Monday, February 11, 2013

meal plan monday

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a lovely weekend.  My weekend wasn't your typical St. Louis Mardi Gras weekend (we have the second-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, which I did not attend), but I did want to celebrate by attempting this king cake.  I didn't get the chance to make it, as my weekend was full of other baking projects, including the making of some not-so-heart-shaped red velvet petit fours and a big puppy snatching some banana bread right out of my hands, so would it be a major transgression if I made king cake next weekend after the actual celebration?  :  )

Back to Monday, though, which brings us to last week's meal plan.  This meal plan is a little healthy with a little comfort food mixed in and is generally full of some of the best meals I've had in a while, so try them out!

Monday:  Seared Shrimp with White Beans & Spinach

I adapted this Seared Scallops with White Beans & Spinach recipe by first having it and then substituting jumbo shrimp for the scallops (who wants to may $20 for a bag of frozen scallops?  not me!).  I also used 1 full can of beans and a few extra pieces of bacon just for good measure.  I think my only advice would be to hold off a little on the lemon juice and use a little more salt and garlic to season it instead.

Tuesday:  Arroz con Pollo

I made this Healthy Arroz con Pollo with the full four servings of rice, but only two chicken breasts.  I also subbed out the canned whole tomatoes for a full can of Del Monte Basil, Oregano, & Garlic Tomatoes and used 2 full cups of chicken stock from bouillon cubes to cook my enriched white rice (I looked at the nutrition facts at the store and found that the enriched white rice was actually better for you than the brown rice).  I also didn't use the paprika and basil and instead used a little fresh cilantro, a dash of Cayenne pepper, a little chili powder, and some lime juice to season mine.  More details about the seasonings at a later date when I measure them out!

Wednesday:  Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese, & Egg Bake

I already posted about this dish here.  It was so good, and so easy!

Thursday:  Tomato Soup Mac & Cheese

I made this tomato soup mac & cheese subbing in cheddar & ricotta for the listed cheeses.  I also ended up using up the rest of the heavy cream in my fridge in place of the milk, so my mac and cheese was probably a little thicker than the soupy look of the original recipe, but I still really enjoyed it.  I couldn't have planned a better comfort food for catching up on some Nashville on a rainy Thursday night.

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