Week in food: 10/11/15

Why is it that the shortest weeks are always the craziest? Food took a backseat to a large amount of nonsense this week, as evidenced by the fact that I did not remember to thaw any of the fish or meat I used in this week’s recipes which required some creative thinking. I also planned a recipe that I didn’t get around to making at all. Look for it next week.

I didn’t dislike any of these, but there were no home runs like there have been in previous weeks. I think this is partly my fault due to messing up the meat (and other ingredients, sigh), especially since I had made all of these previously and obviously liked them enough to repeat.

Sunday: Parmesan crusted tilapia, served with Ranch broccoli (broccoli not my recipe, just used a pre-seasoned steamer bag)

  • This is a repeat from several weeks ago before I started this blog. It’s not the most well-written recipe (see “1 salt” and “1 pepper” for “salt and pepper to taste”) but I use the cheese and breadcrumb proportions as a base and season however I like. I find that this amount of seasoning is more appropriate for 2 filets than 4. Simple light meal when you scarfed down a ton of football food for lunch.

Monday: Greek-style beef skillet with pasta.

  • Wanted to make something where I could use more of the feta cheese from the meatloaves 2 weeks ago. My mom found this recipe a few years ago and it’s been a regular in the rotation ever since. Solid choice.

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Slowcooker porkchops with baked beans, cole slaw.

  • Another finding from my mom. We always sub poultry seasoning with Old Bay. This makes pork chops so tender you will never make pork chops in the oven again. I had brain freeze when it came to sides for this so I unintentionally went with BBQ sides. This was definitely a recipe where I felt like using the frozen meat made the recipe suffer.

    I totally made up the cole slaw, tasting and adjusting as I went. I only had red cabbage and didn’t want to buy any more cabbage; I also didn’t totally like any of the red cabbage slaw recipes I found online. Here’s my best guess of what ended up in the slaw:

    2 cups shredded red cabbage
    1 medium carrot, shredded
    ¼ onion, chopped
    1 tbsp lime juice
    1 tbsp white vinegar
    3 tbsp light mayo with olive oil
    2 tsp sugar

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Out

Saturday: Out

Other non-dinner things I made…

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