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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1550 on: January 14, 2020, 09:10:17 PM »
We made this stewy, delicious mess and served over baked sweet potatoes.  The bright lemon contrasts so nicely with the rich coconut milk and all the healthy spinach was just what I needed after a long day at my volunteer gig and ate too many cookies and cheez-its. https://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-braised-coconut-spinach-chickpeas-with-lemon-recipes-from-the-kitchn-164551.  Not the easiest recipe in the world, but not too hard either.

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« Reply #1551 on: January 15, 2020, 11:14:21 AM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

Homegrown saffron -- can you provide more details?
'Cause on a $/hour basis, that's probably about the biggest bang for the buck I can imagine.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1552 on: January 15, 2020, 11:15:44 AM »
I cooked tacos and chicken piccata with spaghetti for dinners this week, so I will have leftovers of one or the other tonight with my SO!

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« Reply #1553 on: January 15, 2020, 01:47:00 PM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

Homegrown saffron -- can you provide more details?
'Cause on a $/hour basis, that's probably about the biggest bang for the buck I can imagine.

So easy, even I managed not to kill them...

I gave my mom 20 bulbs a couple years ago, and I kept just 5 for myself (because I thought I'd kill them).

Mine are in a pot.  First year, I got all five to grow.  This fall we had a freeze that happened right when mine were ready to bloom, so only got a few, but they should come back next year.

She planted hers in the dirt above her gravel driveway (they don't usually drive anything up that far, and it's an easy spot to water them).  We've managed to get quite a bit from her patch.

They do well if they get ignored during a hot summer (just water them once a month or so, though she pretty much forgot about them until fall, when she finally watered them some!)  They do better in the ground than they do in a pot (hers bloomed earlier than mine).  They also bloom around the same general time, but they might bloom and wilt within a day or two, so we try to check on them every day once we see the first bit of purple.

We haven't separated bulbs though, but they are supposed to multiply well.  We don't harvest a ton, but enough to try some different saffron recipes without having to pay a fortune, and for a few days, you get some really pretty flowers.

https://www.rareseeds.com/catalog/product/view/id/3817/s/pre-order-for-2019-saffron-crocus-25-bulbs/

ETA: our growing zone looks like it's 7b and 8a.  We can spend weeks over 100°F in the summer, and right now we have snow on the ground and temps are supposed to be in the teens, so we get a pretty wide range in weather.
« Last Edit: January 15, 2020, 01:50:58 PM by sparkytheop »

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1554 on: January 15, 2020, 03:34:24 PM »
<snip>
So easy, even I managed not to kill them...

I gave my mom 20 bulbs a couple years ago, and I kept just 5 for myself (because I thought I'd kill them).

Mine are in a pot.  First year, I got all five to grow.  This fall we had a freeze that happened right when mine were ready to bloom, so only got a few, but they should come back next year.

She planted hers in the dirt above her gravel driveway (they don't usually drive anything up that far, and it's an easy spot to water them).  We've managed to get quite a bit from her patch.

They do well if they get ignored during a hot summer (just water them once a month or so, though she pretty much forgot about them until fall, when she finally watered them some!)  They do better in the ground than they do in a pot (hers bloomed earlier than mine).  They also bloom around the same general time, but they might bloom and wilt within a day or two, so we try to check on them every day once we see the first bit of purple.

We haven't separated bulbs though, but they are supposed to multiply well.  We don't harvest a ton, but enough to try some different saffron recipes without having to pay a fortune, and for a few days, you get some really pretty flowers.

https://www.rareseeds.com/catalog/product/view/id/3817/s/pre-order-for-2019-saffron-crocus-25-bulbs/

ETA: our growing zone looks like it's 7b and 8a.  We can spend weeks over 100°F in the summer, and right now we have snow on the ground and temps are supposed to be in the teens, so we get a pretty wide range in weather.

I'm in 5-something, but this is awesome -- thanks!

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1555 on: January 15, 2020, 04:28:11 PM »
<snip>
So easy, even I managed not to kill them...

