Getting my ingredients ready for the Palak Paneer.
On Sunday, Bob and I went into a deep spring cleaning mode in the kitchen. We learned that we were hoarders of delivery ketchup packets, instant coffee samples, years-old spices, freezer-burnt pie crusts and for some odd reason (one that I can’t seem to remember) a boatload of raw sesame seeds. Needless to say, there’s a lot more room in our cabinets and refrigerator and the kitchen looks a little less crowded now. It’s nice to see it clean and organized for a change! So this week’s dinners are all about using what I have already. Of course, we bought a few grocery items over the weekend to round it out, but for the most part, I’m trying to use what’s here. We want to make sure that when we finally move next month, there’s as little as possible to bring to the new place.
Sunday: Homemade Kentucky Fried Chicken Famous Bowl. I attempted those delicious mashed potato bowls from KFC and they were yummy, except I forgot the gravy, which in my opinion, is an absolutely essential part of the bowl. Luckily, it was still good without it. Here are the layers: mashed potatoes, sweet corn, crispy baked chicken nuggets and a light sprinkling of cheddar. That’s when the gravy would come in. Though if I remember correctly, KFC actually puts the gravy after the potatoes, not over the entire bowl. I’d prefer the latter. Gravy over EVERYTHING or nothing at all. It’s definitely healthier without, but the bowl begs to be smothered in beefy brown sauce.
Monday: Palak Paneer, which is very similar to the Saag Paneer I usually make. Made this for the first time last week and loved it. I wanted to perfect it, so I gave it another go this week. I generally find most recipes lean kind of bland, so I always up the amount of spices considerably. I subbed the Paneer with halloumi, added way more garlic and a pinch of the powerful anti-inflammatory, turmeric. The fire-roasted tomatoes add a great flavor to the dish as well.
Tuesday: Sweet Potato Bisque and grilled cheese tonight! It’s a regular in this household and if you’ve been following this blog for some time, then you know I’ve mentioned this soup once or twice (possiby more than that) before. It’s easy, quick and nutritious. Grilled cheese because what is a soup without grilled cheese? Sad is the answer to that.
Wednesday: BLT Grilled Chicken and Avocado Salad* with homemade croutons. One thing I’ve been obsessed with lately? Making my own croutons. HEAPS above the store-bought kind, let me tell you. Can I even go back to the standard stuff? Begrudgingly, I probably will in a pinch. But ever since I started toasting French bread, turning them into crumbs in the food processor and then sauteeing those crumbs in butter, garlic and salt there has been no turning back for me. It’s freakin’ delicious. And once you make the croutons, they last for a couple of weeks which I appreciate since we can’t polish off a whole loaf of crotuons in one sitting (well, we could if we wanted to, but…). This salad is BOMB. I mean, we’re talking salad with bits of bacon on it, so…obviously. It’s got tons of flavor and filling enough for dinner, thanks to the protein from the chicken and the healthy fats from the avocado. I prefer to use my own lemon-oil-dijon mustard dressing concoction, but Bob’s not a fan (he’s weird) so he uses a balsamic vinaigrette instead. I love my salad dressing so much that I practically inhale it like it’s going out of style. I just might post the recipe for that one soon.
Thursday: As usual, it’s cleaning out the fridge/leftovers day. This might involve an omelette with random ingredients or a simple pasta with one or more veggies.
*No recipe for this one as I thought the name was pretty explanatory, but I can always post at a later time, if requested!