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Italian Week (Jan 24)

Our Arganica order for this week brought us some pizza dough and fresh roasted garlic linguini and some organic cremini mushrooms.

Our menu for the week revolved around using those ingredients - naturally a pizza (Jon usually prefers to make his own dough, but that's time consuming and very messy), a shrimp scampi with the linguini, sauteed mushrooms, and creative leftover-ing.

Menu: Mexico Week (January)

Braising Short Ribs

After getting back from a fantastic, super-long weekend away for the wedding of some close friends in Mexico, we wanted to keep the ball rolling with a week of Mexican-inspired dishes.

We spent the weekend gathering ingredients (thanks mostly to the mega mart at University and Piney Branch)

Lacquered Chicken in Classic Red Mole inspired by Rick Bayless, using this Mole recipe

Menu: Mediterranean

Sunday started us off with Braised Lamb Shank

Monday got us making all our various Mediterranean dips, and so Monday was dip night - tzatziki, drinker's choice, and hummus

Wednesday was shrimp saganaki

Thus we had brick chicken with salad and dips and grapeleaves.

Friday we went out the the Columbia Room and Coco Sala.

Menu: Southern Week

Sunday was glazed ham, using an overly complex glazing recipe which I'd not revisit. The addition of cardamom and other spices was intriguing, but over the top in the end.

Monday was gourmet mac-and-cheese, abusing the "cheese ends" bin from the grocery to great effect.

Tuesday was audrey's shrimp louis salad

We had various combinations of leftovers and winter veggies (brussel sprouts, kale, etc.) the rest of the week.

We're really tired of winter veggies.

Thai Thasting Menu

Thai Yellow Curry

We needed to explore a few menu options for an upcoming dinner party, as well as test out DC's ability to supply ingredients:

Saturday: Night out at Eden Center and nearby grocery stores

Sunday: Steak (it was warm in January!)

Monday: Yellow Chicken Curry with rice

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Salad night (som dam?)

Thursday: Pad Thai

Friday: Tofu Coconut Soup

Menu for the week of Jan 20

Hatch Souffle

Sat: Tacos with salsas and pickled corn, with Gallo Pinto and a side radish salad

Sun: Breakfast - leftover gallo pinto with platanos, queso. Dinner - (hold-overs from last week's Thai menu, Somdam salad with fried-tofu spring roll, bean sprouts, radish, mango, cilantro)

Mon: Breakfast - Cachapas, Dinner - Empanadas

Tues: Mexican salad

Wed: Leftover empanadas with side salad

2014 Food Lover's Cleanse: Week 1 (Asian Theme)

Lemongrass Chicken with bok choy and black rice

So, I definitely felt the pounds go on this holiday season. In an effort to get those off quickly, and jump start our healthy eating for the year, we incorporated some meals from the Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse into our meal plan for the week. We by no means went all-in. Breakfast and lunch remained largely unchanged, and I did fudge some of the recipes to make them more delicious. All in all, it was okay. None of the recipes were really winners, though I recorded many of them because they are healthy.

Sun: Lemongrass Chicken with Coconut Black Rice and Garlicky Bok Choy
Mon: Soy-braised Short Ribs (admittedly not part of the cleanse diet) with more of the delicious Bok Choy
Tues: Avocado and Grapefruit Salad with Edamame (with fried won ton wrappers added for crunch) with Sesame Miso Vinaigrette
Wed: Cheat and go out to Bluejacket (but we ate healthy, I swear…)
Thus: Chicken, Mango, and Black Rice Salad
Fri: Sushi at home

2014 Food Lover's Cleanse: Week 2 (New American Theme)

Roasted vegetables with green tahini sauce

As a follow-on to Week 1 of the Bon Appetit Food Lover's Cleanse, we did a New American-focused menu. Again, we really only incorporated a few of the cleanse recipes, but those we did were really delicious this week! Also, by the end of these two weeks, I have taken off the ~4 pounds of holiday weight I had gained. Hooray!

Sun: Grilled Rib Eye with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Mon: Roasted Root Vegetables with Quinoa and Green Tahini Sauce (vegetables roasted ahead on Sunday with the sweet potatoes)
Tues: Roasted Chicken Thighs with Lemon and Oregano (not a cleanse recipe, and really not a winner…)
Wed: Root Vegetable Salad (with leftovers from earlier in the week)
Thus: A somewhat decent pasta dish (a recipe of Audrey's creation) made from leftover chicken thighs
Fri: Out to Table to finish off the week

Menu for the week of Jan 25: Indian!

Vindaloo with Saag Paneer, rice, and naan

With Jon having just returned from Ukraine, and me about to head off to Austria, we decided that some spicy food was in order. Although the Tandoori Chicken was a bit of a flop, the menu overall worked really well. We had good variety, got a lot of lunches, and had the perfect amount leftover for an easy Friday dinner.

Sat - Vegetarian Indian Salad (no shrimp)
Sun - Lamb Vindaloo and Saag Paneer with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce, Naan, and Rice
Mon - Tandoori Chicken with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce and Naan
Tue - Shahi Paneer with Indian-style Cauliflower, Raita, Naan, and Rice
Wed - Indian Salad with leftover Tandoori Chicken (instead of shrimp)
Thu - (Out)
Fri - Eat ALL the leftovers!

2015 Cleanse Menu

Korean Kale Slaw

Sun: Mahi Mahi with smashed white beans plus sauteed chard stems ... the white beans were really good. The rest...

Mon: Barley Risotto (a favorite from last year) with roasted celery root

Menu for Week of January 4th

Chili

Sat: Chili w/ corn, tortillas, (soak pintos)
Sun: ceviche w/popcorn, sweet potato, pintos
Mon: Posole w/ salad (chili for lunch)
Tue: ceviche tacos http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/mexican-ceviche-tacos (posole for lunch)
Wed: Chili
Thu: Mexican Salad (chili for lunch)
Fri: Posole w/ salad

Menu for the week of Jan 31 (Asian)

Crispy Orange Beef

Sat: crispy orange beef w/white rice and broccoli
Sun: Rotisserie Chicken, Rice and Beans
Mon: Crab sushi
Tue: Chinese chicken salad
Wed: Leftover beef
Thu: Chinese chicken salad
Fri: Asian grain bowl

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