Monday, January 13, 2014

Menu Plan Monday (13 January 2014)

Well I know ya'll have been waiting with breathless anticipation, and I am thrilled to announce that Angela and I are finally (maybe, probably...) ready to tackle Dinner: A Love Story, the cookbook by the fabulous Jenny at the blog of the same name. We've each done quite a few recipes separately, which we will (maybe) review soon, but it's time to sit down together and really pound this out. This book has a TON of recipes. And really, aside from the recipes, it's actually a really good BOOK. She's got stories and narration and all that good stuff, you should really get it. It's good.

That being said, who knows when and how we'll do this. Angela has a real life with a job and kids and she's pregnant, and I have to watch Damages, so we're pretty pressed for time these days.

But while we figure that out, here's what Team Engelbrecht ate for supper last week.  As always, I'm linking up with Organizing Junkie, head over for thousands of ideas and inspiration.

Monday: Hmmm, I can't really remember. I have these lime chicken tacos on my Plan to Eat menu, but I know for a fact that we didn't eat those. So what did we eat? I have no idea. This isn't really a good way to start this post off...

Tuesday: Yum, we had DALS' Lemony Roast Chicken and Beans. Basically, boneless skinless thighs marinated in lemon juice and garlic all day, then you roast them with chunked up red potatoes and green beans tossed in more lemon juice and garlic. So good. I overdid it with the lemons (don't I always?) and I was too scared to eat the beans that roasted with the chicken. They were sort of soggy and I couldn't help but think SALMONELLA!!! THOSE BEANS ARE CONTAMINATED!!! and I'm not usually squeamish about germs and stuff like that, so for me to say that... Anyway. I'd also steamed some beans for the kids, so I just ate that. Next time, I'll probably do a mix of breasts and thighs, and I'll definitely NOT add the beans to the roast. And there will definitely be a next time.

As a side note, the potatoes were roasted with the chicken and those didn't bother me at all. Weird, right?

Unfortunately, this doesn't even count as part of the A&J Tackle DALS because it's not in the book!!

Wednesday: Leftovers. And we actually had enough to eat leftovers, instead of breakfast. Oh hey, I just remembered, we had spaghetti and meat sauce on Monday. Of course we did.

Thursday: Finally, a Challenge recipe!!! Angela has apparently made this a ton, but this was my first time. Because really, I'm a meat kinda gal. I love it, I want it for all three meals, every single day. But we said every single recipe, so I'm doing every single recipe. So without further ado, Black Bean Burritos.

Basically, you pickle some onions in red wine vinegar (I was out so I used balsamic) then heat up and mash two cans of black beans with some frozen corn, then make a burrito with the beans, some of the onions, cheese, cilantro, jalepeno- whatever floats your boat. Then you fry the burrito. Which was awesome. I gotta say, at the risk of pissing off Angela, my skirt didn't fly up at this recipe. It was good, but I was the only one who had more than one serving. And I just really wanted a way to scoop up more sour cream, because duh. I had to cover it with Franks, otherwise it was just too bland.

I will say that I reheated the leftovers a few times with a chicken breast and some shredded cheese and tons more Franks, and it was a fantastic lunch. Very filling.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday: I can't remember what we did on Friday. What is wrong with me?!?! Saturday we grilled some ribs with some friends, but it was kind of a bummer (sorry baby!!) because they ended up really dry. It sucked! Last weekend we (he) made them and they were SO GOOD we were (I was) like fighting for the last few bones. SO GOOD. And Sunday we grilled again, pork chops and Sweet Baby Ray's. Doesn't get much better than that.

What are ya'll eating this week? Again, if you're in need of some inspiration, head over to Organizing Junkie. 

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