Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Weeknight Food

It's seems like ages since I did a weeknight food post. I didn't do any cooking last week as Rob was away so I lived on salads, wraps and eggs on toast. The highlight was a late lunch on Thursday with the girls at La Parilla, excellent fish tacos!

Last night was adaptation of Real Simple's Orecchiette with Roasted Broccoli and Walnuts. I used Dreamfield's penne, substituted the walnuts for pecans because that's what I had on hand and tossed in some fresh basil from the garden at the end. It was absolutely delicious and a keeper! If you've never tried Dreamfield's you must, it's a perfect balance of low GI and wonderful, real pasta flavor. This way, I don't have to dirty two pans, because Rob likes it, too. Having a sensible portion of pasta usually on a Monday is a great strategy for me. It's after the weigh in with an entire week of workouts ahead of me. It's nice to be able to have my cake and eat it, too.

For tonight, I have a London broil marinating since yesterday in ginger beer, garlic, tamari and apple cider vinegar. I'm going to grill the beef and slice it very thinly against the grain, saute some peppers, zucchini, onions and fresh ginger then toss in the beef and add some reserved marinade (not which the beef was in) and a bit of cornstarch to get it all saucy and coated. Instead of rice or noodles, the beef and veggies will be served in lettuce cups. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Wednesday is food shopping day and I'm going to bring home a rotisserie chicken to make Real Simple's Chicken Salad with Potatoes and Arugula. I love an easy supper after having been food shopping all day plus it will be a great excuse to harvest some of my tarragon.

I'm working Thursday and Friday is going to be the kick off for the long holiday weekend, so it's definitely going to be something on the grill. Haven't decided yet. What you are having this week?


  1. Wow, those sound like some delish meals!

  2. Tomorrow night I'm grilling some flat iron steaks which I will have rubbed with garlic, onion, chili powder and paprika. Then I'm also grilling some white corn, which will be served "Street Hawker" style, with low-fat mayo, a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice, anchote chili powder and grated parm cheese. Sounds crazy but it's crazy delicious!!! All that next to a yummy salad of arrugula, blue cheese crumbles (just a few), craisins, red onions, almonds and grape tomatoes with a balsamic vinegarette.

  3. *takes notes* *drools over corn recipe*

  4. I have an entire cookbook of the real simple recipes. There are some real winners in there! Your meals sound awesome! I can't wait for the hubby to get home and start cooking for me again :)