My Menu Plan
I spent a good part of the latter half of last week battling a head cold that came on like a storm: fast, intense and seemingly endless. But the good news is that it passed just in time for Sunday…glorious Sunday. So here is my menu plan for the week, the first one of the year, the first one I have shared in a while. I hope it inspires you to get into the kitchen this week:
Sunday – Golden Globes night. We are going to my mom’s for appetizers and champagne and red carpet watching. My dad’s famous homemade guacamole is on the menu. I will see if he will part with the recipe and share it here some day.
Monday – Giada’s pork tenderloin with honey mustard sauce, paired with roasted red potatoes and arugula. This pork has become one of our favorite, fast go-tos – it is SO easy and SO amazingly tasteful and relatively light. You need to try it, if you haven’t already.
Tuesday – I just got the first cookbook from blogger Gina Homolka, The Skinnytaste Cookbook, and it is packed with dishes I am dying to try. So many great, easy, lightened up versions of your favorite comfort classics. First one up is her skinny chicken parmesan, which I am planning to serve with roasted spaghetti squash, which has become our favorite pasta substitute for those nights when we are craving something a little less carb-y (yes, those nights actually exist…ha ha).
Wednesday – I am in Los Angeles for meetings so my family will be eating tacos in my absence.
Thursday – homemade chicken burgers with rosemary garlic mayo served with store-bought multi-grain onion rings. We like the ones from Alexia. These burgers don’t look very pretty in the picture but I watched her make them on her show the other day and I have been dreaming of them ever since…
Friday – homemade pizza.
Lunch – I always struggle with lunches for some reason so I am trying to focus on incorporating more lunch-y recipes in my plans this year, to avoid relying on takeout as much as we do. This week I am going to make Gina’s crock pot chicken enchilada soup and hopefully it will give us a few days worth of lunch we can count on – and enjoy.
*image above is the homemade Orange Julius smoothie I made for a quick and yummy vitamin C fix last week. You can Google various recipes – I eyeballed mine and used approximately 1 cup of OJ, 1/3 cup of milk, 1 tsp vanilla, a big squeeze of agave (or honey) and like four or five ice cubes. It could have been a little more orange-y, but it was pretty darn good considering I could barely get out of bed to make it…and with that, I wish you a happy, healthy, head cold-less week ahead.