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?


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!

Anonymous 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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