Monday, March 21, 2011

Menu Planning Monday

This week felt a little weird, just, I think, because of the time change! I also had a training Tuesday (hence the leftovers). 

Monday: Lentil Curry, Cilantro Yogurt Sauce, and white rice
This is one of my favorites - very much comfort food. I've also started doubling it when I make it, which makes a ton of food (one would think, with 3 onions, 2 bell peppers, 10 cups of chicken broth, 2 cans of tomato and 2 pounds of lentils). The cilantro yogurt sauce is awesome - just blended cilantro and plain yogurt in a food processor. We ate some, saved half for leftovers this week, and froze the rest for some time in the future. 

Tuesday: Lentil Curry (Leftovers)
So easy! We even remembered to make extra rice yesterday, so all we had to do was heat everything up. We did miss having any kind of naan (will have to remember that for next time). 

Wednesday: Carribean Pork with Onions and Roasted Potatoes

As predicted last week, pork tenderloin made it on the rotation for this week, too. This is a recipe from my Cooking Light cookbook that Ed found some time ago, which is super tasty. The pork is seasoned with a bunch of different things, including allspice and soy sauce. Usually, we have it with plantains, but Ed had the forsight to roast some red potatoes as well. The plaintains ended up as a bust - all molted and bad tasting. The potates ended up complimenting it really well!
We're also trying to eat more "sit down" dinners (i.e. at the table, not the couch). It was lovely eating together with our nice dishes/napkins/etc. and the candles lit. Makes a normal weeknight dinner feel special. 

Thursday: General Tsao's Chicken with Onions, Red Peppers, and White Rice

We've made this before, but not for a while. It's a pretty easy weightwatchers recipe, and quite tasty. The sauce uses cornstarch, which means that its like "real" chinese food with a think sauce. I decided to double the sauce, since I generally feel like you can never have enough, but in this recipe, it was too much. Next time, I'll just follow the directions :). We didn't have scallions, so I topped it with cilantro instead. Ed was impressed with how quickly this came together - less than 20 minutes!

Friday: Spaghetti with turkey bolognese 
carbo loading for the race that almost didn't happen :). Very quick, easy, and tasty!

Saturday: Takeout from Tu Mero Mole

We visited our new favorite takeout place on this rainy Saturday. I got the special, Chile Verde, which was delicious. It was a bit less food than the other dish I had gotten, and a more mild flavor. My only wish was for more of the tomatillo salsa (they were more or less out when we were there, we got maybe a teaspoon). Very tasty, though!

Sunday: Salmon, Roasted Asaparagus, White Rice
A very easy meal (though the Salmon could have used a bit more seasoning). Just cooked the salmon on a grill pan and roasted asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper. 

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