What a week!
Work was crazy, I was only in the office one day and all the others I was out in the field. It is exhausting work, measuring and documenting buildings. My co-worker and I decided it is because it is this slow, monotonous pace all day long, not enough to get your blood pumping. And... it was capital H.O.T!
On top of that, I am getting down to the wire on studying for my next exam (next Friday), Jer's Aunt was in town a couple of days, and we are planning a cross country road trip in two weeks. We also saw Julie & Julia. Loved it! Although I missed some of the side stories that filled out the book, but I understand why they needed to be edited, with Julie's being only half of the story in the movie.
To top off the craziness of the week we went to a filming of Deal Or No Deal yesterday. It was a riot. A friend of ours got some tickets and invited us along. It is not a show that I have ever really watched but it was fun to see in person. It is really high energy and you have to ham it up big time for the camera. At the end of the filming of the actual game we had to stick around and film a bunch of audience reactions, laughing, cheering, gasping... It got a little tiring by the end but it was fun to do something different.
Because of the long days, cooking was the last priority this week so the meals are not the most exciting, but they're simple and good. Sometimes the best kind of all!
This is my recipe for taco seasoning. I love that in this picture I can actually identify all of the different herbs and spices that went into it. And I love that when I make my own I can control the spiciness level. I like some heat for sure but the nose running, brow sweating kind? Not so much, and I find that the pre-made mixes are either too bland or too hot, never just right.
This makes enough for about 6 pounds of meat, use ~2 T per pound (or to taste). Keep the rest in an airtight container in the pantry.
6 T chili powder
1 1/2t garlic powder
1 1/2 t onion powder
3/4 t red pepper flakes (or 1/4 t cayenne pepper)
1 1/2 t oregano
1 T paprika
3 T cumin
2 T Kosher salt
2 T black pepper
Put all of the ingredients in a jar or a container with a lid and shake, shake, shake...
We had a roasted chicken on Sunday (which I was too lazy to take a picture of) and we had the leftovers in a couple of meals throughout the week. For these tacos I roughly chopped the chicken and put it in a skillet over medium high heat with the seasoning from above and a little water. As it heats it is easy to shred up while you stir it.
1. Shredded Chicken Tacos
2. Chili Rubbed Pork Kebabs with Pineapple Salsa
from Real Simple
makes 4 servings
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut lengthwise into 16 strips
1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
1 T fresh lime juice
1/4 t black pepper
2 T olive oil
1 3/4 t Kosher salt
3 t chili powder
4 boneless pork loin chops, cut into 1" cubes
Heat grill to medium-high. Skewer the pineapple strips and grill for 2 minutes per side. Cut into a small dice and combine with the jalapeno, cilantro, lime juice, pepper, 1 T of the oil and 3/4 t of the salt. Set aside.
Combine the chili powder and remaining 1 t salt in a large bowl. Add the pork and the remaining 1 T oil and toss to coat. Thread the pork onto skewers. Grill the kebabs, turning every 2 minutes, until cooked through, about 8 minutes total.
We also had mashed potatoes with our roasted chicken on Sunday (which I was too lazy to take a picture of) and I planned to make these burritos with the leftovers. These were something I ate back in my vegetarian days (all of high school and college, I was an herbivore, my husband was a carnivore, and we met in the middle). They are a little plain but surprisingly good.
3. Potato Burritos
makes as many as you have ingredients for
green chilies, diced
Cheddar cheese, shredded
Fill the tortillas with the goodies and heat. Um, that was easy.
I came home from work on Monday with a killer headache and went strait to bed for two hours. Jer whipped up this salad for me when I woke up with some of the left over chicken. What a sweetie, and not bad for a reformed carnivore, huh?
4. Chicken Cesar Salad
this one had:
Parmesan cheese (?)
and Cesar dressing