Monday Menu and Recipe Review

As much as I crave a return to the routine, we’ve still got some summer fun to pack into this week. We’ll be away from home a lot, so I don’t have many meals to plan. My garden was smaller than I originally planned, but I’ve had a great crop of parsley and basil, and two out of my three tomato plants are heavy producers. I also have a small crop of beets and carrots (probably just enough for a couple of meals). Along with a couple giant Costco containers of blueberries and strawberries, we’ve got plenty of produce.

This week

Last week

In no particular order, these are the recipes we tried last week and loved:

  • Wild Rice Gratin with Kale and Caramelized Onions (from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook): I magically found myself with all the ingredients for this gratin without even planning. I had cooked a huge pot of rice earlier in the week, and had already washed and ribboned the kale when I made a salad on Thursday. The Hub and I agreed this would be a wonderful Thanksgiving side dish.
  • Eggplant and Porcini “Meatballs” in Tomato Sauce (from Food and Wine): Definitely a weekend meal, but SO GOOD. Like eggplant parm in a single bite. If you roast the eggplant and make the sauce ahead of time, it’s not quite such a project. I think this would freeze well, too. If you serve this with pasta, you get several more servings out of the meal than just four.
  • Indonesian Chicken Salad with Peanut Dressing (from Dinner: A Love Story): I doubled this recipe to feed a crowd of four adults and six kids (with a side of Trader Joe’s potstickers). Half of the ingredients were spread out on a platter with the dressing on the side, so the kids could pick and choose which items they liked, and half were tossed in a bowl with the dressing. Great summer meal after a day at the zoo.

Do you have a bounty of fresh summer produce to use up?


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