A few recent meals + two recipes to discuss today!
Sushi lunch specials are the best. They come with a salad (or soup but I never pick soup) plus two (or three) rolls. I picked two rolls this time: a shrimp avocado roll and a veggie roll.
I’ve had my go-to Panera salad (the season greens salad with the addition of hummus and avocado) twice in the last week. This Panera salad should put on their signature salad menu already. They can call my Panera salad the Meredith Salad.
Also, the whole romaine lettuce recall? We haven’t discussed it yet, right? Are you avoiding all romaine lettuce or just being careful with where your romaine lettuce is from? Panera had a sign up stating that their romaine lettuce is not from the recalled area in Arizona. And I see Trader Joe’s is still selling their romaine lettuce too so I have yet to feel affected by the recall.
On my list for a couple of weeks now had been to make this Italian quinoa casserole recipe. It’s not like this recipe is all that different from what I informally throw together for myself all of the time BUT the idea of slightly following a recipe made me feel as though I was breaking out of a comfort zone.
Of course I forgot to buy eggplant so I modified the recipe a bit by using broccoli. I really liked it!
And I made a version of this apricot chicken recipe for my son. I say a version because I really just followed the recipe for the sauce!
It didn’t photograph well but he ate two plates of it which means it was good. I ended up making the apricot chicken recipe after reading about this sheet pan orange chicken with rice recipe first. I didn’t have the orange marmalade BUT I remembered that I did have apricot preserves so I searched for an apricot chicken recipe instead. We used to get a delicious apricot chicken from the kosher butcher so I sort of knew it would be a winner based upon the sweet sauce.
Trader Joe’s Preserves & Jelly
It’s worth noting that I buy my preserves and jelly from Trader Joe’s. I used the Organic Reduced Sugar Apricot Preserves for the chicken recipe. Randomly while searching for the apricot preserves, I realized I still had pepper jelly in the house! I love the pepper jelly on roasted Brussels sprouts! Once I remembered I had the pepper jelly, I used it a few times this week when roasting brussels sprouts and they came out great. I add the pepper jelly either after the brussels sprouts are finishing roasting or right before they are done.
Of Possible Interest: Peanut Butter Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe
Dessert when I’m home at night is basic these days. Either handfuls of chocolate chips or I break apart pieces of the Trader Joe’s dark chocolate bars and dip them into the peanut butter jar. It’s important to note that often I break random pieces off random bars and put half-broken bars back in the box. Whatever, it’s my house and I buy the food so no one can tell me I can’t be weird with the chocolate.
recent meals plus two recipes that I made this week on the blog today! #food #salad #recipes #quinoa #traderjoes Click To Tweet
Have you followed any new recipes lately?
What have you been eating as a nighttime snack?
Are you avoiding all romaine lettuce right now?