Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dinner Plan: 7/5/10




Summertime definitely makes me less apt to plan out my weekly meals. Arrangements are constantly changing (usually at the last minute) and I feel like my calendar has become completely booked up (must be because of my excessive popularity... uh, okay,maybe not). I'll do my best to try to stay on track and attempt to predict the events that will occur during the evening hours. Hmmm...

Weekly Dinner Plan
Monday: Shrimp scampi over gemelli pasta and tomato, cucumber, and onion salad
Yesterday's meal was made in its entirety by Kyle, while I whined pathetically about my on-going cold from the other room.
The shrimp scampi was good, as it always is, using the frozen “Harvest of the Sea” brand from Costco. The gemelli was kind of difficult to eat, though; it slid off my fork when I tried to pick it up and refused to be stabbed with the utensil. Perhaps the pasta's unruliness was a higher power telling me not to consume so much food after a weekend of burgers (and fries) (and onion rings) (and desserts).
Kyle made the salad by tossing together all the fresh veggies with some olive oil, red wine vinegar, and a bit of salt. It was very fresh and delicious- I suggest you try it!

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, salad, corn on the cob (with butter, salt, and paprika)
Grilling at the beach tonight!

Wednesday: Tortelloni with sage butter, salad  
This is a recipe from Mario Batali's cookbook Molto Italiano (2005), p. 231. The directions call for the cook to make his or her own pasta (yes, from scratch!), but, since I know that won't happen, I figured that I'd just by some fresh tortellini and mix it with butter and sage leaves.

Thursday: Mustard-roasted fish, rice, salad  
According to Glamour Magazine, we're ideally supposed to be consuming fish twice a week. Unfortunately it tends to be an expense to eat it that often, not to mention the special trip out to the fish monger each time. That said, I am going to try to take care of myself a little more by devouring more marine life. This Barefoot Contessa recipe does not call for any fish in particular, which means I can check out what's fresh and yummy looking that day!

This sounds like a very good steak recipe, and since it's made with lettuce and tomato, it's healthy, right?




Okay, so here's fish meal #2 for the week, chosen for the fact that there are so few ingredients!

Hopefully this week will give me time to rest my aching throat and runny nose. The simplicity of these recipes (and the fact that many of them require Kyle to grill) will give me some time to recover from a crazy (but super-fun) weekend!

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