Braised Kale Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms with Brown Rice and Roasted Tomatoes

Don`t have much to say, but this is super simple and again a good make-ahead candidate as the kale can take some time to braise. You could make it in advance, but I did it all at once. And it is healthy and super flavorful. To cut time, sub the kale for spinach. I had some lacinato kale (aka flat or dinosaur kale) and this seemed as good of place as any to use it. If kale is not your bag, mix it with either spinach or use regular kale – lacinato kale  is very kale-y. Also, this is pretty low cal.

This has totes picture fail, but whatever.

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Don`t skip the simple salad!

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Chilaquiles With Black Beans, Corn, and Salsa Verde

I found this recipe for chilaquiles on Serious Eats, it looked great, but turned out needed some work. The salsa verde was great, though charring it will make it lose it`s green color. That part was all fine, it was the topping which was lacking – it simply was not seasoned and too dry, I managed to fix it on the spot by adding some more veg and seasoning.

This is pretty easy and is a good make ahead meal.

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On Deck

It has been a miserably long week that included a day at work with a massive hangover slight hangover of which I blame Veda, or Todd Haynes, I stayed up too late waiting his version of Mildred Pierce which is suddenly avail on itunes and I love the Joan version and the book.  I had issues now that I finished the miniseries after the fact and the very slight slings it missed in the film comp to the book  And  I had a  a 3 hour meeting and drinking so much water that I had to leave said meeting 4 times to pee and grab more water.  Blah.  Also, I really need to get my nails done, but it is kinda crappy out so unless it stops raining when I leave work, I will skip it.

I really have no clue what to make, like really, just at a totes loss for some reason.

This will have to do:

I will play around my days of making by ear, and am going out of town for the weekend on Thursday, so I just have to cover Friday-Wednesday.

Friday: Pizza Party

Monday: Stuffed Mushrooms

Saturday: Ginger Cashew Stir Fried veg with Rice Noodles

Tuesday: Gratin Savoyard

Sunday: Chilaquiles that I saw on Serious Eats, but adding egg maybe? If I don’t make these Sunday, I will at least make the tomatillo salsa then.

Wednesday: Polenta with roasted tomatoes, broccoli rabe and cauliflower

Wait – that was easy enough, it looks like I have 3 new things on my deck which works for me.  And since it is Friday, this is what I am thinking of, sorta.

Why yes, this is a Spanish Wine Cooler. And yes, I did drink it. And no, I don't plan on having another - desperation, inexplicably it is all they had in a club in Seville, no real wine, just this.


Baked Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas, Tomatoes, and Spinach

The husband was sad that he was called out here for coming home late yesterday. But I had wanted to go to the gym earlier – my shows were on! He redeemed today by starting this while I worked late today.

I saw a recipe on thekitchn.com for a coconut curried chickpeas over sweet potatoes (theirs is linked at the end of post). That did not appeal totally. So this is what I came up with, it is sorta Moroccan-Mediteranean in flavor profile, like southern Spain in the cold mountains or something like that.  And while I don’t normally post calories, this whole ginormous plate clocks in at 670. So healthy, low cal, check and check. Oh and it is super speedy, other than baking the potatoes. Super tasty too.

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Polenta with Roasted Broccoli Rabe, Cauliflower and Tomatoes

It is cold and rainy and I really and a bit irked that I am not currently at the gym because the husband did not decide to leave work and I need him to let me in my building`s gym because they don`t have my hand scan for entry yet because they only take hand scans on Fridays between 9 and 11am when I am at work. So I am waiting, and have started roasting, not on the timeframe I wanted. Boo! Ok, am off to the gym.  Follow along with the rest of the recipe.

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Cucumber Mint Cocktails

So this is my cocktail to go with the Indian food at the dinner party.

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On Deck

I am kinda at a loss this week and no clue why! I think I just have not come upon anything that has grabbed me this week when trolling online. Also I am tired, very tired.  I had a dream this morning that I was on vacation in Paris and it was suddenly getting late on Friday and we were to leave on Saturday and we had forgotten to go grab wines to take home to cellar and stores would not be open and that was the whole purpose of going! And then I woke up and was all, oooh at least it is Saturday and then I realized, no, it is Friday and not only that but I had to get up an hour early cuz the husband had a 9am meeting today and we share car service to work and blah.

So anyhoo, this is my current plan:

Friday: Pizza Party

Saturday: Dinner with friends, I’m charged with coming up with the cocktail to go with the food – I am going for something with mint, meyer lemon and cucumber – vodka based, since 1 of the 6 of us is a non-gin person (not me!), but no big thang.  Dinner is vindaloo, saag paneer, and chana masala + the accompanying sauces.

Sunday: Veg Sheppard’s Pie – similar to this, but I’ll make some changes

Monday: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Tuesday: Polenta with roasted  cauliflower and tomatoes

Wednesday: Baked sweet potatoes with feta, spinach and chickpeas

Thursday: leftovers?

I’m kinda irritated that Fresh Direct suddenly stopped carrying washed and trimmed mixed kale cuz I am kinda obsessed with kale salads! I am going to attempt to wash and trim it all in advance, but fear I will get too lazy.  In that case, I’ll just juice it.

So since it is Friday, I am definitely thinking about this:

Cocktails! In Paris!

Cocktails! In Paris!