Thursday, May 28, 2009

We're Getting To That Time...

When Mike and Dave requested that I give them copies of my menus each week, I told them I was really good about making menus during the fall/winter/spring...  during school, when I had to be more organized.  But I can feel us slipping into summer eating mode:  What veggies are around?  What do you feel like grilling tonight?  Should we just have Dairy Queen for dinner instead?

And so, I think I'll present my summer version of my menu plan...  It's a little sketchier, less of a plan and more of a recap, but still tasty...

And by the way, happy Memorial Day, everybody.  Bust out the white shoes!  

Phil wasn't home, and I think my sore sore muscles were so craving protein after my big run last weekend, so I whipped up a huevos rancheros style pile of food on a plate:

Whole grain tortilla, sprinkled with cheese.  Bake in the oven until the cheese is melty.
In a pan, cook up some black beans and salsa.
Chop a tomato.
Fry an egg.

Layer it like this:
Tortilla on the bottom, then beans, then tomato, then egg.


We found a massive amount of morels up north last weekend, and brought some home with us.  We grilled salmon with that lovely barbecue sauce (like a few weeks ago), sauteed the morels in butter and garlic, and sauteed zucchini in a pan.


I have no idea what we'll eat tonight.  We finished the last veggie in the fridge with last night's zucchini...  Going up north for the whole weekend = no grocery shopping gets done.  Doing walk-throughs of Kroger after work is such a dangerous thing for me (I can spend $50 just picking up stuff for dinner).  I know we have turkey burger, so maybe that...  I can just dash into the store for buns, right?  No stopping anywhere else?

I think we need serious grocery shopping this weekend.  Everything's bare.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

May 17 - 21

We're working on expanding our garden and just got new patio furniture, so we're all about the deck right now.  But it's only supposed to be in the 50s today.  So we'll balance the need for grilling with the need to not freeze...

Venison fajitas

Grilled salmon
tabouli salad (with cucumber and feta -- yum!)
grilled zucchini

Grilled chicken (I'm thinking barbecue sauce, Phil's pushing for smothered -- cheese, bacon, stuff like that)
Grilled veggies (zucchini, onion, mushroom, red pepper)

Salad with leftover grilled chicken and some fruit (apple?  strawberry?  grapes?) and feta and onion and anything else still in the fridge

Pre-race meal:  Pizza and beer!  Yay!

Monday, May 11, 2009

May 9 - 14

It's another week of crazy nights.  So actual dinner is a lucky thing!

It's Mother's Day!  We cooked for Phil's family...

Grilled leg of lamb -- marinated in garlic, herbs, delicious spices
Oven roasted potatoes
Oven roasted veggies -- asparagus, red pepper, onion, mushroom

The theme is "foraging in the forest."

Morels (we found at Kensington) sauteed in butter and garlic
Asparagus (found on the side of the road during a run) steamed in water and olive oil, salt and pepper

Grilled salmon (we didn't find it in the forest, we found it at Costco) with Sansonetti's barbecue sauce (Sansonetti's is a Holly company -- they make bq sauce, salsa, stuff like that.  Yummy.)

Flat bread pizza with artichoke and kalamata olives and whatever else is in the fridge

Pasta with stuff in it

Saturday, May 2, 2009

May 3 - 7

I'm officially starting to taper down my training for the race...  less running, more resting.  This is the time I usually get my pre-race fat, and I always swear to eat more mindfully during the next taper.  But not this week.  Maybe it's because I write my menus when I'm STARVING!!!


Flank steak -- rub with good spices (ancho chile powder, other orange things, salt, pepper), grill, slice thin
Roasted potatoes

Salad with chicken, strawberries, blue cheese, and cashews.  It's a variation on a recipe I saw in this month's Cooking Light.  I'll probably just do a balsamic dressing -- the combination of balsamic vinegar and strawberries makes me salivate an embarrassing amount.

Pasta with whatever we got...  saute veggies, maybe some scallops, perhaps some tomato sauce or pesto (or both!), mix with pasta.  Lots of yummy cheese on top.

That's it for this week.  It's one of those kind of weeks...  a lot of peanut butter will be consumed in the place of actual meals.  Next week might be calmer!

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