Sunday, June 3, 2012
Sweet and Sour Chicken, Steamed Rice, Green Beans, Watermelon
I cooked two boneless skinless breasts and set half aside. I also went ahead and prepped vegetables for the pan roasted vegetables. I want to add here that I had planned to buy snow pea pods and other vegetables but the ones that appear here are the best priced, in season vegetables or frozen (such as the green beans).
I used onions, red bell pepper, carrot and pineapple in the chicken dish and made my own sweet and sour sauce quite simply by mixing pineapple juice, catsup and cornstarch. I found this a bit tart for my taste, since I used unsweetened juice.
Macaroni and Cheese, Pan Roasted Vegetables, Sliced Tomatoes, Fig Bars
The weather cooled off nicely yesterday and this dish hit the spot. It was such a luxury to put dinner in the oven and walk away from the kitchen, too. The pan roasted vegetables were a mix of zucchini, orange bell pepper (I got a 3 pack of orange, red, and yellow for about $1 at Aldi), mushrooms, sweet onion and garlic. The fig bars are Aldi brand Fig Newtons. We really like these cookies and buy a pack each time we go to the store. We like them so much that this week we both slipped one into the shopping cart and it wasn't until we got home that I discovered we'd bought two packages!
Beef Pot Pie, Fries, Salad, Coffee Frappe
John working today, so a frozen pot pie, frozen fries baked while I showered after working all morning long. I made a plan green salad to go with my meal. I made my frappe using Smart Balance milk, ice cubes, instant coffee and sweetened condensed milk. It was quite good and I'll indulge in this treat again during the hot days of summer.
Southwestern Chicken Salad, Corn Muffins, Apricots
A new recipe. Corn kernels, Black Beans, tomatoes, chicken pieces. I'll use the extra chicken from my sweet and sour dish. I thought Corn Muffins (or Crisp fried cornbread) would make a good accompaniment and satisfy our appetite for something hot. I indulged in apricots and cherries this past week. Pricey? Yes, but fortunately not so terribly if you buy just 3-4 apricots or a half pound of cherries.
Pastitio, Tossed Salad, Berry Cobbler
Leftover Macaroni and cheese will top a simple hamburger and tomato sauce base (I'll use just 1/2 pound of hamburger). I had a bit of leftover cheese sauce which I'll mix with an egg yolk left from another dish and top off the macaroni. Fresh berries picked here on the place will be the cobbler fruit.
Black Beans and Rice, Tortilla Chips, Pico de Gallo, Avocado and Orange Salad
I'll need to open a can of black beans to make the Southwestern Salad but won't need to use them all. I thought making yellow rice and seasoning the beans will make a complete protein main dish. Homemade tortilla chips with homemade pico de gallo will be a nice crunchy and spicy side dish.
Tuna Pasta Salad, Crackers, Peaches and Cream
I had extra pasta when I cooked the macaroni. I will mix with peppers, onion, grated carrot, diced olives and make a favored summer salad. John will carry his in his work lunch. We prefer just plain old fashioned saltine crackers with this salad. It's my hope to have fresh peaches but if not, we have watermelon.