Now, with that said, Ian and I do have a place around the corner that we like to escape to occasionally for the most delicious blackened wings, celery & bleu cheese, and beer (him) and white wine (me). It's dark and "neighborhood-y" and chill. And no dishes to clean up afterwards.
When we do cook at home, I love a mix of tried-and-true recipes with some new ones too.
Sunday night is usually a splurge night for us. As I've mentioned before, we usually keep the carbs to a minimum during the weeknights (or at least opt for complex carbs). This past Sunday we had chicken piccata, sauteed green beans, and yellow rice.
The green beans are my favorites to buy -- they are from Trader Joe's and available in the frozen section. They are so inexpensive and tasty. I just pull some out of the bag, throw them in my little pink colander, and thaw under running water.
Monday night I used my favorite kitchen app to help me plan dinner -- Allrecipes. It's free and a lifesaver. You can search for recipes easily and scroll through the reviews to check for modifications. I had chicken thawing in the fridge while I was at work, and I found the below recipe for Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken. We loved it, but next time I'll reduce the amount of breadcrumbs it calls for as there were a lot left over that I just had to toss.
Once I find a recipe I like, I just email it to myself so I can quickly pull it up while preparing dinner. Easy!
I didn't want to go to the grocery store, so I made more green beans. This time I sauteed a white onion first, then added the green beans in, and gave the dish a good dash or four of balsamic vinegar. Very yummy. Ian also had a small salad with his dinner.
Last night I baked shrimp for us and served it alongside green beans (see a trend here?!) and another side dish that I just made up ... sauteed halved cherry tomatoes, chickpeas, and green onions. I added some spices and sea salt and then topped the dish with parmesan cheese.
I had half of a can of chickpeas left over, so I used my trusty Allrecipes app to find a roasted chickpea recipe. I'm snacking on them now! I coated mine in olive oil, cumin, curry, and cinnamon and added a little sea salt. Next time I'll increase the roasting temperature or time to make them a little crunchier than they are.
What's your go-to weeknight meal?