Made a big batch of Gazpacho this evening (recipe is from my old Dr. Oz cookbook, "You on a Diet"). I know it's more of a summer dish but Lester's had tons of fresh tomatoes on sale this week :) I used local tomatoes, onions, cucumber, and garlic. It was super yummy, especially with a rosemary focaccia bread :)
I made Beef Soup on Monday using fresh local veggies from the market :)
Tuesday was Shrimp & Pasta again, using local broccoli and tomatoes. I really enjoy this meal.
Tonight was Risotto, I used this recipe: Tomato & Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Risotto as a guide. I made it before as written (pretty much) and it was really good. I only used broth to make the risotto instead of the mix of broth and tomato (passata) this time. Also used green peppers and didn't have any zucchini, still a great risotto recipe!
Started the week with a great turkey Thanksgiving dinner cooked by my Mom, best cooked dinner ever! Something I have never cooked before, as why would I because it will never be as good as Mom's ;)
Next we had Hot Turkeys with fries and peas :) Another excellent meal!
I also made an old favorite this week, Pasta & Shrimp. I used local broccoli and tomatoes, it was fantastic!
Last night I made Mashed Potatoes (something I love) with Brussel sprouts and coloured carrots. I was happy without any meat so I just cooked extra veggies. Hubby had Shake & Bake chicken with his :)
Tonight I made a simple Pasta and Meat Sauce. I used local onion and pepper in the sauce :)
A really great and yummy week!
I find making a meal plan and grocery list really helps me through the week. The trick is planning meals you look forward to so that you are more likely to cook and enjoy them and continue the cooking and planning :)
Cooked four meals this week and it's only Thursday, now I'm done, Hahaha.
Tonight I made Cauliflower Tacos, made these before and they are good, especially since they have no meat at all. I cut the walnut amount in half just for less fat for Hubby but otherwise I followed the recipe. Also made Mexican Rice (1st time recipe) and it was good as well :) I used dried crushed red pepper in place of jalapeno and didn't use the cayenne at all. Also, didn't see the point of only adding 3 tbsp of corn. I like corn so added half a cup.
The 2nd pic is the taco "meat". Can't believe how much it looks like ground meat. It has a good texture and taste as well. I bet most people wouldn't guess it wasn't meat especially when eaten in a taco :)
Made a great new recipe tonight, Tomato & Roasted Vegetable Risotto. This is a keeper, plan to make again :)
I followed this recipe pretty close, as close as I usually do ;) but I will say I used a lot more broth (probably an extra cup or more) and cooked the risotto about double the time (was needed to get it to soften). Also, I couldn't find passata so I used a can of finely chopped Italian tomatoes. I think tomato juice may work better. I may also try next time with all broth and see how that turns out. The roasted veggies were a real nice addition to this risotto.
Cooked Monday and Tuesday, that's 2 days in a row :) lol. Wonder if I can keep this up ;)
Tried a new vegan recipe tonight, Singapore Noodles. It was good, just not great. Hubby enjoyed it more than I did. I ate it for supper tonight but not really looking forward to it for leftovers tomorrow. I found the noodles a little slimy which turns me off. Not sure what I'm doing wrong, the rice noodles always end up too slimy or stuck in a large clump.
I followed the recipe, pretty much, just left out turmeric (didn't have) and garam masala (don't like). I added a little pepper and salt. Hubby topped with sriracha.
After a great birthday weekend of restaurants I'm back in the kitchen cooking today ;) lol
Tonight was Shake and Bake chicken (I only made half pieces as that's enough for me) steamed Brussels sprouts, carrots, and mashed potatoes. Yummy!
Had a great birthday and enjoyed lots of great meals out over the weekend :)
Started on Friday at Bellissimo for pre-bday dinner :) I had the stuffed pasta special (5 cheese) in a white wine cream sauce, so yummy. Hubby had the Veal Risotto special, very good. They make a great risotto, it's the special I usually get. I even had dessert, Zabaglione, which is delicious and wine!
For my actual birthday we started at Bernard Stanley for brunch. They do a great brunch! I has $4 mimosas and their Pork Belly Eggs Benny. I get this most times, it's that good. I asked for a side of bacon, birthday bacon lol, but they put it in the eggs benny instead of on the side, so double bacon :) Still good!
Finally we ended the day with a lovely dinner with friends and family at Vio's Bistro. I had the Prosciutto Wrapped Stuffed Chicken with Mashed Potato and Veggies. One of my favorite meals there and the mashed potatoes are sinful. Everyone loved their meals and service was outstanding! A great evening out!
There are a handful of meals that I truly love, comfort meals. Tonight was one of those meals. A great meal that I looked forward to eating and thoroughly enjoyed. I made Pork Chops with Apples & Onions but only did 2 chops split into 4 servings as I was having lots of veg and I'm not a huge meat eater. Made mashed potatoes and steamed Brussels sprouts and carrots. All the veggies came from the Farmer's Market or Lester's :)
Made my Chicken Fried Rice tonight for supper! This is one of my favorite meals; easy and tasty. I added mushrooms and celery tonight just to use it up, and it was still great.
My name is Michelle and I am tired of struggling with my weight. I am stopping the struggle.