Friday, January 21, 2011

A Few Quick Meals and A Lot of Thanks

As you may have noticed, life these days has been a bit busy as I'm wrapping up another semester of grad school and the demands at Ken's job are increasing. Thankfully, some wonderful friends have dropped by delicious meals to help us prolong the inevitable call to Dominos (which finally happened last night around 8:00pm.) In the meantime, I've been tapping along our lunch and dinner options with a few quick and easy recipes that provide lots of flavor and some nutritional value to boot.

Additionally, I included the picture of Ken eating to show that A. We really are happy and healthy still (this is mostly for our dear mothers) and B. These options actually did turn out to be enjoyable to eat and lastly C. Ken looks like a Dapper Dan with his bow tie and glasses, don't you think?

So the food I've been cooking in the midst of these busy two weeks has been geared toward getting the highest amount of flavor while minimizing hands-on time. This has included:

1. Salmon roasted in olive oil, fresh thyme and rosemary, ground pepper, and lemon, served with a side of sauteed mustard greens with garlic and ground pepper.

2. Japanese soba noodles served with sauteed carrots, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms, green onions, and cilantro with a sesame oil-based sauce. Depending on if Ken is joining me, I've added either quick seared tofu or chicken to this dish to make it a little hearty.

3. Roasted thyme and rosemary chicken with a white wine broth and vegetables.

4. All sorts of soups I froze months ago have served as excellent quick meals! All I do is put them in a pan over medium-high heat and let them warm up enough to serve with a side of roasted veggies or sauteed greens.

The key these past two weeks has been welcoming help of all sorts from friends when they offer it! As The Fledgling Mom wrote, it's ridiculous to pretend we have it all together instead of asking for the help we need.

So, thank you to those who sent thoughtful emails, delicious meals, prayed for us, and agreed to spend time with me while I made a mad-dash to Target, the grocery store, or Marvelous Market. And a special thanks to the girls who graciously spent Monday night eating pizza with me. All we can say is that we are very much looking forward to the opportunity to return all the favors!

Welcoming any suggestions on speed cleaning an apartment in desperate need of attention,

-Domestic in the District

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