Have you begun decorating for Christmas?  I am trying to hold off until next weekend (American Thanksgiving) – but we shall see!    It doesn’t seem as though snow is anywhere in the near future and so that helps delay the Christmas festivities around here.

Here is the dinner menu for this week in the middle of November!

SundayBeef and Tomato Stroganoff from Everyday Food.  This was a delicious Sunday comfort meal that we enjoyed with a salad!  It takes a bit of extra time, and so that is why it’s the perfect weekend meal.  I couldn’t find papardelle pasta, and therefore used tagliatelle instead!  Both are egg noodles, so they are easily interchanged.

MondaySalmon and Potatoes in Tomato Sauce  This is a one pot meal!  Yeah for fewer dishes and quicker cleanup.  I was pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of salmon and tomato sauce together.  For some reason, that is not a flavour combination I think of when I think of salmon – but it worked!  I couldn’t find pitted kalamata olives at the grocery store, however my container of mixed olives worked well as a substitution.

Tuesday – Seasoned pork chops, baked sweet potatoes, roasted parsnips.  To prepare the parsnips: peel and cut into 1 inch pieces, sautee in a pan with oil and sprigs of fresh rosemary until tender.  Season with salt and pepper.

Wednesday – Roasted chicken and potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts with balsamic vinegar from Two Peas and their Pod.  More delicious fall produce.  I love brussel sprouts!!!  I used to just boil brussel sprouts and that would be that.  But recently roasting and flavouring with different vinegars is really helping this vegetable bring greater versatility to meals!

Thursday –  Dinner will be pasta with chickpea-tomato sauce.  Towards the end of the week (and on Grey’s nights!) I try to aim for quicker, less labour intensive meals.  This is a vegetarian dish that can be improved with the use of whole wheat pasta.  The chickpeas add protein, iron and fibre!

Happy Cooking!