What is joyful this week: I ordered the newest cookbook from Lisa Fain (The Homesick Texan). It arrived today. The Dinner: A Love Story gang is releasing theirs on August 26 so I pre-ordered that as well. Stalwarts, all of them, I am telling you.
It was April Fools’ Day this week. When you look at the meals below, you may think that I am fooling you! Not the case friends, Marcus and I just had the chance to make use of a different kitchen this week and with that came…opportunity.
Sunday – Dr. Pepper Ribs from The Homesick Texan with Baked Potatoes and Asparagus Salad
At the outset, this seemed like it could be a bit complex because I had to make a glaze/sauce for the ribs and the actual ribs needed to cook for somewhere between 2 – 3 hours. But there is no time like the present to master new skills, right?
Since the oven was wholly monopolized at 300 degrees, I opted to chuck some potatoes in the microwave (12 minutes at full blast for us) and do an asparagus salad. It occurs to me that for the amount we make asparagus salad, I should probably post a recipe. You can expect that one in the coming weeks.
Monday – Spicy Shrimp with Yogurt from Dinner: A Love Story with Roasted Broccoli, Trader Joe’s Garlic Naan and Rice
I’ve made these shrimp a few times before and the seasoning blend that you’re directed to action is just top notch. I know they’re supposed to be served with yogurt, but really you do not need it.
Wednesday – Pan Roasted Chicken with Harissa Chickpeas, and Garlic Green Beans from Great, Easy Meals
Fast. Easy. One cast iron skillet and you are set for life.
We used a new jar of harissa this week. Cub stopped selling it when they re-organized their store, so while we were down by the Holy Land, I ran in and snagged a few. FYI: they have probably have three shelves of options if you are looking!
Thursday – Chile Relleno Burgers from Great, Easy, Meals
This burger was delicious, but I made so many modifications to the recipe (it is inherently flawed) that I can’t say these would be the first on my list to make again. These did not come out with any sides because Marcus was off to hear a speaker at our synagogue and the amount of energy it would have taken to figure out…I don’t know, tater tots, would have been unbearable.