These aren’t listed in the order I will make them, not necessarily at least. I don’t like to specify ahead of time what I’m going to make when, so I’ll just list the recipes I’m planning to make at some point during the week. I like to have the ingredients for a bunch of things available and then I decide each night what I want to make. How tired am I? What time is it when I get home? What am I in the mood for? Has one of the kids asked about dinner and expressed an interest in one entree or another? All these elements factor into the nightly decision.
I am doing a Food Network theme week, so all recipes will come from the Food Network site. I started out planning a Sandra Lee theme — she intrigues and horrifies me at the same time — but could not find enough recipes of hers I wanted to make, so branched out.
Here’s what I’m planning to make:
- Barbecue Chicken Pizza from Sandra Lee. I love that it combines mozzarella, parmesan, and Gouda. Sandra, you surprise me. Gouda? Cilantro too. Sounds totally yummy. I won’t have any, because I avoid wheat, but I hope the kids enjoy it.
- Glazed Salmon with Spiced Carrots. I think I will use a bag of shredded carrots instead of thinly slicing some whole ones. I can’t slice carrots that thinly and don’t want to take the time.
- Baked Shrimp Scampi from the Barefoot Contessa. Let’s call it Naked Shrimp Scampi, because I’m leaving off the panko (wheat, you know). I’ll do just a pound of shrimp and serve with some good crusty bread to help the kids fill up and make up for the lack of crumbs.
- Apple-Maple Turkey Burgers with Maple-Dijon Sauce from Sandra Lee. I’m wondering if I should grate up an apple instead of using apple sauce. Those burgers are crying out for a melting of sharp cheddar cheese. I’ll serve with french fries — baked from frozen, because it’s too much work to do myself.
- Mac and Cheddar Cheese with Chicken and Broccoli from Rachael Ray. I think I’ll probably do it sans chicken and add bacon instead. The Apple-Maple Turkey Burgers need some bacon but not a whole package, and I’m already doing chicken in the Barbecue Chicken Pizza. Or maybe I can do chicken in both the pizza and the mac and cheese because in neither case is it the bulk of the meal. I can just get a nice package of chicken breasts, cook the chicken, and divide it between the two meals.