Now that I’m done planning a wedding, I can start cooking again! To say I’m excited would be an understatement. Our house is finally a LITTLE more organized, still working on getting it completely back to normal, but at least we have a kitchen & dining room table again.
Monday: Garlic Spaghetti with Roasted Vegetables
On one of my days off, I caught an episode of Ten Dollar Dinners on Food Network and she was making this garlic spaghetti. It may have been the lack of carbohydrates in my system, but I could not stop thinking about it. As soon as I could, I made it, but canned tomatoes aren’t really my thing anymore since discovering how BAD they are for your health (read more here & here), so I went with the fresh veggie option. I roasted some mushrooms, carrots, garlic, red onion, & broccoli to use in place of the canned tomatoes and the result was heavenly. The sweetened vegetables were perfect for the tangy garlic sauce of the pasta. Highly recommend you make the same adjustment if you decide to ever make this recipe.
Tuesday: Salami-Mozzarella Calzone
Continuing with the carb-kick, I chose to make this calzone with several adjustments to the orginal recipe. I will share my updated version soon. We liked it. The only downfall was I used pizza dough from the freezer that may have been a little past its prime. It still tasted great, but the dough was very sticky and didn’t have the right consistency once cooked. Like it was a little tough… but the flavors were spot-on and delicious.
Wednesday: Leftovers from the pasta & calzone
Thursday: Girls Night at Senor T’s and of course I didn’t snap any photos – so sorry!
Friday: Tilapia and veggie packets
I’ve always known that parchment paper is great for steaming vegetables, fish, chicken, you name it. But it is a very tedious process and if you don’t get it JUST right, then the steam gets loose and your meal is dry. Of course, there is now a convenient alternative to making your own and it’s these bags that are so easy I’m wondering why I’m just now hearing about them.
All you have to do is throw any leftover veggies from the week into the bag, toss a piece of fish or chicken or whatever in there, maybe a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper and bake accordingly. The steam makes everything tender and delicious. Will definitely be using these all summer long. Another good thing about the bags is you can label them so every person in the fam can make their own. Ok, I’m done with the infomercial now. What did you make this week? Anything I need to try?