Sometimes it’s fun to shake things up a bit. This week I decided to feature foods from different countries. Not only will this be a nice change of pace but it will help me use up some items that I have had on hand awhile – a pantry challenge, of sorts. So let’s take a look at my choices for “International Foods Week”.
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I made lasagna on Christmas day and had bought two containers of ricotta cheese. I only used one so I put the other in the freezer before the expiration date. Last night I used part of a bottle of tomato sauce to make a small amount of pizza sauce (for a recipe I’ll be sharing soon!). I’ll use the rest to make the sauce for the lasagna. I also have a partial box of lasagna noodles in the pantry, enough salad greens for one more big salad and a few pieces of French bread for the garlic toast. The nice thing about lasagna roll-ups as opposed to a regular pan of lasagna is that you can make the exact portions you desire.
- lasagna roll-ups (I’ll probably make a vegetarian version.)
- tossed green salad
- garlic toast
I haven’t made curry in ages but it’s a delicious way to use up extra vegetables. I have potatoes, carrots, onions, peppers and garlic plus frozen peas, green beans and corn. That should make a really tasty curry served over rice with fresh naan bread on the side.
- vegetable curry
- homemade naan bread
I’ve had Pad Thai noodles in the pantry for quite awhile. I think it’s time to use them!
- Vegetarian Pad Thai (will substitute sunflower seed butter because I’m allergic to peanuts)
- fresh fruit salad
David and I have a late afternoon meeting so we’ll stay in town and have our “date night”.
I bought some huge, organic bone-in chicken breasts at Whole Foods on my last grocery haul and put them in the freezer. I also have more potatoes and carrots to use up.
- Chicken Breasts with Classic French Pan Sauce
- mashed potatoes
- roasted carrots
- tossed green salad
- toasted baguette
- a nice bottle of French wine
I have nearly all of the ingredients needed for the meatballs (need some saffron!). I’m pretty sure I have couscous. If not I could substitute rice. I’ll just need to buy the spinach and cauliflower.
- North African Meatballs
- sautéed spinach
- roasted cauliflower
I’m hoping to finally be over this asthma attack I’ve been dealing with and be able to make it to church. I’ve been avoiding crowds as much as possible because another cold would totally send me to the E.R. and ain’t nobody got time for that! So, if we make it to church we’ll go out for Mexican food afterwards and save half for dinner.
Do you have any favorite “international” recipes? I’d love to see them. Leave me a comment with a link if you have one.
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