Saturday, June 14, 2008

Menu for a Busy Day

With hot-water heater problems and my continued attempts at spring cleaning, our life is pretty busy but a family still has to eat, no?

Here's what we had today:

Asiago cheese omeletes with red peppers, Asiago cheese bread (Panera from yesterday), Jones Farms All Natural pre-cooked sausage links (Costco)

Chicken salad varieties- My husband likes the traditional Miracle Whip-based version. Very simple, using chicken I grilled yesterday outside between thunderstorms. The chicken was breasts that come individually frozen from Costco well-seasoned with lemon pepper, garlic and kosher salt. I put his salad on a croissant and topped it with Amish-made Swiss cheese. My husband said it was the best chicken salad sandwich he had ever had!

I made another version for myself using poppyseed salad dressing- I like Brianna's Rich Poppyseed Dressing.

It is simple and all-natural and absolutely delicious. Even my picky eater loves this dressing!

I added finely chopped onion, red pepper (you can tell I bought some at the farmer's market) and black raisins. I plated mine as a scoop with a roll and a side of Santa Cruz Organic Cinnamon Applesauce. Very satisfying with a glass of ice-cold lemonade on a hot day.

Finally, our dinner menu was an encore due to my son's request. He wanted "pasta like yesterday". Well, I changed it up a little and cooked up some farfalle (bow-tie pasta) instead of yesterday's unusual shape of pasta. I then fried up some ground beef and added jar tomato sauce (We especially like Organic Ragu) and 3 tablespoons of cooked from frozen petite, sweet organic peas from Whole Foods.

Chase had 3 helpings!

Well, tomorrow is another day. I still have some tilapia that I grilled yesterday....

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pasta Salad, Corn and Tomatoes

Today we had a fantastic pasta salad made with Barila's Protein Plus Rotini (from Costco), lemon pepper chicken breast that I marinated and sauteed, freshly steamed green beans and pine nuts finished with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese and a balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (I prefer organic varieties).

The dish was accompanied by Pepper and Corn Medley made with fresh corn just cut off the cob, green peppers and onions sauteed in butter with a sprinkle of Kosher salt.

Finally, we had fresh sliced Roma tomatoes topped with salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

What a refreshing after-church lunch for a lovely Sunday afternoon.

"This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it."