Sorry for the slacking off here…
So this week we did Week #3 and it was a crazy one for our family. This week is the same, so we’re taking a break from this right now and will do the final week…next week. But I digress…I slacked on the pictures with a couple, and the two I forgot to take pics of were actually some of my favorites this week.
One thing we tried was cutting the recipes in half since Michael and I are really the only ones eating. We’ve had a hard time keeping up with the leftovers, so this week we tried cutting everything by half. This, however, didn’t work so well either- we found ourselves hungry after a few meals. On to the reviews:
Monday: Pork Loin with Sauteed Caulifower and Capers
One takeaway I had from this week is that I don’t like it very much when a recipe calls for a very specific ingredient. Monday’s recipe called for “pickled sweet red cherry peppers, such as Peppadews.” Perhaps I’m biased because, in the first place, I don’t like peppers in general. So to traipse all over the grocery store hunting for something I don’t realllly want to eat- no fun. Then, when I did finally find a jar, this is what it looked like:
You betcha- I made sure I dug through that jar and pulled out that one red pepper. But I still didn’t like it. I also messed this recipe up big time, though. Firstly, I used way too much mustard on the pork- it was nearly inedible. I would also say, though, that the amount given in the recipe is big- I’d probably dilute it with some mayo or something. My other mess up, though, was that I didn’t pay attention and I tossed all the cauliflower with cilantro, not parsley. I didn’t realize until later, which was funny because neither Michael nor I cared for the cauliflower and now we know why- cilantro!
Tuesday : Chickpea-Spinach Curry with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce
No pic for this one- which bums me out because it was DELICIOUS! I would make more of it, and I would also use it as a side dish- it’s very versatile. I would maybe add some more veggies or something, but it was very easy and very quick to whip up. Yum!
Wednesday: Lamb Chops with Roasted Broccoli and Feta
This was excellent. I was very surprised with how much I liked broccoli with feta- and lemon! It’s very refreshing yet hearty at the same time. A keeper, this one!
Thursday: Lemony Tuna and Olive Oil Pasta
Again, no pic- boo! This was soooo good, too. I love how they have you reserve pasta water and use it in the sauce- it kept the noodles from sticking- it was like eating something from a restaurant. This is one that we will cook full-size next time- no cutting in half!
Friday: Roasted Chicken with Mole Sauce and Citrus Salad
This was really good! If I had known how easy it was to make mole sauce I would have done it a long time ago. It was fun to tell the kids we were eating “chocolate chicken”- they thought it was weird. I was also very proud of my citrus salad- I cut up the oranges quite well, if I do say so myself. Yum!