This week was our first week back together. Jeff was staying home (woot!) and I decided to plan a whole week of dinners, which had not happened in quite a while.
So here’s what I had planned…and I am proud to say I stuck to it all!
Monday: Caesar Salad
Alright, technically, this one didn’t count as I ate it as I was planning the meals for the rest of the week. But Caesar Salad (or my version of it) definitely is one of my favorite quick and easy dinner: baby spinach, croutons, shaved Parmesan and ranch dressing.
Tuesday: Shrimp Tacos
I made something similar for the first time for Cinco de Mayo and fell in love. I did I make it so far into my life without knowing about the perfection that are shrimp tacos? This time I forgot to buy the sour cream and had to skip the cilantro-lime sauce.
Wednesday: Mongolian Beef Noodle Bowl
While this dish was a bit too salty for my taste, Jeff loved it so much, he went back for a second serving (that never happens!). I did cut down the brown sugar upon Jeff’s suggestion. I also replaced the cabbage with kale. We will definitely be making these again!
Thursday: Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken
I really loved this dish. It was pretty simple to make, I got to hit some chicken breasts with a mallet (I mean, a meat tenderizer) and it tasted really good! I served the chicken with brown rice because I am currently obsessed with brown rice.
Friday: Pad Thai Spring Rolls
These were a much bigger project than I anticipated. Partly because each part had to be prepared separately (tofu, noodles, carrots, sauce), but mostly because I’m not the most efficient person in a kitchen. I added bean sprouts to the original recipe. The result was very tasty although I ended up with way more filling than I expected…or maybe my rice spring roll papers were smaller than the one used on the original recipe. I was able to make 8 spring rolls and had enough filling leftovers for 3 pad thai lunches. I call this a winner.
Saturday: Chinese Fondue
I’m not sure what this is called anywhere else, but in Quebec, we call it Fondue Chinoise. I have these special broth enveloppes (thanks mom!) but you can easily make it too (beef broth, herbs, onions, red wine…). For the longest time, I couldn’t find the right kind of meat in the US. In Quebec, every grocery store offers thin slices of raw beef. I tried explaining this to many kind folks from various meat counters but no one seemed to get it. One day, while browsing at Buford Highway Farmer’s Market, I noticed this beef labeled shabu-shabu (a Japanese hot pot…very similar to what I was making) in the Asian section that seemed just right! I now know that if we ever move again, we need to make sure there is shabu-shabu beef for sale somewhere in town! We enjoyed the beef with mushrooms, broccoli and cheese cubes (to wrap inside the meat before cooking it). I made two variations of dipping sauce, taught by my mom: mayo & ketchup, and mayo & curry powder. Our poor starving cats were begging for a taste of it all.
I was so proud of myself for cooking nice meals every night, all week. The biggest issue is that it all seems like too much food on a daily basis. So this is the next thing to figure out. Should I plan every other meal and alternate with salad or should I just find lighter dishes? Only time will tell, I guess…