You asked, you receive! Here's what I've got cooking! Lots of stuff going on! I'm prepping food for tonight, few days ahead, and for the week. Phew!
1. Shrimp Salad
For lunch, I made a shrimp salad using leftover boiled shrimp from last night. Chopped up the shrimp, mixed with light mayonnaise, dijon mustard, lemon juice, celery, red onion, and a little pepper. Served over a bed of lettuce and other salad veggies, plus a sliced hard boiled egg.
2. Black Cherry and Chocolate Gelato.
I made a mix for black cherry and chocolate gelato. This is a new recipe I'm experimenting with. I made a chocolate gelato base, and a black cherry syrup reduction. I mixed the two together to chill before putting in the ice cream maker. While making it, I actually had the idea to try this again with vanilla ice cream and swirl the cherry syrup. The red swirls in the white vanilla should be gorgeous. It is washed out in the chocolate, sadly.
3. Cabbage and Leek Soup.
I call this a cabbage and leek soup, but it's really Whatever-veggies-are-left-in-t
he-fridge soup. I just bought the cabbage and leeks. Everything else was already ready to be tossed in. It's a mish-mash of chicken broth, cabbage, leeks, celery, carrots, spinach, parsnips and onions. It sounds like a lot, but it is good, and good for you! Only 100 calories per bowl, I'll be eating this every day this week.
I added red cabbage because I thought it might give it nice color, but...err...it didn't. I should have stuck with green cabbage. So it looks a little weird...but it does taste good!
4. Lemon Rosemary Chicken Breasts
I buy whole chickens and cut up the parts myself. Saves a ton of money. A package of chicken breasts in my area costs $4.99/lb. I buy a whole free range chicken for $1.39/lb. I've been doing it for years, and can cut up a whole chicken in less than 5 minutes.
With the chicken breasts, I'm marinating in lemon juice, herbes de provence, rosemary, garlic and olive oil. This is tonight's dinner. I'll brown it on the stove, then finish it in the oven.
5. Coq au Vin
With the drumsticks and thighs from the whole chicken, I'm marinating in wine that we accidentally let get too old (tragedy!). Broiler onions, celery, carrot, and a parsnip are getting marinated along with it. I'll let this marinate about 2 days before cooking. It will be incredible.
6. Chicken Wings
With the chicken wings, I'll bake in the oven and eat as a snack tomorrow, along with my own buffalo wing sauce.