Before I run off to the grocery store bright and early on this somewhat gloomy looking Monday morning, I thought I’d jump right in and start sharing some dinner inspiration (dinspiration, if you will) with y’all. Last week’s dinner menu at my house ended up being a little more involved than expected. The dishes were seemingly simple, but I have a tendency to stray from the recipe, if there is one, in order to make what I think is the best tasting dish. For example, I’m hesitant to cook mushrooms in the microwave (sorry, Jacques) unless I have exactly ten minutes to prepare dinner. They’re so texturally perfect when browned and cooked on the stove top, don’t you think? And somehow, I estimated the equivalent of a pound of dried black beans to be two cans? Try seven.
At the outset of the week, my dinner plan was a nice pretty package, ready to be unwrapped and opened as the week progressed, leaving me with nothing but warm fuzzies. While all the food did just that, sometimes the plan doesn’t go exactly as anticipated.
As evidence of such real life existing in my kitchen, I’m going to start showing you the weekly menu snapshots with corners of my very real kitchen, exactly as is (unless noted), in the background. Maybe I’m a type A clean freak, but it’s comforting to realize that even chefs and food bloggers have some element of disarray to their workspace. Exhibit 1: The cannister of Whole Foods brand “nutella” over there on the counter. Don’t think I left this out for no reason. There’s plenty of space (okay, some space) in my cabinet for it, but after rediscovering it last night on a sweet tooth rampage, I purposely left it out so that I wouldn’t forget that I had it later in the week. Essentially, reminding myself to eat chocolate spread over graham crackers. #imarealperson
Dinner Plan, July 14 – 18
Monday: Smoky eggplant with Thai vegetable salad (found on SK)
Tuesday: GF Fusilli with scape pesto, tomatoes, and chicken sausage
Wednesday: Baked saffron falafel, chunky Greek salad, orange tahini dressing
Thursday: Baked potatoes with traditional fixings (i.e., CHEESE/BUTTER), roasted asparagus, sautéed mushrooms
Friday: TBD or date night out!
So now it’s time for the shopping! Have a great Monday. The sun is coming out as I type, so I think there’s hope!
Also, if the thought of preparing this menu particularly fascinates or frightens you, the thought of eating it gives you those warm fuzzies, or you have never prepared a perfectly browned sautéed mushroom, check out my related services and don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions (since, at the time of this post, the Services page is a little empty!). I’d love to help!
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