Tuesday, November 9, 2010

What's for dinner?

So, I like to cook. I'm pretty good, but still learning. Sometimes, I have a big hit on my hands - like last week when I made sausage gravy over biscuits for dinner. Other times, the kids both turn up their noses...I tend to forget those meals, since I don't repeat them. Tonight I had a hit-or-miss. I got some brussels sprouts on the stalk in my last CSA box of the season and roasted them tonight to go with the panini sandwiches I made for dinner. N loved them, A couldn't stand them. I thought they were pretty tasty - and really easy, too. I just tossed them in olive oil, salt, pepper and grated garlic, then roasted them in a hot oven for 30 minutes. Salty and just slightly bitter on the outside, with an earthy sweetness on the inside.

The night before, I had a hit with chicken and broccoli burritos. That was just chicken that I ground up in the food processor, sauteed up with a whole mess of broccoli (also processed to within an inch of its existence), then threw in some black beans, salsa, smoked cheese and rice. Fill a tortilla with the stuff and voila, an easy, healthy and fun meal.

Tomorrow, I've got burgers on tap. I plan to serve them with slaw made from red cabbage. I'm not generally a fan of cole slaw - but that's because most slaw dressings are too sweet for me. If I'm making it myself, that shouldn't be an issue. I found a recipe online with an Asian-inspired dressing - so I'm thinking of trying that.

What are you cooking this week?


  1. With brussels sprouts, it helps to a) cut the bottoms off and cut a cross-hatch at the base, b) soak them in cold salted water for 10 minutes, c) steam them for 5-10 minutes, just when they start to turn tender, and d) plunge them into an ice bath, then drain.

    You then have nearly-tender sprouts, ready to quick sautee with whatever else (red cabbage, mustard and bread crumbs, etc).

  2. Thanks for the tip! I'll have to remember that for the next time I have some.

  3. I have a Sausage and Apple casserole I like to do for the fall. Kids love it. A little bit of prep time but easy and yummy. I'm also do for meatball night, my older daughter brags to her friends about them:-)

  4. Sounds great! Think the sausage and apple thing would work with pears instead? My son can't eat apples.