Things that were true about this week: After a vacation week I was very excited to eat home-cooked meals. I knew this week at work was going to be just maniacally busy with catch-up and whatnot, so I had to be reasonable about what we were going to eat.
A third truth: I intentionally did not schedule a single evening activity this week (girls night with good friends counts/doesn’t count in my eyes) and I really needed the time to just be home with my husband and enjoy a week of “normal.”
Monday – Creamy White Chicken Chili
It was my turn to host girls night and this just sounded like a cozy dinner. Since I didn’t want to spend the entire evening cooking, I pre-cooked the chicken so I could cut my active prep/cooking time in half. This was not a bad idea. I feel like I should also mention that I never stir in the sour cream. I know I could, but I think it honestly tastes better without.
Tuesday – West Texas Stacked Enchiladas and Red Chile Rice from The Homesick Texan, Guacamole
Once again, Past Kat for the win. Or as my mother so kindly asked, will you be eating that with soft fried eggs?
Wednesday – Sesame Spiced Turkey Meatballs and Smashed Chickpea Salad from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook and Roasted Broccoli
This meal does not look like much, but since it is pretty much protein, you eat it and then…you’re full. Just like all meatballs, I have a hunch that this meal (excluding the broccoli, of course) would be excellent cocktail party food. Perhaps someday we will actually be able to realize this dream.
Thursday – Chicken with Artichokes in a Creamy Mustard Sauce from Dinner: The Playbook and Basic Polenta from How to Cook Everything
Real talk: This meal almost ended up being a take-out order. Marcus came home to find me bundled up on the couch in a blanket with a glass of wine. Cozy, right? But I told him that I really did want this dinner more than anything else (yes more than egg rolls) and this was one of those “do together” cooking things that we both just sunk our teeth into. The creamy sauce on this dish is just second to none. I use the 1/2 t of red pepper flakes for the extra kick of heat and it warms it right up!