Sunday, September 11, 2011

September 11 - 15, 2011

A few professional-life changes lately have thrown us for a bit of a loop, so dinner (and eating actual meals, really) has taken a backseat to getting the school-related ducks in a row.  But I'm attempting to plan a menu for this week, with the disclaimer that I might not actually cook any of this.  But I'm going to try...

We'll grill a little chicken on the rotisserie.  Probably just very basic -- a mixture of olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and minced garlic rubbed under the skin.  Pop it on the rotisserie and let it go for an hour or an hour and a half (it really is a very little chicken).
Broccoli from the garden -- steamed
Baby boiled potatoes

The garden is going crazy, and we haven't had time to use anything for a while.  So we're using as much as we can tonight -- veggie omelets!  Probably with feta cheese.  Chop and saute as many veggies as possible (zucchini, grated carrot, mushrooms, onion, pepper, broccoli, tomato) then remove from pan.  Whisk eggs with a little bit of milk, add some chopped basil, add to heated and oiled pan.  Swirl it around to get best coverage, add salt and pepper.  After a minute or so, add the veggies back on one half of the egg.  Sprinkle feta cheese.  Flop the other half of the egg over the veggie/cheese mix, and slide onto a plate.

Flatbread pizzas on naan, with whatever's around -- veggies, sausage, mozzarella, pizza sauce.

Minestrone with chickpeas:  An old favorite!

Chop about a cup each of eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash.  
Chop half a cup each of red bell pepper and onion.
Mince a few garlic cloves.

Put it all in a big soup pot and saute until onion is tender.

Add about 28 oz. vegetable broth, 1 28 oz can of tomatoes, a bay leaf, and bring to a boil.

Reduce heat and simmer 15 min.  Remove bay leaf.

Add some chopped parsley, 1 tbsp (or more) pesto, some oregano, 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2 cans drained and rinsed chickpeas.  Cook 5 minutes or so.  

Stir in about 2 c chopped spinach, serve.

You can sprinkle parmesan on top.

Grilled salmon
sauteed veggies (whatever's in the garden -- probably zucchini!)
Boiled baby potatoes

So a pretty basic week, but right now it's feeling kind of ambitious.  But it would be good to eat something besides granola bars and sliced peaches (my go-to portable foods for the last few weeks) so I'm going to try really hard.  Have a good week!

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