We arrived home from San Francisco mid-day yesterday to a house with very little food. In my jet-lagged state, I tried to make a meal plan and grocery list. Eventually I decided it could wait until Monday. The weather forecast looks pretty good so the plan is to do lots of grilling and dining Al Fresco.
Monday- Smoked Chicken & Andouille Sausage Gumbo, Brown Rice, Green Salad with Herbed Ranch Dressing, French Bread
I am craving gumbo and we are just about out of "soup season" so I am going for it this week. The smoked chicken and Andouille are thawing so the gumbo can go on first thing in the morning. As much as I'd like to serve it with potato salad, I am going to exercise restraint and make brown rice instead.
Tuesday- Grilled Cajun Catfish with Remoulade Sauce, Cheese Grits, Roasted Asparagus
The Simply Suppers cookbook that I won from a giveaway by Katherine at Smoky Mountain Cafe arrived just before we left for San Francisco. I leafed through it hoping to find a couple of ideas for this week's meals. I'm planning to modify a recipe for Blackened Catfish served with a Remoulade sauce for the grill. I haven't had a grits fix in a couple of weeks now so some cheesy ones alongside the fish will make me happy. I wish I could think of a lower-fat and less carb intensive side dish that sounded half as good!
Wednesday - Turkey Sliders, Broccoli-Apple Slaw, Baked Bean
I am on a quest for the perfect turkey burger. The recipe I'm planning to use this week is also from Simply Suppers. Once again, the plan is to grill rather than pan-fry the burgers. Broccoli-apple slaw and baked beans are my go-to sides for turkey burgers.
Thursday - Pork Chorizo Tacos, Salsa Fresca, Avocado Crema, Black Beans
The recipes for the tacos and the salsa come from last month's Cookbook of the Month, Tacos by Mark Miller. DH and I ate some bad Chorizo about 15 years ago and I've thought I hated it all this time. But a couple of months ago, Jeana and I shared a fabulous Chorizo and grilled onion appetizer at the Columbia in Ybor City. I've been thinking about it ever since.
Friday - Grilled Chicken, Chopped Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing, Baguette
B is a big blue cheese fan. Last week, we visited the Cowgirl Creamery and bought some of their renowned Point Reyes Farmstead Blue Cheese. We never got around to using it in a salad because B slathered it on bread and ate it all. This recipe for a chopped salad with fennel, apple, avocado, walnuts and blue cheese was published in April's Food & Wine. The salad looks like a great do-ahead option if we decide to go down to the lake on Friday night.
Saturday - Dinner Out
We'll be at the lake for the weekend. The dinner planned by the Keelboat fleet sounds like a lot of fun and I'll be ready for someone else to do the cooking.
Sunday - Breakfast for Dinner
Breakfast for dinner is always a good option after we stay at the lake as late as we dare on Sunday afternoon. Maybe we'll thaw some of our rocking Canadian bacon and indulge in Eggs Benedict again. Or maybe I can come up with something a little less indulgent...