Monday, June 25, 2012

Whatcha got cookin'? (June 25-29)

Our church anniversary party is this weekend, so we are really busy this week!  I planned a menu that is easy and uses up some pantry and freezer items.

Monday:  Poached eggs over sauteed onion, mushrooms and asparagus on toast
Tuesday:  Pulled pork salad
Wednesday:  Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches and vegetable soup from the freezer
Thursday:  Tilapia and veggies (roasted or stir-fried)

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Grilled Potatoes

Yes, potatoes grilled right on the BBQ grate.  I am going to make a bold statement here and say that this might be my new favorite way to eat potatoes.  So simple, but so, so delicious!  The potatoes are crispy on the outside, but light and flaky in the center.

I grilled chicken thighs with the potatoes, and the cook time was about the same.  Convenient and virtually no clean-up!  My kind of meal!

Serves:  4

  • 4 medium russet potatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt
  1. Wash the potatoes.  Slice them length wise, so you get the longest and widest potato slice possible (with the most surface area.)
  2. If you have time, soak the potatoes in cold water for an hour or two.
  3. Drain the potatoes and pat dry.  Toss the potatoes in olive oil.
  4. Heat the grill.  Place the potato slices directly on the grill.  Cook for about 16 minutes total, flipping every 4 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and serve.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Meal Plan (June 17th-21st)

Sunday:  Kirkland margarita pizza (with extra veggies) and salad
Monday:  BBQ chicken thighs, roasted potatoes and salad
Tuesday:  Some kind of shrimp and rigatoni pasta, similar to last week and salad
Wednesday:  Cheeseburgers and salad
Thursday:  Venison steaks, mashed potatoes, veg

We have a lot of greens to use up, so it is a salad kind of week!

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Milk, eggs, raw milk extra old white cheddar, homemade whole wheat bread
Boston lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, apples, herbs, radish, potatoes, 1/2 a gigantic cucumber

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rigatoni Rosa with Shrimp

As promised, here is a post about this Penna Rosa with Shrimp recipe.

This pasta was creamy, with a nice flavour.  In the future, I would definitely add fat-free greek yogurt to dishes, in lieu of heavy cream.  The shrimp was a great addition of protein, without adding a lot of calories.  As usual, I didn't follow the recipe to the letter, so I will share my rendition.

Serves:  4  (BIG servings!)

Nutritional Information:  466 calories, 6.5g fat, 3g fiber, 34g protein

  • 300g of penne or rigatoni
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp crushed garlic
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 pkg of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, julienned
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 12 oz of shrimp (about 48 medium shrimp)
  • 4 c. spinach
  • 3/4 c. crushed tomatoes (or marinara sauce if you don't want to season)
  • 1/3 c. fat-free Greek yogurt (I like Liberté Plain Greek Yogurt 0%)
  • 1 tbsp Litehouse freeze-dried Italian Herb Blend
  • 1/4 c. Parmesan cheese, grated
  1. Cook the pasta to slightly al dente.  Drain and set aside.  As the pasta is cooking, prep the veggies and shrimp.
  2. Heat the olive oil on medium in a very large skillet or wok.  Cook the garlic and onion until they are soft.
  3. Increase the heat to medium high and add the mushrooms, red pepper and tomatoes.  Season with salt and pepper.  Cook until the mushrooms release their liquids.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook for around 2 minutes, until the shrimp are pink.
  5. Remove the skillet from the burner.  Spread the spinach over the top and place the lid on the skillet.  Let it sit for around 2 minutes to wilt the spinach.
  6. While the spinach is wilting, mix up the tomato sauce, Greek yogurt and Italian seasoning.
  7. Return the skillet to low heat.  Toss in the pasta and let it cook for a few moments, allowing it to release some of the sugars.  Add the sauce and mix it in.  Let the pasta cook up the sauce for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until the pasta is tender.
  8. Served topped with the parm cheese.

Monday, June 11, 2012

What's cooking? (June 9-14)

Saturday:  Chicken and shrimp fajitas
Sunday:  BBQ at the parents
Monday:  Penne Rosa with Shrimp, salad
Tuesday:  Chicken chili
Wednesday:  Meatloaf muffins, mashed potatoes, veggies
Thursday:  Burgers and spinach strawberry salad

I am really excited about the Penne Rosa with Shrimp and I will definitely be posting about it!

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Roasted Sole and Penne tossed with Roasted Vegetables and Goat Cheese

This was a super easy supper, it came together in less then 30 minutes.  The directions sound a bit complicated, because there is a lot going on at the same time, but it just assures that everything is ready at the same time.  My photo of this dish is hideous, but it actually presents really nicely in person.  You could serve the pasta with chicken or shrimp, but the sole was definitely a nice change!

Serves:  4
Source:  A SarahSmiles original!

  • Sole fillets (8 small or 4 large)
  • Lemon juice
  • 9 oz (250 g) penne
  • 1 +1 tbsps Kirkland Rustic Tuscan Seasoning (or similar seasoning blend)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 c. green beans, cut into thirds
  • 1 red pepper, julienned
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • 8 oz white mushrooms, quartered
  • 3 oz goat cheese
  • 1/4 c. grated parm
  • Red pepper flakes, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Minced chives for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.  Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper.  Spray.
  2. Slice the veggies and toss them in the EVOO and 1 tbsp of Tuscan seasoning.  Spread the veggies out on one of the baking sheets and put in the oven.  Set the timer for 10 minutes.
  3. Put the water on to boil and add the penne to cook once the water is boiling.
  4. While the veggies start roasting, place the sole on the other baking sheet and sprinkle with Tuscan seasoning and lemon juice.
  5. When the 10 minute timer goes for the veggies, turn them and return them to the oven with the sole.  Roast both for 10 more minutes. 
  6. When the penne and veggies are ready, toss them with the goat cheese, grated parm, red pepper flakes and pepper.
  7. Serve and garnish with minced chives.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Hey, hey, good lookin': Whatcha got cookin'? (June 2-7)

Saturday:  Pasta salad and man pleasing chicken thighs
Sunday:  My birthday dinner!  Ribs, hot potato salad, broccoli salad, carrots, icecream cake
Monday:  Rotisserie chicken and quinoa tabouli salad (Costco-style!)
Tuesday:  Baked tilapia and roasted green beans
Wednesday:  Blueberry glazed pork loin and roasted veggies
Thursday:  Leftover pork and salad