Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cooking For Two Is Better Than One

Greg's been home the last couple nights, and I usually put a lot more effort into dinner when he's around.  The other day I picked up some huge portobello mushrooms at the grocery store, since my man loves mushrooms.  Monday night, I gave Greg the option of stuffed or burger style for dinner, and he wanted them burger style.


First I marinated the mushroom caps in the following for about 15-20 minutes:

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Then I heated up the grill pan and tossed them on.  I think my grill pan is probably my most used kitchen thing lately.  I find myself using it about 3 nights a week probably, to grill veggies and other stuff!  Anyway, I cooked them about 4 minutes on each side or so.



I put slices of Havarti cheese on each, and served them on a sandwich thin with tomato and lettuce, with a side of baked sweet potato fries.



It was a hit!  My batch of sweet potato fries was exceptionally good this time too.  Sometimes I have issues with them being mushy.  I used this recipe, and it seemed to help.

Yesterday was kind of a dreary, colder day, and I really wanted to make some soup.  I feel like I always make Mexican/black bean soup, and don't really branch out, so I started looking for an alternate recipe and found this recipe for soup.

I mostly followed it as it was, but added about 1/2 an onion, and omitted the coriander.  I also used whole wheat rotini pasta and veggie stock for my liquid.


Yum!  Look at all those delicious veggies and legumes :)


On the side we had cheesy garlic bread and split a slice of leftover pizza.


This recipe made a pretty huge amount a soup.  I have two more containers of leftovers in the fridge!  I'm glad Greg's been home to motivate me to cook.  It helps a lot to have someone there to cook for, so I don't gravitate towards eating cereal for dinner!

Greg got an I Phone yesterday and spent last night fiddling with it.  I'm extremely jealous since I don't even have internet on my phone!  I'm old school, I know!  
Other than walking Clyde, fiddling with the new phone, and working on some house stuff, it's been a pretty low-key the past couple nights at Casa De Holding Pattern.  How's your week going?




8 comments:

Cassie said...

Ugh! your food looks delicious! I've been sick and this rainy weather is matching how I am feeling! Hopefully things will get better!

destination262 said...

Your portobello sandwiches look amazing!! I'm going to have to remember this recipe! :)

Bobbi said...

Definitely bookmarked these recipes to try soon! They look amazing!

Danielle said...

Ahh your entry title SO made me think you were preggers! Oh well, maybe next post?? =) Good looking shrooms though.

I also have a 'dumb' phone, so don't feel too bad.

alison said...

I'm over the constant rain here! I feel like I'm in Seattle :) You are due for an iPhone next. You need one!!

Runblondie26 said...

Yay for time with the hubby! The "burgers" look delicious. Greg needs to have a man to man talk with my DH...there doesn't have to be meat in every meal.

I'll do the running thing, if I can get my pregnancy/baby fix vicariously through you. Is it a deal?

Carly said...

I hate cooking for just myself. In fact, if it's just me, I'd rather not cook at all. So I totally hear 'ya! My week has been pretty low-key, esp. with the rain. Hoping for a better weekend!

Katie H said...

I agree- cooking for two IS so much better- and fun! The portabella burgers look fab :)

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