Beth Fish Reads hosts Weekend Cooking. This is perfect for me since I love food and cooking almost as much as I love books!
This week our focus was on quick and easy comfort meals. We returned from a trip to Oklahoma late Tuesday night and jumped right into a hectic schedule of school, work, and evening appointments, so we stuck with old favorites.
Wednesday, with no fresh food in the house, we just had a favorite Trader Joe's meal, Chicken Serranada. Eight minutes in the microwave, and it tastes like a restaurant meal! We added some couscous with peas and fruit and had a complete meal.
Thursday, my husband made good old basic spaghetti with meat sauce while my younger son and I got haircuts. It was wonderful to come home to a delicious meal, hot and ready to eat! And spaghetti is such a comfort food.
Friday, I tried a quick favorite of ours, Roasted Italian Sausage, Potatoes, Onions, and Bell Peppers...but it took over an hour to cook a meal that usually takes 20 minutes. Well, at least that explains our undercooked turkey disaster on Christmas Day - looks like our oven is not working (we think maybe the bottom heating element is out). I'll have to call the repair service tomorrow, but this could get expensive - the oven is about 25 years old!
Last night, we had our all-time family favorite and the ultimate in comfort food, Red Beans and Rice, a recipe I created after we lived in New Orleans. I made a double-batch, so now we have dinner for our busy Monday evening, too (which is when Red Beans and Rice is traditionally eaten in Louisiana).
And, tonight, we will have a delicious Cooking Light recipe, Chinese Hot Pot of Beef & Vegetables, which we've enjoyed before. That should be just right for a day that began with a surprise dusting of snow on the ground! And, more importantly, it doesn't require an oven.
That was our week of quick meals...what have you been cooking and eating this week?