I gave my mom 20 bulbs a couple years ago, and I kept just 5 for myself (because I thought I'd kill them).

Mine are in a pot.  First year, I got all five to grow.  This fall we had a freeze that happened right when mine were ready to bloom, so only got a few, but they should come back next year.

She planted hers in the dirt above her gravel driveway (they don't usually drive anything up that far, and it's an easy spot to water them).  We've managed to get quite a bit from her patch.

They do well if they get ignored during a hot summer (just water them once a month or so, though she pretty much forgot about them until fall, when she finally watered them some!)  They do better in the ground than they do in a pot (hers bloomed earlier than mine).  They also bloom around the same general time, but they might bloom and wilt within a day or two, so we try to check on them every day once we see the first bit of purple.

We haven't separated bulbs though, but they are supposed to multiply well.  We don't harvest a ton, but enough to try some different saffron recipes without having to pay a fortune, and for a few days, you get some really pretty flowers.

https://www.rareseeds.com/catalog/product/view/id/3817/s/pre-order-for-2019-saffron-crocus-25-bulbs/

ETA: our growing zone looks like it's 7b and 8a.  We can spend weeks over 100°F in the summer, and right now we have snow on the ground and temps are supposed to be in the teens, so we get a pretty wide range in weather.

I'm in 5-something, but this is awesome -- thanks!

Agreed. I bookmarked this because it's such a great idea!

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1556 on: January 15, 2020, 07:29:47 PM »
I'm also loving the idea of growing some saffron crocuses!

@sui generis thanks for that spinach recipe - I might try that with cauliflower and/or mushrooms in place of the chickpeas as a low carb dish.

Tonight I think I might whip up some guacamole and dip pork rinds in it.  My appetite has been a little off, so not much cooking happening this week.  On Monday I cooked a lamb shoulder in the Instant Pot with some turkey stock and homemade chipotles in adobo.  It's looking like we'll be living off that the rest of this week, along with some salads as the mood strikes.

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« Reply #1557 on: January 15, 2020, 07:42:40 PM »
We had the roasted (turkey) kielbasa and cabbage from Budget Bytes, except I did the potatoes separately as seasoned oven fries.

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« Reply #1558 on: January 16, 2020, 01:52:22 PM »
^--- This is going on next week's menu.

We're having a casserole that's layers of broccoli, potatoes, white beans, garlic, olives, and crushed tomatoes with a gooey layer of munster in the middle.  It's from Jeanne Lemlin's book Main Course Vegetarian Pleasures -- Not every recipe in it is amazing, but some are incredible and most are fine.

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« Reply #1559 on: January 19, 2020, 02:59:00 PM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

We had to use chicken breasts (because that's what I had in the freezer), but the chicken shawarma turned out so good!  Will need to make this during the summer when we can use home-grown (well, my mom's home-grown) cucumbers and tomatoes.  I also need to learn how to make naan, because it's expensive in the store.

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« Reply #1560 on: January 19, 2020, 04:41:47 PM »
All I want to do is sleep, so tonight's dinner has consisted of potato chips and a big chunk of Italian bread.

I did go shopping though, at the rest of the week will have a better menu (cook two big meals that make a lot of leftovers).

I'll make the chicken schwarma someone posted upthread, with a homemade white sauce, and some saffron rice (using homegrown saffron).

I also bought beets and celery to make a big pot of borscht. 

Finally, got some nice bread to make French dips this week as well.

We had to use chicken breasts (because that's what I had in the freezer), but the chicken shawarma turned out so good!  Will need to make this during the summer when we can use home-grown (well, my mom's home-grown) cucumbers and tomatoes.  I also need to learn how to make naan, because it's expensive in the store.

Yay! I swear, that recipe is magic.

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« Reply #1561 on: January 19, 2020, 04:44:49 PM »
We have lots of leftovers from last night’s Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala, so I think that will be tonight’s dinner. I used maybe a half-lb. of chicken thighs, two (drained) cans of garbanzos, and full-fat Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream. All of the subs worked really well.

