There is lots of cooking going on in this house these days. It's nice to have fresh, well thought out meals for my family. I like to serve them with yummy food.
One night, I made Pancit Bihon...
We had left over rice noodles from when I made Spring Rolls last week, so I attempted to make my girls some Filipino food. I am a Filipina (never been to the Philippines though), but sadly I don't know how to make any authentic dishes and when I try, I make it healthy, so it kind of loses all the filipino-ness from the food.
I know my girls like pancit when my mom makes it, so I attempted to make it too. I used tofu instead of meat and it came out eh. Something was missing and I couldn't figure it out. I pretty much followed the recipe, but me thinks that it wasn't made by a Filipino because something was just off. Anyone familiar with pancit have any suggestions? I would not recommend this recipe, but I would like to find a good one and master a healthy version of it!
Ben actually got in chef mode again and made us some Spicy Grilled Salmon...
The rub we put on the salmon is just so good and super spicy. The girls just have their filets salt and peppered. This is one of our go-to faves and it hits the right spot every time.
Crunchy Pork Kimchi Burgers?!! Yes, please!
It stood out to me when I was going through my latest Food & Wine and it sure was tasty. Plus, we had some fresh homemade kimchi from my BFF's mom, so I knew it was going to come out fabulous. It was fast, easy, and tasty! We had ours with spinach and some brown rice. Actually, my parents were over for dinner, so I also made Scallion Meatballs and they were all so yummy together.
Another night was for Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas and Feta...
I saw it on Stephanie's blog last week and the combinations just sounded good and it indeed was. I cooked the eggs a bit longer since the little ones were eating it, so ours wasn't quite poached, but it didn't hinder the flavors at all. The recipe calls for one can of chickpeas, but I doubled it and I think I might have doubled the tomatoes too. I am trying to let go of being so precise and just going based on experience and things we like. We love tomatoes and chickpeas, so I though a bit more wouldn't hurt. We paired it with pita bread and the girls were devoured all of it.
It really makes me smile to see my girls eating well and trying new foods. I am loving this family meal planning thing and loving the time spent at the dinner table a whole lot more.
Week 4/16 - 4/20
Monday: Shrimp Gorditas
Wednesday: A healthier version of Panda Express Orange Chicken (or Seafood Pasta, not sure which one yet)
Honestly, I didn't like cooking much before this. It just wasn't my thing. I am having fun now, but cooking was always more of a chore than a love. If you get stuck on what to make for dinner, try meal planning for one week and take it week by week. You will slowly get familiar with your family's taste buds and what's in your pantry, that cooking will slowly get easier. I am still no pro, but I am loving the challenge! Are you a cook or does planning meals stress you out?