Meals of the Week

As per usual here are the highlighting meals of the last week…

 

Healthy side of broccoli for my dinner with onions and garlic

Healthy side of broccoli for my dinner with onions and garlic

Broccoli and some spaghetti with  mushrooms and artichoke pesto tomato sauce

Broccoli and some spaghetti with mushrooms and artichoke pesto tomato sauce

Lunch of sea salt french fries and some wasabi mayo dip

Lunch of sea salt french fries and some wasabi mayo dip

Asian shrimp and broccoli stir fry with soy sauce and sesame oil, garlic, onions, and mushrooms

Asian shrimp and broccoli stir fry with soy sauce and sesame oil, garlic, onions, and mushrooms

Lunch from New Seasons Market: grass fed beef burger with cheddar cheese, avocados, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, avocados, and a dill pickle on the side.

Lunch from New Seasons Market: grass fed beef burger with cheddar cheese, avocados, ketchup, mustard, lettuce, avocados, and a dill pickle on the side.

Dinner from New Seasons: mac n cheese. So bomb.

Dinner from New Seasons: mac n cheese. So bomb.

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with fresh avocados, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and topped with some cheese

Breakfast: scrambled eggs with fresh avocados, mushrooms, onions, tomatoes and topped with some cheese

Dinner of whole grain penne pasta with mushrooms, arugula, fresh basil, broccoli, topped off with some parmesan and olive oil

Dinner of whole grain penne pasta with mushrooms, arugula, fresh basil, broccoli, topped off with some parmesan and olive oil

 

A look back at this week’s best meals

Ever since I’ve gotten home from the dreadful UK, I have been fully taking advantage of the fresh produce here in pdx and cooking every day. Here’s a few of my favorite meals I’ve indulged in. Enjoy!

 

A sirloin steak that I grilled with a side of asian style stir fry with broccoli, red onions, mushrooms, garlic, flavored with soy sauce and sesame oil

A sirloin steak that I grilled with a side of asian style stir fry with broccoli, red onions, mushrooms, garlic, flavored with soy sauce and sesame oil

 

Final product

Final product

 

Brunch from the other day: bagels with cream cheese and tomatoes and a bagel topped with avocados and cheese.

Brunch from the other day: bagels with cream cheese and tomatoes and a bagel topped with avocados and cheese.

 

My signature mixed salad: lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocados, mozzarella, topped with olive oil, parmesan and balsamic glaze.

My signature mixed salad: lettuce, arugula, tomatoes, mushrooms, avocados, mozzarella, topped with olive oil, parmesan and balsamic glaze.

 

Quick and light lunch: sautéed broccoli and mushrooms with olive oil, garlic and lemon juice, topped with some fresh mozzarella, arugula, parmesan, lemon zest and of course balsamic glaze.

Quick and light lunch: sautéed broccoli and mushrooms with olive oil, garlic and lemon juice, topped with some fresh mozzarella, arugula, parmesan, lemon zest and of course balsamic glaze.

 

Dinner from last night: butternut squash ravioli, topped with fresh mushrooms, arugula, parmesan, olive oil, and a dash of pink himalayan salt.

Dinner from last night: butternut squash ravioli, topped with fresh mushrooms, arugula, parmesan, olive oil, and a dash of pink himalayan salt.

 

Lunch from today: took a four cheese frozen pizza from safeway and added fresh slices of mozzarella, mushrooms, parmesan, and topped it off with some arugula and you guessed it; balsamic glaze.

Lunch from today: took a four cheese frozen pizza from safeway and added fresh slices of mozzarella, mushrooms, parmesan, and topped it off with some arugula and you guessed it; balsamic glaze.

 

I have also been known to snack on things like kraft mac n cheese, cup o noodles, and tortilla chips with salsa con queso sauce, but those are too trailer park to post here.

My 24 hours of culinary masterpieces

So I just got home yesterday from London, where I just finished my last semester at this shitty university I just transferred out of. Needless to say I am happy to be home so that I can indulge in all the things I couldn’t have in London. Here’s a look at the meals I have made in the last 24 hours. Lots of veggies and super healthy, you will be jelly.

 

My first meal back: my favorite dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets and fries with a selection of dips; mayo, ranch, honey mustard, spicy mustard, and ketchup.

My first meal back: my favorite dinosaur shaped chicken nuggets and fries with a selection of dips; mayo, ranch, honey mustard, spicy mustard, and ketchup.

Breakfast from this morning: oats & nuts toast topped with avocados, arugula, fried eggs and sriracha.

Breakfast from this morning: oats & nuts toast topped with avocados, arugula, fried eggs and sriracha.

 

Prep for lunch: ingredients for my super salad include romaine lettuce, arugula, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, avocados, topped with olive oil, balsamic glaze and parmesan.

