Skipping meat this time.
My favorite holiday approaches and I can't wait! However, teenagers still need to be fed, so here's what's cooking for this short week.
Meatless Monday, Buy a Turkey and Start Chopping!Yakisoba with veggies. A teeny bit of pork makes this very much richer, but it's still good sans animal. Would not recommend adding tofu in this case.Turkey Saga, Day 1
If you haven't already done so, best to pick up a turkey today. We have been getting fresh Diestel turkeys for years now. It was recommended that we get a hen (girl) rather than a tom (boy). There is no difference in price, and I've not a clue why, but we went with what the Turkey Whisperer told us.
While I love the citrus brine
, The husband is trying out a new brine with allspice, cloves, onion, garlic, brown beer ale. I guess the relatives now know they are human guinea pigs once again.
I am also trying out a new old stuffing, based on a Sam Choy recipe. Macadamia nuts, apples, raisins and either bacon or pork sausage. Plus our more traditional cornbread stuffing
. Again, the relatives will surely weigh in here too.TuesdayKorean chicken soup. It's getting cold for California, so we need soup and a little kim chee to keep us warm.WednesdayGyros. We've been on a Mediterranean kick lately.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Food that makes you happy!
Why should we have four distinct recipes for chili? For the same reason I have many more than 4 pairs of shoes. Depending on how you feel, you need something a little different. This week, we are having a new chili recipe and 'mixed plates.'Meatless Monday
Oh my goodness. The CARNIVOROUS
and anti-celery husband has been converted. I take no credit whatsoever for this winner-winner-veggie dinner. He started with a recipe from the PickyEater
blog (which is well-worth perusing!), and proceeded to turn out a wicked chili that includes 3 cans of beans, celery and is completely meatless. It's not faux-Zippy's
, our standard (turkey) meat chili
, or the sweeter Farmer Kenny's chili
, but it is definitely a keeper! We dressed ours up with some pickled peppers and Monterey jack jalapeno cheese. Super spicy and very satisfying.
Turkey on Tuesday Humble yet deeply satisfying
In preparation, or perhaps in defense of Thanksgiving, turkey burger sliders with fresh cranberry sauce
, and a Honeycrisp apple thrown in. We are practicing for turkey day!Wednesday
Clam pasta and soyrizo.
We made this awhile ago and it is long overdue to gt back in the rotation. Using the very last of the summer tomatoes. Love the gentle California stretch into fall/winter.
Variation on lemony-bacon farfalle with greens
. After 16 meetings in two days, this will be a little bit of a desperation dinner. Pasta, Italian (turkey) sausage, arugula and a little chicken broth, red pepper flakes and garlic. And ice cream, straight out of the carton. Chunky Monkey is the potion of choice.FridayOyako donburi.
Since taking on FTE, the husband has been cooking quite often.This is one of my favorite meals. Nothing fancy, just good homecooking. Perfect way to end the week.
Very excited to be planning for Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks.
Japanese Garden @Golden Gate Park
It's dark outside and our heat has finally kicked in. Fall in the Bay Area means it's cold enough for sweaters and boots. But no snow, sleet, ice or gloating allowed.
Here's what's cooking for the first week of Pacific Standard Time.Meatless MondayBlack bean burgers with sriracha mayo
. Another winning veggie burger from Cooking Light,
which we adjusted and expedited. 1/2 a large onion, 3-4 cloves garlic and big handful of cilantro. I did measure the panko since this has do to with texture.
A very good weekday meatless dinner, though the portion is pretty skimpy. It makes exactly
four patties. Best to double the recipe. TuesdayChicken Tikka Masala
, using bottled sauce as the base with add-insWednesdayFurikake salmon
, musubi and ung choy (or choy sum) with shoyu mirin sauce
What was supposed to be meatless Monday has been re-scheduled. Using the rest of the spinach from Monday to try out the Quinoa Salad with Maple Vinaigrette
that I found on Pinterest. This is also a good site for gluten-free recipes.FridayPDQ Hot and Sour Soup
. The perfect way to end the week.
ExtrasSweet and sour chicken
leftovers from Sunday's dinner.
I made a LOT
of chicken yesterday and these little guys are great for taking for lunch or after-school snacks.Recycled croissant bread pudding
This is just too good not to make again. Toss a few apples and maybe a touch of cinnamon in this time.
