Archive | February, 2012

Greek Week(s)

27 Feb

When I plan out menus, I like to try and use up many of the same ingredients so I don’t have some random bottle of something or another that I only needed two tablespoons for in one recipe sitting around for months, or conversely so I can buy stuff in bulk.  In the following recipes, the theme is obviously a variation on Greek/Mediterranean food, which is just fine by me because other than Persian food, I think Greek is my favorite.  The two cuisines share a lot of the same flavor profiles – salty, sour, lots of vegetables playing the main role.  And luckily my kids really like a lot of this food too (especially anything with olives in it).  It is going to be a tough two weeks, as Michael is out of town for a few days (Vegas, baby!) and I have 3 meetings over the next two weeks which will keep me out of the house after work.  So I’ve tried to do a lot of things that are either really quick or can be made ahead the night before.  And then one night we are going out (to a screening of the new documentary Cafeteria Man – about one man’s attempt to fix the school lunch system in Baltimore – check it out!) so that means it’s really just 9 dishes down there.  But it’s still two weeks of not having to think about what to  make for dinner!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kale, with sausage and white beans over mashed potatoes

I’ve never made this recipe before, but I know it’s going to be fantastic because everything I have ever made from Simply Recipes has been.  I’ll be making it with chicken sausage but either way it sounds great.  UPDATE: I made this last night and not only was it super delicious, inexpensive, and easy to make, but it was also ready from start to finish in about twenty minutes.  Seriously, make this.  And then head over to Simply Recipes and check out her other dishes!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Greek chicken with tomato sauce over orzo

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 (Happy Leap Year!)

Spanokopita

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Pasta with Goat Cheese, baby spinach, and cherry tomatoes

Friday, March 2, 2012

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

Monday, March 5, 2012

Greek Shrimp Scampi with Linguine

I’ve updated this to how I make it at home – same basic recipe, just a few changes.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore over Spaghetti

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Baked Ziti with Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage

I make this exactly as is – except that I use fresh mozzarella on top – great dish to make ahead of time.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Take Out!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Slow Cooker Eggplant, Mozzarella and Polenta Casserole

When Dinner for Two Becomes Dinner for Four

10 Feb

So Valentine’s Day is at hand! Have you made fancy dinner reservations yet? Bought something pretty to wear? Ordered flowers, champagne, and chocolate covered strawberries? Me neither. Valentine’s Day on a Tuesday with small children means it is pretty much the same as any other day – work, kids, dinner, sleep. Now, if I did have a sudden wealth of free time (and no little mouths to feed), I would probably make something fancy and romantic like these individual beef wellingtons with maybe a potato, mushroom, and gruyere gratin. I’ve actually made both these recipes before, but for a single large, traditional wellington and they are delicious so if you have the time, go for it. As it is, I will be making 9 regular old meals in the next two weeks (just 9?? Yes – we will be heading up to balmy Rochester, NY to visit friends and thus I am off the hook for Friday!). I do have a little special dessert I’ll make for V-day and if I have time this week I think I may make these rice krispy treats to send in with B & K for their classmates. But otherwise, it’s the same old, same old . . .

Monday, February 13, 2012

Baked Fish Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw and Black Beans and Rice

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 – Valentine’s Day

Not-so-romantic Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin over Rice and Angel Food Cake Trifle

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Cheeseburger Meatloaf with Mashed Potatoes

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Arroz con Pollo (Rice with Chicken)

Friday, February 17, 2012

Take Out!!

Monday, February 20, 2012

One Pot Pierogies and Kielbasa

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Baked Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Turkey Chili with Cornbread

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Italian Pot Pie with Broccoli & Cheese Patties

Friday, February 24, 2012

Turkey Stroganoff

There you go. Two more weeks of dinner that I don’t have to think about. Let me know what you think of the recipes and share your own menus and ideas below!

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