Category Archives: Weeknight dinners

Salmon, rice, and green beans with a mustard sauce. 2/3/23

John tried a new technique for cooking the salmon that we saw on America’s Test Kitchen last week. He pre-heated a sheet pan in the oven set to 500F. When the oven reached temperature he took the pan out, sprayed … Continue reading

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Fusilli with mushrooms, zucchini, and asparagus. 2/2/23

You could make this pasta dish with any shape you like. I do think it works better with shapes rather than strands. I chopped up all the vegetables ahead of time so the cooking went really quickly. Using a large … Continue reading

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Scrambled eggs, veggie patty, toast. 2/1/23

After getting a good start on Monday with my menu, things have gone off the rails. Tuesday we ended up eating lunch for dinner (open faced tuna sandwich and vegetable soup for me and I forgot to take a picture!) … Continue reading

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Shrimp and broccoli over polenta. 1/30/23

John set up the polenta for me to stir as he got the shrimp ready to be cooked. We buy frozen 21-25 shrimp with tail-on so he removes the tail for ease of eating. As the polenta thickened and I … Continue reading

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Hamburger on ciabatta, tater tots. 1/27/23

Medium-rare hamburger on a toasted ciabatta bun with lettuce, onion, mayo, and ketchup, yum! I misjudged how long it would take to cook the tater tots so mine had the texture of being microwaved. At least the underdone potatoes kept … Continue reading

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Shrimp tacos, Mexican rice, spicy beans. 1/25/23

Wednesday’s dinner was more like what we normally eat at home. It was lighter on the fat and the portion size was certainly smaller than the gigantic steaks of yesterday. However, it was just as tasty and filling. John, as … Continue reading

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Penne with tomato sauce and meatballs. 1/23/23

As often happens when I make pasta I am so excited to eat it that I forget to take a picture. Luckily there are plenty of images on the internet of penne and meatballs. Although I purchased pre-made frozen meatballs, … Continue reading

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Hamburger and salad. 1/20/23

Tonight we enjoyed a hamburger which John cooked beautifully on the grill. If I could only choose one way to eat beef it would be this, a simple burger with a slice of onion on a bun with a smear … Continue reading

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Thai basil eggplant with tofu. 1/19/23

This dish is our attempt to recreate our favorite dish from a local Thai restaurant. It ended up as kind of a Thai-Vietnamese mash-up which was good but a little too salty. We made nuoc cham, a Vietnamese sauce whose … Continue reading

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Noodles and Zoodles with peanut sauce. 1/18/23

This is the first time I have made this recipe and I am pretty happy with how it turned out. Further down the page is the recipe I started with. I changed the soba noodles to 6 oz. of fettuccine … Continue reading

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