What’s for Dinner? Week of August 11, 2013

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With the family visiting last weekend, I made a big dinner so we had lots of leftovers, which is why you will see in the Menu below 2 separate leftover nights. I was never a big leftover fan, but I hate seeing food go to waste even more than I hate leftovers. So I have learned to make the best of it. Sometimes I reheat leftovers in the toaster oven rather than the microwave, and it keeps most of the delicious flavor it had when you originally made it.

Also, mixed in to the week of dinners was a date night. This past week we did not go visit a beach town, but rather went to a local BYOB (Bring Your Own Beer) Mexican restaurant that we have not visited in a while. The tequila lime wings, empanadas and quesadillas are just amazing. Great Mexican food and the best part is we could bring in our own Coronas to drink. We have even brought a bottle of tequila before and ordered a flavored slushie drink they serve, which is great too. It was a very enjoyable night out and Mexican was a nice change-up to the menu.

When planning your menu, try to vary the meats and types of dishes. If I plan chicken for Monday, I try to plan another type of meat for Tuesday, maybe pork or beef, and then chicken again on Wednesday. Also, being Italian, I could eat Italian food everyday, but I try to vary that as well so my husband gets a little variety. Planning your meals can be a family experience that you have fun doing together. Spouses and children are great for giving you ideas as well. Make the first bite count!

MENU

Sunday – Family Dinner

Eggplant Parmesan | Grilled Beef Tenderloin | Roasted Asparagus | Tomato and Mozzarella Salad | Roasted Potatoes

MondayLeftovers

TuesdayWhite Pizza with Chicken, Tomatoes and Arugula

WednesdayGrilled Sweet and Sticky Chicken with Harissa | Roasted Parmesan Broccoli

ThursdayDate Night!

FridayLeftovers

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