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!
Kaiware spaghetti from Curry House
This week, we aim for homey-food, even with one eating out day, and this is only because no one in the household can resist discount days at Curry House.
Here's what is cooking at home this week. No fancy-shmancy restaurants this week.Meatless MondayAlmost Alfredo Pasta
with arugula and sun-dried tomatoes. This was a bit leftovers roulette using leftover packets of Parmesan and Gruyere cheese from quiche
Taking advantage of 20% off coupon from Curry House, and one of us extended to meatless Tuesday. Our local Curry House is also next door to Kee Wah Bakery so I had to get some sponge cake and taro buns.WednesdayFrom Scratch Pork Loin
made into sandwiches. With the rest of the arugula from Monday.ThursdayMediterranean Lamb Stir Fry
, while string beans and red peppers are still in season.Fish on FridayFurikake Salmon
, My Very Own Namasu
and Rice. All-purpose Japanese dinner. Or breakfast.
I'm looking forward to some creativity cooking and extras this weekend too, includingFurikake Chex Mix
so I can lay off the potato chips and bring some snacks into work.Sticky Rice with Mangoes,
I also saw a 'recipe' for sweet potato chips that I may try with Okinawan sweet potatoes.
There's no place like home! Especially the kitchen.
This week's menu goes around the world in 6 days--tofu, Alfredo and jambalaya. We are meatless x2 during the week with a bonus Meatless Sunday.
Be vegetarian, at least for a day.
Meatless Bonus SundayTofu Steaks
, edamame and rice. Can you say "soy"?MondayBasil Chicken
. With tofu steaks last night, there is lots of extra basil.Meatless TuesdayAlmost Alfredo Pasta
, with broccoli instead of spinach.
, to use the last of the feta cheese from Grapefruit and Manoa lettuce salad
. Besides tofu steaks, we had Japanese Chicken Curry
over the weekend and there is some leftover celery.Meatless FridayOn the Fly Orzo Salad
. Reasonably sure the husband will tolerate the third meatless day in a week.ExtrasHaupia from scratch
. In this context, 'from scratch' not using the 'just add water' packet, but using coconut milk and cornstarch. It does not mean pounding coconut and arrowroot. I'm hoping for a smoother texture than the packets version. I may even make this tonight!Li Hing Kettle Korn. My cousin told me I took Kettle Korn and made it even more addicting. If you see my relatives or me with the tell-tale red fingertips, you'll know why.
What are your favorite snacks?
Rain and colder temperatures together with a busier-than-usual family and for for-hire client schedule mean dinner needs to be warm and made very efficiently.
Tortilla Soup. Fast, warm and happy.
I was in San Francisco with a client until 10PM last night, so it was El Pollo Loco chicken by request for my Mother-in-Law. There is no El Pollo Loco in Hawaii so when she visits, this is a must-do.TuesdayTortilla Soup
, using the leftover El Pollo Loco chicken. We haven't had this in awhile. We have some absolutely bee-you-tee-ful homegrown avocado from a friend, as well as pepper jack cheese for sprinkling.
No piggies here.
Today's game was No-Wallet Monday. I left my wallet in my car. Not usually a big deal, except that today my husband is driving said wallet-containing car, and I barely ever have cash on-hand. So with $20 dollars scrounged up from around the house, the challenge was to get enough for Monday's dinner.
Here's what happened on Monday and what's cooking for the rest of the week.
No-Wallet MondayFed the ohana for $11, plus char siu and edamame from the household 'freezer pantry'.
and an Edamame Salad
that deserves a second look, using yuzu from a friend's yard. Bought the following: 2 tins of Pillsbury biscuits, 2 bunches of green onions, a bag of shredded carrots, 1 bunch of fresh mint, plus a cake of tofu for $11
! Everyone is happy and full.Tuesday
Should be a normal weekly shopping trip now that I've retrieved the wallet. Chicken Divan
, at the request of the teenagers. Fishy WednesdayMahi-mahi with tomato butter sauce
. It's time to get this out of the Greenhouse and into a regular rotation. It's too good, too close and too easy not to finalize it.