Have a great week!
No piggies today.
We had a weekend BBQ and are starting out with Bulgogi chicken
leftovers, yaki musubi
and ume for lunch.
This is a very good way to start out the day, especially when you are looking at a day full of back-to-back-to-back meetings. And the first one starts at 7AM. Coffee, please and thank you.
with lots of onions, carrots and green beans. No meat and not even kamaboko. Apple raspberry pie from Avila Valley Barn
(and Bakery. A friend took their kids back to college and brought back a pie for us.Experimental TuesdayGreen Curry Pattycakes
. Yet another experiment from the latest issue of Cooking Light.WednesdayMy Own Chili
and Fritos. I love chili and I love Fritos. This is reason enough to have it for dinner. Taking a break from the Zippy's version this time. And the leftovers can be frozen or used for nachos.ThursdaySalt and pepper shrimp
. We haven't had this in a long, long time, and it's due, especially since it cooks so fast.Slow Down FridayRagu that is not from a Jar
. I'm hoping to work from home at least part of the day today, so we're going with a slow cook today. And with handy-dandy Cooking Light, there is a suggestion for making this lighter and faster. We shall see.
Look for bacon cauliflower mac and cheese
to post later this week. Quinoa meatballs are a no-go.
The Working Parent.
End the week with this!
The week after Labor Day is what we all internalize as the first full go-to-work/school week. And lo and behold, a weekly menu on Monday.Meatless MondayGreek Pasta Salad
. Cukes, red peppers and tomatoes are all in season. Feta cheese and kalamata olives are available all year round. Perfect for outdoor dining for the full week after a holiday.TuesdayBulgogi Chicken
sandwiches. Apparently Korean food has become the new 'it' food. We've wrapped bulgogi a few times, but this time, we'll make sandwiches with kochjang mayo, summer tomatoes and green onion bread.WednesdayJapanese potato salad
for birdie #2. Another favorite that will get rotated in more frequently as now-in-college-Birdie #1 did not care for hard boiled eggs, corn or ham, which are all essential for this. Everyone is happy.ThursdayTonkatsu
, shredded cabbage and rice. We had this in Japan and I cannot stress how good this was in Japan. Mountains of shredded cabbage are everywhere there. We'll aim for reasonable facsimile.
Fish on FridayFish jun with kochojang sauce
. Not too long to make and never any leftovers. The latter is very important for anyone who has taken leftovers to work for lunch and experienced "Post-Fish-in-the-Community-Microwave" Syndrome. Blech. Ranks up there with "Burnt Microwave Popcorn" disorder and chronic condition of "Burnt Bottom of the Pot Coffee"
Have a good week all. September beginnings for all!
Everybody is officially back to school today. I love the cadence of the academic year, so here's to new beginnings with meals we haven't had in the rotation in quite awhile. Tart-style with fresh veggies!
Meatless MondayRat-pa-tooty Love me some Shoyu Fish!
. We haven't had this in such a long time. Long overdue with all the summer veggies in season.Cured Meat TuesdaySanny's Spam and String beans
. Another long-lost favorite. We're trying to save Spam for 'special' occasions. Like the Tuesday after Labor Day.WednesdayChicken Shawarma
. Birdie #2 really likes this, and it's not easy being the newly only child.
Meatless ThursdaySummer Soba Salad
. It's supposed to be 90 degrees out, so we shall not use the stove or oven.Fish on FridayOmi's Shoyu Fish
. Finally nice fresh fish. Halibut, cubed and dunked. I'm also trying to make mounds of cabbage and the dressing we had at the tonkatsu restaurants in Japan. This will make Birdie #2 happy as well.
Is it September already?! Have a good week all and to those celebrating the new year.
It has fruit therefore it has become breakfast.
One less person at the dinner table is the new normal. So far, Chili Cheese Fritos and a humongous piece of red velvet cake seem to help me to get used to this. So the new normal better happen fast.
But the new normal is also one person at the dining commons making friends, chatting about where they are from, what classes they are taking and perhaps even engrossed in a Very Serious Discussion About Very Important Ideas.
This will happen fast too.
