I’m still cooking with a vengeance, and oh, how Bart loves doing all the dishes I’m producing (I think).
New priorities are 1) at least three vegetarian meals a week and 2) two side dishes per meal, unless it’s soup and sandwiches.
- Homemade Pizza (I always use this crust recipe)
- Guacamole Salad I think Bart’s eyes rolled back in his head when he tasted this.
- Chicken Salad Sandwiches. I accidentally over salted these. Tragic.
- Tomato Soup. I bought some “reduced produce” including uber cheap tomatoes which needed to be used quickly.
- Blueberry Cornmeal Pancakes. I was going to make chicken pot pie, but then I realized I really wanted something sweet. These were so ridiculously delicious. I ate twice as many as I usually do.
- Lemon Fusilli with Arugula. Oh my word. I could have died, it was so good.
- Roasted Zucchini
- Corn and Bean Salad. Only so-so.
- Mozzarella, Tomato and Pesto Paninis. Yum. What’s not to like?
- Mint Pea Soup. I do not even LIKE peas, and I ate all the leftovers for lunch. Delish.
- Glazed Pork. This was the most tender pork I have ever eaten in my life. Not sure if it was the sauce or the meat or both.
- Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes
- Tomato/Mushroom/Crouton Salad with homemade ranch dressing
- Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole. I would never have picked this because, well, I break out in hives at the thought of that many processed ingredients, but Bart thought it looked amazing and it wasn’t bad.
- Steamed Broccoli
- Chicken Gyros. Just as good and as time-consuming as last time.
- Spinach, Pea, and Pesto Salad. I loved this. So crisp and cool and delicious.
- Maple Oatmeal Scones. I. . . have no words for how delicious these were. I am totally over my fear of making scones now, as these were pretty much the easiest thing ever.
I hope I never stop loving food. I’m not particularly worried, though.
Vegetarian dishes are hard to sneak past Josh, but this bean soup has at least 7 vegetables and is filling enough he doesn't complain: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/spicy-bean-soup-recipe/index.html
Be warned, though, it makes enough for an army, so I always half it and then freeze some still.
Good luck! I can't wait to see what else you come up with.
Interesting sounding recipes. Wish I could incorporate something new and different into our boring meals. The problem is that I see something that I'd like to try, but then am not able to get the needed ingredients. Also, one really kind of, sort of needs to actually cook… lol
I hate to be the one to tell you, but your link to the creamy chicken and rice casserole is broken. Just like Bart, this would be great to Roger (I can already tell from the name). I don't love stuff like that, but if you say that one was pretty good, phew. 🙂
The lemon fusilli with arugula will be on my menu this week, as well as some of your other ideas probably.
Tonight, french toast made from Pumpkin Pie Brioche, with potatoes, bacon, and fruit.
PS – I don't think I've ever had Arugula. In the Lemon Fusilli with Arugula recipe could spinach leaves be substituted for the arugula? If not, what do you think could be used instead?
Yay for Ina's lemon fusilli! It's one of our favorites. I am on the lookout for more vegetarian dishes, too.
Packrat, we substitute spinach for the arugula in the fusilli.
RA – Thanks!
Yum, these all sound sooo good! I'm putting the pea soup and paninis on the schedule for Soup Monday tonight- sounds tasty!
HOW do you eat so well on your itty bitty grocery budget?? The mind, it boggles.
Yankee Girl says
I have been in a serious cooking rut lately but I think these recipes are going to help. Thanks.
Peaceful Reader says
You are making me hungry and I only brought one lonely banana for lunch!! Thanks for sharing recipes. We do eat mostly vegetarian at our house.
Mmmm…. can I come over for next week's menu? Oh, besides the whole you're going to be in NYC for Thanksgiving thing… Actually, can I come over to NYC anyway? 🙂
I'm going to have to try some of these things!
This all sounds so delicious! We have definitely gotten in a food rut. I need to start trying more new recipes!
I was daydreaming about your Chicken Cordon Bleu the other night. I'm putting it on my list for SOON.
Alison Stewart says
I will be refering to this post for a few days….I am the worst at coming up with "dinner"….I still go over to Nancy's to get idea's (and recipe's). I think you should post what you are cooking for the week…..every week- LOVE THIS! New blog…."everyday reading/weekly cooking"…..food and books- HEAVEN!
Good grief woman! You're a cooking machine!
wow janssen, i'm impressed! you probably broke out in hives with our frozen pizza and iceburg salad! haha… i wish i enjoyed cooking like you obviously do! baking? now that's another story!
girl!! i have to say that you are amazing 🙂 i wish i had the motivation (and that my kids would eat good food like this) to cook everyday. thanks for sharing the links. hope you are well. you are definitely missed!