Mediterranean Lamb Stir Fry
Meatless ThursdayPDQ Hot and Sour Soup
. Skipping the pork and using only the tofu from the $11 purchase on Monday.FridayMediterranean Lamb Stir Fry
. We had takeout Caribbean food this weekend and tried curried goat. I may try to use goat instead of lamb, as it is the more locally raised animal, but we shall see.Eat Well. Be Well. Be grateful for those who defend our country.
My own private Waimea Bay. Sigh.
Someone very dear in my Hawaii ohana is making the big jump to the "Mainland". Wishing them good luck, and sending them off with a view of one of my favorite places in the universe--summer morning at Waimea Bay. As the song goes, it's my "pocketful of paradise". I did not get to go to Hawaii this summer, and Waimea gestalt is one of the many things I really miss.
With that, a mix of Hawaii and Mainland cooking this week.SundaySteve's Grilled Lamb
. We ate it with Spinach Bolani (Afghani flatbread) and fresh grilled eggplant that we got from the Mountain View (CA) farmers market that day.
Love my Daddy's Fried Rice!
All you can eat buffet, as requested by my mother-in-law for her birthday dinner. With strawberry chiffon cake
from Whole Foods. The seasonal apple cake is also quite good.TuesdayMy Daddy's Killer Fried Rice
. For A LOT
of leftover rice.WednesdayTofu Loaf
, inspired by Green Garden Restaurant, a long-closed and very local-style restaurant in Hanapepe (Kauai). In addition to an awesome lilikoi pie, they baked up a tofu dish with onions, shiitake and mayonnaise. This version also includes tuna, carrots, celery and cream of mushroom soup. It shall be a grand experiment.
To balance out the Perhaps-Not-So-Great Green Garden experiment, I'll try a fancier Hawaii Regional Cuisine recipe. This one is Hoisin Linguine
from Russel Siu, one of the co-founders of 3660 on the Rise
. This also happens to be my mother's favorite restaurant, and by utter only-in-Hawaii coincidence, Mom used to go to water aerobics with the other founder. Very small island.
Taking the last gasp of summer with Roasted tomato pizza
.Baking ExtrasTodd's Pound Cake
. I grew up with Sara Lee Pound Cake, but I dropped her for husband-made. The 5 eggs and 1/2 pound of butter means it is should never been a weekly staple, but it's marvy as a once-in-awhile indulgence.Go Giants. Beat Cal. Hockey Come Back!
Eat Well. Be Well.
Several members of my New England ohana maintain gluten-free diets. This means wheat, oats, malt, rye and barley are off limits. No bread, pasta, panko, beer or beef barley soup. Rice, quinoa, corn, tamales and mochi are all OK. Spam also appears to be gluten-free.
I'm thankful to have learned so much about gluten-free cooking in such a short time. Wheat products, and wheat flour in particular, show up in unexpected items. For example, shoyu (soy sauce), oyster sauce, and cream of chicken soup all contain wheat flour and therefore, are not gluten-free. I suspect it may be used as a thickener for oyster sauce and cream of chicken soup, but I'm not exactly sure why wheat flour is even required for shoyu!
Coming back to my own pantry, Bulldog katsu sauce, mustard and Worcestershire sauce are gluten-free. I also found a host of gluten-free products, even organic, gluten-free shoyu stocked at Safeway.
This week menu is gluten-free in honor of my New England ohana. I picked these specifically because I think they are gluten-free as is. Last week's lobster in melted butter is also most certainly gluten-free!
MondayMediterranean Lamb Stir Fry
. The one questionable item was the store-bought chicken broth. It contains yeast extract, but this is gluten-free.TuesdayTaco Meat--No Mix
with corn tortillas, Laurie's Guacamole
and Tropical Fruit Salsa
. If it's difficult to get mangoes in New England, fresh peaches will work for the salsa too.WednesdayClam and Cannellini Bean Soup.
Perfect for the land of cherrystones, quahogs, steamers and littlenecks. It's supposed to be a little cooler in New England this week, so a nice light bowl of soup is in order. Eaten outside, of course!ThursdaySalt and Pepper Shrimp
, green beans and rice. The crisp on the shrimp is from constarch and not flour. In case you were wondering, the 5 spices in Chinese Five-Spice powder are cinnamon, anise, star anise, cloves
. All gluten-free.
Tart-style Rat-pa-tooty. Summer veggies are in season!
