Fifteen years in Texas and it still throws me to have 80+ days... I feel like I should be roasting, braising and stewing... but it's just too nice outside for that. I'm not complaining about our fantastic weather... it's just throwing off my menu mojo a bit.
Here's this weeks' menu. It's kind of a crazy week with soccer games and my boss in town, so all easy/fast and very low on creativity. It'll get better... I promise!
I'll post recipes/techniques later in the week. For now, here is the menu:
Sunday: Salmon grilled with an Asian glaze, rice with sesame/orange and sauteed spinach.
Monday: Potato pie (shredded potato crust filled with zucchini, ham, sweet corn and red peppers)
Tuesday: Soccer game, I'm out and a fundraiser for Becca's school so they're going to Schlotzky's
Wednesday: Pork chops on the grill, broccoli and roasted sweet potatoes
Thursday: Pasta Carbonara (but I'm going to try to add a tiny bit of redeeming value by adding in some fresh spinach - idea from Food & Wine).
Here's how to make dinner tonight:
zest & juice two oranges - put half aside for rice
to the remaining zest/juice add:
2 TB dark brown sugar
1 tsp grated ginger (I buy the jarred stuff in the produce section)
1 tsp crushed garlic (fresh is better but I often use the jarred stuff)
1 tsp sesame oil
1 TB soy sauce
all amounts are approximate - it should be kind of thick/glossy
grill the salmon and brush on the glaze, heat remainder on stovetop as a sauce.
Prepare white rice and when it's done, stir in the juice/zest and about a teaspoon of sesame oil, stir and set aside for about 5 min.
heat olive oil & garlic in pan, toss in the spinach and saute for about 2-3 min - until JUST wilted.
Done. Hope you enjoy...