Monday, April 4, 2011

Menu Planning Monday

Monday- BBQ Chicken, white rice, salad
We didn't want to go to the store, so we just went with what we had at home.

Tuesday - Pasta (marinara and cheese)
Simple and easy dinner

Wednesday - Chipotle
Not much to say, except we were lazy and tired. The burritos were good, though!

Thursday - Salmon, quinoa, asparagus, pecan and goat cheese salad
This was fresh, delicious, and the perfect first meal to eat outside this year.

We got to enjoy our beautiful patio in 80 degree weather. I'd forgotten how relaxing it was to eat outside.

Friday - Pork and Sweet Potato Dinner (courtesy of my sister, Ashley, who got it courtesy of her mother in law, Pat); served with couscous

3lbs boneless pork loin
4 sweet potatoes 
2 med apples
1/4 cup apple juice or white grape juice
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp apple pie spice (this is basically cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, cloves) 
1 tsp salt

Cube the pork loin and then brown it in a skillet with olive oil.  In the bottom of the crock pot, place apple cubes, then the sweet potatoes, the the browned pork cubes.  Combine the apple juice, brown sugar, spice and salt.  Pour over the top of the pork.  Place the lid on and cook on low for 8-12 hours.

Saturday - Sushi at Yuri Sushi
Today was my first day "back on track" with weight watchers (making this the umpteenth time I've rejoined). The weather aligned with this and made cool sushi seem like the perfect meal. This is probably our most consistent "go to" place, but we hadn't been in a while. It was surprisingly quiet that night, so we got to eat at the tatami tables, which was fun (and gave us a bit more space from the other diners). We started with delicious steamed edamame, and then I got sake sashimi (10 delicious strips of raw salmon) and a side of white rice.
(stock image - not mine)

 Ed had 2 rolls plus 3 pieces of nigiri. With it, we had copious amounts of green tea. And for dessert? A delicious glass of port :).

Sunday - Thai Chicken Burgers

Wow, this was amazing!!!! This was from my new ww cookbook, and it was just spectacular. In the food processor, you combine a tablespoon of ginger and the white part of 4 scallions with 2 diced chicken breasts and mix until the chicken looks almost ground. Then, you mix the chicken with 1/3 c. egg substitute, 1/2 c. bread crumbs, 1 T lime zest, handful of cilantro, 1/2 t salt and 1/4 t pepper. How could you go wrong?

Once the mixture is blended, you form patties with damp hands and bread the patties in more bread crumbs. They go in the fridge for 30 minutes.

After that, you just cook them in a skillet on medium high heat (with cooking spray) for 13 minutes, flipping once.

They were great drizzled with lime juice, and served with a good salad (red pepper, cucumber, cilantro, scallions, and soy ginger dressing). Theses are the kinds of salads Ed and I grew up with (with lots of "goodies," but we never seem to have the energy to put in the effort. It was the perfect side.

With these burgers, we didn't want to use ketchup, which would have masked the awesome flavor.

We took the opportunity to have a "romatic" dinner at the table, which was a great way to celebrate a lovely weekend. 

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