Prep for lunch: ingredients for my super salad include romaine lettuce, arugula, mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, avocados, topped with olive oil, balsamic glaze and parmesan.

 

Final product: sooo yummy

Final product: sooo yummy

 

Prep for dinner: broccoli, mushrooms, arugula, and fresh mozzarella.

Prep for dinner: broccoli, mushrooms, arugula, and fresh mozzarella.

 

Cooking my pasta sauce

Cooking my pasta sauce

 

The final product: tricolor veggie rotini with garlicky tomato and red wine pasta sauce with the mushrooms and broccoli, topped off with the arugula, fresh mozzarella, balsamic glaze, and parmesan.

The final product: tricolor veggie rotini with garlicky tomato and red wine pasta sauce with the mushrooms and broccoli, topped off with the arugula, fresh mozzarella, balsamic glaze, and parmesan.

 

 

 

 

Laurelhurst Who?

              So I visited the “acclaimed” Laurelhurst Market restaurant a couple weeks ago with my sister, because my mother and her could not stop raving about how amazing their mac n cheese is. And being such a MnC enthusiast I finally caved in and went. I ordered the Steak Frites and a side order of their mac n cheese crusted with Tom’s potato chips. I was excited when the food came, I’m not a huge steak person but Laurelhurst’s menu is extremely limited to fairly boring steaks, I was more excited to taste the mac n cheese. As soon as I dug in my first thought was, what the fuck is with this gravy all over my steak? I felt like I was eating at a diner in the midwest with my super rare steak slathered in this unappetizing brown goo-like substance. The mac n cheese was extremely disappointing. As soon as I took a bite I asked myself, what exactly is good about this? It was not cheesy at all, very burnt on the top, and oddly oily. My mac n cheese kicks the shit out of this, well, shit. I do not recommend Laurelhurst Market unless you are a  hipster who enjoys eating over priced mediocre food and receiving their cheque on a slab of wood…You can do better PDX.

 

My Steak Frites slathered in unappetizing gravy.

My Steak Frites slathered in unappetizing gravy.

You call this mac n cheese?

You call this mac n cheese?

The elegant cheque

The elegant cheque

The butcher shop section.

The butcher shop section…gross.

My 52 Hours in Portland

      Well, let me just say I was hoping to enjoy my short two days here in Portland, getting all my things and being able to relax in my own space, however I ended up having a pretty shit time. Reminded me why I left to begin with. Anyway, I leave today, thank god, so here’s a little brief overview of my time here…

Burger for Brunch at some place I don’t remember the name of downtown Portland. Super fucking portlandy tho: Burger with gruyere cheese, avocados, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, weird tasting pickles, and a side of herb fries w/ basil aioli…Not bad but since there was no food at my house I took home the fries so I could later eat those for dinner.

 

Later that night, I finally got to wear my beautiful doc’s after four months of being apart. It was an emotional moment for me. Those boots make me.

I look like a Disney princess, right? Well I got bored and found some of my mom’s old dresses from the 80’s so I played a little dress up…(btw please ignore the cat shaped toilet paper holder in the background, my only full length mirror is in my bathroom facing the toilet, so I can enjoy my own company while I’m peeing. Don’t judge.)

Pretty itchy, but it has a nice vintage chic look to it with the whole long sleeve paired with the drop-waist. I felt pretty chic.

My final meal in Portland: of course, my New Season’s noodles; noodles with zucchini, squash, mushrooms, baby corn, bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, all covered in my favorite peanut sauce with a side of rice so I could again have extra food for a meal later in the night since, no edible food resides in my kitchen.

Second Non-Frozen Meal of the Week! (I’m on a roll)

        So tonight I decided to make something a little bit different than usual just to change up my taste buds. Yes it is some form of pasta which practically all my meals are. Anyway, it’s something I’ve never tried before so I thought I’d test it out. I made butternut squash ravioli with sage butter sauce. It turned out pretty yummy, just needed some salt and it was perfect. For all you wondering, no I did not make it from scratch…technically it did originate from a frozen box but it was stovetop not microwave which is a step up for me. Anyway here’s what it looked like…

Boilin the little buggers

 

Starting to put these guys into the bowl

 

Final result: ravioli tossed with sauce, and some cracked salt and grated parm to garnish. YUM!

First non-frozen meal in a veeery long time…

Today I ran out of Safeway Select frozen meals, so I decided to actually cook a real meal. I made some pasta with a tomatoey sauce with some mushrooms and a bit of cream cheese to make it a little creamier. Anyway, it turned out pretty good I guess, however I made too much spaghetti, so I had some extra that I couldn’t finish. So here’s the making of my meal, which I am quite proud of…

My ingredients: Safeway Select sun dried tomato and olive sauce, whole wheat spaghetti, mushrooms, olive oil, parmesan cheese, and cream cheese (not pictured)

 

The final product...yummy