Friday Food Round-Up!

What’s truly horrifying about this week is that I did no meal planning.  At all.  I drew up a shopping list largely consisting of produce.  And then I made a pact with myself to avoid all things Homesick Texan until our return.

I’m just as surprised as you are.

Tuesday – Margherita Pizza on Homemade Crust

Originally, The Plan was for me to use good old Trader Joe’s marinara as a base.  But I didn’t realize that was unavailable to us until I opened the pantry to crack open a can and pour some on.

Solution: Toss the cherry tomatoes we had sliced into the immersion blender with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and oregano.  Hey, presto!

This was also the go-round where I learned that in order to get the mozzarella to a suitably cooked/crispy place, 20 minutes at 400 degrees (par-baking the crust for 10 on its own at the beginning) is really the way to go.

Wednesday – Guacamole and Roasted Broccoli and Feta Salad

Charlie and Katie invited us to BBQ with them for the 4th and their requests were that we bring beer and a side.  Originally we were just going to go with guacamole but then I saw all of this produce that was going to spoil and remembered that Madelyn had recommended a certain salad recipe from the Neely’s kitchen as being delicious.  Sold.

We didn’t have arugula so instead I just tossed it over romaine.  We also tossed an onion in to roast since other recipe reviewers deigned it to be a delicious addition.  In short, this could very well be a Roast All The Things-sort of salad.

Miscellaneous – Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan and Fresh Herbs

I haven’t made this salad in a while (2011, what?) but since it’s a total pantry-project and the most complicated step is the mincing of the parsley and basil, it was the right call.  It doesn’t make a ton (you’re only asked to use one can of chickpeas) but that can actually be really nice if you don’t want to eat the same thing all week-long.  On the flip side, since it’s no cook, it’s probably the least challenging of all the salads to bring anywhere.

4th of July BBQ: What did you bring?

What do you ordinarily like to take to potlucks?

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One response to “Friday Food Round-Up!

  1. We bbq’d at our home. Hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken kabobs, turkey burgers, I made a quinoa salad, my sis made a green salad and there was also 3 kinds of chips, watermelon, pineapple, cupcakes and brownies. We kinda like to eat :)

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