Tuesday, January 11, 2011

What are we cooking?

Shockingly, Husband and I actually thought about dinner for this week...or at least part of the week. Most of our cooking tends to be whatever we happen to throw together when we get hungry. Sometimes I'm good and actually do a bit of menu planning. This week we planned two meals (go us!).

Our throw together dinners tend to be relatively simple. Last night we made a simple pasta with onion, garlic, zucchini, green bell pepper, mushrooms, and kalamata olives with white wine, butter and lemon juice. We tossed the pasta with olive oil, parmesan cheese, and what I think was lemon basil (a random basil that grew from the seeds my friend planted) before adding the veggies. After tossing with the veggies we served it up and topped it with a little more parmesan, some cracked black pepper, and a few red pepper flakes. Simple and yummy - and all stuff we had on hand.

Tonight we made lasagna (it's in the oven right now). We've had some Spicy Italian Sausage in our freezer for a couple months and wanted to use it before it gets freezer burn. We had planned to make it in November or December - but that didn't happen. So yesterday we took the meat out of the freezer to defrost in the fridge - forcing us to use it this week! I made sure to buy all the cheeses we needed as well as sauce when I went shopping yesterday - and we already had veggies to put in it.

Tomorrow or Thursday I plan to make soup - either chicken tortilla or chicken and rice - I haven't decided yet. I originally was planning to make chicken and rice - but then Pioneer Woman posted chicken tortilla soup yesterday and it made me crave it. I have what I need to make either one so it depends on what I'm in the mood for I suppose.

The reason I say tomorrow or Thursday on the last one is because Husband informed me that we may be doing a leftovers exchange with some friends of ours for dinner tomorrow...so we'll see.

Lasagna should be done soon which is good since writing about all this food is making me hungry!

Happy eating!