The first menu item this week is going to be a total experiment. I saw a red wine spaghetti on Facebook that looked intriguing. But as much as I looooooove red wine, I wondered if it would taste too “winey”… if that’s possible. I realized that beets would have the same dyeing effect turning the pasta red. And I love candied nut, blue cheese, and beet salads, so we’ll see if those flavors translate into an equally delicious pasta.
HERE’S HOW WE DO IT:
Nutty Blue Cheese and Beet Spaghetti – Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook the spaghetti along with some diced roasted beets (Trader Joe’s has these ready to go in the produce section). Before you drain, save 3/4 cup of the pasta water, which is hopefully red from the beets. After you drain the pasta, return it to the pot. Stir in the reserved pasta water, a couple tablespoons of cold butter, and some Parmesan cheese. Chop up some candied nuts (TJ’s has these already candied) and toss in the pasta along with some crumbled blue cheese. You could also add some chicken.
Lemon Herb Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Salad – Grilled chicken breasts or thighs, sprinkled with lemon herb seasoning. Pull the husk back on the corn and remove the silk. Slather with butter, pull the husk back up, and wrap with foil. Grill for longer than you think it would take (30-40 minutes). Serve with a side salad.
Black and Blue Steak Salad – I use a thinly sliced sirloin, crumbled blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, and either ranch or blue cheese dressing. Some of the roasted beets would be good on there as well. Sprinkle with Cajun seasoning before serving.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Put a pork butt in the crock pot with a bottle of barbecue sauce. Make a quick coleslaw. Assemble on your favorite bun.
Steak and Cheese Rice Bowl – Do a quick saute of the leftover sirloin from the salad, along with some onions and peppers. Meanwhile cook up some rice. Combine everything together then toss in lots of shredded cheese (or you could make a cheese sauce with a roux base if you’re feeling fancy).
American Chop Suey – Get the recipe here.
BFD – Or Breakfast for Dinner. This week we’re having sausage links, scrambled eggs, and sweet potato potato hash (diced white potatoes, sweet potatoes and onions).