonight.

Saturday – Salsa Verde Braised Pork
I found this recipe in a Sunset magazine in 2008. This recipe is wonderfully easy and the resulting pork is amazing. Serve this with some fresh tortillas and you’ve got a delicious meal.

Sunday – SuperBowl Party!
Some people go to SuperBowl parties to watch the football. I go to the parties to watch the ads. A friend is throwing the party and Sean and I will be going over for some socializing and (hopefully) amusing ads.