I don’t know which of you bastards put a hex on me, but nothing I cooked came out well this week. Also my best cow went dry and the tallow kept lumping on me no matter how I boiled it. And I lost my best mob cap. But I did go running every single day this week, seven days in a row! Now I have a . . . strained toe tendon? Or something? This doesn’t mix well with lots and lots of driving. Ow. But still, I ran.
Here’s what we ate, carb counts at the end:
Chicken strawberry salad with almonds
I seem to remember my husband made this while I . . . did something important. Probably lay down. I think he roasted the chicken in the oven, the served it with mixed greens, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, toasted almonds, and balsamic vinegar. This dark picture doesn’t do justice to how pretty this meal was, even if the almonds did get a little over-toasted:
It was not easy for me to make the transition to seeing fruit as a natural part of savory meals, rather than as dessert, but once you put balsamic vinegar on fresh strawberries, you’ll never go back.
Spiedies, peppers and hummus
I couldn’t find my excellent spiedie marinade recipe, so I made one up, and it just wasn’t as zippy.
2 tsp red pepper flakes
red wine vinegar 1/2 cup
1.5 c oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
salt and pepper
1.5 tsp mint
1 Tbs minced garlic
2 Tbs sugar
I think I’ve used one with lemon zest in the past. This was good, just not amazing. I cubed a boneless pork loin and set it to marinate early in the day, and then the kids put it on skewers (soaked in water to keep the meat moist) and my husband grilled it in the evening.
We served it on toasted rolls with mayonnaise, and had raw peppers and hummus on the side.
Operation Enough With The Chips All The Time proceeds apace.
Hot Dogs of Many Nations, nacho chips, grilled corn, watermelon
We didn’t want to trivialize the memory of our fallen heroes by grilling hamburgers, so we had hot dogs after the parade, instead.
I put out an assortment of toppings: Ketchup, mustard, relish, sauerkraut, chopped cukes, grape tomatoes, diced onions, pickled pepper rings, blue cheese, celery salt, sliced pickles, buffalo sauce, and chopped scallions, if I remember correctly, which I never do. Several of the kids had a Chicago hot dog, which is yellow mustard, pickle relish, onion, tomato, pickle, peppers, and celery salt.
My favorite: Blue cheese, buffalo sauce, and scallions.
I think it’s actually supposed to be chives, but whatever. It’s yuhm.
We like grilling corn on the cob slowly right in the husks, which makes it immensely sweet and juicy, but I forgot, and had the kids shuck the corn. So Damien grilled it anyway, and we buttered it, then sprinkled it with chili lime powder.
It was supposed to be ice cream pie for dessert (you mash up ice cream with a potato masher until it’s soft and spreadable, then spread it in a graham cracker crust, and dress it up with chocolate sauce, peanut butter, marshmallows, whipped cream, candy, sprinkles, nuts, cherries, whatever, and then freeze for a couple of hours) but we forgot to make it, so we just had ice cream.
I didn’t take any pictures. I did add the chili lime powder to the meat, and it made it much brighter and more interesting. I was also starving because we had the final high school concert of the year and ate super late. I also added chili lime powder to a can of refried beans I had for lunch the next day. I keep thinking it’s not very good, but then I keep using it, so I guess I like it.
This is a cute meal. I took my biggest pan and arranged stripes of chopped bacon, sliced avocado, halved hard boiled eggs, grape tomatoes, chopped cucumbers, chopped Romaine lettuce, and diced chicken.
It was okay. I made the chicken in the instant pot and basically just steamed it in lemon juice, which made it kind of damp and lemony, which is not my absolute favorite way to enjoy chicken. Oh well. I left my feet in the picture to prove that I’m not one of those fancy food bloggers who doesn’t have feet.
Pork ribs, coleslaw, some kind of rice thing
The pork, I seasoned generously with salt and pepper and put it under a hot broiler in a pan with some drainage, and turned it once.
I planned to make biscuits, only my planning didn’t extend to having flour in the house, so I decided to make risotto instead, which doesn’t really go with coleslaw, but it didn’t matter because I was also out of parmesan cheese, so it wasn’t really risotto.
