Monday, January 23, 2012

menu of the week

Now that we finally have snow on the ground I can't wait to cook dinners that are warm and comforting, like beef stroganoff on Wednesday night. It's one of my most favorite foods ever. I'm trying a couple new dishes, too.

Korean style vegetable stir fry - Whenever I ask Matt what he wants for dinner his answer is "vegetables," which isn't very helpful. So instead of just making vegetables I'm going to make a stir fry, but I'm not using instant noodles like the recipe says. I think they mean ramen, but we have lots of soba noodles and I think they'll make a good substitute.

mushroom, onion, and swiss panini - I can already hear the complaints about the mushrooms, but I plan on prepping a few other fillings so Matt doesn't have to be subjected to fungus in his sandwich. Any suggestions for things that go with swiss cheese besides mushrooms?

beef stroganoff - While this dish may take a while (figure about three hours including prep), it's so worth it! Plus it makes your house smell amazing while the beef simmers on the stove.

apple, cheddar, and squash soup - I found this through my friend Alex's pin and it was the best butternut squash soup I've ever hard. Although it would be hard not to please me when it comes to anything with butternut squash in it. I'm a bit obsessed.

broiled salmon with polenta and roasted broccoli - My favorite way to prepare salmon is sprinkling it with salt and fresh ground black pepper and then broiling it. It only takes about seven minutes for two one pound filets. Sometimes I slather barbecue sauce on top, but this week I plan on keeping it simple. The polenta will be sliced and baked (I have one of Trader Joe's pre-cooked organic rolls) with extra virgin olive oil and some salt, and the broccoli will get the same treatment.

As always, I'll try to have some sort of salad each night of the week, and dessert (until they're gone) will be the whole wheat chocolate chunk cookies that Matt made over the weekend. Don't be fooled - they may be made with whole wheat flour but there are two sticks of butter and two cups of sugar hiding in there.

P.S. This is unrelated, but I heard a rumor about Domino over the weekend... could it be true?


  1. My DREAM is for Andy to ask for vegetables for dinner! I hadn't even tried making that butternut squash soup yet - now I will definitely have to try it!! I have been obsessed with soups lately. I actually made a really good pea soup recipe that's on my Pinterest page. And the Japanese rice and chicken one was really good and different too, though not many veggies :/

    1. I'll have to check out the pea soup even though Matt hates peas. I can't wait to make the butternut soup again. Seriously, it is the best!

  2. Instead of mushroom you can do eggplant Or roasted peppers! Your meals for this week sound yummy!

    1. Thanks for the ideas, Olga! I have some red and yellow peppers so that just might work.

  3. Love Beef Stroganoff! Great blog!
    Fellow BVA grad, class of '89
    Jen Cowart

    1. Hi Jen, thanks for visiting and for the kind words! I plan on checking out 'the whole bag of chips' later on today...


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