Well well well Christmas 2010, you definitely have snuck upon me that’s for sure. I can’t believe it’s already here! After a super gentle reunion weekend with my family here in Austin, it was time to finalize my menu plan for this week and next. As I’m sure yours might be too, the next few weeks are going to be a little wonky but I do hope this serves as inspiration for you no matter what your plans are. I’m so excited about some of these that I will be counting down the days until I make them!
Monday: Roasted Pork Chops and Butternut Squash with Kale
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan with Pepperoni and Mixed Bell Pepper Salad
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Puerto Rican Chicken in Green Sauce and Grilled Plantains
Thursday – Saturday: Christmas with friends and family in Austin…Happy Holidays to all of you!!
Sunday: Slow Cooker Ham Hock and Chickpea Stew and Crusty Bread
Monday: Chicken Liver Tostadas with Chipotle Sauce
Tuesday: Breakfast Biscuit Sandwiches and Fruit Salad
Wednesday: Lamb Shanks with Lemon, Dill and Feta and Sautéed Spinach
As I’ve mentioned before, we are renovating our kitchen and after countless hours installing new cabinets, sawing, hammering, sweating (but no tears!) and praying to the home gods, we finally get our new countertops in! Needless to say, my cooking will be a little quiet the next few days while we finalize but I did manage to create a menu plan for this week. I hope I get around to making them all but, hey, who cares, we are almost there lambs! Pictures to come, possibly one of me attempting to give the countertops a hug.
Monday: Roast Lamb with Pomegranate Sauce and a Mixed Greens with Pears, Walnuts, Gorgonzola and Green-Tea Vinaigrette (Bon Appetit, not on the website yet)
Tuesday: Fish with Orange and Saffron Broth (Bon Appetit, not on the website yet)
Wednesday: Pan-Fried Chicken Fingers with Spicy Dipping Sauce and Bacon and Ranch Mac and Cheese
Thursday: Halibut Provencal with Mixed Greens
It’s Thanksgiving or as I like to think of it, the warm-up for my most favorite time of year…Christmas! We have plans to deck the halls until it looks like the holidays threw-up in here and since this week is wonky due to travel, games and mucho decorating, I menu-planned out this week and into next (I have issues I know). You may notice that all of these recipes are from Cooking Light. There’s no question that I love that magazine, but I typically mix up my recipe choices from all of my favorites as much as I can. But, given that this week I typically let my diet go to hell in a hand basket I try to kick-start my diet back on a healthy eating plan. What better way than to choose recipes that automatically lend themselves towards that? I’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming afterwards, scouts honor.
I hope you have a very, very happy and safe holiday week with your loved ones and oh, yeah, TEXAS FIGHT!
Saturday: Oil-Poached Salmon with Fresh Cucumber Salad (Update: this dish was just fine…)
Sunday: Coconut Crusted Chicken with Cashew-Curry Sauce
Monday: Scallops with Green Tea Cream and Baby Bok Choy (I never got around to making this but make this I will)
Tuesday: Roasted Red Snapper and Herb Pasta with Shrimp (not on the website, will post later!)
Wednesday: Grilled Flank Steak with Avocado Relish, Cumin Scented Potatoes