Monday, June 7, 2010

What's for dinner?

Things have been a bit quiet here over the last week or so, but as of this afternoon, things are looking up. I sat a church history exam this morning, and any available time has been taken up either by study or by doing all those 'necessary' things that suddenly become essential when you have something like an exam to study for! Needless to say, this week's meal plan has only just been done.

Before I get onto that, a quick update on last week. No extra visits to the supermarket required! Yippee! Cathy wisely suggested keeping a running shopping list on the fridge, which we already do, but often things aren't added until they're all gone, which is often a bit late! Something else to work on...

A couple of recommendations from last week: Firstly, if you can get hold of the first MasterChef magazine, the Chicken & Peanut Noodle Stir-fry is simply magnificent. So much so that I nearly cooked it again the next night! Even my 18 month old thought it was great. The recipe also has possible modifications if you want to make a vegetarian version involving tofu. I think I'll try that option sometime, too!

Secondly, T, who is a bit addicted to american style ribs, thought that Gary's Ribs (which T cooked, very well) were the best he's ever had. Which says a lot. So if you're even vaguely inclined, give them a go! Just one note: we used about 1/4 of the chilli powder the recipe called for, used regular rather than hot mustard powder in the sauce AND left out the jalapeno, and it was still bordering on a little too spicy for my very spice tolerant toddler (and me if I'm being honest), but, Oh. My. Goodness. They were REALLY good.

So what's the plan this week?

Monday: Roasted eggplant pasta (my basic tomato sauce with roasted eggplant added)
Tuesday: Chinese Chicken Wings (based on a Charmaine Solomon recipe)
Wednesday: Minestrone (my version)
Thursday: Soft Pork Tacos (MasterChef mag, p. 104)
Friday: Vege Frittata (my recipe with mods)
Saturday: Meatloaf (The Thrifty Kitchen, p. 129)
Sunday: Chicken Pilau (delicious June 10, p. 114)

What are you eating this week?


yardage girl said...

Thanks for the tip about the chicken noodles. I bought the masterchef mag but only read it quickly as it seemed like so many ads and not much substance - I'm going back for a better look! One of these weeks I'll be as organised as you! Hope your exam went well. Nic

Vic said...

I love The Thrify Kitchen! I got it for Mother's Day this year and have found it a great resource! Vic xx

Permission to Unwind said...

I'm making something with portabello mushrooms tonight... and maybe rice. I haven't put it all together yet, but I'm sure it will be tasty!