January 26th, 2014 ~ Weekly Dinner Menu

Weekly DINNER Menu Sign

SUNDAY

Rosemary Chicken Lasagna  *

MONDAY

Soba Noodles with Sweet Ginger Scallion Sauce  *  |  Steamed Broccoli & Lemon

TUESDAY

Classic Char Siu Pork  *  |  Brussels Sprout Salad with Pink Grapefruit  *

WEDNESDAY

Thai Chicken & Coconut Soup  *

THURSDAY

Layered Cobb Salad  *

FRIDAY

Sticky Miso Chicken Wings  |  Crunchy Vietnamese Salad  *  

*  Denotes a new recipe

 

My husband should not be allowed into any butcher shop {and especially the meat department at CostCo} without a chaperone.  In the absence of appropriate supervision and, if he is feeling the slightest bit hungry, the quantities of animal product that end up in our kitchen…well, let’s just say that it’s impressive.  

This week’s menu reflects the fact that I currently have close to 8 pounds of boneless/skinless chicken breasts sitting in my freezer. My desire to reclaim some of that precious space left me with the challenge of putting together a menu that utilized our poultry abundance while still providing enough variety of tastes so that we didn’t feel we were in a chicken rut by the end of the week.

Tonight we are trying a new recipe for a chicken-based lasagna.  What intrigued me about this particular lasagna, aside from using chicken, was the suggestion to use egg roll wrappers in place of pasta sheets. The idea here is to not only save the step of cooking the pasta but the egg roll wrappers supposedly make for an overall lighter final dish.  I will also be substituting our favorite balsamella sauce for the white sauce used in the original recipe.  Michael absolutely hates ricotta cheese so I do not add it to our lasagnas.  The balsamella sauce contains grated parmesan which adds additional cheese flavor without the addition of the ricotta.

As for the predominant Asian flare our dinners possess throughout the week, it started with this recipe I discovered a few days ago.  Since the holidays, we have been enjoying a soup night mid-week and this particular recipe not only featured our star ingredient this week {chicken breast} but it also brought together some of our very favorite flavors:  coconut, lime, ginger & lemongrass.

Our final evening of the “boneless/skinless chicken breast mission” features its use in an American classic:  the Cobb salad.  This is Mallory’s favorite salad and one the whole family agrees is hearty enough to be served alone for dinner.

These Asian noodles and this easy pork recipe will provide us with a “chicken break” and, since last week’s Friday Chicken Wing Night was such a hit we are bringing it back this week with another favorite:  Sticky Miso Chicken Wings.

 

Have a Wonderful Week Everyone!

K Initial

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