Peak-season tomatoes, zukes, and red peppers are good for all.IMPORTANT NOTE
I am by no means an expert on gluten-free eating. So please make sure to check your own versions/brands of the ingredients listed to make sure they are gluten-free.
Like going vegetarian, going gluten-free is not as daunting as it seems. One family member even made a kid-friendly gluten-free cookbook to prove it. The food is simple and yummy.
It would be much more difficult to go potato-chip or ice-cream free. What other gluten-free recipes and resources do you have out there?
Send 'em in or post 'em.
Love the possibilities of the Year of the Dragon
I love the festive rush of the holidays, but when the New Year turns, it always feels like the right time to move on.
And while I don't exactly welcome the return to work and school schedules, it does provide a familiar track to move to. There is something very satisfying in the annual ritual of starting my brand-new, old-school paper datebook. With that, here's what I've dutifully written we're eating this week.
, Won Bok Coleslaw
, using honeycrisp apples instead of nashi and pan-fried potato "chips." I sliced Yukon gold spuds very thinly and then cooked in olive oil, Hawaiian salt and cracked black pepper. After two weeks of rice and mochi, it was good to see Mr. Potatohead again.WednesdayMy Very Own Chili
, with fresh whole wheat bread. I've been making my own bread using a breadmaker for about a month now. I still can't believe how easy it is to make bread this way.ThursdaySteve's Grilled Lamb
, which will be oven roasted instead of grilled since it's still too cold and dark outside. Rounding this out with Roasted Tomatoes
, Baba Ghanouj
and pita bread. Maximizing the oven today.
FridayThai Chicken Curry
. I'll cave to rice today, but it will be the fluffier jasmine rice.
Welcome to 2012. Eat Well. Be Well.
My husband made Crock Pot Kalua Pig
and did some baking over the weekend (mango cake and zucchini bread
), so we're starting out with leftover kalua pig, about a cup of crushed pineapple, and some errant zucchini. So this week's dinners take into account all the orphan food.Monday
--Plum Sauce Chicken
, buying a roasted chicken from the Chinese market and using up the rest of crushed pineapple from the zucchini bread.
, the vegetarian meal of the week. Maximizing the oven use by roasting eggplant, the leftover zukes, onions, tomatoes and corn (for Wednesday's corn salsa) in one fell swoop.Wednesday
--Kalua Pig Quesadillas
and fresh corn salsa
--Huli Huli Chicken
(a new addition of an old-time recipe, posting on Wednesday!).Friday
--Argentinian Lamb Chops with Fresh Mint Sauce
(also new recipe, posting later this week).What I'm using from the garden
: mint, cilantro and parsley; rosemary from my neighbor.What I'm buying pre-made
: roasted chicken from the Chinese market (on the way to the 'regular' grocery store).What I'm buying that's in season, but hoping to get from the garden later in the summer:
tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapeno and fresh corn.
No orphan food gets left behind. Or forgotten. Eat Well. Be Well.
We went according to plan last week. However, I learned that one Costco chicken, no matter how far you may want to spread it out, will not feed a family with two teenagers over 5 meals. We ended up with vegetarian Spanish Rice nachos, and skipping Chicken Divan altogether.
We also had a potluck--chicken curry
, ground pork and asparagus (to be posted the Greenhouse), homemade cookies, spinach dip, roasted carrots and sweet potatoes, and fluffy/sticky white Japanese rice.
Here's what we'll be eating this week. Beer bread
is our winner of the week.
--Steve's Lamb Chops
--this is a very easy and flavorful lamb that is crying out for a picture. We also had 5-minute Tomato Salad
, leftover green beans, and tried out Beer Bread
with green onions added in. Major ono
--with the leftover roasted carrots and sweet potatoes from our potluck.Wednesday
--Pad Thai with either shrimp, chicken, tofu, or some combo of them. New to even the Greenhouse. I hope it will taste "like takeout" to my kids.Thursday
--We had a pre-cooked Turkey breast on Sunday. Since we didn't have enough chicken from the Costco chicken, this got pushed out a week.Friday
--Orange-peel Tofu--Another one going into the Greenhouse. I'm stir-fry crazy now. Will be using an orange peel beef recipe and making modifications.Back-up
--Fish Amandine--classic preparation sounds almost as easy as Lemonade Pie.
Have a good week. Eat well. Be well.
Remember those in Japan.