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Goooooood morning, everyone! It’s actually Sunday night as I write this, because there’s no way on earth I’d have the time to write this and get us out the door in the morning. We’ve had a great weekend. After being cooped up in the house almost all week with the flu, it was really nice to get out – the beautiful weather helped, too! Friday night Brian and I actually cooked our belated Valentine’s dinner since I was too sick on Monday night to even think about eating. We made steak with a garlic butter sauce, three-cheese risotto (with a cup of white wine substituted for one of the cups of chicken stock), and chocolate mousse – yum! It was a great meal and we had a lot of fun cooking together. That’s one of our favorite things to do together, because we like to experiment with new recipes.
On to food for this week:
Monday: I’m trying a new recipe that I’m super excited about – Chicken Lettuce Wraps! This is one of my favorite things to get at PF Chang’s or Pei Wei, so I’m hoping this recipe lives up to my expectations. Another perk of this recipe? It’s a slow-cooker recipe (from Make it Fast, Cook it Slow). So I’ll get to come home to dinner waiting for me! Here’s the recipe in case you’d like to try it too:
- 1 pound chicken tenderloin
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 5 garlic cloves, chopped
- 1/4 cup water chestnuts, chopped
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
- 16 romaine lettuce leaves
- plum sauce (I’ll include the recipe for this below)
- Chop the chicken into very small pieces and put into the slow cooker.
- Add onion, garlic, and water chestnuts.
- Mix in the liquid ingredients and spices.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve in lettuce leaves with plum sauce.
To make plum sauce: Combine 1/3 cup plum jam, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sugar, and 1 teaspoon garlic powder.
Tuesday: Chick-Fil-A family night.
Wednesday: Tacos with black beans & rice, plus raw veggies to snack on beforehand.
Thursday: Sour cream chicken, egg noodles, and salad.
Friday: Eating out – I have a coupon for a local grill.
Saturday: Chicken taco soup. Again. I sure make this a lot, don’t I? We love it, though, and I like the idea of having dinner taken care of while we run errands during the day.
Before I go, I have exciting news…. tomorrow is my blog’s birthday! :) When I first started this I had no clue where I’d go with it, but it’s been a BLAST and I’m excited to see where it continues to go. To help celebrate the occasion, I’m giving the site a makeover (for a preview of the new look, go to my Facebook page and click “Welcome” over in the left column). PLUS, I’m going to be posting THREE giveaways AND a photo contest!!
I hope you’ll come by tomorrow to help me celebrate – after all, you’re a huge part of why I’m doing this! Have an absolutely wonderful week, everyone.