Getting hungry? So was I. I've been really bored with cooking and what we've been eating recently. Last year was so busy with the move & starting school that I really slid into a cooking rut.
Recently I realised that I love the feeling of coming up with a really good dinner. I feel so satisfied when we sit down together and I've put together a table full of goodness. It's like a little celebration on a regular night.
Taking time to plan a menu has really helped me get creative and devise great meals. I've been trying a lot of new recipes as well. Some are great, some won't get a second go-around.
I'm sharing my menu for the current two weeks -- it helps keep me organized and maybe you'll take away a few ideas!
Spaghetti with Marinara Sauce, Steamed Broccoli and Baked Mozzarella Sticks
Ham & Bean Soup and Salad with Dried Cranberries, Walnuts, Shaved Parmesan and Poppy Seed Dressing
Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken, Balsamic Asparagus and Buttered Noodles
My friend Cindy told me how to make balsamic asparagus and it is now one of my favorite ways to prepare asparagus. And, it's so easy!
1 pound asparagus
1 T. balsamic vinegar
olive oil (about 1 teaspoon)
Cut the asparagus into 2 inch pieces and place in a skillet that has been sprayed with olive oil (or about 1 teaspoon oil). Sprinkle on balsamic vinegar and salt to taste. Saute on medium for about 5 minutes or until asparagus is crisp but can be pierced easily with a fork.
You can also make this on the grill by leaving the asparagus stems whole and tossing them with the vinegar & salt before grilling.