What’s for Dinner {Back in Boring}

We’ve had a fun couple of weeks with company and then traveling. It’s been fantastic but we’re pretty happy to be home again and settle into a more regular routine. I’m always surprised to hear myself say this…but I’m kind of happy to be home and stop eating out. It’s been a couple weeks of fancy dining or deep-fried indulgence (can you say Red Robin french fries?). So we’re anticipating some simpler, made-at-home meals this week. Hope you enjoyed the Des Moines menu last week while we were dining out.

And I promise to post the photos from my week with Cath’…they seem to be centered around those meals anyway…and the couple pics I shot in Florida. More to come…

Meanwhile, here’s the meal plan for this week:

Monday: Chicken with Ginger and steamed rice
This is the recipe from Martha Stewart. We tried it a few weeks ago and loved it. Simple, light, and delicious. This time I’m planning to add a green veggie: spinach, green beans or broccoli, whatever is available at the grocery store.

Tuesday: Taco Stuffed Shells and Roasted Salsa Roja
I’ve never done stuffed shells and it seems kind of silly to start with this taco version but what can I say? It sounds yummy to me. For the salsa, I’m a sucker for roasted tomato flavors so I’m anxious to try this one. And I’m still searching for a recipe that’s yummy without the garlic. I fear that I am doomed to fail but this one looks promising because it has a lot of other flavors and spiciness going on. Fingers crossed, right? Speaking of spiciness though, I’m planning to use jalepenos instead of serrano peppers. Call me a chicken if you want but eight serranos sounds crazy to me!

Wednesday: Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast and Smashed Potatoes with Blackberry Custard for dessert
Our weather forecast has a cool day coming on Wednesday–they’re saying we won’t even break 70 degrees so it seems like a good day to try a new Pot Roast recipe. Plus mom and dad will be joining us for dinner so even better. It’s always fun to make those bigger recipes when there are four of us otherwise Glenn and I end up eating the same meal for days on end. This recipe combines a couple of our very favorite flavors, balsamic and onion, so seems like we can’t go wrong. Since there aren’t potatoes in the pot roast I’m planning to try these simple and yummy looking smashed potatoes. Yes, smashed. Literally. And I promise I didn’t mean to do another ATK recipe but look how easy this one is!

Blackberry season is coming to a close so I’m planning to try¬† individual Blackberry Custards before they’re gone. This is mostly for my dad…these are two of his favorite tastes together. (Glenn will just have to find some chocolate ice cream or something.)

Thursday: Pasta with Spicy Tomato and Olive Sauce (from Panera)
As usual I’ll be making this without the garlic but once again it looks to me like there are enough other strong flavors that we won’t miss it too much. If I’m feeling really ambitious I may try some homemade bread (since there are about 587 recipes on my taste (bread) pinterest board. We’ll see how my week goes but I love the idea of that delicious scent of baking bread in our home…hence the 587 recipes. A girl can dream, right?

Friday: Sweet Apricot Chicken
Simple and yummy and another crock pot recipe–yeah! Perfect since Glenn has guests coming in and dinner time will have to be a bit flexible. Haven’t decided yet if this will be with rice or bread or some other starch. And the veggie depends on what I can find at the Farmer’s Market on Thursday.

Happy Cooking and Bon Appetit!


What’s for Dinner…this week

It’s Monday morning and that means it’s time for a new weekly menu. Summer has finally arrived in Boring and so I’m bringing more of the grilled meat with fresh veggies or fruit. My sister who has been surviving the mid-west heat wave has been marveling at my soup-like, comfort food meals so here’s a week for her.

Last week I actually made every dinner I planned on every night I planned it. Not sure that’s ever happened before! Here are my thoughts on last week’s new recipes:

French Onion Panini: delicious! Super easy and totally tastes like the soup in a sandwich. This recipe is a keeper for sure.

Spicy Dr Pepper Shredded Pork: yummy and it makes a ton. I used Coke because I already had an open 2-liter that I would love to get out of my fridge. I think it would have been a bit sweeter with the Dr Pepper or Root Beer and will follow the recipe next time. Which means that, yes, there will be a next time. Absolutely worth it for the tiny bit of effort and delicious meal(s) you get out of it. As usual, PW does not disappoint.

Chili Colorado Burritos: very simple and my MIL loved it. Glenn and I thought it was pretty bland. You used canned enchilada sauce which makes it super easy but I may have chosen poorly when it came to my ready-made enchilada sauce. I’ve developed an irritating allergy to garlic so I bought the one can I could find that didn’t have garlic listed in the ingredients. Maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that it was bland? Bottom line…I like the idea a lot and may try it again with different (homemade?) sauce.

Salt & Vinegar Chips: not nearly as complicated as I expected. The recipe says to slice the potatoes 1/4 inch thick. This is too thick I think. They are yummy but not really different than regular roasted potatoes. Next time I’ll slice them thinner, with a mandolin, and see if they feel more “chip-like.”

And an added recipe I tried last week–Blackberry, Lemon and Thyme Muffins: This is what I did with those gems I found by the side of the road. They’re super yummy and I always love recipes that use the herbs I have growing in my yard. It makes me feel so Martha Stewart! Will keep this recipe too.

Now here’s the plan for this week:

Monday: Caprese Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Reduction

Tuesday: Taco Salad with leftover shredded pork (I told you, it makes a ton!) and cornbread

Wednesday: Brats with grilled onions and corn-on-the-cob

Thursday: PW’s Grilled Chicken with Lemon Basil Pasta

Friday: Burgers and Baked Beans with fruit

Saturday: Lettuce Wraps and rice

Sunday: Veggie Chopped Salad with Chicken

At this point we don’t have plans for dinner guests this week so I don’t really have baking on my list either. I will probably bake some kind of muffin-y/bread/pastry kind of thing to share with the parentals. I’ll keep you posted!

Here’s the printable: menu.

Buon Appetito!