Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Busy Weekend

Tomorrow is the first day of school.  Hubby and I do not have children but I work at a preschool and our it is also the first official day of our school year.  This weekend was busy as I had a curriculum meeting yesterday morning, spent the afternoon setting up my classroom, and the evening at a family birthday party. We woke up early this morning for breakfast at our local diner, stopped for hubby to get a haircut, picked up a few things at the hardware store, and finally grabbed a few last minute things for school.  It is now 6:30 p.m. and I am just beginning to plan for dinners this week.

We didn't make it to the farmer's market so I will have to rely on the grocery store (still dreaming of those blue potatoes -- they were so yummy).

Here is my plan for this week:

Sunday dinner:  take-out

Monday breakfast - cottage cheese,  wheat crackers
Monday lunch - turkey sandwiches, fresh pineapple, spinach salad
Monday dinner - lemon chicken, white rice, leftover grilled corn on the cob 

Here is my Lemon Chicken Recipe (variation of Martha Stewart's):

4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, split in half (butterflied)
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chicken stock
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons of lemon zest

Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap; pound with a mallet to an even thickness. In a shallow dish, combine flour with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Dredge chicken in the flour mixture, tapping off excess; set aside.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter and the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the butter is foamy. Add chicken, and cook for 2 minutes. Turn, and cook for 2 minutes more. Remove chicken from pan, and keep warm. Pour off any excess fat,

Add wine, the remaining 2 tablespoons butter, the capers, and lemon juice. Cook, swirling the pan to melt the butter, until reduced and slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Pour over chicken, and serve immediately.

Tuesday breakfast - oatmeal with peach slices
Tuesday lunch - leftover chicken & rice
Tuesday dinner - baked ziti, spinach salad, garlic bread

Wednesday breakfast - cottage cheese, mango chunks
Wednesday lunch  - turkey sandwiches, spinach salad, applesauce 
Wednesday dinner - leftover ziti, spinach salad, garlic bread

Thursday breakfast - fruit and yogurt smoothie
Thursday lunch - EAT OUT
Thursday dinner - ground beef tacos with fresh salsa

Friday breakfast - cottage cheese and fresh fruit
Friday lunch - leftover tacos and salsa 
Friday dinner - BLT sandwiches, fresh fruit, cucumber salad

Saturday breakfast - scrambled egg whites, toast, fresh fruit 
Saturday lunch - hot dogs on the grill, cucumber & tomato salad  
Saturday dinner - Spanish rice with chicken (onion and peppers inside)

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