Real Simple Easy Dinners: Week 3

Posted by on Nov 10, 2011 | 0 comments

If you’re new to this series, you can start here, then go here, and here.  Now you’re caught up!

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!

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