Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Easy weeknight meals

NYE 2017:  a baby sleeps, mis-matching pajamas, a mediocre frozen Whole Foods confetti cake that I bought because sprinkles, delicious Michigan-made Sex brut rose, cat crashing (or enhancing) our selfie taken with my new selfie stick and watching the end of Die Hard that we started a week earlier.  Bed by 10pm.

A leftover, hodge-podgey post as my first of 2017.  A year ago, this wouldn't make sense to me.  In fact, it still doesn't make sense.  But since it takes me forever to write and finish a post and my last post was over three months ago, I'll call this progress and that makes me happy :)

I used to have time for meals that took a fair amount of time to prepare.  This Vietnamese Noodle Soup took me all afternoon.  My real buttermilk biscuits require me to have biscuity hands for at least an hour.  And remember when I used to make my own pizza??

I was pretty confident we would find a way to still cook dinners at home even though our evens consist of picking up the babe, tubby time, walk with the babe, play with babe, read to babe and nurse babe to sleep.  Re:  the amount of time we have for dinner is minimal.  I'd say under 1 hour.  It used to take me an hour to cook then we would sit and enjoy it slowly with wine or watching one of our shows (now it takes us 2 to 3 nights to get through one episode of Breaking Bad).

We ordered our fair share of take out food but we're finally getting back to the point where a $15 chicken caesar salad from Roadhouse no longer sounds appealing.

I've been thinking I wanted to post some of our easy weeknight dinners so I can use it as a guide when I'm at a loss for what to make.  This post from Cupcakes and Cashmere inspired me to finally post a few of our favorites lately.

Sautéed Veggie and Parmesan Sandwich with Baked Sweet Potato

Cold Smoked Salmon and Goat Cheese on an Everything Bagel

(with a Tomato, Cucumber, Red Onion and Basil Salad)

Spinach Fettuccine with Sautéed Red Bell Pepper, Red Onion and Tuscany Pumpkin Sauce

(and Shaved Parmesan on top)

"Tomato Soup" (San Marzano Tomatoes, Chicken Broth, Onions, Carrots)

and Grilled Cheddar Cheese and Tomato Sandwich

Brie, Apple and Wine

(Store Bought) Pesto, Diced Bell Peppers, Mozzarella Balls, Cherry Tomatoes in Fusilli Pasta

(Store Bought) Pesto, Tomato and Grilled Cheddar Sandwich

I wrote this post a few months ago (August 2016, maybe?) and even revisiting and actually posting has been a good reminder of a few meals that work in a pinch.  I even left this note for myself:

"A recent meal we've made and enjoyed for three dinners was ground pork and ground turkey burgers (mixed with pre-minced garlic)"

Now I sort of remember, we made burger patties, had burgers for one meal, cut them up and ate them as meatballs for another and I can't recall the third meal :)  Oh well, dinner things have a way of working themselves out.  Last night we had leftover veggie tofu stir fry and since there wasn't enough to fill us up, I chopped a thin pork chop seasoned with cumin, paprika, salt and chili powder, cooked them in a diced onion and a splash of water.  At the end, I threw some already roasted butternut squash to warm it up and served it in leftover corn taco shells, dolloped some plain yogurt and a diced tomato.  Pork tacos, people.

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