This Week's Eats

I think this photo sums up the best part of the weekend.

Summer in the Pacific Northwest is the best.  But, I'm biased, as I am in love with Seattle weather all year round.  It's so nice that big brother is getting the hang of swimming more and more every week, and I can sit by the side of the pool for little 10 minute breaks to watch him play with his diving toys.  I think when both of my kids are fully independent swimmers we might have to break down and pay some exorbitant fees to join a private pool so that we can spend most summer days like I did growing up in the Midwest.  That's definitely one thing I do miss about Midwest summers: the cheap and HUGE public pool in every single town.  We're making do out here though, for sure.

  • Monday - Pizza (gonna try and recreate Zeeks Cherry Bomb because they now sell jarred cherry peppers at Trader Joes!)
  • Tuesday - Emeril's Artichoke Chicken with wild rice (I typed up the recipe in this post)
  • Wednesday - Jalapeno Turkey burgers (season the hell out of lean ground turkey with salt, pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, a finely diced garlic clove, and fresh cilantro.  Add some breadcrumbs until they're dry enough to form into patties.  Throw some jalapenos on the grill with the burgers and then put them on top with a slice of cheddar to make them 'jalapeno popper' style.  Maybe I'll even hide a mixture of diced chiles and cream cheese on the inside...)
  • Thursday - spaghetti with meatballs leftover from this recipe
  • Friday - steak fajitas (always Trader Joes style - with the Carne Asada from the refrigerated meat section and fresh tortillas, etc.)
  • Saturday - mushroom and asparagus risotto (this is my pre-race meal and I think that making risotto is sooo much easier than people make it out to be.  I just drizzle some olive oil in our large saucepan, saute onion and a little garlic with my veggies of choice, stir in a cup of risotto and then add warm chicken stock every few minutes and stir until about 4 cups are incorporated.  I do not stir constantly; I just check it and give it a good 1-2 min stir while I'm prepping other things in the kitchen.  When it's done, I usually add some fresh tomatoes, basil and fontina cheese.)
  • Sunday - chopped salads with chicken, bacon, tomatoes, red onion, avocado and homemade champagne vinaigrette (olive oil, red wine vinegar, dash of sugar or honey, dash of dijon mustard and fresh parsley).  Yep, we practically eat this every week!


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