Saturday, June 11, 2011

Revamped Meal Plan

This week's meal plan is going up early and will have a revamped format. My goal is to make the meal plans available earlier and more user-friendly by including more recipe links as well as tips on pulling it all together. So here goes!


This is a lazy Sunday meal -- the kind that invites you to sit out on the deck and enjoy a lovely glass of Rose while the chicken grills. If your Sunday is not so lazy, you can sub boneless skinless chicken breasts for the bone-in, skin-on chicken. Or you can skip the peach barbecue sauce in favor of a sauce from the grocery. I will confess to never having made baked beans, although before the summer is over I am going to try Food and Whine's recipe. In the meantime, I'll be doctoring up a can of Bush's with a little onion, garlic, brown sugar and ketchup.


This is a more-or-less Meatless Monday meal, depending on whether or not you put anchovy in your salad dressing. More of that Coppola Rose would be good with this meal.


Put the chicken on to marinate in the morning, then get the kids to help skewer it when its time to grill. Don't forget to lecture them about good food safely habits and the dangers of salmonella.


Mojo Criolla Pork Tenderloin
Peach and Cucumber Salsa
Black beans
Sliced Avocado
Flour Tortillas

I don't use a lot of store-bought salad dressings and marinades, but Goya's Mojo Criolla is an exception to that rule. You can find it in the Hispanic foods section at the grocery. I'll be thawing black beans that I cooked and froze, but an easy alternative is to doctor up a can of Bush's or Goya's black beans with a little onion, garlic, cumin and Cholula hot sauce.


Start marinating your flank steak in the morning, or even the night before. Grill the eggplant first and finish the salad before you put the flank steak on the grill. If it's not too hot for red wine, enjoy a glass of Zin with this meal. Hey, it's almost the weekend.


Make the Meyer Lemon butter in the morning so the flavors have time to marry. If you don't want to splurge on the Hazelnut oil, just use olive oil. I've found good deals on both in the gourmet food section of TJ Maxx and Marshalls.


Earth Fare's Smoked Gouda Bison Burgers are a good alternative if you are pressed for time. Another time saver for this meal is to use frozen sweet potato fries. I occasionally buy the Alexia brand, but Ore Ida has recently come out with them as well.

Bon Appétit!


Stacey said...

I bought a fabulous Rose this week - Miguel Torres Santa Digna Rose from Chile. I'm ready to go buy a case of it.

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

You are so smart to plan your menus for the entire week. When we lived in the islands, I used to do that because we only went to town once a week. Occasionally I'll run across one of my old handwritten menus. It's fun to see what we ate then.

Now that we live closer to the store, I only plan a few days at a time. Planning like this makes you such a smart shopper.