It’s another Foodie Friday! This week saw just a little more variety at mealtime. We actually had a plan, and we stuck to it – make a menu, do one large shopping trip, and prep in advance where necessary.

It actually seems to have worked.

Quiche with Garden Salad

Friday: Dinner with friends!  We brought a crustless quiche and they made a really great salad. We found out that our hostess likes Olive Garden so much, she buys their salad dressing. So…

 

Photo spuriously purloined from Olive Garden's website. Shhh!
Photo spuriously purloined from Olive Garden’s website. Shhh!

Saturday: We joined them the next day for lunch at Olive Garden. Well…more like Brunner. Breakfast/lunch/dinner combined. I had the stuffed Chicken Marsala, which was close enough to a “healthy meal”. I will admit, however, that I did have the Minestrone and a breadstick. I’m strong, but not *that* strong.

It was a sodium-laden day, though. We had popcorn at the movies later.  Oops.

 

Sunday: No picture. Not that it was very interesting…cheesy scrambled eggs and bacon. Mmm.  Bacon!

 

Meatloaf and salad!

Monday: The Husbeast has a really great meatloaf recipe that he’s tweaked to have a lower glycemic impact on us. It’s quite possibly the best meatloaf I’ve ever tasted. Even if I do dip it in a tiny amount of ketchup. Some old habits die hard.

 

Beer Can Chicken, Cauliflower and Salad

Tuesday: My preferred method of roasting a chicken is to give it a spice rub and sit it on top of a half-can of beer for 1.5 hours. Beer can chicken makes the bird nice and tender on the inside, with a crispy skin on the outside. We served it with creamed cauliflower in place of potatoes, and the ever-present salad.

 

Steak plus Salad equals Yum

Wednesday: Steak night! Yes, I cut my steaks into little tiny pieces like a 6-year old. Don’t judge me! At least I don’t call up my Dad to come cut it for me… 😉
At any rate, the Husbeast used a new Steak Spice we picked up at Silk Road in Inglewood.  Tasty!

 

Pork Chops, Apple Sauce, Corn and a Caesar Salad

Thursday: We bought a really nice Memphis Pork Rub a couple of weeks ago when we were at Silk Road. Boutique spices, yes, but they have an excellent variety. I brined the chops for a couple of hours, then rubbed it down with some olive oil and a little of the rub. A little goes a long way! I also made a small Caesar Salad, nuked some frozen Peaches & Cream corn niblets, and made a home-made apple sauce. Zero added sugar as there’s more than enough in the apples themselves. The apples are from the tree in our front yard, by the way….glad that I was able to have a taste of them this year!

 

apples!
Apples in their natural habitat. Our front yard.

What’s everyone else digging into these days?