I wish there were some way for me to explain to you how much I’ve missed cooking for the last month.
But the only way I can do that is to show you. Because we cooked through the entire weekend – I don’t know that we have ever done that in this house.
Friday – Guajillo-Chile Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw from The Homesick Texan and Guacamole
The last time we made these, the in-laws came over and we had a wonderful meal. This time it was more a case of me wanting to action tacos, and there being a two-pound bag of Tilapia on sale at ALDI for like, $6 or $7.
We still have a solid pound of that fish left.
Throw some guacamole on the side (we had been hoarding a few avocados all week-long) and we were good to go!
Saturday – Jalapeno Mustard Roast Chicken with Elote en Vaso and Green Beans with Cilantro Pesto from The Homesick Texan
Jalapeno Mustard Chicken is by and large one of the hit meals in our house. Cilantro Pesto Green Beans are a stalwart side. What’s great about making these two in the same meal is that you’re immersion blending most everything, so it kind of keeps the counter clutter to a minimum.
I’ve loved eating Elote when we’re out to eat so I do not know why I didn’t attempt this dish sooner at home. Forgive me Lord, for I have sinned. In Lisa’s incarnation, we make it in a cup, which is very convenient when you just want to toss together a quick, personalized side dish for a few people. It also makes the dish very easily scalable.
The downside? Marcus was deeply disappointed that I did not have leftovers on offer.
Sunday – Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps
How I found this recipe: Last spring, someone left the Star Tribune in the lunch room and as I was leafing through the Taste section, I saw this recipe. I folded up the paper, brought it home, and tucked it into the recipe binder.
As I was flipping through the binder, looking for a fast dinner, this leapt out at me because though it has been waiting there patiently for more than a year, I have never made it.
This recipe was so fast, so easy to make and so healthy. These will definitely be in our rotation. I also had Marcus steam up some rice for himself because I thought that he might enjoy the filling over rice versus in wraps. He sampled it both ways and pronounced it Good.
Monday – Indian Spiced Ground Meat Kebabs with Cilantro Sauce from Real Food, Roasted Broccoli, Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan
So we all know that my recipe binder is wholly comprised of recipes I have printed off of the internet or things I’ve torn out of magazines, right?
And I like to think that I cycle through the recipes in the binder. The keepers stay (of course) but the duds or the never-been-touched recipes get recycled sooner or later.
I do not know why I was compelled to keep this recession-era recipe (read: 2009 feature on ground poultry dishes…seriously) for four years, but I am SO GLAD that I did because it was fiendishly delicious. And what’s more, there are probably three or four other recipes on those pages that I tore out that we now get to try. There is much rejoicing in our home for this reason.
Thursday – Summer Corn Cakes with Chopped Tomato and Avocado Salsa and Soft-Fried Eggs
Truly, when I dug back in the round-up to try to figure out the last time we actioned this meal, I found it tucked away in September. How could that be?
It’s such a simple dish to make, and when you toss in some eggs for a bit of extra protein it is a very filling dinner. Not to mention the lovely leftover cakes which reincarnate so very nicely for breakfast over the weekend.
We substituted mint for basil this week because (1) we had already purchased mint for Monday’s meal and (2) for half of the price of a packet of basil at the grocery store, you can get a marvelous bunch of mint.
Pro tip: Mint+Basil are generally interchangeable to a point as are Cilantro+Parsley. You’ll change the vibe a bit, but on the whole you won’t even notice.