So, last week I had a few cooking successes and a few cooking failures. The failures are tough because I get so excited about a dish and then when it doesn’t turn out right or even good for that fact, I get sad and a bit frustrated. What I’m realizing as I evolve as a cook is that cooking is like anything in life, sometimes its great and a winner, and other times it’s just not. Usually a recipe flop has nothing to do with cooking skills, sometimes a recipe is just not what you expected it to be. I’m learning that you just have to roll with it and realize that it’s just food, and move onto the next recipe. So, I’m not going to bore you all and go into last week’s failures, but I will go into the successes. I made some yummy cupcakes for my 3 best girl friend’s birthdays last week. We met in the city for lunch and I brought along and surprised them with these celebratory cupcakes. I also gave each of them a favorite book from this series that I have been reading called, Anastasia, The Ringing Cedars, Book 1. It’s a more of a spiritual book, but my girlfriends and I have a such an amazing soul and spiritual connection that I knew they would enjoy this book. I will post the cupcake recipe soon for all you sweet tooth’s out there.
Another success were these spaghetti squash tacos. I know, the name sounds a bit strange and not to exciting, but just roll with it. The recipe was a success, but I’m sad to admit that I wasn’t that impressed with the 50 plus photos I took. Tacos are certainly not the prettiest nor the most cooperative models I tell you.
Let’s chat more about these tacos. These tacos were a surprise hit. I made them up for lunch yesterday just to test them out and to see what the troops thought. I think you can see from the below photo what my kids thought of them. John who is not a huge fan of spaghetti squash warned me that he was not going to try them, but he caved in and gave them a try and surprisingly liked them. Three cheers for spaghetti squash tacos!
Ok, time for this week’s menu…
Sunday night dinner: Its Sunday, but feels more like Saturday as tomorrow is a holiday. I just love three-day weekends. It’s finally feeling a bit like spring as its supposed to get up to the high 60’s today, so we’re celebrating by opening up the grill tonight. We’re having our favorite turkey burgers and some roasted cauliflower.
Tuesday night dinner: Easy skillet chicken parmesan, crispy garlic bread, lacinato kale salad. This is an Italian lovers dinner. You have your crispy garlic bread, your cheesy chicken parmesan and your crisp green salad. Pure comfort bliss. Tuesday night is our busy night and this is meal is so easy to whip together and re-heat. It’s also quickly becoming a family favorite.
Wednesday night dinner: Orcchiette pasta with pesto, sausage and baby broccoli. This dish is another family favorite one-bowl, one-pot pasta. Yes, you heard me right, it’s all cooked up in one pot! Baby broccoli is in season right now and so good. I’m going to substitute that for the green beans. Just be sure to cook the baby broccoli for the last minute of the pasta’s cooking time, as it cooks up quicker than green beans.
Thursday night dinner: Spaghetti squash tacos and arugula salad. I will be sure to post this taco recipe next week. If you’re not a fan of spaghetti squash as a substitute for pasta, I get it. I’m not the biggest fan either, as I prefer my pasta carbs, but you may change your mind about using spaghetti squash for tacos. It doesn’t taste like spaghetti squash at all, just a good old taco. For those of you that love the Paul McCartney’s refried bean tacos, you will love these just as much. They’re also just as easy to throw together.
Friday night dinner: TGIF! In all honestly, when Friday night rolls around I’m tired and want a night off from the kitchen. Fridays are now my official day off, well for now anyway! I’ve been trying to take the day off from the computer and cooking to catch up and see friends or do something fun for myself. It really recharges me and helps me to be “on”and there for everyone else come the weekend.
BTW, if my opening shot looks enticing to you, give it a try. It’s a mean green juice made without a juicer. The perfect January detox juice.
Ok, I’m off to go get some much needed vitamin D. Have a great day everyone!