Sunday, February 27, 2011

what's cooking

I did a better job of taking pictures of our meals this go-round, hopefully I inspire to make something  this week.

Butter Lettuce Salad with Egg:
I love butter lettuce.  This salad has butter lettuce, pears, shaved Parmesan, toasted pecans, balsamic vinaigrette and is topped with a fried egg.  The egg makes it creamy, adds protein and tastes really good.

Salad with Honey Goat Cheese:
 Butter lettuce, honey goat cheese (from Trader Joe's), pear, pomegranate seeds and lemon balsamic vinaigrette.

Butternut Squash Ravioli:
This was better then it looks (photo people I would love your suggestions on how to improve).  I made a quick brown butter and sage sauce then added nutmeg.  I topped it with kosher salt and Parmesan, some toasted walnuts would have been good as well. The best part of this meal was my "creamed" spinach.  I put a bunch of spinach in a pan with a little garlic, add milk, cream cheese, nutmeg and salt. It is good and an easy way to get in a lot of spinach.

Turkey Sliders and oven cheese fries:
Sliders are the perfect size for my small people so I make them instead of regular sized burgers.  I mix grated onion, add BBQ sauce, frozen chopped spinach, Worcestershire sauce, egg and oatmeal (instead of bread crumbs) into the meat.  I had little buns for the kids, but I skipped it so I could have the oven chile fries, that I made with New Mexico green chile, so good.

Hummus and Greek Chicken Pitas:
Hummus is so easy to make, this time I started with dry garbanzo beans instead of canned.  I soaked the beans over night and cooked them for 40 minutes. I topped the hummus with smoked paprika and it added good flavor.  Let me know if you want the recipe and will write it up.

For the pitas:
For the Greek chicken I put oregano, lemon, salt, and garlic on chicken breast and baked it. I served it with red onions  and cucumber marinated in balsamic vinegar, feta, fresh spinach, hummus and some creamed spinach.  This was the best thing I made all week.

Pasta with clam sauce:
Not so exciting but easy and good.  I cook a bunch of garlic in olive oil, add canned clams, a little butter and salt.  Then I toss in the pasta and a little pasta water, I add lemon zest, Parmesan and parsley. 

Pasta with Spinach Sauce:
Clearly I am on a spinach kick and I fell off the not white flour train.  I made this with frozen chopped spinach, garlic, milk, nutmeg, salt and parmesan. 

Another Salad:
 Butter lettuce, strawberries, honey goat cheese, pomegranate seeds, and balsamic vinaigrette.  If you have not put strawberries on salad you should try it, and you should try the the honey goat cheese on just about anything.

Bonus Meal:
My husband is gone a lot, we eat dinner with out him at least half the week often more.  Most of the time I eat with my kids but on occasion I eat veggies with them but skip the rest of the meal and then I have this for dinner.  Yes, that is cereal and a glass of wine, it makes me happy.

What are you making this week?

Happy Cooking,



  1. YUM.

    Pics? Turn off your flash and use natural light :-)

  2. Ha. Kim beat me to it. Turn off your flash, yep. Also, when the serving itself doesn't look that fantastic on the plate (ravioli), go for a close-up of the main feature or consider taking the pic from a different angle, perhaps the level of the plate itself. Also, eliminate background clutter OR artfully place some items around for interest (although that may be too much effort.)

    I am trying that first salad today. Yummy!

  3. Thank you for the suggestions, my kitchen is dark in the evening so I have hard time figuring out the light. Yes, and clearing away the junk might be good as well. Picture me taking pictures while Jax is cry at the table waiting for me to feed him, I have to get good and quick at pictures.

    *and the salad with egg was so good and fast, I am newly obsessed with egg on salad.

  4. Yummo, I'm going to give these a crack for sure. Thanks for the inspiration in the kitchen!
    Followed you from bloggymoms :-)