I realized last week that I was getting a bit too adventurous in my weekday meal planning. When The Husband comes home late, the last thing I want to do is try out something that 1) is a new recipe and 2) has 15 different steps. So this week, even though I am off Monday, I'm pulling back and looking for recipes that aren't that labor intensive. Honestly, I need to get a few more slow cooker books in order to utilize Forrest (my Crock Pot) much more than I do right now.
- Monday - slow cooker red beans and rice with orange-glazed beets and a king cake to celebrate Mardi Gras a day early. I wasn't able to find a king cake baby, but I'll put in a dried bean instead (probably safer all around, to be honest).
- Tuesday - seared cauliflower with quinoa cakes - a redo from last week because we didn't manage to get it in (but since we have a small head of cauliflower, I'll also be using a bit of cauliflower's green cousin broccoli).
- Wednesday - chickpea and fennel salad - another redo from last week
- Thursday - cabbage salad with sauteed tofu - I'm working on a healthier version of this favorite recipe (I'll be using the one my mother-in-law wrote up for me), usually made with ramen noodles. The Universe must have known, as we got a nice big head of cabbage in our CSA share this week.
- Friday - TBD - I've found that planning all five days plus the weekend means that I don't have the flexibility that I need. Considering we didn't manage two recipes from last week, I think it will be helpful for the inevitable "let's just have popcorn" night.
So... that's what's on the menu at Chez Philistines this week. What are the specialties of your house?