Weekly Eats

I thought that I posted this on Sunday! Weird! Here is week 3 of what I made and where I ate!

Sunday

Lunch: Brown rice pasta with roasted butternut squash, spinach and goat cheese

Pasta with roasted butternut squash, spinach and goat cheese

Dinner: Take-out from Ginger Thai

Monday

Lunch: leftovers

Dinner: Seared salmon topped with mushroom escabeche and served with roasted brussel sprouts

Tuesday

Lunch: I was supposed to have sushi but it didn’t make it into my grocery bag! Leftovers and a some pieces of rotisserie chicken.

Dinner: Soup with kale, zucchini, tomatoes, mini turkey meatballs and navy beans. A hit!

Wednesday

Lunch: out to eat at Kuba Kuba

Dinner: take out pizza from 23rd and Main

Thursday

Lunch: Had Tuesdays leftover soup which I shared with these 2 characters; my nephews 2 1/2 year old Ryder and 14 month old Laine!

Ryder 1-23-14

and

Laine 1-23-14

Dinner: Eat your Greens Asian Chicken Salad

Friday

Lunch: Sushi (replacement from what didn’t make it to my grocery bag on Tuesday)

Dinner: grilled steaks served with braised napa cabbage

Saturday

Lunch: Awesome food at my friend Teresa’s baby shower. Her Mom made awesome grub…the herb biscuits and ham were my favorites!

Dinner: Sushi out at Level

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Italian Wedding Soup

I watched my 11-month-old nephew, Ryder, yesterday while my sister worked. She had to be in at 6:30am so I was up at 5:30am in order to meet her at our standard meeting place by 6am. Ryder and I rode to my house and I made breakfast for him (scrambled eggs with a side of raspberry yogurt) and we played for 3 hours. When he decided around 9:30 that it was nap time I decided to nap too. After all I haven’t even been getting out of bed until about 9:00 since my son has been out of school for the past week and I was wiped out. I slept for an hour and Ryder slept for about 30 minutes longer (good boy!).

Since I had gotten up so unusually early I felt like it was dinner time when I woke up and decided to make soup for lunch. I had watched a Barefoot Contessa episode on Food Network the day before where she made Italian wedding soup and when I looked up the ingredients I realized that I had everything but the chicken sausage to mix with it so I searched for other variations of the soup. The recipe I settled on was a mix between two recipes. One from Ina Garten and the other from Giada De Laurentiis.

It was tasty. The meatballs were juicy and flavorful. The spinach was good. The alphabets were fun. It was also baby friendly!! My nephew ate 2 meatballs and about 1/2 cup of the soup. The only change I would make next time is too make the meatballs a little smaller.

Italian Wedding Soup

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis and Ina Garten

Ingredients

  • 8 cups (2 boxes) chicken stock
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 small onion, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup bread crumbs
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano reggiano, grated
  • 12-16 ounces fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup vegetable alphabet pasta (or another tiny pasta of your choice)
  • 2 eggs
  • more grated cheese for serving

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. For the meatballs, in a medium bowl combine the ground chicken, grated onion, garlic, 1 egg, breadcrumbs, cheese, salt and pepper. Be careful not to overmix. Form them into small balls (about the size of a tablespoon and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned.
  • In the meantime to prepare soup, add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the pasta and cook for 5 minutes, then add the spinach. When the meatballs are done add them in. In a small bowl beat the remaining 2 eggs and when the soup comes back to a simmer stir in a circular motion using a fork and slowly drizzle in the eggs. They should form thin strands. Cook for another minute. Season to taste with more salt and pepper before serving. Can be served with extra grated cheese (but I forgot when I served it due to having a hungry baby at the time).