Typical of February, just about the time we feel we cannot bear another moment of winter, we have the warming trend. Mind you, we aren't in the least fooled by this wayward bit of weather. We're all too familiar with how fickle February may be and are prepared to see the cold and wet weather return, and yes, prepared for a bit of snow even. But for this week ahead, we shall pretend each day is Spring, sit in the warm afternoon sun and soak up the rays. And we'll plan meals that are a little less stick to your ribs heavy and a bit more like spring, too.
Monday: Roast Chicken, Roasted Asparagus, Roasted Grape Tomatoes with lemon zest, Rolls, Cherry Cake
Valentine's Day is here at last. I've made Chance swear to buy me no candy...we'll go purchase it tomorrow at half price, lol. But the day must be marked as special, in some manner, don't you agree? So a 'fancy' dinner for our meal and my prettiest china, a tablecloth and napkins, candlelight. Just a plain white cake with a few maraschino cherries chopped and added in, then a lovely butter cream frosting with a little of the cherry liquor and chopped cherries.
Tuesday: Chicken Salad plates, Toast Points, Temple Oranges
Leftover chicken tastes so very good in salad. Pretty lettuce lined plates, baby carrots, Celery sticks and halved boiled eggs prettily decorate the plates. Crisply toasted homemade bread cut into toast points area a nice accent to the salad.
Wednesday: Oriental Pepper Steak, Rice, Steamed Broccoli, Ambrosia
I don't normally make Pepper Steak with oriental seasonings but I find I want something a little different and this works well with what I have on hand: red, yellow, and green bell peppers, which shall make a very pretty dish I think.
Thursday: Cauliflower au Gratin, Steamed Green Beans with mushrooms, Roasted Beets, Biscuits, Cherry Cake
I have not had a cauliflower au gratin in ages upon ages. I found cauliflower in my freezer this past week and immediately thought of this easy recipe. It makes a nice meatless main dish.
Friday: Asparagus Quiche, Tossed Green Salad, Toasted Biscuits, Baked Apples
I expect to have a few leftover spears of asparagus and this dish will use them nicely. I love toasted biscuits, simply split and butter and toast in the oven. I will bake apples in the oven first and toast biscuits towards the end.
Saturday: Porcupine Meatballs, Steamed Cabbage, Mashed potatoes, Mocha Cupcakes
Chocolate cupcakes from the freezer shall be frosted with a coffee flavored butter frosting. A nice compliment to the cupcakes I think.
Sunday: Roast Beef, Baked Potatoes, Green Peas, Salad with Apples, Walnuts and Cranberries
Roast Beef proves economical because we shall have plenty of meat for sandwiches as well as leftovers for another meal or two.