This week started out with the best-laid plans and then…all of them changed. A change in plans = an opportunity for more feasting.
This week I think we definitely hit our stride when it came to the hot meals-leftovers ratio. There was exactly enough for him and exactly enough for her.
I’m into it.
Sunday: Homemade Pizza with Goat Cheese, Artichoke Hearts, Green Olives and Red Onions
I had been dying to teach her how to make a homemade pizza crust, and after I suggested it, she immediately informed me that she specifically wanted for us to make the pizza with goat cheese and artichoke hearts that Marcus had scorned.
Obviously this was not a think-twice situation.
So we actioned one of those (with a sauce this time instead of tomato slices…recommend) and a side of roasted broccoli, which in my opinion, is another major cooking life-skill.
It was simply amazing.
Monday: Meatless Tamale Pie
But served up with a side of guacamole and a dollop of greek yogurt, it was delicious and it was definitely a leftovers-war horse.
Since we made too many modifications to count, I’ve drafted a recipe of what actually happened that evening. But, I haven’t had the time to get it all pressed-up, yet. So expect that in the next week along with a couple of other recipes I’ve been holding-out on you.
Wednesday: Chicken Tikka Masala
Because overnight was never going to happen this go-round, I decided to get clever. You know, since Marcus gets home from work earlier than I do.
So on Tuesday I mixed the entire marinade excluding the yogurt, popped it in the fridge, and left a sticky note for Marcus. The action items? Add yogurt, chop chicken, toss in marinade, rest.
Our reality: The chicken got an hour and a half of time in the marinade. We used 0% Greek Yogurt from Trader Joe’s instead of full-fat. Instead of engaging in any sort of shenanigans involving skewers and a broiler, after combining spices and the onion/garlic/ginger mix we added the chicken with the marinade to the pan. Browned it. Incorporated tomatoes. Simmered on medium-low for 30 minutes. Added cream. Simmered for 10 minutes more. Squeezed lime juice. Served.
To Jenna’s credit, this is now one of Marcus’ most-favorite homemade meals…ever.
What were your kitchen-capades this week?