So we were away all weekend and came back late Sunday night. I had guests in town, and I was working on another project etc etc etc, which left me zero time to plan or shop or cook. So all bets are off this week as to how the meals will turn out. I had some stuff hanging around and some meat in the freezer and my incredible talent of being able to create a decent meal from a seemingly empty refrigerator. I did finally manage to get to TJs on Tuesday, but don’t think the planning phase is going to happen this week. So here goes.
Monday: Had to work. Boys went out for pizza.
Tuesday: Grilled chicken breasts, curried grilled cauliflower, guacamole, salsa, blue corn chips, sliced cucumber, cherries.
I just seasoned the chicken breast with Spike and olive oil and they came out nice. I think I have finally learned not to overcook chicken breast after overcooking about 6,236 chicken breasts over the past 10 or so years.
The cauliflower had incredible potential. I wanted to do something a little different so I tossed the florets with some olive oil, curry powder, salt, and black pepper. I grilled them in a grill basket and they were looking really nice until I turned up the heat at the end just to finish them a little more and something caught fire inside the grill and pretty much ruined it and gave a really bitter flavor to the cauliflower. But I would try this if I were you, it would have been delicious I think, had it not caught fire. Doh.
AND score a silent point for me, my son actually ate and loved cherries tonight after trying to persuade him to eat them for many years. I was eating them and conspicuously (though not intentionally) spitting the pits out onto my plate. This struck my son as funny and he grew curious and agreed to try a cherry. He was pleasantly surprised that not only was it great fun to find the pit in his mouth and spit it out, but that cherries are also incredibly delicious. He said he loved them, and I simultaneously cheered silently while also sitting on the edge of my seat hoping he didn’t choke on the pit. It was good times.
Wednesday: Frozen fish sticks (TJs), homemade tartar sauce, pasta, leftover homemade pesto, salad bar (romaine, carrots, sugar snap peas, almonds, raisins, roasted red peppers).
Another shocker from my boy–I can’t even remember the last time he ate a fish stick, and he just bellied up to the table and ate 4 of them without even batting an eye or making a comment. Like he’s been eating them forever. I also haven’t served them in months either. But there ya go. Crazy.
Salad bar is a big favorite in my house. I used to serve salad all together in one big bowl, but my son would never touch it. Now I serve it all up separately-lettuce in one big bowl, and all the toppings in small bowls around. This way my son can pick and choose what he likes. It makes a little more dishes but is otherwise just as easy to prepare. Looks nice too!
Thursday: Pulled pork in the crock pot, brioche rolls, potato chips, broccoli slaw, sliced cucumber, sliced apples.
I am just learning to like pork products other than bacon, and this pulled pork is super easy and yummy. I like to dip mine in a little barbecue sauce too.
Friday: I went out with the girls! Rejoice. Boys had pasta and meatballs.
Cherry update: The night my son tried a cherry he said that he would like to eat cherries every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. When I served them again a day or two later, he looked, declared his love for cherries and didn’t eat a one. I’m not sure he’s had one since that night.