Friday, April 13, 2012

What's For Dinner

Sometimes I get stuck in a dinner rut and keep turning to the same four meals over and over.  I'll change the side dish and hope that Adam thinks its something new, but seriously, who am I kidding?  Add to that the fact that I haven't had a kitchen in four months, and I wasn't even in a rut!  I was totally out of the game!  Since we got our kitchen up and running about a week ago, I sat down on Monday and really hammered out five dinner ideas.  I'll share if you share. . . deal? (Now, if I was a real blogger, I would have taken pictures of my own dinners.  Sorry, you'll have to live with the pics from the internets)

Ceasar Spaghetti 
Do you love Ceasar salad?  I totally do!!  I got this recipe from Rachael Ray on Dr. Oz, and made it over the summer and it was "eh".  But it had so many ingredients that I love, I decided to give it another try and YUM!  I think the key was not to skimp on any of the ingredients, especially the anchovies.  When the recipe said 6 anchovies, I added 8.  It really gave the sauce more flavor (but don't worry, it wasn't a fishy flavor!!  It really tasted like ceasar!)

Chicken Picatta and Lemon Quinoa
This is seriously my favorite dinner EVER.  I try not to make it every week, but I probably do make it once a month.  My husband hasn't complained so that is a good sign.  For the quinoa I just make it like normal, but use chicken or veg broth instead of water and add in the juice of half a lemon.  And what ever herbs I feel like. 

Spaghetti Squash and Herbs
Ever since Adam discovered spaghetti squash in his Biggest Loser cookbook (he's not large, just loves the show!) he's been buying me one almost every week!  This was good, but not as good as when Adam made me spaghetti squash and avocado pesto.  I really should have made some grilled chicken or something more substaintial as a side dish, but I didn't want to go over board with the chicken this week!

Roast Chicken and Vegetables
I linked the recipe that I used, but I didn't like it.  The recipe doesn't call for veg, but I put in potatoes, carrots and onions, and they just tasted like they had been boiled in wine.  BORING.  So next time I'm going with more of a dry roast, probably with the old onion soup mix standard.

Vegan Shepherds Pie
This was good, but I'll probably put more spices or some fresh herbs when I make this again.  The sweet potato on top was a MUST.  I chopped, boiled and mashed one sweet potato and spread it on top of our filling.  This is one of the most health meals EVER.  Seriously ever. 
So spill it, what is your favorite (healthy?) dinner idea?


  1. I recently joined Weight Watchers (down 15 pounds!), and they have a lot of great recipes. One of my favs right now is chicken terriyaki w/ broccoli (it's not one of the healthiest, but it's one of the few ways McKay will eat broccoli, haha). I'd type it out, but I'm typing one-handed while holding Lincoln and that would take a thousand years.

    Why didn't you have a kitchen for four months?

    1. Nice job on the weight loss!!! Since we live with my in-laws I don't really have my own kitchen. I could use my MIL's but. . . all of my food was in the downstairs kitchen, and I always worried about ruining her stuff. Anyway, a few weeks ago they finally put appliances in the downstairs kitchen and now I can cook again!!

    2. all of this looks so delicious!

  2. Yum yum yum chicken picatta & lemon quinoa is my favorite meal as well! Although I do tofu for myself ;)

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