Edit: no, the leftover tikka masala will be lunches tomorrow. I’m roasting tofu, sweet potatoes, and Brussels sprouts for a vegan snack meal.
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« Reply #1562 on: January 19, 2020, 08:05:02 PM »
Last night we had a guest for dinner, so we added another vegetable and a dessert:
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Pot roast (chuck roast), mashed potatoes, roasted acorn squash wedges, roasted brussels sprouts, a little horseradish sauce (the last bit of horseradish mixed with some sour cream). Apple cake for dessert.

Tonight is the last dinner with my DS before he goes back to college, so he got to pick. We had chicken tacos: the good corn tortillas -- we made a not-at-all mustachian drive to the good tortillarilla -- , black beans with chipotles in adobo, cheddar, cabbage-and-carrot slaw, salsa (also from the tortillarilla), and blueberry pie with whipped cream for dessert. (frozen blueberries, thanks Trader Joe's).

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« Reply #1563 on: January 19, 2020, 08:49:53 PM »
Soba noodles + tofu with spicy peanut sauce! https://food52.com/recipes/19059-soba-noodles-and-tofu-with-spicy-peanut-sauce

This is a pretty easy recipe that is really worth it with a good variety of vegetables, and the spicy peanut sauce makes it hearty and tasty. I'm usually a very mid-range spice-level person (i.e. I might order a 7 at a "gringo" Thai or Indian place) and this was too much cayenne for me to enjoy.  As you might be able to tell since a whole 1/2 tsp of cayenne is more than the usual. I've been putting half that, but otherwise no modifications to this lovely recipe!

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« Reply #1564 on: January 19, 2020, 09:14:10 PM »
Soba noodles + tofu with spicy peanut sauce! https://food52.com/recipes/19059-soba-noodles-and-tofu-with-spicy-peanut-sauce

This is a pretty easy recipe that is really worth it with a good variety of vegetables, and the spicy peanut sauce makes it hearty and tasty. I'm usually a very mid-range spice-level person (i.e. I might order a 7 at a "gringo" Thai or Indian place) and this was too much cayenne for me to enjoy.  As you might be able to tell since a whole 1/2 tsp of cayenne is more than the usual. I've been putting half that, but otherwise no modifications to this lovely recipe!

Yum! Definitely saving this one.

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Re: Watcha making for dinner tonight!?
« Reply #1565 on: January 20, 2020, 06:44:48 AM »
Tonight is pot roast with Brussels sprouts and carrots.

Saturday night I found a new winner for the low-carb/keto group: Enchilada Meatball Skillet, which we of course had with cauliflower rice.  Since I canned a bunch of green enchilada sauce and haven't been using it, I'm putting this recipe into regular rotation.  Used ground pork instead of chicken; I think any type of ground meat would be good though.

Last night, green chile, chicken and parsnip chowder.  Green chile and parsnip is a really underrated combination, IMO.

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« Reply #1566 on: January 20, 2020, 02:57:44 PM »
Tonight is leftover veggie moussaka from last night.  I was going to have butternut squash chili, but didn't get it started in time.  So now it's all prepped for tomorrow.

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« Reply #1567 on: January 22, 2020, 09:10:42 AM »
We had surprisingly delicious vegetarian enchiladas. It helped that we had really good corn tortillas to start with: filled them with a mixture of cooked onions, mushroom slices (that I pre-seared, and then cooked with the other stuff) and fresh poblanos, and with a few baked cherry tomatoes I pulled out of the fridge, a small amount of leftover cooked black beans, and some leftover cooked acorn squash cubes. Salsa verde and cheese on the top.

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« Reply #1568 on: January 22, 2020, 09:53:01 AM »
Tonight is fried fish and the Chipotle Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad from BudgetBytes;  https://www.budgetbytes.com/chipotle-butternut-squash-and-quinoa-salad/

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« Reply #1569 on: January 22, 2020, 10:21:02 AM »
Last night was butternut squash chili.  It was very good.  Tonight is a curried cauliflower soup.  I made a similar soup last week with butternut squash that was very good, so hopefully tonight's will be too.