Thursday, January 21, 2010

What to make for dinner?

It seems that every night I have the "what do I make for dinner?" dilemma. As this has been a particularly stressful week that question led to some frustration. Enough frustration that I picked up a frozen pizza while I was at Target (I'm anti-frozen dinners) because I was desperate for something quick and I was already there to buy shampoo. Do you ever have this problem? You are on your way home from a long day at work, you're stressed out and the last thing you want to think about is cooking? I have a couple of successful last minute meals and a couple quick fixes to share.

Pork chops, applesauce and mashed potatoes. I cooked the pork chops on the stove with EVOO, salt and pepper. The mashed potatoes are made with milk, sour cream and garlic & wine seasoning they sell at the Melting Pot. I softened the apples in sugar, lemon juice and a little cinnamon. Yum!

My "I'm desperate not to cook tonight" Digornio pizza from Target. It was on sale for $5. Pretty tasty for frozen pizza... this is the supreme garlic bread pizza.

Chicken sausage and white bean soup. This was sooo easy and everything is at Traders Joes. Garlic & herb chicken sausage, white cannellini beans, potatoes, carrots, celery, fresh rosemary, onion and garlic, simmered in chicken stock. Season to taste with salt and pepper. I also like to add celery seed because it's my favorite seasoning.

This is a cheer up meal for my husband from Yolandas Mexican Restaurant. Allow me to explain. Every Thursday we meet friends for Mexican food at Lupes. Tonight we had to cancel. My husband suffers from sciatica and it really flared up tonight. He couldn't fathom sitting in a hard chair at a restaurant this evening so I brought mexican food home for dinner. Not the same without our friends but it will have to hold us over until next week. Do you know anyone who suffers from sciatica? Any advice on how to deal with it?

P.S. If you are ever at The Melting Pot, pick up a bottle of this. It is good on all savory dishes.
I usually use it to make garlic bread. Yum!


  1. that was so nice of you to bring mexican home to your husband:) i love the idea of that chicken sausage recipe!

  2. Oh girlfriend! Sciatica is such a bummer! My hubby had it and was on his back for weeks.
    Gotta get diagnosed by a Dr. but from my hubby's experience rest and ice did the most to improve his condition. Good luck and be patient!

  3. Yolanda's makes great mexican food! My husband and I love it! Sorry about your husband's sciatica. Ouch!

  4. Your Chicken Sausage and white bean soup looks divine!