Saturday, August 20, 2011

Savory Saturday: Update our Meals Challenge Week 9

The what? Why? and How? of the Challenge

This is our last week of summer vacation and it has kind of given us a taste of how much more prepared we are going to need be once school starts if we are going to stick with this challenge. Which we are because the results have been really good for our family.

What I'm trying to say is this week didn't go according to plan so if your cooking along (or thinking about it) some of these recipes will be up again next week!

Week 9 Meal Plan:

Sunday:  Barbecued Chicken with Corn and Radish Salad.
1313363034031Confession, I have never liked barbecued chicken. However I have  never had it with homemade sauce. This recipe changed that. It was so tasty and my husband has declared it the perfect base! He's going to experiment with it and use it to make his on sauce for next years Pig N Pinot. The salad was a bit of work for a side, but was tasty and we had plenty leftover to have with dinner the next day. 

Monday: Barbecued Pork and Apple Kebabs with Beans and Greens
We still had to go to the store on Monday, so we had tacos from stuff we had in the house and at

Tuesday: Green Salad with hard-cooked eggs and bread
I had a late appointment, hubby worked late, I feel asleep with the baby at 4pm and woke up to a pizza man at my door. Whose going to argue with that?

Wednesday: Tandoori Chicken Kebabs with Peach Chutney and Basmanti Rice with Onion and Ginger Green Salad with hard cooked eggs and bread
We used yellow cherry tomatoes because that's what we had in the garden.

This was kind of a dud. The kids ate the lettuce and one ate the egg but for the most part it was too "weird" of a salad for them. It was substantial enough for my husband and me for a dinner, but would probably make a great side at a summer party.

Thursday: Leftover Night Yeah we needed haircuts, and pedicures, and school supplies and what you've never had pizza twice in one week? It was frozen this time. 

Friday: Pizza Night Barbecued Pork and Apple Kebabs
I was working so no picture. They were yummy, even picky eater told me "mommy dinner was so good! I loved it!" the sauce is sweet and the only issue we had is that our apples were not very good. Otherwise it was a success! Pork and apples are always a big hit in this house and this was no exception.

I also learned how to cut red onions so that they don't fall apart and can be put nicely on the kebabs. We laughed about this because my naivety in the kitchen saved the onions. See my husband would have  just read "1 red onion cut into 8 slices" and cut away. Since I need to read ad re-read everything to make sure I'm doing it right I saw the little blurb and instructions on how to cut it and followed their step by step directions. 

Saturday:  Daddy Night because mommy will be at BLOGGY BOOT CAMP CHICAGO!

How did your dinners go this week?

All the recipes from the Update our Meals Challenge are collected on Pinterest as well. 


Barbara said...

You have inspired me to get more creative in the kitchen. I have tried to cook better now that we are on vacation, but it's been so hot the idea of turning on my stove makes me sweat!

Unknown said...

Sounds like a fun week. I love pork with apples.

We made several salads and vegetarian dishes, including a Polish cold carrot salad, the polish version of potato salad, barbequed chicken, a cold rice dish, and a few others.

No pizza for us though! Maybe in a month or two. We are trying to tighten up on finances.