What’s For Dinner This Week?

Happy Monday! I am going to attempt to take this blogging thing up a notch, and post at least every week (gasp!) rather than once every two weeks. This is probably a crazy idea that I will regret when I am lying awake in the middle of the night freaking out about all the crap I have to do. But you will forgive me if I slip up once in awhile, right?

Let’s talk about what’s for dinner this week: I tell you what I’m making; you tell me what you’re making. Can we do that? I would love to make a sort-of weekly column out of this and get some dialogue going about how we all make breakfast, lunch and dinner happen during the crazy weekday rush.

I am hosting a whole bunch of family at my house this week–my brother-in-law, followed by my parents–so menu planning looks a bit different than it normally does (read: I am counting on my mom to cook for me!), but this is how things appear to be playing out:  

Much to Kiwi’s chagrin, Sunday was Veggie Night (Kiwi likes his meat), and I cleaned out the vegetable crisper and pantry to make a big pot of veggie chili. We ate it with brown rice, some grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream. There were plenty of leftovers, which will make good lunches throughout the week.

Tonight was Fish Night:  sockeye salmon filets slathered with the arugula pesto that has been languishing in the freezer, and served with lemony broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes (not to mention the really awesome photographer that captured it–sorry). Is there such thing as too much salmon? We might be getting to that point in this house…

Salmon, sweet potatoes and broccoli

Tuesday is Chicken Night, and I’m going to try my own variation on this recipe for Man-Pleasing Chicken. I hate that name but I love the look of that chicken. If I’m feeling very ambitious, or I can persuade my brother-in-law to help me in the kitchen, I may also make this Curried Cauliflower and Quinoa Salad to go with it.

Wednesdays call for Pasta Night, and if I can find myself some local asparagus, I will saute it along with some anchovies and garlic in a little olive oil, and mix it with cooked kamut spaghetti, lemon zest, lots of pepper, pasta cooking water and some grated parmesan cheese. Instant dinner, but totally experimental, so don’t blame me if you try it and it doesn’t work out. If I don’t find the asparagus, I will substitute chopped kale (already in my fridge) and replace the lemon zest with pine nuts. I totally should have planned this better. Alas…

Thursday was supposed to be Egg Night–a frittata with whatever odds and sods I might find in the fridge (always based loosely on this recipe). But my friend brought me a thai-marinated flattened chicken as a hostess gift (best friend ever, right?) and so I may just have to go for Chicken Night round two.

Friday and Saturday are totally unplanned; I’m hoping that my ma and pa will buy or make us dinner on one or both nights. Are you reading, Mom?

I know this menu sounds super random and totally in flux, but I actually kinda sorta planned it! Hence all the references to various “nights”– my meal planning M.O., which I plan to share with y’all later this week. I know…you are so excited you can’t contain yourself.

What are you cooking this week? I could be persuaded to change my plans…

10 Responses to What’s For Dinner This Week?

  1. Afshan May 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    We often do “breakfast for dinner!” The boys think it is hilarious. And we tell them they are having “breakfast for dinner” in this really jazzed-up way that gets them excited and strangely hungry.

    • Sarah May 23, 2013 at 9:51 pm #

      Great idea! I’m always looking for more reasons to eat pancakes!

  2. em May 15, 2013 at 7:51 pm #

    Hooray for the pale white bird that we eat way too often bc i can’t cook much else! Hope it’s delish both times this week. You are amazingly organized and the blog looks great! Dinners at our house usually consist of looking in the fridge, googling ingredients to find something to make with the food in the fridge, and keeping fingers crossed it’s edible. If this fails: carrots, cuc, hummus, eggs and toast soldiers. And if pressed for time: trusty ol’ pb and j (except with almond butter). I’m thinking your blog will inspire me to be a little more creative now.
    Re: kids and food – i find my older kid (age 3) gets most excited about eating food she helped make. Last week she made (and ate!) oatmeal with ketchup, humus, salt and celery. I nearly gagged but she gobbled it up.

    • Sarah May 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Oh, I love my oatmeal with ketchup! Ugh. Mine put avocado into her oatmeal the other day and seemed to think it was superb!

  3. Papouli May 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I have only planned as far as tonight! We’ll have an asparagus and spring turnip saute with lots of garlic, a spinach salad with quinoa and nuts, and of course, roasted sweet potatoes (a regular side these days as Raya can’t get enough). You are inspiring me to get organized!! Looking forward to more posts 🙂

    • Sarah May 23, 2013 at 9:53 pm #

      Oh gosh I want to come to your house for dinner! Yum!

  4. Rebecca May 14, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Hi! Just bought some kale … Any ideas for the little man???

    • Sarah May 14, 2013 at 7:54 am #

      Kale can be tough for little peeps because you really need to get your teeth into it! It’s awesome just sauteed in a bit of olive oil–but shred it small for little J so he doesn’t have to rip through it. You can also sautee it and then mix with short pasta and parmesan. Another great option would be kale chips because they get crispy and easier for a little muncher: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-kale-chips-68449. Or make a kale pesto and toss it with pasta or rice! Lots of yummy options. Hope he likes it!

  5. A. Sue May 13, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Looking forward to the upcoming posts – so how about a good feed of gnocchi for Wednesday? You remember how to make it – don’t you?

    • Sarah May 14, 2013 at 7:47 am #

      Sadly I do not remember how to make gnocchi. I think I’m mostly just too afraid that I will suck at it if I try! It’s hard to compete with A. Sue!! You will have to teach me again 🙂

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