Monday, February 20, 2012

(Hopefully) Feeling Better Meal Plan #17

Another sure sign that I'm feeling better is having the energy to plan meals and pick up groceries. This is the first time I've had that urge in about three weeks. It feels so good to have a plan!

Mabo Don 
Crisp-fried brown rice (I tried to turn my leftover brown basmati rice into rice cakes to pan-fry, but it refused to stick together. Instead, I just packed it into a cast iron frying pan with a bit of oil over medium heat and ignored it while I made the rest of the meal. The reheated rice then had at least some satisfying crunch)
Vegetable stir-fry (our neighbours went away on an extended holiday and once again brought us a bag of vegetables before their departure. I used a partial head of Napa cabbage, onion, carrot, celery and cauliflower, sauced with a splash of oyster sauce, a splash of hoisin, and a splash of water)

My packages of ground pork come in 1+ lb. packages. I therefore have the remainder of a package to use. I found a recipe for Skillet tamales with pork in Mark Bittman's Food Matters. Let me try it and I'll share the recipe if it's good.
I'll top up this meal with a salad or fresh veggies and some avocado

Tortilla melt (a layered sandwich including roasted portobellos, tomato, mozzarella and pesto...going to be YUMMY) from Moosewood's Simple Suppers
Red bean, potato and arugula soup, also from Simple Suppers.

(Probably) pan-fried fish
Lemon rice
Shredded Brussels sprout salad
Some other veggie

Our other Friday tradition (besides pizza):
Roasted chicken wings
Roasted sweet potato and potato wedges
Veggie sticks and dip

I promise to take more time to write out recipes that turn out well (for Tuesday and Wednesday). For now, I must go rest and prepare for yet another specialist's appointment (trying to beat a ridiculous lymph node infection) in the morning.

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