Starting this week, I’m going to let you in on a little more of the imperfect reality that we live in here at The Search for Imperfection. You’ll still see a full seven nights’ worth of dinner ideas, but at the end of each post I’m also going to tell you what we ACTUALLY ate the week before. Sometimes we do a great job of sticking to the plan. Other times we don’t eat anything that was on the menu. But that’s life!
Dinner Menu Week 41
This is How We Do It
Chicken Parm Over Polenta
You can either bread and bake your own chicken (here’s a yummy recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen), or if I’m in a hurry I’ll bake off some of the breaded chicken from Trader Joe’s freezer section. While they’re baking, take a tube of polenta and heat it in a pot over medium heat, adding milk in to make them creamy. After the chicken is cooked, leave it in the pan you baked it in, pour marinara sauce over it and top with mozzarella cheese. Bake for about 10 more minutes. Ladle the polenta on your plate, then top with the chicken/marinara/mozz.
Butternut Squash, Pancetta, Sage Carbonara
I like to get the pre-cubed butternut squash from the produce section. Roast it off in a 400 degree oven (drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper) for 25-30 minutes. Meanwhile cook your spaghetti, be sure to set aside 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid when you drain. While those two things are coking, saute the pancetta along with some finely chopped fresh sage. Whisk together 2 whole eggs and 2 egg yolks, along with a cup of parmesan cheese. Now stir everything together until creamy (including the pasta liquid and egg/parm mixture).
Asian Chopped Chicken Salad
Carrot Soup with Grilled Brie and Apple
Grilled Flank Steak, Zucchini, Potatoes
Use this recipe to marinate the steak for AT LEAST 24 hours, if not 48. Slice the zucchini and potatoes into rounds and layer in a foil pocket. Top with pats of butter, and shredded parmesan cheese (like this below, but add zucchini in with it)
Use this Cilantro Lime Shrimp Taco recipe, with a mild white fish instead of the shrimp
Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Put a pork butt in the crockpot with a bottle of bbq sauce in the morning. Shred it when you get home, and either use the leftover slaw from the fish tacos, or make this Quick and Easy Coleslaw recipe to top your sandie with.
What We Really Ate Last Week
Saturday – I honestly can’t remember what we ate Saturday…
Sunday – Breakfast Shepherd’s Pie
Monday – Frozen Lasagna
Tuesday – Leftover Lasagna
Wednesday – Spaghetti and Meatballs w/Harvest Veggie Marinara from TJ’s
Thursday – Mac and Cheese
Friday – Philly Cheese Burgers
Saturday – We went to a party, ate fun Halloween themed party food, I brought a harvest salad kit from TJs