Practically speaking, who knew one fewer teenager would mean tons more leftovers. They last two days instead of one! I even got a bite of something before it was inhaled.Meatless MondayTomatoes on garlic asiago cheese bread toast with fresh basil
. Summer at its finest and no stove or oven.TuesdayChristine's Clam Chowder
. We are not in New England, but we can pretend we are.WednesdayCrock Pot BBQ Pork Sliders
. And freezing the leftovers, almost unheard of!ThursdayFurikake Kale Chips
, a Sriracha sauce riff on Mayonnaise Chicken
, and rice. How can this not be good?FridayBirdie in the Nest's Favorite Takeout
. Amici's Milano for Birdie and Boston
(oh the irony!) for me.
Aloha to all and here's to the new normal, on both coasts.
Our birdie is ready to fly
This is the week you have 18 years to prepare for. And it's not enough. My moms' group concurs. We are all going to be messy, middle-aged (-ish) piles of mixed emotions.
My beloved birdie #1 is flying out. Flying 2,000+ miles, yet our birdie assures us that the distance has nothing to do with us. However, for the record, most of the schools that said birdie applied to were at least 400 miles away. And one was in another country.
We're eating birdie's choice this week. But even that won't sway the inevitable. Besides mixed-plate emotions, here's what's cooking this week.
Not Meatless MondayKim Chee Pork
, rice and Okinawan sweet potatoesMeatless TuesdayAlmost Alfredo Pasta
. It's amazing that this uses no cream and non-fat milk.Countdown WednesdayZippy's Chili (when you are far away).
With rice, cheddar cheese and Fritos. No Hawaii this summer, so this is the next best thing. ThursdayThai Chicken Curry
. All of her favorite things.Aloha Friday.
Truly This Is It. Out to dinner at birdie's choice.Extras--Favorites and Comfort FoodVanilla Tapioca PuddingGinger Sugar CookiesBlack sesame and assorted Ben and Jerry's ice creamChili Cheese Fritos
, which is how this mother will self-medicate.
Good luck to all the birdies who are flying off in the next month or so, and the parents who will watch them go.
What, Wednesday already?! As most of you know, I've taken on a Full-Time Professional Job. For which I commute to an office, five days a week. While I had been working full-time as a consultant, working as a full-time employee is Not The Same Thing. Leftovers transformed
Thankfully, the family has proven to be resilient and supportive of this opportunity, even though we are eating much later, and sometimes planning retroactively.
Meatless MondayStuffed tomatoes, playing leftovers roulette. We had a bunch of tomatoes and a few basil leaves. We always have rice, so we cored out the tomatoes, cooked the rice with the tomato guts and basil, then mixed it with Parmesan cheese. Stuffed it back into the tomatoes and baked it til the rice got browned and a little crunchy. This needs a little work, but it is definitely on the right track.TuesdayCrispy roast pork
from the Marina Market, rice and green beans. Easy and not quite takeout.WednesdayJapanese Chicken Curry
. Won't taste like Japan, but won't be an 8 hour plane ride that requires ordering in a foreign language either.Leftovers Thursday My Daddy's Killer Fried Rice using the leftover roast pork, leftover green beans from Tuesday and any leftover onions or carrots from Wednesday. Everything about fried rice makes me happy.TGI Friday
I fully appreciate this phrase again. Panini with apricot jam, brie, turkey, strawberries and arugula
. It sounds weird and almost hideous. It's going to be good.
Happy Wednesday everyone!
OK to eat cold. Way better grilled!
It's been a hectic couple of weeks and summer meal planning always gets a little bit ad-hoc. Lately, the husband has been cooking quite a bit (Thank you!!), so here's what he is making this week.Meatless MondayTofu Steaks.
Easy to grill. Best of all, tofu means that you can use marinade as dipping sauce too!TuesdayMyles' Last Resort Meatloaf
. We forgot shredded carrots, so the husband is adding a jalapeno pepper instead.WednesdayChicken/broccoli/sun-dried tomato pasta with parmesan cheese
. This is a very simple, toss-it-all-together and not really need a recipe kind of dinner.Meatless ThursdaySummer Soba Salad
. No cooking required again when the weather heats up.FridayTonkatsu
. Rice. Salad. Nearly a plate lunch. Make sure you have lots of Bulldog sauce.
Blueberries are in season! Sour cream blueberry muffins
. Please note that 450 is indeed the right temperature for baking. A friend of mine thought that surely this was a typo, but high heat is required.
The kids also made blueberry pancakes and we had yet another cobbler.
Eat Well and Happy Summer!