So Long Winter! I think…? OH WAIT. Nope, it keeps snowing, then raining, then getting hot (making me think BBQ and beers on the rooftop weather is on the way), then snowing again. I’m confused, so my meals this week were tailored to the blizzards outside. I wanted comfort. (PS: these photos were taken two days apart…)
1. Quinoa Pizza Bowl: this was fantastic! It’s not the most unhealthy thing (you have your quinoa- super food and a bunch of veggies), but you also have a good amount of tomato sauce and cheese. Basically- make yourself a pizza! Add a layer of tomato sauce on the bottom to coat the dish, a thick layer of quinoa, then a layer of your preferred veggies (I used green peppers, mushrooms and red onions), add your meat (I used pepperoni), add another layer of sauce, add a layer of cheese and keep layering until your dish is complete. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. I also paired it with a (yep, had to try it) red wine from the Depanneur. Not bad! It was a ‘Toscana’ that lacked good features on the nose, but at least tasted decent with the tomato sauce.
2. Slow Cooker Spicy Italian Chicken and Potatoes: the perfect meal after a long night at the gym. It was ready when I got home and it filled both of us up and provided left overs for the next day. Place two chicken breasts at the bottom of the crock pot, surround the chicken with potatoes, carrots and celery, pour 1/4 cup of Italian salad dressing overtop of the chicken and potatoes (and carrots and celery), top with oregano, crushed red pepper flaked, fresh basil, fresh ground pepper, and a layer of parmesan cheese, add the rest of the potatoes, celery, and carrots (I used 4 potatoes in total, 1 package of baby carrots, and two large stalks of celery), then finish with the other 1/4 of Italian dressing and some more spices and parmesan cheese. Voila! Pair it with a light and simple riesling to go with this light, yet spicy dish.
3. Parisienne Boeuf Bavette with Roasted Golden Potatoes, Goat-Feta Mixed Greens Salad, and Cicchitti 2008 Vintage Argentinian Malbec: YES. This meal was a random yet perfect choice by my man. Sometimes the grocery store has beautifully marinated pieces of meat that make you feel like you’re eating a pricey meal but actually on a dime. The beef with the Malbec is a little dream of mine. I can’t wait to visit Mendoza someday soon and taste these types of pairings every night for supper.
4. Saucin’ Springtime Rolls with Lindeman’s Bin: 85 Pinot Grigio: shrimp, lettuce, and cucumber/carrot blend rice paper rolls with a thai peanut sauce and sesame rice noodles paired with the refreshing Linedeman’s pinot grigio. These rolls were very fun to make- but sort of like a craft. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but with the rice paper, you have to move fast and go with whatever is thrown your way. You have to dip the paper in a bowl of hot water until it becomes loose, place it on a cutting board, fill with the desired toppings (prepared ahead of time), and quickly roll them up so the paper sticks together. The thai peanut sauce is a simple recipe on Pinterest that takes about 5 minutes (peanut butter, coconut milk, curry paste, and oil. The rice noodles were meant to go inside the rolls, but they worked well on the side with sesame seeds eventually dipped in the remaining peanut sauce.
5. TGIF Parmesan and Truffle Butter Portobello Risotto with Rosehall Run Chardonnay: nothing like being fancy AF on a Friday. I can’t believe I got to make truffle butter. Usually something I hear of in a Nicki Minaj/Drake/Lil Wayne tune, I found it’s quite delectable in a risotto. Buttery on buttery with the Chardonnay made for a happy Friday night.
What’s For Dessert?
Bae helped with some ‘bae’king of a chocolate lava cake on a lazy Sunday night. And to start the week off, I made oatmeal banana nut muffins for a sweet and semi-healthy treat after lunch!