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.
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?