Memorial Day has come and gone- and I have the horrific tan lines to prove it. Summer is upon us, and with its onset: grilling season! Let's see how many days I can get the hubby outside to make some awesome meals (but I better have a backup plan, just in case an evening golf game rears it's ugly head and my agenda is thwarted)...
Weekly Dinner Plan
Monday: Turkey burgers on the grill, salad
Last night the weather was absolutely gorgeous, so Kyle and I wanted to hang out outside and grill. This is tough when you're “burgered-out” from the weekend, so we decided a lighter version of the classic would be best. Ground turkey, diced onion, and a yellow pepper sauce that Kyle had made for salmon on Friday were smushed together to create a moist and tangy patty. Mmmm... delectable! The recipe for the sauce is here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/grilled-cedar-plank-salmon-with-yellow-pepper-saffron-sauce-recipe/index.html. It was amazing on the salmon, great in the burgers, and I would imagine it could take the place of a hollandaise on asparagus too!
Tuesday: Spaghetti with turkey meatballs, salad
While leafing through this month's issue of Real Simple magazine, I came across an article on family recipes, so I thought I'd try a couple this week. Tonight's weather is supposed to be kind of crummy (rain, rain, rain), so I thought I would take a stab at a comfort-food classic: spaghetti and meatballs. The recipe is on p. 244 in the May (okay, I'm a little behind) issue of Real Simple, or http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/spaghetti-turkey-meatballs-recipe-00000000033202/index.html.
Wednesday: Cheddar chicken, rice pilaf, salad
Okay, okay... so it's not an elegant meal, far from it. But doesn't it sound good? Sharp cheddar cheese, buttery crackers, rich rice pilaf to go with it... yum! Real Simple, May 2010, p. 242, or http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/cheddar-chicken-recipe-00000000033194/index.html.
Thursday: Corn & salmon chowder, french bread, salad
The “chowder” part sounds heavy, the “salmon” part sounds light. The whole thing sounds delicious. This recipe comes from a cookbook designed to make food for little ones, but I think this sounds really tasty! Cooking for Baby by Lisa Barnes, p. 104.
Friday: Maple-mustard barbequed pork chops, couscous, salad
While browsing for something yummy for Kyle to make on the grill, I came across this recipe, which uses the indoor grill pan. Chances are, I'll be making it (since it's INSIDE the house), but it sounded too good not to try! http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/maple-mustard-barbecued-pork-chops-recipe/index.html
Saturday: Birthday party
Avery's BFF is turning one! Can't wait for the super-fun pool party!
Sunday: Taking the day off!