I sauteed two diced Vidalia onions in olive oil with salt and pepper and a tablespoon of minced onion in the Instant Pot, then added four cups of white rice, and stirred it up until the rice was opaque. Then I added eight cups of chicken broth, closed the lid and valve, and set it on high for seven minutes, then did a quick release. Heck, everyone ate it. They kept asking me if it was flavored rice or brown rice, and I kept telling them to shut up.
It seems we have some kind of effing potluck to go to. We were supposed to have scrambled eggs and hash browns, which is not all that great, but at least we wouldn’t have to talk to anyone or put pants on. Effing potluck. What do you recommend that requires almost no effort on my part and that pairs well with a bad attitude?
And now for the carbs:
roll – 39 or 40
2 tsp red pepper flakes 2g
l’oven Deli roll: 39
ice cream 2/3 c rocky road Hannaford: 23
3 Reese’s peanut butter mini cups: 15
1 hot dogs: 3
2 Tbs chopped onions: 8
chicken cooked in lemon juice: 0
PORK, COLE SLAW, RISOTTO:
pork, salt, pepper: 0
rice 4 cups uncooked: 576
olive oil: 0
2 vidalia onions: 32
about 61.55g per cup
8 thoughts on “What’s for supper? Vol. 130: Spiedie trial”
All your food this week looks really, really good! And way fancier than what we had.
I try to exercise a few times a week.
Too late to help you, I know, but I went to a casualish supper this week where everyone ended up bringing things, so kind of like a potluck. Mine was guacamole and a cucumber because I had ripe avocados (thanks to an Aldi sale), a lime and some spices, and a cucumber, but I didn’t have chips (someone else ran out and got those as her contribution). I felt like I had made the guac way too limey, so I also brought salsa and Greek yogurt in case anyone wanted to fix it, but everyone else thought it was fine, so hey.
I went to a potluck once. It was awful. I tried to impress people with a fancy pasta salad I had never made before that called for sun roasted tomatoes and…nobody ate it. I didn’t even like it. Served me right, living in the valley as I do, trying to be fancy and East Coast.
We had a weird week. It was searingly hot and our home’s whole house AC is dying a slow death, so we’re using portable AC units in each room. Even so, we were avoiding cooking as much as possible, making sub sandwiches on Sunday–the kids adore these since I discovered Pepperidge Farm sub buns–and I make egg salad and chicken and tuna salads (with canned chicken) and put out the fixings.
Monday it was even hotter and so we just ate leftover sub stuff and watermelon. And tried not to melt.
Tuesday I think it was cooler, but I still can’t remember what we made for dinner. If anything. Nobody is dead of starvation, so we must have eaten.
Wednesday was supposed to be cooler and cloudy, so I planned to actually cook–chicken breast I set to marinate in Newman’s Italian dressing, to be be baked in the oven, rice pilaf and veggies.
Well, it was cloudy because the remains of Storm Alberto came through and we lost power due to a falling tree in the neighborhood. Husband hooked the fridge up to a generator to save the food, but we just ate….more sandwiches. In a loaves and fishes scenario, we still had chicken and egg salad left from Sunday.
Thursday! The power was back on and I cooked! Everybody loves the marinated chicken, except for the youngest, who looks at his plate and says morosely, “I want a hot dog.” I told him he’d had two hot dogs cut up in his mac and cheese at lunch and This. Was. Dinner. He ate one bite of chicken and three carrot sticks. Later I gave him some vitamins.
Tonight the water heater pilot light went out, but we will prevail and have pasta and later cupcakes to celebrate the end of the school year!
For the potluck: Plates and Napkins or Bag of Ice
Cut up fruit or vegetables and a dip.
I always think that potlucks lack freshness, so go the easier/fresher route.
I recommend chips. I know you’re trying not to serve them all the time, but it’s a special occasion, everyone likes them, and they require NO effort. If you want to make a tiny bit of effort, you can get plain tortilla chips and make homemade ranch dressing (mayo, buttermilk or plain yogurt, onion and garlic powder, dill, black pepper) to dip them in. It tastes like what Cool Ranch Doritos should be.
Or deviled eggs. A vastly underrated potluck food that always gets eaten.
Regarding the potluck, I recommend my college era fallback: A large bag of Guy’s Potato Chips and a six pack of beer.