How’s your Christmas countdown going? Here some progress has been made. Christmas tree: check!, Gingerbread House: check! Christmas gifts: check! I still need to find some Christmas recipes. I have found a few but doing it the vegan way is always more challenging. Meanwhile, here’s what happened in the kitchen this week.
Saturday: Challah French Toast for breakfast.
Easy Tomato soup, Orzo, Peas and Ham and Grapes for diner
Sunday: Started with a Creamy Coconut Porridge.
In the afternoon, I baked our first Christmas cookies, Chocolate Crinkles. I found the recipe in the All Recipes magazine that I now receive but I found them so sweet that it was hard to eat them. One thing that I have noticed is that when you switch to a somewhat healthier diet, eating regular food that present no healthy switches is hard to take.
At night, we ordered food from Pitfire. In addition to our Pizza, I ordered what they call their daily vegetables and Oh My God, they were so good, addictively good. It was a selection of Fire-Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Honey Chili Roasted Pumpkin and Grilled Cabbage.I loved especially the grilled red cabbage. It got me thinking that I really need to replicate this at home, or at least try to.
Monday: Salmon Cakes, Lemon Rice and Sautéed Dandelion Greens. The salmon cakes were as good as the first time but the lemon rice was disappointing and the Dandelion Greens too bitter cooked this way. The salmon cakes offered great leftovers throughout the week.
I also made a Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup that was really delicious and comforting. I typically don’t do my chicken broth from scratch but I am so happy I found a good alternative. It will never be as good as the real stuff but it is pretty good considering.
Tuesday: Leftover Lunch with Salmon Cakes, Dandelion Greens, Pitfire‘s vegetables, a dab of homemade Hummus and Pita bread. And leftover diner with the Chicken Soup.
Wednesday: Fusilli with Tuna, Capers and Almonds. A Giada De Laurentiis recipe from her latest book, “Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count…Without Stressing out”. A good weekday dish that is fast and convenient as you can find pretty much all the ingredients in your pantry. I forgot the almonds and it was still very good.
Thursday: I bought a Gingerbread House that we “decorated” with my daughter later on. I also found these German chocolate covered Gingerbread Cookies. A trip to memory lane…
For Dinner, I made a Panzanella Salad. I grilled some zucchinis, eggplants, heirloom tomatoes and baguette slices then added a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Friday: Started off with a trip to Two Guns Espresso which is always a good idea. I got the Salmon Toast…Yum.
For Dinner, I made a Moroccan Lentil Soup and I also prepared a Yogurt Marinade for some chicken. Will tell you how these guys turn out…
Have a fantastic week!