My calendar says it is May 2nd; however, it feels like December 2nd. Outside the skies are overcast and gray with brisk temperatures and rain coming down. So much for lighter menus. For some reason salads and grilling don’t seem quite appropriate….yet.
Last week, while at the library, I checked out two new cookbooks, which I am excited to use. One is from Willams-Sonoma, Family Meals. The other is by Bryant Terry, Vegan Soul Kitchen: Fresh, Heathy, and Creative African-American Cuisine.
Saturday night, we enjoyed the Spaghetti Carbonara from the Williams-Sonoma cookbook. It was outstanding. The kids requested it again! That’s always a good sign!
Monday: Leftover Turkey & Sausage Gumbo served with Quinoa. (Have you tried quinoa yet? If not, you must! Typically, gumbo is served over rice; however, yesterday I needed something that cooked in less time than brown rice. Quinoa was ready in 15 minutes, tasted great and added extra protein to our meal!)
Tuesday: Jambalaya & Green Salad (Jon is hosting the weekly Poker Night at our home. He requested this to serve the guys.)
Wednesday: Oven-Fried Chicken Fingers (page 197/Williams-Sonoma Family Meals Cookbook) with Mashed Sweet Potatoes and English Peas
Friday: Homemade Pizza, Veggie Plate with a variety of dips.
Saturday: Creole Hoppin’-Jean (page 140 from Vegan Soul Kitchen) and Brown Rice with Carrot Sticks and dip.
Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner.