Fancy Dinner Week

So as part of our new life of excitement we have a new system for how we’re going to decide what’s for dinner. We wrote a whole bunch of different food theme ideas on pieces of paper and put them in the cookie jar and we’re going to chose one every week. Surprise! Some of them are normal (like Italian) and some are weird (like ‘vegetarian food made to look like nonvegetarian food’).  This week we drew ‘Fancy.’

So the things we have decided to eat are!

Shrimp Scampi

Using this recipe from the NY Times this will definitely be one of our lazy day recipes since it’s pretty quick. I love shrimps and pasta and nom nom nom.

This was a good recipe. yes.

Wedge Salad w/ Chicken Piccata

With an Outback Steakhouse Copycat recipe I’m hoping to use up all the leftover lettuce we have from our Memorial Day chicken sandwiches last weekend. Paired with this fancy sounding chicken dish here hopefully it will make something that feels like a full meal.

Wedge salad is so awkward to eat. It’s sooooo….big? We all made a mess trying. Other than that this meal went well :). The Chicken Piccata was nice and was flavorful enough to stand up to the bleu cheese on the wedge salad. The wedge salad did call for a bit much red onion and we didn’t eat all of it.

Ratatouille

Not ‘Ratatouille’s ratatouille’ from the movie, this recipe will hopefully turn out better than my last attempt at ratatouille. It can also be prepped ahead of time which is nice.

Other than the fact that we couldn’t figure out what size zucchini to get and what type of eggplant (3 options, none of them japanese) this was great! I was worried it wouldn’t be filling but we served it with rice and it was perfect. I was also worried about the veggies cooking properly because I’ve done this before and it didn’t work out but this time we triumphed!

Chicken Florentine w/ Potatoes

Not sure whether to serve this with mashed potatoes or baked potatoes-will decide later.

Baked Potatoes. 

Salmon w/ Asparagus and Caprese Bread

This will be an oven heavy night I guess. I’m hoping to use this salmon recipe along with some roasted asparagus and Caprese Garlic Bread. Looking up ‘fancy food’ on Pinterest yielded quite a few caprese options and this one looked the easiest and most promising.

THE CAPRESE BREAD IS AMAZING. The salmon was okay but I just finished off the caprese bread and it was one of the best things I’ve had in awhile. We used the leftover balsalmic-honey reduction from the wedge salad on top. Mmmmm.

Spaghetti w/ Squid in Tomato Sauce (maybe w/ garlic bread?)

In an upstairs restaraunt in Richmond, VA called Edo’s Squid I had some super delicious tomatoish squid over pasta and I’ve been trying to recreate it ever since. Hence this meal plan. It might kill the fanciness if we use leftover hamburger buns to make garlic bread but we might can disguise it as not that.

We did not do garlic bread because I forgot. Also it didn’t taste like Edo’s squid. But it was good. I dipped the last of the caprese bread in the leftover sauce and was happy about that all over again. Still good when reheated. 

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